Funny songs played in prisons.  Definitely the recipe for success.

2009 - The Kellie Pickler single "Best Days Of Your Life," co-written with Taylor Swift, is certified gold.

 

2005 - "Fast Cars And Freedom" races Rascal Flatts' name to the top of the Billboard country chart.

 

2005 - Live 8 concerts are held around the world to battle poverty, with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill performing in Rome, and Toby Keith and Keith Urban in Philadelphia. Among other acts: Paul McCartney, U2, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Sting and Brian Wilson.

 

1999 - Andy Griggs makes his Grand Ole Opry debut.

 

1991 - MCA releases Trisha Yearwood's self-titled debut album.

 

1983 - Michelle Branch born in Phoenix, Arizona. After establishing herself as a Grammy-winning pop singer, she shifts to country in 2006 by joining with Jessica Harp to form the duo The Wreckers.

 

1973 - MCA releases Conway Twitty's "You've Never Been This Far Before".

 

1969 - Columbia releases Johnny Cash's "A Boy Named Sue".

1964 - Jim Reeves holds his final recording sessions, cutting the ironically titled "Is It Really Over?" and "Missing You" at Nashville's RCA Studio B.

 

1956 - Elvis Presley records "Don't Be Cruel" and "Hound Dog" at the RCA Studios in New York. The latter song requires 31 takes.