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Here For The Platinum Party! This Day In Country Music Histroy – June 21st

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2004 – Gretchen Wilson’s debut album, “Here For The Party,” is certified gold and platinum simultaneously.


2003 – Johnny Cash makes his first public appearance since the funeral for his wife, June Carter. It’s also his last public performance. Along with son John Carter Cash, the Man In Black sings “Folsom Prison Blues” and “Ring Of Fire” in Hiltons, Virginia.


2000 – Jo Dee Messina’s “That’s The Way” video debuts on CMT.


2000 – Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance” album is certified gold.


1997 – Alabama hosts its final June Jam in Fort Payne, Alabama. The lineup includes Heartland, a band that waits another nine years before scoring its first hit single.


1983 – Mercury Records signs Kathy Mattea to her first recording contract.


1976 – Reba McEntire marries Charlie Battles at the First Baptist Church in Stringtown, Oklahoma. They honeymoon in Texas, where they promote her latest single to radio stations.


1972 – Allison Moorer born in Frankville, Alabama. The younger sister of Shelby Lynne earns an Oscar nomination for her song “A Soft Place To Fall,” included in the movie “The Horse Whisperer”.


1964 – Guitarist Porter Howell born in Longview, Texas. He helps found Little Texas, a thick-harmonied vocal group that becomes a major act during the mid-1990s, behind their hits “God Blessed Texas,” “What Might Have Been” and “Kick A Little”.


1959 – Kathy Mattea born in Cross Lanes, West Virginia. Deftly balancing art and commercialism, she nabs a pair of Grammy awards and is twice named the Country Music Association’s female vocalist of the year.

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