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The Big “Crash”, Elvira Gets Gold And Paisley Takes 3 This Day In Country Music History – June 16th

2009 – Brad Paisley wins three trophies during the CMT Music Awards at Nashville’s Sommet Center. Taylor Swift claims two.


2007 – Emerson Drive scores its first #1 single on the Billboard country chart with “Moments”.


2005 – Brooks & Dunn’s “Play Something Country” video debuts on CMT, referencing Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, George Strait, Patsy Cline, Alan Jackson and rapper P. Diddy.


2003 – Lee Ann Womack, Chely Wright and Kid Rock are among an entourage that heads to the Middle East for a USO tour. Also on board: Robert De Niro, John Stamos, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Wayne Newton.


2002 – Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow appear on “CMT Crossroads,” taped the previous month on the Sony Pictures lot in Los Angeles. In addition to their own material, they offer a duet on the Johnny Cash & June Carter classic “Jackson”.


2001 – Tim McGraw’s “Grown Men Don’t Cry” moves in to the top spot on the Billboard country singles list.


2000 – The Country Music Association tabs Charley Pride and Faron Young for induction in the Country Music Hall of Fame. They are the final members to be installed before the Hall moves into a new building in downtown Nashville.


1999 – Chely Wright appears as herself on NBC-TV’s daytime soap, “Another World,” where she sings her hit “Single White Female” in the show’s fictitious club, The Lucky Lady.


1999 – The Country Music Association announces Dolly Parton, Conway Twitty and Johnny Bond will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.


1981 – The Oak Ridge Boys are awarded a gold single for “Elvira”.


1939 – Billy “Crash” Craddock born in Greensboro, North Carolina. His pop/rock-influenced brand of country–visually underscored by sequins and sex appeal–makes him a key 1970s figure, behind such hits as “Rub It In” and “Sweet Magnolia Blossom”.

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