2009 - The Zac Brown Band performs "Chicken Fried," "Toes" and "Margaritaville" with Jimmy Buffett as they shoot an installment of "CMT Crossroads" at The Factory in Franklin, Tennessee.

 

2005 - The gay cowboy movie "Brokeback Mountain" opens with music by Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Steve Earle and Linda Ronstadt, plus Roger Miller's "King Of The Road," Tammy Wynette's "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" and Merle Haggard's "I'm Always On A Mountain When I Fall".

 

2004 - CMT premieres Craig Morgan's "That's What I Love About Sunday" video and Billy Dean's "Let Them Be Little".

 

2003 - Toby Keith's "Shock'n Y'all" album goes gold, platinum and double-platinum on the same day.

 

1996 - Faron Young shoots himself in the head in Nashville, apparently distraught over his slumping career. He dies a day later.

 

1995 - Alan Jackson's rendition of "Tall, Tall Trees" gets planted at #1 on the Billboard country chart. The song is written by two members of the Country Music Hall of Fame: George Jones and Roger Miller.

 

1989 - Garth Brooks nabs his first #1 country single: "If Tomorrow Never Comes".

 

1980 - The "Theme From The Dukes Of Hazzard (Good Ol' Boys)" goes gold for Waylon Jennings.

 

1968 - Merle Haggard records "Hungry Eyes" and "Silver Wings" in Hollywood at the Capitol Recording Studios.

 

1957 - Bobby Helms scores a #1 country single in Billboard with "My Special Angel"