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Republic Nashville releases "This Is How We Roll," by Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan, to radio
Keith Urban appears on the Grand Ole Opry at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, giving his first live performance since November vocal surgery. The night also marks the final Opry show at the venue before its historic 61-year-old floor is replaced
Darius Rucker nets a gold single for "Don't Think I Don't Think About It"
"The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada" opens nationally. The Tommy Lee Jones picture features Dwight Yoakam and Levon Helm, plus music by Merle Haggard, Augie Meyers, Freddy Fender, Hank Williams Jr., Flaco Jimenez and Roger Miller
Shania Twain hits the top of the Billboard country chart with "(If You're Not In It For Love) I'm Outta Here!"
The "Pure Country" soundtrack goes double-platinum for George Strait
Jessica Harp is born in Kansas City, Missouri. She becomes a member of The Wreckers, a duo with Michelle Branch, after working as a vocalist in Branch's band
The album "Waylon & Willie" is certified gold for Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson
Singer/songwriter Matraca Berg is born in Nashville. She writes Deana Carter's "Strawberry Wine," Reba McEntire's "The Last One To Know," Martina McBride's "Wild Angels" and Kenny Chesney's "You And Tequila," among others
Rock pioneer Buddy Holly dies in a plane crash near Mason City, Iowa, along with touring partners The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens. Holly's bass player, Waylon Jennings, gave up a seat on the plane