2004 - Gretchen Wilson's "Here For The Party" album goes double-platinum.

2003 - The video to "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere," the Alan Jackson collaboration with Jimmy Buffett, makes its debut on CMT's "Most Wanted Live".

1997 - George Strait starts a four-week stay at the top of the Billboard chart with "Carrying Your Love With Me".

1993 - "Love Can Build A Bridge" becomes The Judds' fifth platinum album.

1993 - Liberty releases Garth Brooks' "Ain't Going Down (Til The Sun Comes Up)".

1991 - The brakes fail on Dottie West's car on the way to the Grand Ole Opry. She loses control and hits a wall, but sustains only minor injuries.

1980 - Mickey Gilley's version of the Buddy Holly song "True Love Ways" goes to #1 on the Billboard country chart.

1975 - Lefty Frizzell dies in Nashville following a stroke. He leaves a trail of honky-tonk classics, such as "If You've Got The Money, I've Got The Time" and "Always Late (With Your Kisses)," on his way to membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame.

1947 - Bernie Leadon born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He becomes a founding member of the country-rock band The Eagles, playing on their lone country hit, "Lyin' Eyes," and leaving the group in 1975. He briefly joins The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band during the 1980s.

1937 - George Hamilton IV born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. A member of the Grand Ole Opry starting in 1961, he gains a massive #1 single with "Abilene" in 1963 and earns hits with Gordon Lightfoot's "Early Morning Rain" and Joni Mitchell's "Urge For Going".