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Barbara Mandrell Joins Hall of Fame, B.J. Thomas Goes Country – Today in Country History

The Music and Memories of May 17

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2009- Barbara Mandrell, Roy Clark and session musician Charlie McCoy are officially inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

2005- Tim McGraw’s ‘Live Like You Were Dying,’ written by Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman, wins Single Record and Song of the Year from the Academy of Country Music. Kenny Chesney wins Entertainer, Gretchen Wilson is Top Female, and Keith Urban is Top Male.

2001- The new $37 million Country Music Hall of Fame opens in downtown Nashville.  Several legends were on hand for the big event including ribbon cutters Charley Pride, Brenda Lee and Kitty Wells.

1975- Pop singer B.J. Thomas crosses over to top the Billboard country chart with one of country music’s longest song title ‘(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song.’

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