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52 Years Ago: Merle Haggard's 'Okie From Muskogee' Album Hits No. 1

Fifty-two years ago today, on May 22, 1970, Merle Haggard landed at the top of the charts. It was on that date that Okie From Muskogee, the live album that Haggard released in December of 1969, hit No. 1.Okie From Muskogee features 20 tracks, including a number of Haggard's most famous songs -- "Mama Tried," "Silver Wings" and "Workin' Man Blues" among them -- but it draws its title from what […]

todayMay 22, 2022 1

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70 Years Ago: George Strait Is Born in Poteet, Texas

Happy 70th birthday to George Strait! The singer was born on this day (May 18) in 1952.Strait was born in the small town of Poteet, Texas, just south of San Antonio, to parents John and Doris. His father was a math teacher and also owned a 2,000-acre ranch, where Strait and his siblings -- brother John Jr. (known as Buddy) and sister Pency -- worked on weekends and during the […]

todayMay 18, 2022

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53 Years Ago: Merle Haggard Records 'Workin' Man Blues'

Fifty-three years ago today, on May 16, 1969, Merle Haggard recorded one of the biggest hits of his career. It was on that date the the singer recorded "Workin' Man Blues," from his 1969 album A Portrait of Merle Haggard."Workin' Man Blues," which became a No. 1 hit, was written by Haggard as a tribute to his loyal fans, many of whom were blue-collar workers laboring every week for a paycheck. With lines such […]

todayMay 16, 2022

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73 Years Ago: Hank Williams Gets His First No. 1 Song With 'Lovesick Blues'

Seventy-three years ago today (May 7, 1949), Hank Williams earned his first No. 1 hit, with "Lovesick Blues." The song, written by Cliff Friend and Irving Mills, was first included in the 1922 musical Oh, Ernest.Emmett Miller and country singer Rex Griffin each recorded "Lovesick Blues," in 1925 and 1939, respectively. Inspired by their recordings, Williams decided to perform the song on the popular Louisiana Hayride radio show, and when the audience […]

todayMay 7, 2022

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Ranking All 20 of Brooks & Dunn's No. 1 Songs

There's never been a duo quite like Brooks & Dunn. Originally staking out separate careers as solo artists, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn formed a pair at the suggestion of Arista Records founder Tim DuBois in 1990 and became the most successful duo in country music history.Certified six-times platinum, their 1992 debut, Brand New Man, spawned four No. 1 singles and shot the duo to immediate acclaim. They soon began to see […]

todayMay 5, 2022

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WATCH: Top 7 Unforgettable Randy Travis Moments

Randy Bruce Traywick, known to fans as the one and only Randy Travis, was born on May 4, 1959, in Marshville, N.C., just east of Monroe. The second of six children, Travis was encouraged to explore his musical interests from a young age -- and though his parents didn't know at the time, their encouragement would lead their son to the Country Music Hall of Fame.Throughout his three-decade career, Travis has sold over […]

todayMay 4, 2022

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40 Years Ago: Bobbie Gentry Walks Away

The tenuous nature of fame means that several artists have walked away from the ACM Awards never to be seen again, but Bobbie Gentry may be the only country singer to have done it so deliberately.On April 29, 1982 -- 40 years ago today -- Gentry (then age 39) vanished. There was no farewell tour, final album or note about her plans; the "Ode to Billie Joe" singer just quietly canceled […]

todayApril 29, 2022

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25 Things You May Not Know About Country Icon Willie Nelson

In a career that has encompassed performing, songwriting, acting and activism, there are so many highlights to consider when looking back at Willie Nelson's life. Here are 25 of our favorite things you might not know about the American icon.1. Willie Hugh Nelson was born April 29, 1933, in Abbott, Texas. Also born in Texas that same month were future TV stars Carol Burnett and Carolyn Jones (The Addams Family).2. […]

todayApril 29, 2022

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31 Years Ago: Garth Brooks Wins a Record Six Times at the ACM Awards

Thirty-one years ago today, on April 24, 1991, Garth Brooks won a record-breaking six times at the 26th annual ACM Awards. Brooks shares his one-night ACM Awards wins record with Faith Hill and Chris Stapleton, who each won six trophies in 1999 and 2016, respectively.At the 1991 ACM Awards, Brooks won trophies for Top Male Vocalist of the Year; Album of the Year, for No Fences; Song of the Year and Country Music Video of the […]

todayApril 24, 2022