Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Today in Country Music History...October 3, 2017

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Luke Bryan takes "Strip It Down" to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
As Little Big Town performs "Pontoon" on the Grand Ole Opry, Reba McEntire joins the band on harmony, then invites them to become Opry members
Hank Williams Jr. compares president Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler on a FOX News broadcast. ESPN subsequently pulls Bocephus' theme song from that night's telecast of "Monday Night Football"
A new episode of "CMT Crossroads," pairing Kenny Chesney and John Mellencamp, debuts. Hosted by Radney Foster, the show's set list includes "Young," "Small Town," "Jack & Diane" and "Back Where I Come From"
Faith Hill's "Cry" video premieres on CMT
Tim McGraw resides at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with "Where The Green Grass Grows"
Willie Nelson holds Farm Aid '98 at the New World Music Theatre in Tinley Park, Illinois, with Neil Young, Brian Wilson, Michael Peterson, Toby Keith, Vern Gosdin, David Allan Coe, K.T. Oslin, Steve Earle, John Mellencamp and Martina McBride
Dwight Yoakam halts his rehearsal for the Country Music Association awards at the Grand Ole Opry House to watch the verdict in the O.J. Simpson trial handed down on TV. Simpson is found not guilty, and Yoakam goes back to work
Collin Raye's "In This Life" rises to #1 on the Billboard country chart
Cherrill Green is born in Magazine, Arkansas. A vocalist and instrumentalist, she is a co-founder of the harmony-flecked trio Edens Edge, which nets a Top 10 album with its self-titled 2012 debut 

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