Today in country music history:
2005 - Vince Gill, Jerry Reed, Mike Reid, Gary Burr and Roger Murrah were inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in Nashville.
2004 - Sara Evans went to number one with "Suds in the Bucket."
2004 - Alabama performed their final show in Bismarck, North Dakota.
2003 - Pat Benatar joined Martina McBride to tape an installment of CMT Crossroads.
1993 - Tracy Byrd made his Grand Ole Opry debut.
1987 - Anne Murray's Greatest Hits was certified triple platinum, making it the first country album by a female act to move three million units.
1982 - Dolly Parton took "I Will Always Love You" to number one for the second time with the new version from her movie The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
1972 - Loretta Lynn became the first woman to win CMA Entertainer of the Year.
1967 - Dolly Parton replaced Norma Jean on The Porter Wagoner Show.
1957 - Elvis Presley made his first appearance on The Louisiana Hayride.
1956 - Elvis Presley's first film, Love Me Tender, premiered.
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