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POW Sings Toby Keith Songs, Roger Miller Takes 5 Grammys-Today In Country History

The Music and Memories of April 13

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2003- Patrick Miller, a prisoner of war, is rescued in Iraq.  It is reported that during several weeks of captivity, he annoyed the enemy by singing Toby Keith’s ‘Courtesy Of The Red, White and Blue,’ over and over again.  Patrick Miller was one of seven soldiers rescued April 13 when Iraqi forces abandoned their posts ahead of advancing American troops.  At his homecoming celebration, he was surprised by Toby Keith who showed up to sing the song for his hometown.

1965- Roger Miller wins 5 Grammy’s in one night!  At the seventh annual awards show, Roger takes Best New Country Artist, Best Country Album, Best Country Single, Song and Male Vocal Performance of the Year for ‘Dang Me.’

1963- Whisperin’ Bill Anderson is at No. 1 with ‘Still.’

1959- George Jones hits the top with his very first No. 1 hit, ‘White Lightning.’  The song is written by the Big Bopper, J.P. Richardson.

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