Today in country music history:
2005 - Merle Haggard's "Okie from Muskogee" ranked number one on CMT's countdown of the 20 Greatest City Songs.
2003 - Keith Urban went platinum with Golden Road.
2002 - The Dixie Chicks' album Home was released.
1998 - The mother of country star Garth Brooks underwent 12 hours of surgery to remove a cancerous growth in her throat.
1998 - Phil Vassar's first daughter, Haley, was born.
1994 - Clay Walker ascended to the top of the country chart with "Dreaming with My Eyes Open."
1990 - Garth Brooks' album No Fences was released.
1977 - Crystal Gayle began a four-week stay at number one with "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue."
1957 - Bill Anderson wrote "City Lights" in Commerce, Georgia on the roof of a hotel. It went to number one in 1958 for Ray Price and again for Mickey Gilley in 1974.
Jimmy C. Newman - Cajun-country singer
J.D. Crowe - bluegrass singer, banjo player
Jeff Cook - lead guitarist-singer-fiddler, Alabama, Country Music Hall of Fame member
Jeffrey Steele - highly successful songwriter penning hits for Rascal Flatts, Diamond Rio, Montgomery Gentry, Faith Hill, LeAnn Rimes and many more
Oliver Mooney Lynn (1924-1996) - husband of Loretta Lynn, portrayed by Tommy Lee Jones in Oscar-winning film Coal Miner's Daughter
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