Keith Urban, Rhett Akins and Roy Rogers Debut THis Day In Country Music – October 13th
2005 – Keith Urban’s “Better Life” video debuts on CMT.
2001 – Alan Jackson’s “Where I Come From” tops the Billboard country chart.
1986 – Reba McEntire captures the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year award, joining Dan Seals as double-winners at the 20th annual event at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House. Her other win is her third straight for Female Vocalist of the Year.
1984 – Ricky Skaggs’ version of Bill Monroe’s “Uncle Pen” becomes the first bluegrass recording to top the Billboard country chart.
1980 – George Jones wins two times during the 14th annual Country Music Association awards at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House. He earns Male Vocalist and Single of the Year for “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” which also wins Song of the Year.
1975 – Presenter Charlie Rich lights fire to the envelope when John Denver wins Entertainer of the Year during the ninth annual Country Music Association awards at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. Denver also takes Song of the Year with “Back Home Again”.
1969 – Rhett Akins born in Valdosta, Georgia. He garners three hits in the mid-’90s and transitions into writing a dozen years later, composing “Barefoot And Crazy,” “All Over Me” and “All About Tonight,” among others.
1959 – Marie Osmond born in Ogden, Utah. Following on the heels of her brothers’ pop success, she nets a 1973 country hit with “Paper Roses” as a teenager, joins her brother on the “Donny & Marie” TV show, then makes a mid-’80s comeback as a country singer.
1946 – Lacy J. Dalton born in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. The husky-throated singer wins the Academy of Country Music’s top new female award in 1980 while scoring early-’80s hits such as “Takin’ It Easy” and “16th Avenue”.
1937 – Roy Rogers signs his first film contract with Republic Pictures, leaving the Sons of the Pioneers in the process. The same day, he shoots a small part in the movie “Wild Horse Rodeo”.