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Reese Witherspoon & Joaquin Phoenix Go Platinum – This Day In Country Music History – May 17th

2010 – Republic Nashville releases The Band Perry’s “If I Die Young” to radio.

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2009 – Barbara Mandrell, Roy Clark and session musician Charlie McCoy are officially inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.

2006 – The “Walk The Line” soundtrack goes platinum. The album features such Johnny Cash songs as “Ring Of Fire” and “Jackson” performed by Reese Witherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix, Shooter Jennings and Waylon Payne.

2005 – Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying,” written by Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman, wins Single Record and Song of the Year during the 40th annual Academy of Country Music awards, telecast on CBS from Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay.

2001 – A new $37-million Country Music Hall of Fame opens in downtown Nashville. Among many on hand: Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, George Jones, Emmylou Harris, Diamond Rio, Martina McBride, Bill Anderson and ribbon-cutters Charley Pride, Brenda Lee and Kitty Wells.

1993 – Johnny Cash begins four days of recording in producer Rick Rubin’s living room in Los Angeles, backed only by his own guitar. It marks the start of work on his “American Recordings” album.

1983 – Bill Monroe is a guest at the White House, along with Frank Sinatra, as President Ronald Reagan recognizes Monroe as the only living American credited with originating an American music form.

1967 – Glen Campbell records “Gentle On My Mind,” written by John Hartford and arranged by Leon Russell, at the Capitol Recording Studio in Hollywood.

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