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John Rich and his wife, Joan, have a son, Colt Daniel Rich
Columbia releases the Miranda Lambert album "Revolution"
Kenny Chesney's "Who You'd Be Today" video and Toby Keith's "Big Blue Note" premiere on CMT
Randy Travis receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Having previously played the Grand Ole Opry as a member of The Ranch, Keith Urban makes his solo debut on the Opry
Buck Owens, Norro Wilson ("The Grand Tour"), Jerry Chesnut ("A Good Year For The Roses") and Kenny O'Dell ("Behind Closed Doors") join the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame during a ceremony at Loews Vanderbilt Plaza in Nashville
Country Music Association awards co-host Vince Gill wins five trophies: Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year; Song and Album, for "I Still Believe In You"; and Vocal Event, for his role in George Jones' "I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair"
Elvis Presley goes to #1 on the Billboard country chart with a double-sided hit: "Don't Be Cruel" and "Hound Dog"
Jerry Lee Lewis is born in Ferriday, Louisiana. The piano-pumping singer, nicknamed "the Killer," gains early fame for his late-1950s, genre-busting recordings, but shifts into a country-centric career the following decade
Gene Autry is born in Tioga, Texas. Noted for his signature song "Back In The Saddle Again," he becomes a recording artist, a movie star and, later, the owner of the California Angels baseball team. He joins the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1969