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‘Stay’ Wins ACMS, June Carter’s Funeral – Today in Country History

The Music and Memories of May 18

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2008- Sugarland’s ‘Stay’ claims Single Record and Song of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards. Entertainer is Kenny Chesney, Male Vocalist is Brad Paisley and Female Vocalist is Carrie Underwood.

2003- Sitting in a wheelchair, Johnny Cash is in the front row of the funeral for June Carter, at the First Baptist Church, in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Emmylou Harris, Larry Gatlin, The Oak Ridge Boys and Sheryl Crow all perform at the memorial.

1996- Brooks & Dunn are at No. 1 with their remake of ‘My Maria.’

1986- “The Highwaymen,” Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings appear in a CBS-TV re-make of the western movie “Stagecoach,” along with June Carter, John Schneider, John Carter Cash, Jessi Colter, David Allan Coe and Billy Swan.

1959- Johnny Horton’s recording of ‘The Battle Of New Orleans’ goes to No. 1 on the Billboard country singles chart.

Birthdays

David Nail, 1979. ‘Red Light’ ‘Turning Home.’

George Strait, 1952. ‘I Cross My Heart’ ‘All My Ex’s Live In Texas’ ‘The Chair’ ‘Amarillo By Morning.’

Joe Bonsall, 1948. Tenor voice of the Oak Ridge Boys. ‘Elvira’ ‘Fancy Free’ ‘American Made’ ‘Bobbie Sue.’

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