This Day in Country Music: July 9

July 10, 2018

A look back at country music history >>>

1952 - June Carter married the actor and composer Carl Smith. They had one child together, Carlene Carter. The couple divorced in 1956

1953 - Born on this day in Rock Hill, South Carolina, was David Ball, American country music artist. His highest-peaking chart entries are 1994′s “Thinkin’ Problem” and 2001′s “Riding With Private Malone”, both of which peaked at #2

1983 - Ricky Skaggs earned a number one hit with “Highway 40 Blues”

1991 - Roy Acuff received the National Medal of Arts from President George Bush at the White House

1998 - Garth Brooks’ The Limited Series box set lifted his album sales to new heights: No Fences at 16 million; Ropin’ the Wind at 13 million; Garth Brooks at nine million; In Pieces at eight million; The Chase at eight million and Fresh Horses at six million

2001 - The Country Music Association unveiled 12 new Hall of Fame inductees: Bill Anderson, Waylon Jennings, Sam Phillips, The Louvin Brothers, The Delmore Brothers, The Jordanaires, Webb Pierce, Don Gibson, The Everly Brothers, Don Law, Ken Nelson and Homer & Jethro

2004 - A portion of Interstate 85 near Newnan, Georgia was dedicated as The Alan Jackson Highway

2004 - Wynonna and rock band Heart teamed up for CMT Crossroads

2015 - Luke Bryan caused controversy in an interview with Hits Double Daily for implying that Outlaw country artists (particularly Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, and Willie Nelson) had spent their career “laying in the gutter, strung out on drugs”

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