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The Birth of a True Singing Cowboy This Day in Country Music – October 2nd (Video)

1948 – Chris LeDoux born inBiloxi,Mississippi. A rodeo champion, he develops a music career with a gift for showmanship.

Garth Brooks namechecks LeDoux in his debut single and sings on LeDoux’s 1992 hit “Whatcha Gonna Do With A Cowboy”.

2010 – Carrie Underwood performs her first concert at the historic Hollywood Bowl. Randy Travis is a surprise guest on “I Told You So” and rock guitarist Orianthi joins Underwood on “Last Name”.


2009 – CMT premieres a bundle of videos: Carrie Underwood’s “Cowboy Casanova,” Billy Currington’s “That’s How Country Boys Roll,” Tim McGraw’s “Southern Voice,” Miranda Lambert’s “White Liar,” Kenny Chesney & Dave Matthews’ “I’m Alive” and Reba McEntire’s “Consider Me Gone”.


1996 -GeorgeStraittakes three trophies during the 30th annual Country Music Association awards, aired by CBS from the Grand Ole Opry House inNashville. Strait takes Male Vocalist of the Year; Album, for “Blue Clear Sky”; and Single, for “Check Yes Or No”.


1991 – George Bush becomes the first president to attend the Country Music Association awards, where Garth Brooks wins four trophies: Entertainer of the Year; Album (“No Fences”); Single (“Friends In Low Places”); and Music Video (“The Thunder Rolls”).


1986 – The Everly Brothers receive a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.


1972 – United Artists releases The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s album “Will The Circle Be Unbroken,” featuring Roy Acuff, Jimmy Martin, Maybelle Carter, Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, Merle Travis, Vassar Clements, Junior Huskey, Norman Blake and Bashful Brother Oswald.


1967 – Singer-songwriter Gillian Welch born inNew York City. The earthy performer becomes an acclaimed member of the alternative country movement, appearing on the “Hope Floats” and “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtracks.


1954 – Elvis Presley makes his only appearance on the Grand Ole Opry, singing “Blue Moon Of Kentucky” atNashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Opry manager Jim Denny allegedly tells him not to give up his day job.


1954 – Guitarist Greg Jennings born inNicoma Park,Oklahoma. He joins smooth-harmonies Restless Heart, playing on such hits as “Why Does It Have To Be (Wrong Or Right),” “I’ll Still Be Loving You” and “A Tender Lie”.

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