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June 19th in Country Music History

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1960: Loretta Lynn made her debut on the country charts with her first single release, “Honky Tonk Girl,” on the Zero label.

1976: Country Music Hall of Fame member Eddy Arnold entered the charts with “Cowboy,” his 100th country hit.  He was the first artist to accumulate a three-digit figure of hits on that chart.

1982: George Strait’s first number one single, “Fool Hearted Memory,” was released. George recently scored his 60th chart-topper.

1982: Conway Twitty scored a number one country smash with the Pointer Sisters’ pop hit “Slow Hand.”

1992: Diamond Rio hit number one with the single “Norma Jean Riley.”

1995: following his admission of guilt on drug possession charges, Ty Herndon released a videotaped apology to his fans while in rehab.

1998: Brooks and Dunn topped the “Radio & Records” country chart with “If You See Him, If You See Her,” a song they recorded with Reba McEntire.

2000: Garth Brooks was certified as selling 100-million albums.

2001: Martina McBride, Lonestar and Phil Vassar were among the participants in an all-star recording of “America the Beautiful” in Nashville.  The recording was made for an ABC-TV Fourth of July special to mark the 225th anniversary of America’s independence.

2003: Kenny Chesney, Brooks and Dunn and Alabama took part in a “Dale Earnhardt Tribute Concert” at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida.  The event aired later as a Fox TV special.

2004: George Strait headlined a star-studded, thank-you concert for the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.  Other acts on the bill included Vince Gill, Collin Raye, Lane Brody, Dobie Gray and Richard Marx.  The free concert was open to all active-duty service members, Army Reservists, National Guardsmen, Fort Campbell contractors and their families and guests.

2005: Big & Rich were made honorary marshals of Deadwood, South Dakota.  The city’s mayor gave them badges during their concert.

2006: Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban arrived in Syndney, Australia for their wedding six days later.

2006: Gretchen Wilson and Josh Gracin performed at the annual President’s Dinner in Washington, D.C.  The fundraiser generated 27-million-dollars to be used by Republican candidates in the November elections.

2007: Brad Paisley’s “5th Gear;” Bon Jovi’s “Lost Highway,” which was recorded in Nashville and includes guest appearances from LeAnn Rimes and Big & Rich; and the CDs “Anchored in Love: An Intimate Portrait of June Carter Cash,” a tribute featuring a variety of artists including Brad Paisley, Rosanne Cash, Loretta Lynn, Ralph Stanley, Carlene Carter, and Brooks & Dunn’s Ronnie Dunn, were among the new albums arriving in stores.

2008: Loretta Lynn was among those inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.  Lee Ann Womack performed as part of Lynn’s induction.  Blake Shelton also took part in the event with a salute to inductee Albert Hammond.  Anne Murray was honored as well, receiving the Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award in recognition of her impressive career.

2010: LeAnn Rimes’ divorce from husband Dean Sheremet was finalized.

2011: Taylor Swift’s “Mean” was among the nominees at Canada’s MuchMusic Video Awards.  It was one of 24 clips vying for the MuchMusic.com Most Watched Video of the Year honor.  The prize went to Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite.”

2011: Montgomery Gentry performed a special post-game concert after the Atlanta Braves game at Turner Field in conjunction with Major League Baseball’s campaign to promote awareness and early detection of prostate cancer.  The duo’s Eddie Montgomery had just successfully battled the disease six months earlier.

2012: new releases included Kenny Chesney’s “Welcome to the Fishbowl” and Don Williams’ “And So It Goes” — his first studio project in eight years.

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