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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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Thirty Four Years Ago: Willie Nelson And Merle Haggard Release ‘Pancho & Lefty’

Thirty Four Years Ago: Willie Nelson And Merle Haggard Release ‘Pancho & Lefty’

On this date, December 30th, in 1982, Epic released Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson’s duet album Pancho & Lefty.  A blockbuster album, Pancho & Lefty dominated country music for the year and helped establish both artists as two of the best-selling and most ...

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December 30th, 2016

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Thirty Years Ago: George Strait Releases ‘Ocean Front Property’

Thirty Years Ago: George Strait Releases ‘Ocean Front Property’

On this date, December 22nd, in 1986, MCA released George Strait’s single “Ocean Front Property.” The song was written by Dean Dillon, Hank Cochran and Royce Porter, and was the lead-off single and title track from Strait’s album of the same name. It ...

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December 22nd, 2016

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Forty Three Years Ago: Charlie Rich’s ‘Behind Closed Doors’ Album Hits #1

Forty Three Years Ago: Charlie Rich’s ‘Behind Closed Doors’ Album Hits #1

On this date, December 21st, in 1973, Charlie Rich hit #1 on the US country album chart with Behind Closed Doors. The album received three Country Music Association awards: Best Male Vocalist, Album of the Year, and Single of the Year, for the title song written by Kenny ...

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December 21st, 2016

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Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers To Celebrate 40 Years As Grand Ole Opry Members

Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers To Celebrate 40 Years As Grand Ole Opry Members

On December 24, 2016, Christmas Eve, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers will celebrate 40 years as members of the Grand Ole Opry. Brothers Larry, Steve and Rudy will perform on the Opry stage that night, live from Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. “Well,

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December 19th, 2016

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36 Years Ago: Dolly Parton Makes Her Big Screen Debut in ‘9 to 5′

36 Years Ago: Dolly Parton Makes Her Big Screen Debut in ‘9 to 5′

On this date, December 19th, in 1980, the movie 9 to 5 first aired in theaters. The comedy film written by Patricia Resnick and Colin Higgins, directed by Higgins, starred Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, and Dabney Coleman. The film concerns three working women living

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December 19th, 2016

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Forty Six Years Ago: Loretta Lynn’s ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’ Reaches #1 On Billboard

Forty Six Years Ago: Loretta Lynn’s ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’ Reaches #1 On Billboard

On this date, December 19th, in 1970, Loretta Lynn reached #1 on the Billboard country chart with “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” The song became Lynn’s signature song, one of the genre’s most widely known songs, and provided the basis for both her ...

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December 19th, 2016

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Thirteen Years Ago: Honky-Tonk Singer Gary Stewart Dies

Thirteen Years Ago: Honky-Tonk Singer Gary Stewart Dies

On this date, Dec 16th, in 2003, Gary Stewart was found dead at his home in Fort Pierce, Florida, from a gunshot to the neck in an apparent suicide just weeks after his wife’s death. Country musician and songwriter known for his distinctive vibrato voice and his ...

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December 16th, 2016

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