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Giants Invade CMT This Day In Country Music – November 17th

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2007 – A “CMT Giants” installment celebrating Hank Williams Jr. debuts. Paying homage are Brad Paisley, Gretchen Wilson, Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kid Rock, Steven Tyler, Toby Keith, Terry Bradshaw and Buddy Guy.


2005 – Sara Evans’ “Cheatin'” video and Jason Aldean’s “Why” debut on CMT.


2004 – Montgomery Gentry and Lynyrd Skynyrd tape an episode of “CMT Crossroads” at The Factory, in Franklin, Tennessee.


1997 – “The Woman In Me” makes Shania Twain the first female country artist to have an album certified for shipments of 10 million copies.


1997 – Hal Ketchum gets engaged to Gina Giglio in the Austin airport, where he presents her a bouquet of flowers with a ring pointedly attached to one of the buds.


1997 – LeAnn Rimes’ “Blue” album is certified quintuple-platinum, while her single “How Do I Live” is recognized as double-platinum.


1989 – “Steel Magnolias,” starring Dolly Parton, Sally Field, Olympia Dukakis and Julia Roberts, opens at theaters nationally.


1988 – Bass player Reid Perry born in Greenville, Tennessee. He becomes one-third of The Band Perry, which earns a triple-platinum single with “If I Die Young” and wins the Country Music Association’s New Artist of the Year in 2011.


1977 – Aaron Lines born in Fort McMurray, Alberta. The hockey-playing Canadian earns an RCA recording contract following a showcase in May 2001, picking up a hit the following year with “You Can’t Hide Beautiful”.


1938 – Gordon Lightfoot born in Orillia, Ontario. The pop singer-songwriter crosses into the country charts with his million-selling 1974 single “Sundown,” and writes Marty Robbins’ “Ribbon Of Darkness” and George Hamilton IV’s “Early Morning Rain”.


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