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Today In Country History- First ACM Winners, Garth On SNL

The Music and Memories of February 28

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The Headlines

1998- Garth Brooks serves as both host and musical guest on the NBC show “Saturday Night Live.”  Garth shows his funny side in comedy skits and sings “Two Pina Coladas.”

1993- Travis Tritt gets his first acting role in the TV movie “Rio Diablo” with Naomi Judd and Kenny Rogers.

1996- Vince Gill’s “Go Rest High On That Mountain” wins Best Country Song and Best Male Country Vocal Performance during the 38th annual Grammy awards.

1966- The first Academy Of Country Music Awards are handed out to Roger Miller, Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and Bonnie Owens.  The West Coast based Country Music organization, also honors Roger Miller as ACM Man of the Year and Top Songwriter.

The #1 Hits

1998- What If I Said- Anita Cochran and Steve Wariner

1987- I Can’t Win For Losing You- Earl Thomas Conley

1981- Are You Happy Baby- Dottie West


Jason Aldean, 1977.  Jason has great success on an independent record label with hits like “She’s Country” “Big Greet Tractor” and “Don’t You Wanna Stay” with Kelly Clarkson.  Jason is named one of the best selling independent recording artists out of all formats during his streak of hit records from 2006-2011.

Joe South, 1940.  Joe writes Lynn Anderson’s “Rose Garden” and scores his own hit with “Games People Play.”

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