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This Week in Country Music History

This Week in Country Music History
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Who can ever forget the stage collapse at Sugarland‘s Indiana State Fair performance? Or Cactus Moser‘s motorcycle accident? Those both happened This Week in Country Music History, along with big events for Shania Twain, Willie Nelson, Brooks & Dunn, Luke Bryan and more.

August 12
1927 – Porter Wagoner born in Howell County, Mo.
1929 – Buck Owens born in Sherman, Texas.
1989 – Patty Loveless scores her first No. 1 country single with ‘Timber, I’m Falling In Love.’
2001 – Shania Twain and her first husband, producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange have a son, Eja.

August 13
1973 – Andy Griggs born in Monroe, La.
1988 – Willie Nelson’s ‘Stardust’ becomes the first album ever to spend 10 years on the Billboard country chart.
1991 – Brooks & Dunn release their debut album, ‘Brand New Man.’
2011 – The stage collapses at a Sugarland performance at the Indiana State Fair, killing seven and injuring dozens more.

August 14
1941 – Connie Smith born in Elkhart, Ind.
1982 – Ernest Tubb makes his final appearance on the Grand Ole Opry.
1995 – Shania Twain’s ‘The Woman in Me’ is certified double Platinum.
2007 – Luke Bryan releases his debut album, ‘I’ll Stay Me.’

August 15
1941 – Don Ulich born in Olympia, Wash. Under the name Don Rich, the guitarist and singer helps Buck Owens pioneer the Bakersfield Sound.
1946 – Songwriter Jimmy Webb is born in Elk City, Okla. He goes on to write hits for Glen Campbell, the Highwaymen and many more.
1957 – The Everly Brothers record ‘Wake Up Little Susie’ at the Methodist Television, Radio and Film Commission studios in Nashville.

August 16
1939 – Singer-songwriter Billy Joe Shaver born in Corsicana, Texas.
1972 – Dixie Chicks co-founder Emily Robison born in Pittsfield, Mass.
1977 – Elvis Presley dies in Memphis.
2012 – Luke Bryan’s ‘Country Girl (Shake It For Me)’ is certified double Platinum.

August 17
1977 – Steve Wariner records ‘I’m Already Taken’ at RCA Studio B in his first recording session.
1985 – ‘Highwayman’ tops the Billboard chart, teaming Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson.
1991 – George Strait‘s ‘You Know Me Better Than That’ reaches No. 1 on the Billboard country chart, where it stays for three weeks.
2012 – Florida Georgia Line perform ‘Cruise’ in their Grand Ole Opry debut.

August 18
1961 – Jimmy Dean records ‘Big Bad John’ at Bradley Film & Recording Studio in Nashville.
1979 – Mel Tillis reaches No. 1 on the Billboard country singles chart with ‘Coca Cola Cowboy’
2004 – Big & Rich‘s debut album, ‘Horse Of A Different Color,’ certified platinum.
2012 – Wynonna Judd‘s husband, drummer Cactus Moser, loses a leg in a motorcycle accident in South Dakota.

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