A Day in Music - August 27th

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.


Birthdays:

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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