Sunday, October 8, 2017

Today in Country Music History...October 8, 2017

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2012
Eric Church launches a two-night stand at the Tivoli Theatre in Chattanooga. The shows are recorded for the 2013 concert album "Caught In The Act: Live"
2011
Rascal Flatts joins the Grand Ole Opry, performing three songs in the process: "Why Wait," "I Won't Let Go" and "Life Is A Highway." Former Brooks & Dunn member Ronnie Dunn also makes his solo Opry debut
2008
Jason Aldean kicks off his first headlining tour at the Ramsey Center in Cullhowee, North Carolina. Also on the CMT-sponsored bill: Lady Antebellum and Eric Durrance
2004
Keith Urban launches his first headlining tour, sponsored by CMT, at Emens Auditorium in Muncie, Indiana
2003
Dolly Parton and Melissa Etheridge tape an episode of "CMT Crossroads," hosted by Radney Foster, at the Sony Television Studios in Los Angeles. The women join voices on "9 To 5," "I Will Always Love You" and Johnny Cash's "I Walk The Line"
2002
Trace Adkins suffers a hairline sternum fracture and bruises when he's pinned under a tractor in a freak accident while building a gravel road on his property in Rutherford County, Tennessee. He's immediately hospitalized and cancels two Texas concerts
1994
Toby Keith takes up residence at #1 on the Billboard chart with "Who's That Man"
1984
Anne Murray is the only double-winner in the 18th annual Country Music Association awards, held at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House. Murray becomes the first woman to win Album of the Year, for "A Little Good News," while the title track wins Single
1957
Jerry Lee Lewis records "Great Balls Of Fire" at the Sun Recording Studio on Union Avenue in Memphis
1953
Ricky Lee Phelps is born in Paragould, Arkansas. He sings lead for The Kentucky HeadHunters, twice named Vocal Group of the Year by the Country Music Association, before leaving the band in 1992 to form Brother Phelps

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