2006 - George Strait lifts the Jamey Johnson-penned "Give It Away" to the top of the Billboard chart.

 

2003 - Mercury releases Billy Currington's self-titled debut album.

 

2003 - Universal South releases the Carl Jackson-produced "Livin', Lovin', Losin': Songs Of The Louvin Brothers," featuring Alison Krauss, James Taylor, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Rodney Crowell, Terri Clark, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill and Dierks Bentley.

 

1992 - Vince Gill and Garth Brooks are double-winners in the 26th annual Country Music Association awards at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House. Gill, who co-hosts with Reba McEntire on CBS, takes Male Vocalist and Song of the Year, for "Look At Us".

 

1989 - The Judds gallop to #1 on the Billboard country chart with "Let Me Tell You About Love".

 

1985 - Steve Earle records "Guitar Town" at Nashville's Sound Stage.

 

1963 - Eddie Montgomery is born in Lancaster, Kentucky. He joins Troy Gentry to form the Southern rock-tinged Montgomery Gentry, winning Vocal Duo of the Year honors from the Country Music Association in 2000. The act joins the Grand Ole Opry in 2009.

 

1958 - Marty Stuart is born in Philadelphia, Mississippi. He plays mandolin for Lester Flatt as a teen before building a solo career that features rockabilly-tinged hits and a Golden Globe nomination. He marries fellow Grand Ole Opry star Connie Smith.

 

1954 - Patsy Cline signs her first recording contract with Bill McCall, of Four Star Records.

 

1953 - Deborah Allen is born in Memphis, Tennessee. She earns a Grammy nomination for her 1983 performance of "Baby I Lied," but also writes John Conlee's "I'm Only In It For The Love," Janie Fricke's "Let's Stop Talkin' About It" and Patty Loveless' "Hurt Me Bad (In A Real Good Way)".

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