Today in country music history:

2008 - John Rich and Josh Turner were in the audience as presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama engaged in a debate at Nashville's Belmont University.

2002 - Toby Keith's new Ford Trucks commercial premiered on ABC-TV's Monday Night Football.

2000 - Chris LeDoux got a new liver. He underwent transplant surgery at the Nebraska Health System hospital in Omaha.

1999 - For the first time since 1995, a Garth Brooks album failed to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 Pop Albums chart. Garth Brooks in...The Life Of Chris Gaines was a major failure for Brooks.

1991 - Willie Nelson's single "Always on My Mind" was certified gold and platinum.

1940 - Bill Monroe had his first recording session at the Kimball Hotel in Atlanta.

1927 - Jimmie Rodgers' first record, "The Soldier's Sweetheart" went on sale.

 

Birthday:

Kiernan Kane - singer, The O'Kanes

 

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