Today in country music history:

2009 - Lady Antebellum's first number one hit, "I Run To You," hit the airwaves.

2006 - Sugarland appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno without Kristen Hall. The band announced her departure from the group within days of the TV performance.

1991 - Johnny Paycheck was released from an Ohio prison after serving two years in prison for shooting a man in December 1985.

1991 - Garth Brooks scored a number one hit with "Unanswered Prayers."

 

Birthdays:

Ray Price - Country Music Hall of Fame member, "For The Good Times," "Crazy Arms"

William Lee Golden - member of The Oak Ridge Boys, "I'll Be True To You," "Elvira," "Bobbie Sue"

Ricky Van Shelton - singer, "Rockin' Years," "Simple Man"

Keith Anderson - "I Still Miss You," "Pickin' Wildflowers"

Tex Ritter (1905-1974) - Country Music Hall of Fame member, "High Noon," "I'm Wastin' My Tears On You," father of the late actor John Ritter

 

 

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