A Day in Music - April 12th

Today in country music history:

2008 - Gretchen Wilson took her final exam to qualify to receive her GED.

2000 - The Mavericks drummer Paul Deakin underwent open-heart valve replacement surgery.

2000 - Bill Anderson and Jon Randall wrote "Whiskey Lullaby."

2000 - Bruce Springsteen performed in Nashville, and Patty Loveless, Wynonna and the Oak Ridge Boys were in the audience.

1999 - Diamond Rio collected a gold album for their Greatest Hits compilation.

1999 - Boxcar Willie died of leukemia in Branson, Missouri. He was 67 years old.

1999 - Shania Twain became the only female artist in history to sell over 10 million copies of back-to-back albums.

1997 - Travis Tritt married Theresa Nelson at his home in Georgia. Tanya Tucker, Marty Stuart and Connie Smith were in attendance.

1994 - Dwight Yoakam's album Hillbilly Deluxe was certified platinum.

1993 - Tim McGraw's self-titled debut album hit stores.

1989 - Garth Brooks' self-titled debut album was released.

1980 - Charley Pride went to number one with a remake of Hank Williams' "Honky Tonk Blues."

1972 - The first Fan Fair began at Nashville's Municipal Auditorium.

1961 - Marty Robbins' song "El Paso" won Best Country & Western Performance during the third annual Grammy Awards.

 

Birthdays:

Vince Gill - country star, married to Amy Grant, Country Music Hall of Fame member, "Go Rest High on That Mountain," "I Still Believe In You"

Easton Corbin - singer, "A Little More Country Than That," "Roll with It"

 

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