Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Today in Country Music History...October 18, 2017

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2009
Toby Keith is named Songwriter/Artist of the Decade and "Live Like You Were Dying" author Craig Wiseman is honored as Songwriter of the Decade by the Nashville Songwriters Association International

2007
Alison Krauss teams with Robert Plant for a "CMT Crossroads" taping at The Mill in Lebanon, Tennessee, with band members T Bone Burnett and Buddy Miller. In the audience are Michelle Branch, John Waite, Ed King, Holly Williams, Jessica Simpson and Bill Lloyd

2005
Arista releases Carrie Underwood's "Jesus, Take The Wheel"

2002
A new episode of "CMT Crossroads" debuts, pairing The Dixie Chicks with James Taylor. The set list includes "Some Days You Gotta Dance," "Wide Open Spaces" and "Ready To Run"

1984
Mickey Gilley is honored with a star at 6922 Hollywood Boulevard on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

1983
Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton receive a gold single for "Islands In The Stream"

1980
Don Williams' "I Believe In You" takes over the #1 slot on the Billboard country chart

1980
Josh Gracin is born in Westland, Michigan. An enlisted Marine, he comes to prominence on "American Idol," launching his career in 2004 with the hits "I Want To Live," "Nothin' To Lose" and "Stay With Me (Brass Bed)"

1968
Glen Campbell wins two honors, Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year, during the second annual Country Music Association awards at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. NBC tapes the show for the first time for a November telecast

1952
Hank Williams marries Billie Jean Jones Eshliman in Minden, Louisiana. On the way back to Shreveport, their car runs out of gas

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