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Country Music Timeline: The “New” Grand Ole Opry House

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Today marks the anniversary at the “new” Grand Ole Opry House.  Plus, a bunch of songs make it to number one, Roy Acuff plays with his yo-yo in front of the president,  and LeAnn Rimes sees gold for the first time…

1951 – Hank Williams shows ‘em how it’s done by recording 4 songs in an afternoon including “Hey Good Lookin’,” “I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still In Love With You),””Howlin’ At The Moon,” and “My Heart Would Know.”

1974 – Roy Acuff has the first performance at the new Grand Ole Opry House. His performance is a yo-yo demonstration for President Richard Nixon.

1991 – A plane transporting many of Reba McEntire’s band and crew crashes outside of San Diego. Eight of them die in the crash.  Reba calls it the hardest night of her life. (

1996 – Garth Brooks scores yet another #1 hit with “The Beaches Of Cheyenne.”

1998 – LeAnn Rimes’ is still America’s sweetheart as her debut song “Blue” goes gold.

2002 – One week after his duet with Jo Dee Messina on “Bring On The Rain” goes to the top, Tim McGraw’s “The Cowboy In Me” makes it to #1 on the Billboard charts as well.

2006 – CMT debuts the video for Carrie Underwood’s new hit, “Don’t Forget To Remember Me.”

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Photo courtesy of Flickr user anneh632.

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