Today in country music history:
2009 - Taylor Swift recorded "Thug Story" with urban star T-Pain. It was a parody of her song "Love Story" and was used to open the CMT Music Awards the following week.
2006 - Keith Urban joined Brooks & Dunn to play guitar on "Believe" at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville.
2006 - Jack Ingram sang the national anthem at game one of the NBA championship series in Dallas, as the Dallas Mavericks hosted the Miami Heat.
2005 - Kenny Rogers, Trace Adkins and Montgomery Gentry took part in CMT's 100 Greatest Duets concert in Nashville.
2003 - Tammy Wynette's "Stand By Your Man" was ranked number one as CMT taped its 100 Greatest Songs of Country Music special in Nashville. George Jones' "He Stopped Loving Her Today" was ranked second.
1996 - George Strait went to number one with "Blue Clear Sky."
1974 - Dolly Parton took "I Will Always Love You" to number one on the country chart.
1962 - Skeeter Davis recorded "The End of the World" in Nashville.
Sara Watkins - fiddler, Nickel Creek
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