Today in country music history:
2009 - John Rich started a two-day video shoot in Nashville for "Shuttin' Detroit Down" featuring Mickey Rourke and Kris Kristofferson in acting roles.
2006 - Carrie Underwood's video for "Don't Forget to Remember Me" premiered.
2005 - Kenny Rogers and Lionel Richie appeared together at a taping of CMT Crossroads at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.
2005 - Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw and Big & Rich were each nominated four times for the CMT Music Awards. Keith Urban and Gretchen Wilson picked up three nods apiece.
2002 - Tim McGraw rode to number one with his hit "The Cowboy in Me."
1998 - LeAnn Rimes' debut single, "Blue," was certified gold.
1996 - Garth Brooks went to number one with "The Beaches of Cheyenne."
1991 - A plane crash outside San Diego killed eight members of Reba's band and crew.
1974 - The Grand Ole Opry gave its first performance at the new Grand Ole Opry House. President Richard Nixon was on hand for the event and Roy Acuff famously taught him how to use a yo-yo.
1951 - Hank Williams recorded "Hey, Good Lookin'," "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love With You)" and a few other tunes during a recording session at Nashville's Castle Recording Studio.
Ray Benson - singer, Asleep At The Wheel, "The Letter That Johnny Walker Read"
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