Today in country music history:
2008 - Kenny Chesney performed a surprise show with The Wailers at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge in Nashville with Kid Rock and Mac McAnally.
2005 - Rascal Flatts' "Skin (Sarabeth)" video debuted on CMT.
2005 - Dolly Parton was awarded the National Medal of Arts at the White House.
2004 - Gretchen Wilson earned a gold single with "Redneck Woman."
2001 - Tim McGraw took "Angry All the Time" to the top of the chart.
2000 – Billy Gilman's "One Voice" video was the big winner at the 2000 Billboard Music Video Awards. The clip won all four categories in which it was nominated.
2000 – Singer-songwriter Billy Yates made his Grand Ole Opry debut.
1990 - Joe Diffie went to number one for the first time with "Home."
1973 - Fourteen-year-old Marie Osmond took the top spot with "Paper Roses."
1969 - "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" by Gene Autry received a gold record. The song had been released 20 years earlier.
1962 - Hank Snow reached the top spot with "I've Been Everywhere."
1956 – Billboard's annual DJ poll found that Elvis Presley was the most-played male artist and country artist.
1956 - Marty Robbins went to number one with "Singing the Blues."
Donna Fargo - singer, "Funny Face," "The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A."
Chris Cagle - singer, "What Kinda Gone"
Miranda Lambert - singer, "White Liar," "Gunpowder and Lead"
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