I'm from the Houston area and am constantly reminded of the history that comes from this part of the country.  

2007 - Vince Gill, Mel Tillis and Ralph Emery are announced by the Country Music Association as the year's Country Music Hall of Fame inductees during a ceremony at the Hall of Fame in Nashville.


2004 - Reba McEntire escorts "Somebody" to #1 in Billboard.


2002 - Keith Urban's "Somebody Like You" video debuts on CMT.


1997 - Garth Brooks gives a free concert in New York's Central Park that's broadcast live on HBO. Billy Joel and Don McLean join the event, with crowd estimates ranging from 200,000 to more than 1 million, as the city observes Garth Brooks Day.


1996 - Trace Adkins' "Every Light In The House" video first appears on television via CMT.


1965 - Raul Malo born in Miami, Florida. He sings lead for The Mavericks, who win multiple Vocal Group of the Year honors in the 1990s. He later builds a stylistically diverse solo career.


1961 - Patsy Cline's "I Fall To Pieces" reaches #1 on the Billboard country singles chart.


1959 - Michael Peterson born in Tucson, Arizona. He wins the male star of tomorrow award in the TNN/Music City News awards in 1999, on the heels of a debut album that brings hits with "Drink, Swear, Steal & Lie" and "From Here To Eternity".


1950 - Rodney Crowell born in Houston, Texas. The multi-talented performer nets five #1 singles from his 1988 album "Diamonds & Dirt," produces hits for Rosanne Cash and writes hits for Waylon Jennings, Crystal Gayle and Tim McGraw, among others.

1942 - B.J. Thomas born in Hugo, Oklahoma. Known primarily as a pop artist, he succeeds in country with 1975's "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song," adding to his country credentials with four more Top 10 singles in 1983-1984.


1925 - Songwriter Felice Bryant born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. With husband Boudleaux Bryant, she writes such hits as "Hole In My Pocket," by Ricky Van Shelton; "Devoted To You," by The Everly Brothers; and "Rocky Top," by The Osborne Brothers.


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