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Willie Scores Gold and Platinum After Ten Long Years This Day in Country Music – October 7th (Video)

1991 – Nearly a decade after its release, Willie Nelson’s single “Always On My Mind” is certified gold and platinum.


2012 – Mary Chapin Carpenter is inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame along with Tony Arata (“The Dance”), Kim Williams (“Three Wooden Crosses”) and Larry Henley (“The Wind Beneath My Wings”) at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel.


2008 – Josh Turner and John Rich are in the audience when presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama debate on national TV from Nashville’s Belmont University.


2006 – Big & Rich and Lynyrd Skynyrd perform a benefit concert at the HiFi Buys Amphitheatre in Atlanta to raise funds for a memorial to the 173rd Airborne, the division commemorated in “8th Of November.” Also appearing: John Anderson, The Lost Trailers and Cowboy Troy.


2005 – Chely Wright performs at the home of vice president Dick Cheney for soldiers who’ve been wounded during service in the Middle East.


2002 – Ford Trucks debuts a new commercial starring Toby Keith during “Monday Night Football” on ABC-TV.


2000 – Chris LeDoux has a liver transplant in Omaha, Nebraska, after discovering he has primary sclerosing cholangitis.


1949 – Kieran Kane is born in Queens, New York. He has moderate commercial success as a solo artist in the early-1980s before joining with Jamie O’Hara to create The O’Kanes. In the 1990s, he co-founds Dead Reckoning Records, an artist-owned indie label.


1940 – Bill Monroe has his first recording session with the Blue Grass Boys, at the Kimball Hotel in Atlanta, for RCA Records. Among the day’s tracks: “Mule Skinner Blues”.


1927 – Jimmie Rodgers’ first record, “The Soldier’s Sweetheart” backed with “Sleep Baby Sleep,” goes on sale.

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