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Happy 85th Birthday, Loretta Lynn

Happy 85th Birthday, Loretta Lynn

Happy 85th birthday, Loretta Lynn! On this day, April 14, in 1932 the country legend was born. Loretta Lynn is a multiple gold album American country music singer-songwriter whose work spans almost 60 years. She has received numerous awards and other accolades for her ...

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April 14th, 2017

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Loretta Lynn To Release New Album, ‘Wouldn’t It Be Great’ In August

Loretta Lynn To Release New Album, ‘Wouldn’t It Be Great’ In August

Legacy Recordings will release Wouldn’t It Be Great, the new studio album from American music icon Loretta Lynn, on Friday, August 18. One of the most deeply personal albums of her career, Wouldn’t It Be Great is comprised entirely of songs written (or co-written) by ...

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April 14th, 2017

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Thirty Six Years Ago: David Frizzell & Shelly West’s ‘You’re The Reason God Made Oklahoma’ Hits #1

Thirty Six Years Ago: David Frizzell & Shelly West’s ‘You’re The Reason God Made Oklahoma’ Hits #1

On this date, April 11th, back in 1981, David Frizzell & Shelly West’s “You’re The Reason God Made Oklahoma” went to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart. “You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma” was a 1981 single from the ...

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April 11th, 2017

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Nineteen Years Ago: Tammy Wynette Passed Away

Nineteen Years Ago: Tammy Wynette Passed Away

On this date (April 6th) in 1998, we lost the “First Lady of Country Music” — the legendary Tammy Wynette. She was only 55 years old. This beautiful obituary was written and shared on CMT.com: What started out as a peaceful evening catnap on the couch in ...

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April 6th, 2017

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Thirty Years Ago: George Strait’s ‘Ocean Front Property’ Hits #1

Thirty Years Ago: George Strait’s ‘Ocean Front Property’ Hits #1

On this day (April 4th) in 1987, George Strait landed at #1 on the Billboard country chart with the song “Ocean Front Property”. “Ocean Front Property” was written by Dean Dillon, Hank Cochran and Royce Porter and was released in December 1986 as the lead-off single and ...

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April 4th, 2017

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Happy Birthday To The Late, Great Jerry Reed

Happy Birthday To The Late, Great Jerry Reed

Jerry Reed Hubbard, known professionally as Jerry Reed, was an American country music singer, guitarist, and songwriter, as well as an actor who appeared in more than a dozen films. His signature songs included “Guitar Man”, “U.S. Male”, “A ...

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March 20th, 2017

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Thirty Seven Years Ago: Willie Nelson Hits #1 With ‘My Heros Have Always Been Cowboys’

Thirty Seven Years Ago: Willie Nelson Hits #1 With ‘My Heros Have Always Been Cowboys’

On this date, March 8th, in 1980, Willie Nelson topped the Billboard country charts with “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys.” The song was recorded by Waylon Jennings on the 1976 album Wanted! The Outlaws, and further popularized in 1980 by Willie Nelson as a ...

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March 8th, 2017

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Fifteen Years Ago: Waylon Jennings Passes Away

Fifteen Years Ago: Waylon Jennings Passes Away

On this day (Feb. 13th) in 2002, Waylon Arnold Jennings passed away from complications from diabetes. He was 64 years old. VIA CMT.COM: If any one performer personified the outlaw country movement of the ’70s, it was Waylon Jennings. Though he had been a professional ...

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February 13th, 2017

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Loretta Lynn Exhibit To Open At Country Music Hall of Fame

Loretta Lynn Exhibit To Open At Country Music Hall of Fame

  As part of its 50th-anniversary celebration, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will debut a major exhibition on the life of Loretta Lynn opening August 25. “I am so happy the Country Music Hall of Fame has asked me to be one of their main exhibits in ...

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January 11th, 2017

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Happy 66th Birthday, Crystal Gayle!

Happy 66th Birthday, Crystal Gayle!

On this date in 1951, Crystal Gayle was born Brenda Gail Webb in Paintsville, Kentucky, to Clara Marie and Melvin Theodore “Ted” Webb. Best known for her 1977 country-pop crossover hit song, “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue”, she had 20 ...

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January 9th, 2017

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