Monday, January 1, 2018

Today in Country Music History...January 1, 2018

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Dierks Bentley plays "Am I The Only One" and "5-1-5-0" during the halftime show in college football's Capital One Bowl at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando. The Georgia Bulldogs beat the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 45-31

Kellie Pickler marries songwriter Kyle Jacobs, a co-author of Garth Brooks' "More Than A Memory," in the Caribbean

Shania Twain marries Frederic Thiebaud in Rincon, Puerto Rico

Departing with the windchill at 18 degrees, Jimmy Wayne begins a 1,700-mile walk from Nashville to Phoenix to call attention to teen homelessness

Tim McGraw's "Last Dollar (Fly Away)" video debuts on CMT, the first video to air on the channel in the new year

Singer/songwriter Jamey Johnson moves to Nashville amid fears that a Y2K computer glitch will upend society, saying, "If the world is going to hell, I'm going to Nashville to sing about it"

Faith Hill resides at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart for the first time in her career with "Wild One"

Dwight Yoakam falls off his horse in the middle of the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, when the saddle strap breaks. Someone from the crowd repairs the strap, and Yoakam is back in the saddle again

Johnny Cash performs at San Quentin prison. Merle Haggard is in the audience

Hank Williams is pronounced dead at Oak Hill General Hospital in Oak Hill, West Virginia, after passing away in the back seat of a Cadillac, en route to a show in Canton, Ohio. Many believe he died from a mix of alcohol and morphine

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