Monday, October 16, 2017

Today in Country Music History...October 16, 2017

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Randy Travis, Charlie Daniels and Monument Records founder Fred Foster are inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame
Darius Rucker is inducted into the Grand Ole Opry
Alan Jackson and Garth Brooks join the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame along with Thom Schuyler, Allen Shamblin and John Bettis during a ceremony at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel
Vince Gill, Jerry Reed, "Prisoner Of The Highway" songwriter Mike Reid, "What Mattered Most" composer Gary Burr and "Don't Rock The Jukebox" creator Roger Murrah are added to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame during an event at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel
Sara Evans cleans up, gaining a #1 single in Billboard with "Suds In The Bucket"
Pat Benatar and Martina McBride tape an installment of the Radney Foster-hosted "CMT Crossroads" in Nashville. Among the songs they perform together: "Independence Day," "We Belong" and "When God-Fearin' Women Get The Blues"
"Anne Murray's Greatest Hits" is certified triple-platinum, the first album by a female country artist to reach 3 million in shipments
Dolly Parton takes "I Will Always Love You" to #1 for the second time. The new version was recorded for the movie "The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas"
Loretta Lynn becomes the first woman to win the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year in the sixth annual awards at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. She also takes Female Vocalist and shares Vocal Duo with Conway Twitty
Elvis Presley makes his first appearance on "The Louisiana Hayride," singing "That's All Right" and "Blue Moon Of Kentucky" two times each. Drummer D.J. Fontana performs with Presley for the first time, though he's forced to play behind a curtain 

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