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Family Scandal Gets Jerry Lee Booted From Britain This Day in Country Music – May 22nd (Video)

1958 – Jerry Lee Lewis arrives in London, where he admits he’s married his teenage cousin, Myra. He’s booed offstage and forced to cancel 34 of his 37 scheduled concerts.


2012 – Pistol Annies’ Angaleena Presley marries tour manager Jordan Powell in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.


2011 – Reba McEntire, Jean Shepard and songwriter Bobby Braddock are inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.


2007 – LeAnn Rimes’ “Nothin’ Better To Do” video debuts online at


2004 – Rascal Flatts’ “Mayberry” rises to #1 in Billboard.


2002 – Alabama announces during the Academy of Country Music Awards that it intends to retire after a 2003 farewell tour.


2002 – Brooks & Dunn and Alan Jackson win three times each in the 37th Academy of Country Music awards at Los Angeles’ Universal Amphitheatre. Brooks & Dunn take Entertainer of the Year; Top Vocal Duo; and Video of the Year, for “Only In America”.


2000 – Garth Brooks’ “Double Live” sets a new record for country concert albums, as it’s certified for shipments of 13 million units.


1993 – CBS airs “Willie Nelson The Big Six-0: An All-Star Birthday Celebration,” with Ray Charles, B.B. King, Paul Simon, Emmylou Harris, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Travis Tritt, Lyle Lovett, Bob Dylan, Marty Stuart, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson.


1975 – Freddy Fender gains his first gold single, for “Before The Next Teardrop Falls”.


1961 – Bass player Dana Williams is born in Dayton, Ohio. He joins Diamond Rio, a band that wins the Country Music Association’s Vocal Group award three times. Members of the Grand Ole Opry, the band thrives on tight instrumentation and strong harmonies.

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