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This Day in Country Music History – August 24

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On this date in country music history it was a pretty big one as some of the all-time great songs peaked at #1 on the charts.

Try these on for size: “A Boy Named Sue”, “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonky Angels”

Not a bad day to celebrate country music’s great history. Here are some of the other big events that happened on This Day In Country Music History:

2011 – Columbia releases Pistol Annies’ debut album, “Hell On Heels,” digitally

2004 – The Pocahontas Village Board in Illinois votes to rename the town’s Pocahontas Community Park as Gretchen Wilson Park

2003 – Trace Adkins joins the Grand Ole Opry, officially inducted by Ronnie Milsap and Lorrie Morgan. On his big night, he performs “Chrome,” “Hot Mama” and “Then They Do”

1980 – Eddie Rabbitt parks himself at #1 on the Billboard country chart with “Drivin’ My Life Away”

1977 – Elektra releases Linda Ronstadt’s “Simple Dreams” album

1975 – Glen Campbell’s “Rhinestone Cowboy” rides to #1 on the Billboard country chart

1969 – Bass player Ira Dean is born in Raleigh, North Carolina. He joins Trick Pony, a band that nabs two hits from its 2001 debut album, winning an American Music Award before its 2008 demise. He also co-writes Montgomery Gentry’s “One In Every Crowd”

1969 – Johnny Cash climbs to #1 on the Billboard country chart with “A Boy Named Sue”

1969 – Stand-up bass player Barry Bales is born in Kingsport, Tennessee. He becomes a member of Alison Krauss’ bluegrass band, Union Station, performing on “When You Say Nothing At All” and The Soggy Bottom Boys’ “I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow”

1952 – Kitty Wells becomes the first woman to reach #1 on the Billboard country chart with “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels”

1949 – Paul Chrisman–alias Woody Paul, of Riders In The Sky–is born in Nashville. The comedic trio reverently re-creates western music, joining the Grand Ole Opry in 1982

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