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Taylor Swift Makes Her Debut And George Jones Receives The Birthday Gift Of A Second Chance This Day In Country Music – September 12th

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2008 – Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” video debuts on CMT.


2007 – Brad Paisley grinds out a gold album for “5th Gear”.


2003 – Johnny Cash dies at Nashville’s Baptist Hospital, of complications from diabetes, four months after the death of his wife, June Carter. The Man In Black was a member of both the Country Music and Rock & Roll Halls of Fame.


1998 – Brooks & Dunn sew up the top spot on the Billboard country chart with “How Long Gone”.


1994 – George Jones undergoes triple bypass surgery on his 63rd birthday at Nashville’s Baptist Hospital.


1990 – Alan Jackson collects his first gold album, for “Here In The Real World”.


1975 – Charlie Daniels hosts the Volunteer Jam II in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, with special guests The Marshall Tucker Band, Billy Joe Shaver, Jimmy Hall and The Allman Brothers Band’s Dickey Betts.


1974 – Jennifer Nettles born in Douglas, Georgia. She becomes the soulful lead singer of Sugarland, which upends Brooks & Dunn’s stranglehold on Vocal Duo trophies beginning in 2007.


1931 – George Jones born in Saratoga, Texas. Widely regarded as one of the most gifted singers in country music history, he gains hits in five different decades, despite a lengthy battle with chemicals. He enters the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992.


1927 – Helen Carter born in Maces Spring, Virginia. The daughter of The Carter Family’s Maybelle Carter, she begins performing with the group in 1938, and eventually tours with her mother and sisters June and Anita, playing accordion for the group.


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