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This Day in Country Music History – June 14

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I’ll be in for Chris Logan this evening for Classic Country Saturday Night. A good time will be had by all. Let’s begin our trip down memory with a look at what happened on This Day in Country Music History.

2012 – The video for Blake Shelton’s “Over” debuts on CMT

2010 – Kellie Pickler gets engaged to “More Than A Memory” songwriter Kyle Jacobs on a beach in Florida

2004 – Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying” video debuts on

2002 – Montgomery Gentry’s “My Town” video debuts on CMT

1991 – Joe Diffie picks up a #1 country single in Billboard with “If The Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets)”

1991 – Minnie Pearl performs in Joliet, Illinois, in what turns out to be her final show. She suffers a stroke two days later

1985 – Ricky Skaggs reaches #1 in Billboard with “Country Boy,” the only chart-topping single to feature the Looney Tunes theme in an instrumental break

1969 – “Hee Haw” makes its prime time debut on CBS-TV, replacing the controversial “Smothers Brothers” show. The cast includes: Buck Owens, Roy Clark, Minnie Pearl and Grandpa Jones, among others. The first guests: Charley Pride and Loretta Lynn

1966 – Guitarist Michael Britt born in Fort Worth, Texas. He joins Lonestar, which wins the Academy of Country Music’s Top New Group honor in 1995. The band’s single “Amazed” takes a pair of ACM trophies in 2000

1963 – Buck Owens collects his first #1 single in Billboard with “Act Naturally”

1937 – Waylon Jennings born in Littlefield, Texas. A protege of Buddy Holly, he becomes a leader in the Outlaw movement of the 1970s, alongside Willie Nelson, with a series of ragged, energetic hits leading him to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001

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