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Hank Williams Jr. on Grand Ole Opry

February 16th in Country Music History 1914: Actor and country Western music vocalist Jimmy Wakely is born is Howard County, Arkansas. Wakely was known as one of the last singing cowboys. 1950: American record producer…
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Johnny Cash Stars in TV Film

February 15 in Country Music History 1917: Singer, manager, music promoter, and businessman Wally Fowler is born near Adairsville, Georgia. He was the founder of The Oak Ridge Quartet, a gospel act that eventually became…
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Dolly Parton #1

This Day in Country Music History 1939: American country music artist Razzy Bailey is born in La Fayette, Alabama. 1950: “Chattanoogie Shine Boy” by Red Foley is the first country hit cross over record to…
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Clint Black #1

This Day in Country Music History 1911: Prominent recording executive Stephen H. Sholes is born in Washington, D.C. Sholes was responsible for recruiting such talent as Chet Atkins, Eddy Arnold, The Browns, Hank Locklin, Homer…
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Travis Tritt Proposes On This Day

This Day in Country Music History 2011: Thompson Square’s self-titled debut album is released by Stoney Creek. 2009: Robert Plant & Alison Krauss take home five trophies in the 51st Grammy Awards at the Staples…
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Patsy Cline Makes Grand Ole Opry Debut

On This Day in Country Music 1921: American bluegrass-based country music entertainer Wilma Lee Cooper is born in Valley Head, West Virginia. Wilma Lee partnered with Stoney Cooper in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s…
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The Judds Announce 2010 Reunion

1962: Country music singer/songwriter Richie McDonald is born in Lubbock, Texas. McDonald was the lead singer of Lonestar from 1992 until his departure in 2007. 1967: Country music singer/songwriter, guitarist, and record producer Anita Cockerham…
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Tarantula Named After Johnny Cash

1923 – Singer/songwriter Claude King was born in Keithville, Louisiana. King was best known for his million selling 1962 hit, "Wolverton Mountain". 1929 – Session drummer Hal Blaine is born. Known for his work with…
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Willie Nelson Agrees to Pay 9 Million to IRS

1946: The Bellamy Brothers singer/songwriter Howard Bellamy is born in Darby, Florida. 1960: Loretta Lynn signs her first contract with Zero Records. 1974: “Jolene” scores Dolly Parton her second #1 country hit single. Parton says…
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Country Music History for Feb. 1

1937: Singer/songwriter Don Everly is born on this day in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. The Everly Brothers scored four #1 Country hits in the late 50's with "Bye Bye Love", "Wake Up Little Susie", "Bird Dog"…
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