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This Week in Country Music History

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Every Tuesday on The Boot, we’re giving fans a rundown of important and fun events that happened during this week in country music history.

It’s been a big week already in country music news, with a tour announcement from Lady Antebellum, the passing of Loretta Lynn‘s eldest daughter, and a new album from Vince Gill and Paul Franklin. Take a look at some of the other country music news from years gone by.

July 29
1966 – Martina McBride born in Medicine Lodge, Kan.
1973 – James Otto born in Fort Lewis, Wash.
2003 – MCA releases Josh Turner‘s ‘Long Black Train.’

July 30
1955 – Johnny Cash records ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ at Sun Studios in Memphis, Tenn.
1958 – Neal McCoy born in Jacksonville, Texas.
1985 – Alabama become the first quadruple Platinum selling country act when ‘Mountain Music’ and ‘Feels So Right’ are both certified for shipments of four million copies.
2008 – Alan Jackson awarded Gold album for ‘Good Time.’

July 31
1948 – Country music appears on national television for the first time. Kitty Wells, Eddy Arnold and Johnny & Jack appear in five cities from a show taped at Washington, D.C.’s Constitution Hall.
1964 – Jim Reeves and pianist Dean Manuel die in a plane crash in Brentwood, Tenn.
1978 – Zac Brown born in Atlanta.
2001 – Warner Bros. releases Blake Shelton‘s debut album.

August 1
1927 – The Carter Family records for the first time in Bristol, Tenn., with producer Ralph Peer.
1981 – Kix and Barbara Brooks marry in Nashville.
2003 – Arista releases Alan Jackson’s ‘Remember When.’
2009 – Billy Currington is hospitalized with a concussion after a stage collapse in Camrose, Alberta.

August 2
1986 – George Strait hits No. 1 on the Billboard country chart with ‘Nobody In His Right Mind Would’ve Left Her.’
2003 – Brooks & Dunn‘s ‘Red Dirt Road’ lands at No. 1 on the Billboard country chart.

August 3
1985 – Alabama reach No. 1 on the Billboard country chart with ‘Forty Hour Week (For A Livin’).’
1993 – Giant releases Clay Walker‘s self-titled debut album.
1999 – Patsy Cline receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

August 4
1927 – Jimmie Rodgers records for the first time, at a furniture store in Bristol, Tenn.
1981 – Ricky Skaggs marries Sharon White.
2001 – Jamie O’Neal reaches No. 1 on the Billboard country chart with ‘When I Think About Angels.’
2008 – Brooks & Dunn receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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