The Music and Memories of July 8

2000- Lee Ann Womack's 'I Hope You Dance' begins a five-week stay at No. 1 on the Billboard country chart.  The song wins a CMA for Single of the Year and a Grammy for Song of the Year.

1997- Marty Stuart marries Connie Smith on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.  At the time, the 'Hillbilly Rock' singer is 38 and 'the sweetheart of the Grand Ole Opry' is 55.

1992- Garth Brooks and wife, Sandy, have their first child, Taylor Mayne Pearl Brooks

Birthdays

Toby Keith, 1961.  Breaks through in 1993 with 'Should've Been A Cowboy.' The Ford Truck endorser also hits with 'How Do You Like Me Now' and 'Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue.'