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Tragedy Strikes Country Concert This Day in Country Music – August 13th (Video)

2011 – As Sugarland prepares to take the stage, a wind gust collapses the stage at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis. Seven people eventually die and another 45 are treated for injuries.


2009 – Toby Keith’s “American Ride” video debuts on


2002 – The Dixie Chicks give a private show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, playing their album “Home” in its entirety in sequential order. In the audience: Marty Stuart, Ty Herndon, Little Big Town and Tim O’Brien.


1994 – John Michael Montgomery nabs a #1 country single in Billboard with “Be My Baby Tonight”.


1991 – Arista releases Brooks & Dunn’s debut album, “Brand New Man”.


1988 – Keith Whitley collects his first #1 country single in Billboard with “Don’t Close Your Eyes”.


1988 – Willie Nelson becomes the first artist ever to have an album spend 10 years on the Billboard country chart as “Stardust” logs its 520th week.


1978 – Drummer Mike Melancon born in Ecurces, Quebec. He provides a foundation for the Alberta-based band Emerson Drive, which makes its entry into American consciousness with the 2002 single “I Should Be Sleeping”.


1973 – Andy Griggs born in Monroe, Louisiana. Influenced by Waylon Jennings and Bob Seger, his 1999 debut album nets hits with the Pure Prairie League-like “You Won’t Ever Be Lonely” and the sensitive “She’s More”.


1967 – Producer Michael Knox born in Macon, Georgia. He oversees Jason Aldean’s hits, plus such titles as Trace Adkins’ “This Ain’t No Love Song,” Montgomery Gentry’s “Where I Come From” and Josh Thompson’s “Beer On The Table”.


1966 – The David Houston classic “Almost Persuaded” goes to #1 on the Billboard country chart.


1924 – Vernon Dalhart records “The Wreck Of The Old ’97” and “The Prisoner’s Song.” The two sides comprise the first million-selling single in country music history.

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