Friday, October 13, 2017

Today in Country Music History...October 13, 2017

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Florida Georgia Line welcomes several surprise guests during a concert at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. Jake Owen joins on "Sun Daze," The Backstreet Boys show up for "God, Your Mama, And Me" and Nelly teams on "Cruise"
Sam Hunt leads the country field with three nominations in the American Music Awards. Taylor Swift tops the entire list with six nominations as a pop artist
Keith Urban's "Better Life" video debuts on CMT
Reba McEntire takes the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year award, joining Dan Seals as double-winners at the 20th annual event at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House. Her other win is her third straight for Female Vocalist of the Year
George Jones wins two times during the 14th annual Country Music Association awards at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House. He earns Male Vocalist and Single of the Year for "He Stopped Loving Her Today," which also wins Song of the Year
Presenter Charlie Rich lights fire to the envelope as John Denver wins Entertainer of the Year in the ninth annual Country Music Association awards at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. Denver also takes Song of the Year with "Back Home Again"
Rhett Akins is born in Valdosta, Georgia. After three hits as an artist in the 1990s, he transitions into songwriting, composing Luke Bryan's "I Don't Want This Night To End," Jason Aldean's "When She Says Baby," Thomas Rhett's "It Goes Like This" and Blake Shelton's "Honey Bee," among others
Marie Osmond is born in Ogden, Utah. She nets a 1973 country hit with "Paper Roses" as a teenager, joins her brother as a host of ABC's "Donny & Marie" TV show, then makes a mid-'80s comeback as a country singer with "There's No Stopping Your Heart" and a Dan Seals duet, "Meet Me In Montana"
Lacy J. Dalton is born in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. The husky-throated singer wins the Academy of Country Music's Top New Female award in 1980 on the way to such hits as "Takin' It Easy," "Black Coffee" and the songwriter anthem "16th Avenue"
Roy Rogers signs his first film contract with Republic Pictures in Los Angeles, leaving the Sons of the Pioneers in the process. The same day, he shoots a small part in the movie "Wild Horse Rodeo" 

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