Today in country music history:
 
2006 - Sugarland posted a message on its website saying Kristen Hall was leaving the group to focus on songwriting.
 
2000 - Garth Brooks was named Artist of the Decade for the '90s at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. He also won Favorite Male Country Artist and Favorite Country Album for Sevens. Shania Twain also won two trophies.

1998 - Tim McGraw began a six week stay at number one with "Just to See You Smile."

1995 - Alison Krauss & Union Station's single "When You Say Nothing at All" was released.

1981 - Eddie Rabbitt hit number one with "I Love a Rainy Night."

1973 - Charlie Rich's single "Behind Closed Doors" was released.


Birthdays:

Steve Earle - singer-songwriter, "Guitar Town"

Kid Rock - rock-rapper, born Robert James Ritchie, "All Summer Long"

Amanda Wilkinson - singer, The Wilkinsons, "26 Cents"

Image: Pearl Records

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