Sunday, August 6, 2017

Today in Country Music History...August 6, 2017

The Oak Ridge Boys are inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. They sing "Bobbie Sue," "Elvira" and an a cappella "Amazing Grace" on their big night

Taylor Swift shoots her "Love Story" video in Nashville

Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan launch their first joint concert tour, playing minor league baseball parks, beginning with a stop at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, New York

John Mellencamp joins Kenny Chesney to tape an episode of "CMT Crossroads" in Nashville, where the set list includes "Young," "R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A." and "Folsom Prison Blues." Radney Foster hosts

Dixie Chick Natalie Maines tees off on Toby Keith's "Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue" in the Los Angeles Daily News: "It's ignorant, and it makes country music sound ignorant... You've got to have some tact"

Garth Brooks' mother, Colleen, dies in Oklahoma of throat cancer

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band begins a week of recording at Woodland Sound in Nashville for the three-record set "Will The Circle Be Unbroken." The first day features collaborations with Merle Travis on "I Am A Pilgrim" and "Nine Pound Hammer"

Twins Peggy and Patsy Lynn are born to Loretta Lynn in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. They become a duo, The Lynns, as adults, scoring several awards nominations

Hank Snow, Lefty Frizzell, Eddie Dean, Freddie Hart and The Collins Kids perform the first-ever country concert at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. The evening is emceed by songwriter Joe Nixon

Songwriter Bob Morrison is born in Biloxi, Mississippi. He writes Johnny Lee's "Lookin' For Love," Kenny Rogers' "You Decorated My Life," Conway Twitty's "Don't Call Him A Cowboy" and Gary Morris' "The Love She Found In Me," among others

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