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“Thelma & Louise” Had Country Music Roots? This Day In Country Music History – May 24th

2010 – Josh Turner scoops up a gold single for “Why Don’t We Just Dance”.

2003 – Randy Travis’ “Three Wooden Crosses” gets posted at #1 on the Billboard country chart.

1994 – MCA releases David Lee Murphy’s debut album, “Out With A Bang”.

1991 – Arista releases Diamond Rio’s self-titled debut album.

1991 – The movie “Thelma & Louise” is released, with Pam Tillis a partial inspiration for the character of Thelma Dickinson. The movie includes music by Tillis, Kelly Willis and Glenn Frey, plus Tammy Wynette’s “I Don’t Wanna Play House”.

1988 – Billy Gilman born in Westerly, Rhode Island. Making his TV debut at age 11 on the Academy of Country Music awards, he becomes an ACM nominee by age 12, as his crystal vocal tones propel his debut album, “One Voice,” to 1 million sales.

1975 – “I’m Not Lisa” brings Jessi Colter her only #1 country single in Billboard.

1955 – Rosanne Cash born in Memphis, Tennessee. The daughter of Johnny Cash, she infuses pop and rock sounds in her own progressive recording career with producer-husband Rodney Crowell during the 1980s, winning a Grammy for “I Don’t Know Why You Don’t Want Me”.

1947 – Mike Reid born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. A first-round NFL draft pick in 1970, he nabs a country hit 20 years later with “Walk On Faith,” although he earns more success as a songwriter on “Inside,” “He Talks To Me,” “In This Life” and others.

1941 – Robert Zimmerman, the future Bob Dylan, born at St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth, Minnesota. A legendary singer-songwriter, he nabs several country hits as a writer, including “It Ain’t Me Babe,” “You Ain’t Going Nowhere” and “To Make You Feel My Love”.

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