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A Bunch Of Babies This Day In Country Music – May 18th

2008 – Sugarland’s “Stay” is a double-winner, claiming Single Record and Song of the Year during the 43rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards on CBS from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

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2005 – Gretchen Wilson earns a gold single with “Here For The Party” and a platinum one with “Redneck Woman”.

2004 – Loretta Lynn shoots a video with rocker Jack White, of The White Stripes, for her song “Portland, Oregon.” The location: a barn in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.

2003 – A wheelchair-bound Johnny Cash sits in the front row at the funeral for June Carter, at the First Baptist Church, in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Emmylou Harris, Larry Gatlin, The Oak Ridge Boys and Sheryl Crow all perform at the memorial.

1996 – Brooks & Dunn begin a three-week stay at #1 on the Billboard country chart with their remake of “My Maria”.

1986 – Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings appear in a CBS-TV re-make of the western movie “Stagecoach,” along with June Carter, John Schneider, John Carter Cash, Jessi Colter, David Allan Coe and Billy Swan.

1979 – David Nail born in Kennett, Missouri. Seven years after his debut single, he earns his first hit in 2009 with “Red Light”.

1959 – A history lesson makes history as Johnny Horton’s recording of “The Battle Of New Orleans” goes to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart.

1952 – George Strait born in Poteet, Texas. The authentic cowboy becomes a voice for traditional country beginning in 1981, accruing more than 25 gold albums and membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame.

1948 – Joe Bonsall born in Philadelphia. The one-time gang member becomes tenor singer in 1973 for the gospel quartet The Oak Ridge Boys, which soon shifts into country music, using him as a lead voice on such hits as “Elvira,” “Bobbie Sue” and “Love Song”.

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