2010 - Brooks & Dunn play their final concert at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena with proceeds earmarked for the Country Music Hall of Fame. Reba McEntire guests on "Cowgirls Don't Cry." Their last song: "Brand New Man".

 

2009 - Jason Aldean nabs a gold single for "Big Green Tractor".

 

2003 - Jimmy Dean receives his diploma at Plainview High School in Texas, 57 years after he dropped out to support his mother.

 

2001 - The "Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon" gets under way. Among Lewis' country guests: Reba McEntire, Billy Gilman, Alan Jackson, Dwight Yoakam, Tammy Cochran, Mickey Gilley, Sara Evans, The Clark Family Experience and The Oak Ridge Boys.

 

1991 - Capitol releases Garth Brooks' "Ropin' The Wind" album.

 

1990 - Tracy Lawrence arrives in Nashville in a run-down Toyota.

 

1978 - Kathy Mattea moves to Nashville with a mattress on top of her car.

 

1978 - Willie Nelson's version of the Irving Berlin song "Blue Skies" reaches #1 on the Billboard country chart.

 

1973 - Jerry Lewis gets help on his muscular dystrophy telethon from country stars Johnny Cash, Roy Clark, Johnny Rodriguez, Minnie Pearl, Sonny James, Faron Young, Conway Twitty, George Jones & Tammy Wynette.

 

1959 - Drummer Paul Deakin born in Miami, Florida. He becomes a founding member of The Mavericks, whose eclectic brand of country nets two awards apiece from the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music as vocal group of the year in the 1990s