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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. (WYRK.com)

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.”

For more country music history check out  CMT.com.

Photo courtesy of Flickr user anneh632.

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