2008 - RCA releases Chuck Wicks' debut album, "Starting Now".

 

2005 - Darryl Worley's "Awful, Beautiful Life" leads him to the top of the Billboard country chart.

 

2001 - Kenny Chesney's "Greatest Hits" album is certified gold and platinum simultaneously.

 

1994 - Hal Ketchum joins the Grand Ole Opry.

 

1991 - RCA releases Aaron Tippin's first album, "You've Got To Stand For Something".

 

1990 - For the third straight year, Randy Travis leads country winners at the American Music Awards, with a trio of trophies, including favorite country single, "Deeper Than The Holler." Other country victors: Reba McEntire, Alabama and Clint Black.

 

1969 - Glen Campbell nets the first gold single of his career, for "Wichita Lineman".

1955 - Porter Wagoner makes his Grand Ole Opry debut.

 

1952 - Alabama bass player Teddy Gentry born in Fort Payne, Alabama. The band mixes country with southern rock in becoming the hottest country act of the 1980s, eventually entering the Country Music Hall of Fame.

 

1949 - Exile lead vocalist J.P. Pennington born in Berea, Kentucky. Founded in 1963, Exile becomes one of country's top groups during the 1980s, with Pennington--one of Exile's primary songwriters-- exiting in 1988. He and Les Taylor eventually re-form the band.