Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Today in Country Music History...October 17, 2017

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Merle Haggard makes a surprise appearance on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, where he performs "Big City," "Silver Wings," "I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink" and "Okie From Muskogee." It's his last time on the Opry stage

Little Big Town is inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. The band performs "Bring It On Home" and "Boondocks" and ropes Vince Gill into joining them on "Why Me"

Capitol releases Keith Urban's "You Gonna Fly" to radio

Tim McGraw receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His honor is located at 6901 Hollywood Boulevard, in front of the Virgin Records store

Billy Ray Cyrus performs the national anthem at the World Series as the Braves beat the Blue Jays, 3-1. The Atlanta Journal says: "Unofficially, it was the first time the pelvic thrust was brought into 'The Star-Spangled Banner' for a World Series game"

Naomi Judd tells reporters she has hepatitis and will have to give up performing. She and Wynonna hold the press conference in the same room in which they auditioned for RCA in 1983

As Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers prepare to sing the national anthem before the third game of the World Series in San Francisco, a major earthquake rocks the city, postponing their performance, and the game

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band hooks a #1 record in Billboard with "Fishin' In The Dark"

Alan Jackson is born in Newnan, Georgia. The first artist signed to Arista Records' country division in 1989, he becomes a traditional icon thanks to such hits as "Chattahoochee," "Gone Country" and "Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)," joining the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2017

Earl Thomas Conley is born in Portsmouth, Ohio. After writing hits for Conway Twitty and Mel Street, he fashions a string of his own tuneful singles in the 1980s, including "Fire & Smoke," "That Was A Close One" and "Your Love's On The Line"

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