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Kenny Chesney Hits #1 And Swift Receives Songwriting Award This Day In Country Music History – June 17th

2010 – Taylor Swift receives the Hal David Starlight Award at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel as the Songwriters Hall of Fame inducts David Foster, Jackie DeShannon, Leonard Cohen and Sunny Skylar.

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2006 – Kenny Chesney kicks off a five-week run at #1 in Billboard with “Summertime”.

2005 – A “CMT Crossroads” edition pairs Ronnie Milsap and Los Lonely Boys.

2004 – Dierks Bentley’s “How Am I Doin'” video debuts on CMT.

2004 – Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying” video makes its TV debut, on CMT.

2000 – Chad Brock’s “Yes!” goes to #1 in Billboard.

1988 – Garth Brooks signs with Capitol Records.

1988 – Reprise releases Dwight Yoakam & Buck Owens’ “Streets Of Bakersfield”.

1978 – Emmylou Harris takes Delbert McClinton’s “Two More Bottles Of Wine” to #1 in Billboard.

1949 – Russell Smith, of The Amazing Rhythm Aces, born in Nashville. Behind Smith’s soulful lead vocals, they earn a trio of hits in the mid-’70s, while Smith goes on to write “Heartbeat In The Darkness” “and Keep It Between The Lines,” among others.

1910 – Red Foley born in Blue Lick, Kentucky. Following his sentimental hit about his dog, “Old Shep,” he becomes a major figure on the Grand Ole Opry in the 1940s and ’50s. He enters the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1967.

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