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D-I-V-O-R-C-E, Shania Twain And “The End Of The World” This Day In Country Music History – June 8th

2009 – From the odd pairings department: Taylor Swift records “Thug Story” with rapper T-Pain. The track uses her song “Love Story” for a satirical show opener at the following week’s CMT Music Awards.

2006 – Jack Ingram sings the national anthem prior to game 1 of the NBA championship series when the Dallas Mavericks host the Miami Heat at American Airlines Center.

2006 – Keith Urban joins Brooks & Dunn for “Believe” at the first nightly concert of the CMA Music Festival at Nashville’s renamed LP Field. Also performing: Dierks Bentley, Hank Williams Jr., Sara Evans, Pat Green, Little Big Town, Blake Shelton and Gary Allan.

2005 – Kenny Rogers, Trace Adkins and Montgomery Gentry take part in a concert for “CMT 100 Greatest Duets.” Also featured: Lee Ann Womack, Clint Black, Lisa Hartman Black, Raul Malo, Marty Stuart, Travis Tritt, Joe Nichols, Blake Shelton and Crystal Gayle.

2003 – Tammy Wynette’s “Stand By Your Man” is ranked #1 when CMT debuts its “100 Greatest Songs Of Country Music.” Ex-husband George Jones chimes in at #2, with “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” Wynette also lands at #35, with “D-I-V-O-R-C-E”.

1996 – George Strait’s “Blue Clear Sky” takes over the #1 position on the Billboard chart.

1993 – Rocker Bryan Adams joins Billy Ray Cyrus on stage during the Mercury Records showcase at Fan Fair. At the same show, Adams’ producer, Robert John “Mutt” Lange, meets his future wife, Shania Twain.

1981 – Fiddler Sara Watkins born in Vista, California. She joins Nickel Creek, an accomplished bluegrass act that gains two Grammy nominations before she turns 20.

1974 – Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” presides at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart.

1962 – Skeeter Davis records “The End Of The World” at RCA Studio B in Nashville.

Rick Diamond, Getty Images for CMT

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