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Country Music Timeline: Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

St Patrick's Day Parade Takes Place In Sydney
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461 – St. Patrick (The patron saint of Ireland) dies.  While it’s disputed what the actual date of his death was, we do know when the Holiday came to the U.S.  It was 1737 and it was celebrated in Boston, MA.  It’s the one day of the year that “Everyone Is Irish.”  Even if it’s just for the green beer…So what does it have to do with Country Music History?  Come on…McGraw, McEntire, McBride (Ok…that last one might be Scottish but you get the point). (WikiAnswers )

1905 – Eleanor and Franklin D. Roosevelt get married. (WikiAnswers )

1955 – Paul Overstreet turns 56 today.  “Daddy’s Come Around” turned out to be his only #1 song as a solo artist but he’s written a bunch of other huge songs for artists like The Judds (Love Can Build A Bridge), Kenny Chesney (She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy), Randy Travis (Forever And Ever, Amen) And Blake Shelton (Some Beach) to name a few. (Wikipedia)

1956 – Elvis Presley finds himself at the top of the country charts with “Heartbreak Hotel.”

1969 – Glen Campbell’s “Galveston” (the single and the album) are released.

1972 – How would you like to go to this show:  Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Roy Acuff, Buck Owens, Kris Kristofferson, Tex Ritter and Tom T. Hall.  They were all at an outdoors festival at Dripping Springs, TX.

1990 – Randy Travis camps out at #1 with “Hard Rock Bottom Of Your Heart.”  He’d stay at #1 for four weeks.

2000 — Shania Twain’s CD “Come On Over” goes platinum for the 17th time, making it the best-selling U.S. solo album by a female artist.  (Wikipedia )

2001 – Did you know that Peyton Manning was married?  Kenny Chesney sang their wedding song, “Me And You.”  The only difference between Peyton’s wedding song and mine was that that I had a CD of Kenny singing.  Peyton actually had Kenny Chesney there.

For more country music history check out  CMT.com.

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