Friday, September 2, 2016

Today in Country Music History...September 2, 2016


Firestone begins a TV ad campaign with Trace Adkins providing the voiceover

Brooks & Dunn play the final concert of the Last Rodeo farewell tour at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena with proceeds earmarked for the Country Music Hall of Fame. Reba McEntire guests on "Cowgirls Don't Cry." Their last song: "Brand New Man"

Jason Aldean nabs a gold single for "Big Green Tractor"

The "Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon" begins. Country guests include Reba McEntire, Billy Gilman, Alan Jackson, Dwight Yoakam, Tammy Cochran, Mickey Gilley, Sara Evans, The Clark Family Experience and The Oak Ridge Boys

Capitol releases Garth Brooks' album "Ropin' The Wind"

Tracy Lawrence arrives in Nashville from Arkansas in a run-down Toyota. He signs his first recording deal with Atlantic within a year

Kathy Mattea moves to Nashville with a mattress on top of her car

Willie Nelson's version of the Irving Berlin song "Blue Skies" reaches #1 on the Billboard country chart

Jerry Lewis gets help on his muscular dystrophy telethon from country stars Johnny Cash, Roy Clark, Johnny Rodriguez, Minnie Pearl, Sonny James, Faron Young, Conway Twitty, George Jones & Tammy Wynette

Drummer Paul Deakin is born in Miami, Florida. He helps found The Mavericks, whose eclectic brand of country nets two awards apiece from the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music as Vocal Group of the Year in the 1990s

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