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Alan Jackson “Free” And A Big Day For The Grand Ole Opry This Day In Country Music History June 10th

2009 – Alan Jackson gives a free concert at Nashville’s Cadillac Ranch to celebrate two decades since signing his first recording dea. He plays 34 of his Top 10 hits, including “Wanted,” “Little Bitty,” “There Goes” and “Chattahoochee”.

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2005 – “American Idol” winner Carrie Underwood makes her Grand Ole Opry debut, singing the Roy Orbison classic “Crying”.


2004 – Terri Clark’s “Girls Lie Too” video debuts on CMT, with director Shawn Silva looking so much like Johnny Depp’s “Pirates Of The Caribbean” character that many viewers think it’s actually Depp.


1998 – Steve Sanders dies in an apparent suicide in Cape Coral, Florida. Sanders replaced William Lee Golden in The Oak Ridge Boys from 1987-1995, singing lead on such hits as “Gonna Take A Lot Of River” and “Bridges And Walls”.


1997 – Harlan Howard is added to the National Songwriters Hall of Fame at the Sheraton New York Hotel, along with Phil Spector  and Joni Mitchell. Howard wrote “Busted” and “I Fall To Pieces,” among many others.


1989 – Clint Black’s debut single, “A Better Man,” reaches #1 on the Billboard country chart.


1988 – Ricky Van Shelton joins the Grand Ole Opry, performing “Somebody Lied”.


1985 – Barbara Mandrell gives her first post-accident performance on The Music City News awards show. The Statler Brothers win six awards on the evening, including Entertainer of the Year.


1979 – Lee Brice born in Sumter, South Carolina. Established as an artist with the 2009 release “Love Like Crazy,” he also writes Tim McGraw’s “Still” and Garth Brooks’ “More Than A Memory”.


1978 – Willie Nelson’s remake of Hoagy Carmichael’s “Georgia On My Mind” tops the Billboard country chart.


1972 – Elvis Presley’s afternoon performance during a four-show stand in New York is taped for a future album: “Elvis As Recorded At Madison Square Garden.” Future Oak Ridge Boy Richard Sterban is a backing vocalist, and Bob Dylan is in the audience.


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