Today in country music history:
2008 - Carrie Underwood was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry by Garth Brooks. Vince Gill sang with her on "Jesus, Take the Wheel" that night.
2007 - Sugarland's video for "Everyday America" came out.
2005 - Dierks Bentley's album Modern Day Drifter was released.
1999 - Songwriter-artist-poet Shel Silverstein was found dead in Key West, Florida. He was 66. Silverstein wrote such hits as A Boy Named Sue for Johnny Cash and both Sylvia's Mother for Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show.
1998 - Ani DiFranco and Tammy Wynette lent their voices to Foxs animated series, King of the Hill.
1997 - Barbara Mandrell launched her own line of jewelry on the QVC home shopping channel.
1995 - Reba won Entertainer of the Year and Top Female Vocalist at the ACM Awards.
1994 - Willie Nelson was found by police asleep on the side of the road in Hewitt, Texas. He was arrested on drug charges when they found the butt of a joint in his ashtray.
1989 - Dwight Yoakam's album Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc. was certified Platinum.
1986 - The Judds ascended to the top spot on the country chart with Grandpa (Tell Me Bout The Good Old Days).
1984 - Lee Greenwood's single "God Bless the U.S.A." was released.
1980 - Emmylou Harris' "Beneath Still Waters" rose to number one.
1966 - Charley Pride recorded his first chart hit, Just Between You and Me, for RCA.
1962 - Johnny Cash appeared at Carnegie Hall in New York City with George Jones and The Carter Family among the other acts on the bill.
1957 - Jan Howard married Harlan Howard in Las Vegas.
1952 - Hank Thompson's song "Wild Side of Life" began a 15-week run at number one on the country chart.
1928 - On Mother Maybelle's 29th birthday, The Carter Family recorded "Wildwood Flower."
Mother Maybelle Carter (1909 - 1978) - member of The Carter Family, member of the Country Music Hall of Fame
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