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Wedding Bells Ring And We Lose A Legend This Day In Country Music – September 9th

2007 – Joe Nichols marries Heather Singleton at Whitfield Chapel in Savannah, Georgia.

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2006 – The Wreckers’ debut single, “Leave The Pieces,” hits the top of the Billboard country chart.


2004 – Willie Nelson performs a concert in Plains, Georgia, for an upcoming TV special, “CMT Homecoming: Jimmy Carter In Plains”.


1996 – Bill Monroe dies at the Northcrest Medical Center in Springfield, Tennessee, five months after suffering a stroke. Acknowledged as the “Father of Bluegrass,” he joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1939 and entered the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1970.


1991 – Tracy Byrd marries Michelle Hilton in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.


1989 – The late Keith Whitley is featured at #1 on the Billboard country chart with “I Wonder Do You Think Of Me”.


1978 – Waylon Jennings’ “I’ve Always Been Crazy” starts a three-week run at #1 in Billboard.


1975 – Joey Martin born in Alexandria, Indiana. She joins husband Rory Lee Feek in the duo Joey+Rory, named Top New Vocal Duo by the Academhy of Country Music in 2010.


1968 – Buck Owens performs for president Lyndon Johnson at the White House. His set list includes “Act Naturally,” “Together Again,” “Gentle On My Mind,” “Orange Blossom Special” and “I’ve Got A Tiger By The Tail”.


1957 – Jerry Lee Lewis takes “Whole Lot Of Shakin’ Going On” to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart.


1956 – Elvis Presley makes his first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” He’s shot only from the waist up, singing four songs, including “Love Me Tender” and “Don’t Be Cruel.” Charles Laughton hosts the show for Sullivan, recuperating from an auto accident.



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