Today in country music history:
2008 - Kenny Chesney performed a surprise show with The Wailers at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge in Nashville with Kid Rock and Mac McAnally.
2005 - Rascal Flatts' "Skin (Sarabeth)" video debuted on CMT.
2005 - Dolly Parton was awarded the National Medal of Arts at the White House.
2004 - Gretchen Wilson earned a gold single with "Redneck Woman."
2001 - Tim McGraw took "Angry All the Time" to the top of the chart.
2000 Billy Gilman's "One Voice" video was the big winner at the 2000 Billboard Music Video Awards. The clip won all four categories in which it was nominated.
2000 Singer-songwriter Billy Yates made his Grand Ole Opry debut.
1990 - Joe Diffie went to number one for the first time with "Home."
1973 - Fourteen-year-old Marie Osmond took the top spot with "Paper Roses."
1969 - "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" by Gene Autry received a gold record. The song had been released 20 years earlier.
1962 - Hank Snow reached the top spot with "I've Been Everywhere."
1956 Billboard's annual DJ poll found that Elvis Presley was the most-played male artist and country artist.
1956 - Marty Robbins went to number one with "Singing the Blues."
Donna Fargo - singer, "Funny Face," "The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A."
Chris Cagle - singer, "What Kinda Gone"
Miranda Lambert - singer, "White Liar," "Gunpowder and Lead"
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