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George Jones He Stopped Loving Her Today No 1
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35 Years Ago: George Jones’ ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today’ Hits No. 1

Thirty-five years ago today, on July 5, 1980, George Jones saw one of his biggest hits land at the top of the charts. It was on this day that "He Stopped Loving Her Today," from Jones' then-upcoming I Am What I Am album, became a No. 1 hit.

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Garth Brooks That Summer No 1
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22 Years Ago: Garth Brooks ‘ ‘That Summer’ Hits No. 1

Twenty-two years ago today (July 3, 1993) was a thrilling day for Garth Brooks. It was on this day that Brooks earned his 10th No. 1 hit with "That Summer," from his 1992 The Chase album.

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Trisha Yearwood debut album
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24 Years Ago: Trisha Yearwood Releases Her Debut Album

Twenty-four years ago today, on July 2, 1991, Trisha Yearwood released her self-titled debut album.

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Chet Atkins dead
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14 Years Ago: Chet Atkins Dies

Fourteen years ago today (June 30, 2001) was a sad day for country music. It was on this day that guitarist, singer, producer and music industry executive Chet Atkins passed away. He was 77 years old at the time of his death.

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Alan Jackson first recording contract
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26 Years Ago: Alan Jackson Signs His First Recording Contract

June 26, 1989, might have seemed like any other day in Nashville, but it was actually one of those watershed moments that only reveals itself in retrospect. A struggling young country singer named Alan Jackson signed his first recording contract that day -- 26 years ago today -- launching one of the most celebrated country music careers of all time.

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13 Years Ago: The Dixie Chicks’ ‘Fly’ Certified Diamond

Thirteen years ago today, on June 25, 2002, the Dixie Chicks, made up of Natalie Maines, Emily Robison and Martie Maguire, achieved a career milestone that only a few country artists have. It was on this day the the trio's sophomore studio record, Fly, was certified diamond, for sales of 10 million copies.

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Garth Brooks Grand Ole Opry debut
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26 Years Ago: Garth Brooks Makes His Grand Ole Opry Debut

Twenty-six years ago today, on June 24, 1989, Garth Brooks made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry. The then-27-year-old wept as he took the stage that night, only two months after his eponymous freshman album was released.

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Brooks and Dunn Brand New Man triple platinum
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22 Years Ago: Brooks & Dunn’s ‘Brand New Man’ Goes Triple Platinum

Twenty-two years ago today (June 23, 1993) was a record-breaking day for Brooks & Dunn -- and for country music. It was on this day that B&D's debut album, Brand New Man, was certified triple platinum, becoming the first country music album to sell three million copies.

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Shania Twain The Woman in Me plainum
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20 Years Ago: Shania Twain’s ‘The Woman in Me’ Goes Platinum

Twenty years ago today (June 22, 1995) was a pivotal day for Shania Twain. It was on this day that the singer earned her first platinum album with her sophomore record, The Woman in Me.

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Gretchen Wilson Here for the Party gold platinum
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11 Years Ago: Gretchen Wilson’s ‘Here for the Party’ Goes Gold, Platinum

Eleven years ago today, on June 21, 2004, Gretchen Wilson struck gold -- and platinum. It was on this day that Wilson's freshman album, Here for the Party, was certified for sales of 500,000 and one million copies, only two months after it was released.

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