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Today In Country Music History: George Strait’s First #1 Hit, Howard Bellamy Birthday and More

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As we get ready for Classic Country Saturday Night tonight with Chris Logan, it’s always fun to take a look back at some of the big events and achievements in country music history.

So here you go, Today in Country Music History:

2011 – Zac and Shelly Brown have a daughter, Joni Mason Brown, at their home in the Atlanta area

2010 – Tim McGraw and Gwyneth Paltrow shoot concert footage for the movie “Country Strong” at Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium. The Lost Trailers perform for extras during the day

2002 – Steve Holy picks up his first chart-topping single, hitting #1 in Billboard with “Good Morning Beautiful”

1993 – Willie Nelson agrees to pay $9 million of the $16.7 million he owes the Internal Revenue Service in a meeting at the IRS office in Austin, Texas. More than $3 million of that figure has already been paid

1991 – Paul Overstreet earns a #1 country single in Billboard with “Daddy’s Come Around”

1986 – Blaine Larsen born in Tacoma, Washington. He releases his debut album shortly before his 19th birthday, landing his first hit with a song about suicide, “How Do You Get That Lonely.” He also co-writes George Strait’s “I Gotta Get To You”

1985 – Charlie Daniels hosts Volunteer Jam XI, with Kris Kristofferson, Tom Wopat, Little Richard, Nicolette Larson, Alabama, Ted Nugent, Bill Medley, Lacy J. Dalton, Gail Davies, Eddy Raven, Emmylou Harris and Amy Grant, among others

1981 – George Strait records his first hit, “Unwound,” at Music City Music Hall in Nashville

1974 – Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” goes to #1 on the Billboard country chart

1957- Sonny James hits #1 in Billboard with his signature hit, “Young Love”

1946 – Howard Bellamy born in Darby, Florida. Along with sibling David, The Bellamy Brothers net over 25 hits from 1979-1990, employing double entendres and baby-boomer themes. They earn over a dozen CMA nominations as a duo, but never win

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