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Happy 50th Birthday Travis Tritt and Other Events on This Day In Country Music History – February 9

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As we get ready for Classic Country Saturday Night with Chris Logan, we thought we would help get you in the mood with a little history.

Here are some of the notable events that happened on this day in country music history, courtesy of

2011 – Taylor Swift kicks off an international tour with her first-ever concert in Singapore

2009 – Mercury releases the Sugarland single “It Happens” to radio

2006 – “Alcohol,” by Brad Paisley, goes gold

2001 – The T Bone Burnett-produced soundtrack to “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” goes gold. Artists featured include Alison Krauss, The Soggy Bottom Boys, Emmylou Harris, John Hartford, Ralph Stanley, Harry McClintock, The Whites and Norman Blake

1991 – Mark Chesnutt’s “Brother Jukebox” fills the #1 slot on the Billboard country singles chart

1980 – The Oak Ridge Boys reach the top of the Billboard country chart with the Rodney Crowell-penned “Leaving Louisiana In The Broad Daylight”

1975 – Willie Nelson records “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain” at Autumn Sound in Garland, Texas

1963 – Travis Tritt is born in Marietta, Georgia. He mixes southern rock, soul and country influences in such 1990s and 2000s hits as “It’s A Great Day To Be Alive,” “Here’s A Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)” and “T-R-O-U-B-L-E”

1947 – Joe Ely is born in Amarillo, Texas. Mixing country and rock, he becomes a fixture on the Texas red-dirt circuit. He also forms a side project, The Flatlanders, with fellow Texans Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore

1914 – Ernest Tubb is born near Crisp, Texas. A 1965 inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Grand Ole Opry member forms a lengthy career with a rich baritone and ingratiating sincerity, recording his signature “Walkin’ The Floor Over You” in 1941

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