Today in country music history:
2008 - Faith Hill's "Breathe" topped CMT's 40 Sexiest Music Videos countdown special.
2006 - Martina McBride, Ronnie Dunn and Dierks Bentley were in the audience for Van Morrison's concert at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.
2001 - The Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment of the Arts named the 365 songs of the past century. The list included more than 50 country tunes.
2000 - Doug Stone was injured when his ultra-light aircraft crashed near Nashville.
2000 - Bandleader and songwriter Pee Wee King died of a heart attack at age 86.
1998 - George Strait scored a number one hit with "Round About Way."
1986 - Randy Travis made his Grand Ole Opry debut performing "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry."
1981 - Eddie Rabbitt, the cowboy from Brooklyn, New York, had the number one single with "I Love A Rainy Night."
1973 - One of the few instrumentals to go gold in the ‘70s was “Dueling Banjos,” taken from the movie Deliverance and recorded by Eric Weissburgh and Steve Mandel.
1971 - Gilley's nightclub opened in Pasadena, Texas named for part-owner Mickey Gilley. The club inspired the movie Urban Cowboy.
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