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June 18th in Country Music History

Here are some events In Country Music History that happened on June 18th…

1915: A.P. Carter married Sara Dougherty in Virginia, starting the legendary Country music family that produced June Carter and Carlene Carter.

1973: Loretta Lynn appeared on the cover of “Newsweek” magazine.

1976: Hank Williams Jr. married his third wife, Becky, in Louisiana.

1977: “Lucille” by Kenny Rogers peaked at number five on the pop singles chart and number one on the UK singles chart.

1984: the movie “Rhinestone” co-starring Dolly Parton and Sylvester Stallone premiered at the Roy Acuff Theatre in Nashville.

1993: Aaron Tippin’s hit single “Working Man’s PhD” entered the country charts.

1994: Neal McCoy scored his second number one hit with the single “Wink.”

1996: Marty Stuart released his album “Honky Tonkin’s What I Do Best.”

1997: Brooks & Dunn played a special show for their fan club at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, and afterward stuck around to meet and sign autographs for attendees — even though there were more than two-thousand people waiting.  The guys didn’t stop until they’d taken care of everyone there, which took until 5:00 a.m. the following morning.

1998: a memorial for former Oak Ridge Boy Steve Sanders was held at the McKendree United Methodist Church in Nashville.  Sanders had taken his own life a week earlier at his home in Cape Coral, Florida.

2003: Lee Ann Womack performed for American troops at camp Talil, Iraq.  Chely Wright, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robert DeNiro and Wayne Newton were also on the show.

2004: Willie Nelson took part in the funeral for music legend Ray Charles in Los Angeles, singing Charles’ hit “Georgia On My Mind” at the ceremony.  Glen Campbell, Stevie Wonder, and B.B. King also performed, while Cicely Tyson, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, and Clint Eastwood were among those in attendance.  Charles died eight days earlier from complications related to liver disease.

2004: Gretchen Wilson made her “Tonight Show” debut.

2004: Dierks Bentley was named as one of “People” magazine’s “50 Hottest Bachelors,” getting a mention as one of America’s “most eligible single men.”

2005: Brad Paisley wrapped the “Two Hats and a Redhead” tour with Reba McEntire and Terri Clark.

2006: Naomi Judd was the graduation day speaker at National University in San Diego, California.

2007: Tracy Lawrence filmed a video for his hit “Find out Who Your Friends Are” in Enterprise, Alabama.  Close friends who made cameo appearances in the clip included George Jones and Darryl Worley.

2007: Taylor Swift performed on the “Gracie” awards, which honor achievements by women in TV and radio.

2008: Trace Adkins celebrated the chart-topping success of his hit “You’re Gonna Miss This” at an event in Nashville.  In addition, the truTV series “Black Gold” had its premiere.  Adkins provided the theme song for the series.

2009: Clint Black, Jack Ingram, and Joe Nichols participated in the Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony.  Honorees included Bon Jovi’s Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora; Crosby, Stills, and Nash; and the Rascals’ Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati.

2010: Trisha Yearwood’s first article as “People” magazine’s Food Columnist appeared in the publication.

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