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It Happened On This Day In Country Music History
1993 Reba McEntire and Vince Gill were at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with “The Heart Won’t Lie.” The second single released from Reba’s album, It’s Your Call was originally planned to be a duet with Kenny Rogers, but when Rogers proved to be unavailable McEntire decided to record the song not as a duet and Vince Gill was added later.
2003 Former Oak Ridge Boys member Noel Fox died at a Nashville hospital following a series of strokes aged 63. Fox sang with the Oak Ridge boys until 1972, and later became a music business executive.
2006 CMT honored Hank Williams Jr. with the Johnny Cash Visionary Award, presenting it to him at the 2006 CMT Music Awards.
2007 The former home of Johnny Cash burnt to the ground. Cash and his wife June Carter used the base in Tennessee to write many of their songs, and to entertain fans and US presidents. Part of Cash’s famous late-period video “Hurt” was shot inside the house, 20 miles north-east of ‘country music capital’ Nashville. After the couple’s deaths in 2003, the home in Henderson was bought by Bee Gee Barry Gibb who was preparing to refurbish the property when fire struck – within a few hours, only the stone chimneys remained of the building. More on Johnny Cash
Country Music Fun Fact
When Reba McEntire made her Grand Ole Opry debut in 1977, she almost didn’t make it in the door after a guard at the Opry gate missed her name on the night’s list of performers. Her parents and older sister, Alice, drove 1,400 miles round trip from their Oklahoma home to see what turned out to be Reba’s three-minute performance that night.