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Today In Country History- First American Idol #1, Garth With The Mets

The Music and Memories of March 19

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2005- Josh Gracin becomes the first American Idol singer to have a  #1 single with “Nothin’ To Lose.”

2004- The Library of Congress adds more country songs to its National Recording Registry, including Bob Wills’ “New San Antonio Rose,” Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” and “Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison.” 

2000- Garth Brooks concludes spring training with the New York Mets. He walks on four pitches, as the Mets beat the Florida Marlins, 3-2, but ends spring training hitless in 17 at-bats. Though he could have remained in camp for another week, he left to prepare for an performance with Ray Charles and Whitney Houston for the Academy Awards telecast.  Garth used spring training to recruit players to join his “Teamates For Kids” Foundation.

1968- Tom T. Hall marries “Miss Dixie” Deen. 

1953- Tex Ritter performs the theme to “High Noon” on the Academy Awards in Los Angeles. The song, “Do Not Forsake Me,” becomes the first country title to win the Oscar for best original song for 1952.

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