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Crystal Gayle is inducted into the Grand Ole Opry
Brad Paisley sings "American Saturday Night" in an inaugural concert for president Barack Obama at the Washington Convention Center. Also in the lineup: Jennifer Hudson, Stevie Wonder and Jamie Foxx, who performs "I Can't Stop Loving You"
Carrie Underwood parks herself at #1 in Billboard for the first of six weeks with "Jesus, Take The Wheel"
Drummer Brian Prout returns to live work with Diamond Rio at Sam's Town in Robinsville, Mississippi, 10 weeks after surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome
Wynonna Judd marries Arch Kelley at the Christ Church in Nashville, then holds the reception at her mother's Trilogy restaurant
Rodney Crowell's "She's Crazy For Leaving," co-written with Guy Clark, reaches #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
Dwight Yoakam picks up his first gold album from the RIAA, for "Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc."
"Wanted: The Outlaws," featuring Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Jessi Colter and Tompall Glaser, is certified double-platinum, along with the "Waylon & Willie" album. Jennings' "Greatest Hits" is recognized for shipments of three million copies
Guitarist Jimmy Ibbotson is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1969, he joins The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. After its pop forays, the group strings together more than 15 country hits in the 1980s and records three "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" albums
Mac Davis is born in Lubbock, Texas. After writing the Elvis Presley hits "In The Ghetto" and "Don't Cry Daddy," he becomes an actor, TV host and recording artist. His biggest country hits include "It's Hard To Be Humble" and the autobiographical "Texas In My Rear View Mirror"