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This Week in Country Music History

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Remember when Natalie Maines mocked a Toby Keith song in print? Or the mountain climbing accident that nearly killed Hank Williams Jr.? Take a look back at some of country music’s biggest past events in This Week in Country Music History.

August 5
1940 – Songwriter Bobby Braddock born in Auburndale, Fla. He goes on to write ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today’ and other hits.
1968 – Terri Clark born in Montreal, Quebec.
1989 – Dolly Parton hits No. 1 with ‘Why’d You Come In Here Lookin’ Like That.’
2008 – Jamey Johnson releases ‘That Lonesome Song.’

August 6
1964 – Loretta Lynn gives birth to twins, Peggy and Patsy. They go on to form a duo called the Lynns.
1971 – The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band begin recording ‘Will The Circle Be Unbroken’ in Nashville.
2002 – Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines sounds off on Toby Keith’s ‘Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue’ in the Los Angeles Daily News, calling it “ignorant.”
2011- The Oak Ridge Boys are inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.

August 7
1942 – B.J. Thomas born in Hugo, Okla.
1950 – Rodney Crowell born in Houston, Texas.
1965 – The Mavericks lead singer Raul Malo born in Miami, Fla.

August 8
1921 – Webb Pierce born in West Monroe, La.
1932 – Mel Tillis is born in Pahokee, Fla.
1975 – Hank Williams Jr. has a near-fatal fall while mountain climbing in Montana.
2009 – Steel Magnolia win CMT’s ‘Can You Duet.’

August 9
1975 – Freddy Fender reaches No. 1 on Billboard country chart with ‘Wasted Days and Wasted Nights.’
1986 – The Judds hit No. 1 with ‘Rockin’ With the Rhythm of the Rain.’
2003 – Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett hit No. 1 with ‘It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere.’ It remains there for eight weeks.

August 10
1928 – Jimmy Dean is born in Olton, Texas.
1991 – Vince Gill inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.
2009 – Brooks & Dunn announce they will break up after one final tour.

August 11
1946 – John Conlee born in Versailles, Ky.
1951 – Hank Williams takes ‘Hey, Good Lookin” to No. 1 in Billboard.
2001 – Blake Shelton scores his first No. 1 single with ‘Austin.’

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