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Today In Country History- Kristofferson In Hall Of Fame, Toby Keith Hits The Top

The Music and Memories of March 18

The Headlines

2000- Toby Keith resides at #1 in Billboard with “How Do You Like Me Now?!“  The song stays at the top for 5 weeks and propels Toby’s career to “superstar” level.

1985- Kris Kristofferson is inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame.  Kris wrote the classics “Me And Bobbi McGee” “Help Me Make It Through The Night” “Sunday Morning Coming Down” and “For The Good Times.”

Birthdays

Phillip Sweet, 1974.  Phillip is one of the four members of the group Little Big Town.

Jaron Lowenstein, 1974.  You know him best as Jaron and the Long Road To Love and the crazy hit “Pray For You.”  Jaron starts his career in pop music with his twin brother Evan.  Together, they have an early 2000′s pop hit with “Crazy For This Girl.”

Charley Pride, 1938.  According to reports, he’s the second best selling artist on RCA records, next to Elvis Presley for many years.  Charley racks up an impressive list of hits, scoring his first Number One with “All I Have To Offer You Is Me” in 1969.  In 1971, he’s on top of the world with the smash hit “Kiss An Angel Good Morning” and by winning the CMA’s Entertainer of the Year Award.  Charley becomes Country Music’s frist African American super star.  Ironically, he breaks through and wins over a conservative “narrow-minded” audience, at a time when racial tensions are running high in America.

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