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Today In Country History- Brad Paisley Marries, Opry Plays Last Ryman Show

The Music and Memories of March 15

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2003- Brad Paisley marries actress Kimberly Williams in Malibu, California.  Kimberly is a star on “According To Jim” and was featured in the “Father Of The Bride” movies.

1974- The Grand Ole Opry plays it’s last show at the Ryman Auditorium.  George Morgan closes the final show with “Candy Kisses.”   Then, after the show Johnny Cash and June Carter sing “Will The Circle Be Unbroken.”  The Opry then re-locates to the new Grand Ole Opry House at Opryland.

1966- Roger Miller wins six times at the eighth annual Grammy Awards. “King Of The Road” takes Best Contemporary Male (out of all formats), Contemporary Single (out of all formats), Country & Western Male, C&W Single and C&W Song, and “The Return Of Roger Miller” snags C&W Album.

The #1 Billboard Hits

2003- Man To Man- Gary Allan

1997- We Danced Anyway- Deana Carter

1986- I Could Get Used To You- Exile

1975- Before The Next Teardrop Falls- Freddy Fender


Carl Smith, 1927.  Carl Smith is a constant hit maker in the 1950’s with songs like “Let Old Mother Nature Have Her Way” “Don’t Just Stand There” “Hey Joe” and “Loose Talk.”  In all, he places close to 93 songs on the Billboard Country charts and retires in the late 70’s to enjoy life with his wife Goldie Hill, a former Opry star.  Carl was also once married to June Carter and is the father of 90’s star Carlene Carter.  Carl dies in 2010.

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