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Today In Country History- Judds Debut, Shania Ties With Patsy

The Music and Memories of March 20

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1996- Shania Twain’s album ”The Woman In Me” is certified for shipments of 6 million copies.  For a brief period, Shania’s project ties with Patsy Cline’s “Greatest Hits,” as the highest-certified album by a female country artist.  It wouldn’t be long until Shania would earn the title overall by selling 39 million copies of her album, “Come On Over.”

1993- From the soundtrack to the movie “Pure Country,” George Strait’s “Heartland” rises to #1 on the country charts.

 1984- After signing with RCA records, The Judds make their first professional live appearance opening for The Statler Brothers.  Their first hits from 1984 include “(Had A Dream) For The Heart” and “Mama, He’s Crazy.”

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Jerry Reed, 1937.  Jerry sings his way up the charts with ”When You’re Hot, You’re Hot” and a million-seller titled “Amos Moses.”  An amazing guitar player, he backs up Elvis on the hit “Guitar Man.”  He later branches out into the movies starring in the “Smokey And The Bandit” series.  In 1998, he finds himself back in the spotlight by appearing in the film “Waterboy” with Adam Sandler.  Jerry dies in 2008 after living with emphysema.

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