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Opry Circle Restored, Charlie Daniels at No. 1 – Today In Country History

 The Music and Memories of Aug. 25

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2010-  After the devastating May floods in Tennessee, Brad Paisley and Little Jimmy Dickens sing ‘Will The Circle Be Unbroken’ after a restored circle of historic wood is returned to the Grand Ole Opry House.  At one point, the legendary circle where every Opry great has performed, was submerged under two feet of flood water.

1984- Although they had been making music for nearly two decades, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band finally tops the Billboard country chart for the first time with ‘Long Hard Road (The Sharecropper’s Dream).’

1979- ‘The Devil Went Down To Georgia’ brings The Charlie Daniels Band a No. 1 hit.  The song also goes to No. 3 on the Billboard Top 40 Pop charts and is certified as a platinum selling single.


Jo Dee Messina, 1970. Born not far from the WGNA listening area, in Holliston, Massachusetts, Jo Dee scores No. 1’s with ‘Bye, Bye’ ‘I’m Alright’ and ‘Lesson In Leavin’.’

Billy Ray Cyrus, 1961. The singer of ‘Some Gave All’ ‘Achy Breaky Heart’ and ‘Ready, Set, Don’t Go,’ he also lands acting gigs on DOC and Hannah Montanna.

Henry Paul, 1949. Born near the WGNA listening area in Kingston, New York, he joins the southern rock band, The Outlaws.  Then, he joins the trio Blackhawk for hits like ‘That’s Just About Right’ ‘I’m Not Strong Enough To Say No’ and ‘Every Once In A While.’

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