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A First For Kenny Rogers This Day in Country Music – April 2nd (video)

1977 – Kenny Rogers has charted more than 120 hit singles, do you know which song was his first #1? “Lucille” brings Kenny Rogers his first #1 country single in Billboard magazine.

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2006 – Brad Paisley sings “When I Get Where I’m Going” during the funeral for Buck Owens at the Valley Baptist Church in Bakersfield. Also on hand are Dwight Yoakam, Garth Brooks, Chris Hillman, Herb Pedersen, Lulu Roman, John Berry and Trace Adkins.


2006 – Craig Morgan breaks his left wrist and suffers a concussion when he’s thrown over the handlebars in an accident during a cross country motorcycle race in Bucksnort, Tennessee. He still manages to finish the race and to perform that evening.


2002 – Elton John and Ryan Adams perform together at a studio in the back of the Grand Ole Opry House, a taping for “CMT Crossroads.” Among their collaborations are duets on Jim Reeves’ “He’ll Have To Go” and Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Great Balls Of Fire”.


1994 – Little Texas tops the Billboard country chart for the first time with “My Love”.


1992 – Wynonna Judd performs her first solo concert in Midland, Texas.


1990 – Diamond Rio signs its first recording contract, with Arista Records.


1988 – Reba McEntire’s “Love Will Find Its Way To You” finds its way to #1 on the Billboard country singles list.


1961 – Buddy Jewell is born in Osceola, Arkansas. After singing on demos for a number of years in Music City, he wins the first “Nashville Star” TV competition in 2003, leading to a recording contract and a gold album.


1956 – Johnny Cash records “I Walk The Line” and “Get Rhythm” at the Sun Recording Studio in Memphis.


1947 – Emmylou Harris is born in Birmingham, Alabama. After attaining commercial success, she edges into what becomes an career, gaining numerous Grammy awards and a 2008 induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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