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Alabama Artist Of The Decade, Johnny Cash’s House Burns Down-Today In Country History

The Music and Memories of April 10

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2007- The former home of Johnny Cash and June Carter burns to the groundin Hendersonville, Tennessee.  After the death of Johnny Cash in 2003, the home is purchased by the Bee Gee’s Barry Gibb.  At the time of the fire, the home is under construction.  Larry Gatlin writes a song about this sad ending in the career of the Cash’s in a song called ‘Johnny Cash Is Dead and His House Burned Down.’ 

1993- Reba McEntire and Vince Gill are at the top with the Kim Carnes’ composition ‘The Heart Won’t Lie.

1989- Kathy Mattea wins big at the Academy of Country Music Awards.  The No. 1 hit ‘Eighteen Wheels And A Dozen Roses’ takes home Single and Song of the Year Awards.

1989- Alabama is selected as the Academy of Country Music’s Artist of the Decade for the ’80s.  Starting with 1980′s ‘Tennessee River’ and ending with ‘Southern Star,’ they rack up an impressive 27 No. 1 singles during the decade.

1982- Merle Haggard and Leona Williams are sitting at the top of the Country charts with ‘Big City.’

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