Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Today in Country Music History...June 20, 2017

Willie Nelson endorses Democrat Bernie Sanders for president

Steel Magnolia is introduced on the season premiere of CMT's competition "Can You Duet." Judges for the season include Big Kenny, Naomi Judd and Big Machine executive Scott Borchetta

The Academy of Country Music presents the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award to Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, Don Williams and songwriter Harlan Howard at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville. The late Buck Owens is recognized with the Jim Reeves International Award

Gretchen Wilson receives the key to the city of Pocahontas, Illinois, when she returns to her hometown to cut the ribbon on a new ball field concession stand she donated to the community. The event is held at the renamed Gretchen Wilson Park

Merle Haggard, George Jones and Johnny Paycheck perform together in concert for the first time for the closing day of Fan Fair at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in Nashville. They team for "Yesterday's Wine"

Drummer Chris Thompson is born in Bend, Oregon. He provides the backbeat for the Texas-based Eli Young Band, which earns gold singles with "Crazy Girl," "Always The Love Songs," "Drunk Last Night" and "Even If It Breaks Your Heart"

Chuck Wicks is born in Dover, Delaware. Introduced on the 2007 FOX-TV show "Nashville," he becomes the first Delaware-born singer to reach country's Top 15 with the single "Stealing Cinderella." He later becomes a co-host on the syndicated radio program "America's Morning Show"

Singer and guitarist Dan Tyminski is born in Rutland, Vermont. He joins Alison Krauss' Union Station, performing on "When You Say Nothing At All," and singing lead on The Soggy Bottom Boys' "I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow"

Anne Murray is born in Springhill, Nova Scotia. Her warm, easy-going vocals snare a number of pop-slanted successes from 1970-1986, including "Snowbird," "You Needed Me," "Shadows In The Moonlight" and "Now And Forever (Me And You)"

Chet Atkins is born in Luttrell, Tennessee. The consummate guitarist, he develops a successful career as an instrumentalist, but also runs RCA Records' country division and helps create the Nashville Sound, joining the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1973

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