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19 Years Old And Rocking The Opry Stage This Day in Country Music – August 12th (Video)

2011 – Hunter Hayes performs “Storm Warning” in his Grand Ole Opry debut.


2008 – The Minner Station postal center in Oildale, California, is renamed the Buck Owens Post Office.


2006 – Rodney Atkins earns his first #1 single in Billboard: “If You’re Going Through Hell (Before The Devil Even Knows)”.


2001 – Shania Twain and husband-producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange have a son, Eja (pronounced “Asia”), in Switzerland.


2000 – Lonestar lifts “What About Now” to the top of the Billboard country chart.


1994 – Less than two months after All-4-One netted a gold single for a pop version of “I Swear,” John Michael Montgomery’s country rendition also goes gold.


1993 – Vince Gill racks up eight nominations and Alan Jackson gets seven, as the Country Music Association unveils finalists for its 1993 awards. Gill and Jackson face Brooks & Dunn, Garth Brooks and Reba McEntire for Entertainer of the Year.


1989 – Patty Loveless notches her first #1 country single with “Timber, I’m Falling In Love”.


1956 – Danny Shirley is born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He fronts Confederate Railroad, whose mix of country and Southern rock gives them a biker image and a handful of 1990s hits, including “Trashy Women,” “Daddy Never Was The Cadillac Kind” and “Queen Of Memphis”.


1929 – Buck Owens is born in Sherman, Texas. Raised in California, he adds a rock ‘n’ roll spirit to country music, becoming a major part of the Bakersfield Sound. He co-hosts “Hee Haw” for more than 15 years on his way into the Country Music Hall of Fame.


1927 – Porter Wagoner is born in Howell County, Missouri. Known for his rhinestone suits, he develops a long-running syndicated TV show in which he introduces Dolly Parton as a duet partner. A member of the Grand Ole Opry beginning in 1957, he joins the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2002.

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