2011 - Columbia releases Pistol Annies' debut album, "Hell On Heels," digitally.

 

2004 - The Pocahontas Village Board in Illinois votes to rename the town's Pocahontas Community Park as Gretchen Wilson Park.

 

2003 - Trace Adkins joins the Grand Ole Opry, officially inducted by Ronnie Milsap and Lorrie Morgan. On his big night, he performs "Chrome," "Hot Mama" and "Then They Do".

 

1980 - Eddie Rabbitt parks himself at #1 on the Billboard country chart with "Drivin' My Life Away".

 

1977 - Elektra releases Linda Ronstadt's "Simple Dreams" album.

 

1975 - Glen Campbell's "Rhinestone Cowboy" rides to #1 on the Billboard country chart.

 

1969 - Bass player Ira Dean born in Raleigh, North Carolina. He joins Trick Pony, a band that nabs two hits from its 2001 debut album, winning an American Music Award before its 2008 demise. He also co-writes Montgomery Gentry's "One In Every Crowd".

 

1969 - Johnny Cash climbs to #1 on the Billboard country chart with "A Boy Named Sue".

 

1969 - Stand-up bass player Barry Bales born in Kingsport, Tennessee. He becomes a member of Alison Krauss' bluegrass band, Union Station, performing on "When You Say Nothing At All" and The Soggy Bottom Boys' "I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow".

 

1952 - Kitty Wells becomes the first woman to reach #1 on the Billboard country chart with "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels".

 

1949 - Paul Chrisman--alias Woody Paul, of Riders In The Sky--born in Nashville. The comedic trio reverently re-creates western music, joining the Grand Ole Opry in 1982.

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