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The End of an Era This Day in Country Music – August 14th (Video)

1982 – Ernest Tubb makes his final appearance on the Grand Ole Opry.


2007 – Capitol releases Luke Bryan’s debut album, “I’ll Stay Me”.


2003 – Toby Keith and Scotty Emerick perform for 25,000 troops and president George W. Bush at Miramar Marine Air Corps Station near San Diego. Among the selections: “Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue” and “The Fightin’ Side Of Me”.


2003 – When a power outage zaps the electricity for 50 million residents in the Northeast, Jo Dee Messina improvises with a 30-minute acoustic set at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York. She includes the apropos “The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia”.


2001 – Rounder releases Alison Krauss + Union Station’s “New Favorite” album.


1995 – Garth Brooks’ “The Hits” becomes the first best-of album by a country-based artist certified for shipments of 7 million units.


1995 – Shania Twain is certified double-platinum for the first time in her career, with “The Woman In Me”.


1964 – Roy Rogers has a nine-hour surgery to repair vertebrae in his back damaged by years of riding his horse, Trigger.


1942 – Record producer Brent Maher born in Great Bend, Kansas. His credits include: The Judds’ “Why Not Me,” Dottie West’s “A Lesson In Leavin'” and Tanya Tucker’s “Some Kind Of Trouble”.


1941 – Connie Smith is born in Elkhart, Indiana. The Grand Ole Opry powerhouse debuts with 1964’s “Once A Day,” making hits consistently for nine years. In 1997, she marries fellow Opry star Marty Stuart. In 2012, she joins the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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