Saturday, January 20, 2018

Today in Country Music History...January 20, 2018

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2013
The Zac Brown Band performs "The Star-Spangled Banner" before the NFC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The San Francisco 49ers advance to the Super Bowl with a 28-24 win against the Falcons

2009
Faith Hill performs "If My Heart Had Wings" at the Washington Convention Center during ABC's "The Neighborhood Ball: An Inauguration Celebration." Also appearing: Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Sting, Alicia Keys and Stevie Wonder

2005
Keith Urban and John Fogerty tape an episode of "CMT Crossroads" at Union Station in Los Angeles. In addition to Urban's hits "You'll Think Of Me," "Somebody Like You" and "Days Go By," they work up a version of "Blue Suede Shoes"

2001
Sara Evans soars to #1 in Billboard with "Born To Fly"

1997
Billy Ray Cyrus, Lonestar, Trisha Yearwood and Kim Richey are among the performers at Bill Clinton's inaugural celebration, which includes 14 different receptions. Vice president Al Gore and wife Tipper dance to "Tennessee Waltz"

1995
The album "Wynonna" is certified quadruple-platinum

1989
Country stars appear en masse for the George Bush inauguration. Performing for the occasion are: The Oak Ridge Boys, Crystal Gayle, Moe Bandy, Steve Wariner, Lee Greenwood, Randy Travis and Loretta Lynn

1985
Brantley Gilbert is born in Jefferson, Georgia. He earns his first hit, "Country Must Be Country Wide," in 2011, following with "You Don't Know Her Like I Do," "Bottoms Up" and "One Hell Of An Amen," among others. Gilbert also writes Jason Aldean's hits "My Kinda Party" and "Dirt Road Anthem"

1973
Jerry Lee Lewis makes his Grand Ole Opry debut, breaking two promises: he won't sing rock & roll, and won't swear. The set list boasts "Another Place, Another Time," "Johnny B. Goode," "Great Balls Of Fire" and "Whole Lot Of Shakin' Going On"

1965
John Michael Montgomery is born in Danville, Kentucky. His hits "I Love The Way You Love Me," "I Swear" and "I Can Love You Like That" make him one of the top balladeers of the 1990s

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