A Day in Music - July 23rd

Today in country music history:

2005 - Toby Keith began a six-week stay at number one with "As Good as I Once Was."

2003 - Sugarland performed a showcase at Nashville's 12th & Porter club that led them to sign their record deal with Mercury Records.

2002 - Joe Nichols' debut project, Man with a Memory, was released.

2002 - Brooks & Dunn's sophomore album, Hard Workin' Man, was certified five-times platinum.

1997 - "Strawberry Wine" was named song of the Year at the Nashville Songwriters Association International's 30th awards ceremony. Vince Gill won his third songwriter/artist of the year trophy.

1994 - Alan Jackson's remake of "Summertime Blues" went to number one.

1988 - Vern Gosdin hit number one with "Set 'Em Up Joe."

1983 - Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard went to number one with "Pancho and Lefty."


Birthdays:

Alison Krauss - Grand Ole Opry winner, winner of more Grammy awards than any other woman in history, "When You Say Nothing At All," "Whiskey Lullaby" with Brad Paisley

Shannon Brown - singer

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