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Today In Country History- Legendary Songwriter Dies, George Strait Plays Song For President

The Music and Memories of March 3

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2002- Harlan Howard Dies.  Harlan was one of Nashville’s legendary songwriters, penning hits like “I Fall To Pieces” “I’ve Got A Tiger By The Tail” and “Somebody Should Leave.”

2002- George Strait plays the final Houston Livestock & Rodeo Show concert held at Houston’s Astrodome.  It is reported that over 65,000 people are in attendance as he dedicates “Love Without End, Amen” to George and Barbara Bush, who are in the crowd.  The concert is taped for a DVD and television special.

1963- Patsy Cline gives her final showwith Hawkshaw Hawkins, Cowboy Copas, Dottie West, Billy Walker, George Jones and Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper. Tickets are only $1.50, and the money benefits the widow of late Kansas City deejay “Cactus Jack” Call.   Patsy would die on the plane ride home on March 5.

The #1 Billboard Hits

2001- You Shouldn’t Kiss Me Like This- Toby Keith

1990- No Matter How High- The Oak Ridge Boys

1984- Woke Up In Love- Exile

1979- Golden Tears- Dave and Sugar

1973- The Lord Knows I’m Drinking- Cal Smith

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