Monday, July 10, 2017

Today in Country Music History...July 10, 2017

Dierks Bentley announces his 15-year-old dog, Jake, has died. His pet was a sidekick through much of Bentley's career, introduced in the video to "What Was I Thinkin'"
Randy Travis undergoes emergency brain surgery after suffering a stroke at the Heart Hospital at Baylor Plano in Texas
Luke Bryan performs "The Star-Spangled Banner" before the Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Kellie Pickler does "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch. The National League beats the American League, 8-0
Carrie Underwood marries hockey player Mike Fisher at the Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Georgia. Attending celebs include Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul
Toby Keith's "Whiskey Girl" takes the #1 slot on the Billboard country singles chart
Joshua Scott Jones is born in Charleston, Illinois. With Meghan Linsey, he forms Steel Magnolia, introduced on CMT's "Can You Duet." The act earns a hit with its 2009 debut, "Keep On Lovin' You"
Gerald Vernon is born in Columbus, Ohio. Using the professional name Gary LeVox, he becomes the lead singer for Rascal Flatts, whose tight harmonies and positive lyrics lead to numerous multi-platinum albums and Vocal Group of the Year honors
Capitol releases Bobbie Gentry's "Ode To Billie Joe"
Wreck on the highway: Roy Acuff, guitarist June Stearns and steel player Shot Jackson are injured in a near-fatal car crash in east Tennessee. Acuff has a pair of pelvic fractures and a broken collarbone. Stearns never returns to the band
Hank and Audrey Williams are divorced for the second--and final--time

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