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Reba McEntire headlines at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium for the first time. Her set in the evening includes surprise guests Trisha Yearwood and Kelly Clarkson on "Softly And Tenderly"; Linda Davis for "Does He Love You"; The Isaacs in a gospel number; and three family members on "I'll Fly Away"
Eric and Katherine Church welcome a son, Tennessee Hawkins Church
Arista releases Brad Paisley's "I'm Still A Guy" to radio
Bucky Covington's first video, for "A Different World," has its world premiere on CMT
Billy Currington nets a gold single with "Must Be Doin' Somethin' Right"
Columbia releases Ricky Van Shelton's debut album, "Wild-Eyed Dream"
Willie Nelson wins two trophies during the 21st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles: Best Country Vocal Performance, Male, for "Georgia On My Mind"; and Best Country Vocal Duo or Group--shared with Waylon Jennings--for "Mammas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys"
Crystal Gayle becomes the first country-based female artist to receive a platinum album, for "We Must Believe In Magic"
T.G. Sheppard collects the first #1 country single of his career in Billboard magazine with "Devil In The Bottle"
Hank Locklin is born in McLellan, Florida. A 1960 addition to the Grand Ole Opry, he earns 10 Top 10 hits from 1949-1967, led by "Please Help Me, I'm Falling"