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16 Tons Re-Loaded This Day in Country Music – September 5th (Video)

1955 – Tennessee Ernie Ford sings “Sixteen Tons” on his daytime variety show. Fan mail pours in, and Ford records it two weeks later.

Nine years after it’s release Tennessee Ernie Ford reworked the song for his variety show an this was the result.  What do you think?

2007 – Sammy Kershaw signs papers at the Capitol in Baton Rouge, officially becoming a candidate for lieutenant governor in Louisiana. Kershaw assures reporters, “This is not a publicity stunt, and I am serious”.


2007 – Taylor Swift realizes a gold single for “Teardrops On My Guitar”.


2005 – CMT premieres Dierks Bentley’s “Come A Little Closer” video.


2004 – Trick Pony appears on the first day of Jerry Lewis’ annual Muscular Dystrophy Telethon. Others who lend their talents include Kenny Rogers, The Warren Brothers, Joe Nichols, Brad Cotter, Elton John, Tony Orlando, Celine Dion, Dr. Phil and Julie Roberts.


2001 – Reba McEntire begins shooting “Reba,” a weekly sitcom for the WB TV network, in Los Angeles.


1995 – Wade Hayes earns his first gold album, for “Old Enough To Know Better”.


1992 – Vince Gill earns his first #1 single in Billboard with “I Still Believe In You”.


1957 – Elvis Presley records “Blue Christmas” to begin three days of sessions for his first Christmas album. Elvis also cuts “Treat Me Nice.” The sessions are held at Radio Recorders in Hollywood.


1951 – Drummer Jamie Oldaker born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A member of Eric Clapton’s band for much of the 1970s and ’80s, he joins The Tractors, whose 1994 hit “Baby Likes To Rock It” makes them the first country act to earn a gold debut album without touring.

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