Today in country music history:
2008 - Brad Paisley's album 5th Gear was certified platinum.
2007 - Rascal Flatts and Loretta Lynn were recognized at the Recording Academy Honors in Nashville.
2005 - Eddie Montgomery joined Kenny Chesney during the encore of his concert in Lexington, Kentucky to sing Montgomery Gentry's "My Town."
2005 - The late Anna Nicole Smith made an appearance at the Grand Ole Opry and met Joe Nichols, who would go on to sing at her 2007 funeral.
1999 - Faith Hill opened her first solo tour at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis.
1998 - Tammy Wynette was remembered at a memorial service at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. Dolly Parton, Lorrie Morgan, Randy Travis, Wynonna and Rudy Gatlin all performed.
1997 - Singer-songwriter Mae Axton died at age 82. She co-wrote Elvis Presley's classic, "Heartbreak Hotel" and was the mother of singer-songwriter Hoyt Axton.
1991 - Patty Loveless earned her first gold album for Honky Tonk Angel.
1988 - George Strait took "Famous Last Words of a Fool" to number one.
Margo Smith - singer
Hal Ketchum - singer
Dave Innis - guitarist, Restless Heart
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