Sunday, September 9, 2018

This Day in Country Music History...July 9, 2018 (Farm Aid 2007 + others)

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July 9th: On this day

1947
Born on this day in Atlanta, Georgia, was Freddy Weller, country music artist. His biggest solo hit as an artist was "Games People Play," which peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in 1969; "Promised Land" and "Indian Lake," both 1971, peaked at #3.

1951
Born on this day Lodi, Wisconsin, was Tom Wopat, actor and singer. He first achieved fame as Luke Duke in the long-running 1979 television series The Dukes of Hazzard. He scored a handful of hits on the country charts including the 1988 "A Little Bit Closer."

1954
Elvis Presley played at the opening of the Lamar-Airways Shopping Center in Memphis Tennessee. Johnny Cash was in the audience and after the show met Elvis for the first time.

1975
Born on this day in Alexandria, Indiana was American country music singer and songwriter Joey Feek. From 2008 to 2016, the duo Joey + Rory comprised of Joey and her husband, Rory Lee Feek. She died from cancer on March 4, 2016.

1991
Born on this day in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, was Hunter Hayes, American country music singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. His self-titled debut album released in 2011 included the Top 20 country single "Storm Warning" and the #1 singles "Wanted" and "Somebody's Heartbreak".

2005
To aid victims of Hurricane Katrina, Dixie Chicks, Garth Brooks, Emmylou Harris and Trisha Yearwood were among the artists participating in Shelter from the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast, which aired live on cable and broadcast television stations in the United States and worldwide.

2007
Farm Aid 2007: A Homegrown Festival, took place at Randall's Island, New York City, New York. Held to raise money for family farmers in the US, the concerts were organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young. Artists who appeared included: Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews with Merle Haggard, Ray Price, Billy Joe Shaver, Tim Reynolds, Gregg Allman, The Allman Brothers Band, Counting Crows, Matisyahu, Guster, The Derek Trucks Band, Warren Haynes, Supersuckers, The Ditty Bops, Montgomery Gentry, Jimmy Sturr, Danielle Evin, Jesse Lenat, Pauline Reese, Paula Nelson, Titty Bingo, and 40 Points.

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