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One Good Debut Deserves Another This Day in Country Music – April 17th (Video)

2004 – The Judds make their Grand Ole Opry debut, performing “Flies On The Butter (You Can’t Go Home Again)” and “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout The Good Old Days)”.

2011 – A “colossal collapse of time management”: John Rich evaluates project leader Gary Busey’s leadership on the night’s episode of “The Celebrity Apprentice” on NBC.


2010 – Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins’ “Hillbilly Bone,” produced by Scott Hendricks, receives the Vocal Event of the Year award from the Academy of Country Music at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.


2009 – Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams-Paisley welcome their second son, Jasper Warren Paisley, at a Nashville hospital.


2006 – Jo Dee Messina runs the 26.2-mile course in the 110th Boston Marathon. She injures her knee halfway through, but still finishes in five hours and 47 minutes, ranking #19,681 among participants.


2001 – Arista releases Brooks & Dunn’s “Steers & Stripes” album.


1996 – Diamond Rio’s video for “It’s All In Your Head,” featuring Martin Sheen, debuts on CMT.


1976 – “Drinkin’ My Baby (Off My Mind)” brings Eddie Rabbitt his first #1 country single as an artist.


1973 – Rhythm guitarist Craig Anderson is born in Huntsville, Alabama. He becomes a member of Heartland, which picks up a hit in 2006 with the ballad “I Loved Her First”.


1970 – Johnny Cash plays the White House with June Carter and The Statler Brothers. Cash declines president Nixon’s request to do Merle Haggard’s “Okie From Muskogee” but does perform “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Peace In The Valley” and “What Is Truth”.

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