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Today In Country History-Little Jimmy’s First Opry, Hill Grabs Grammys

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2001- Faith Hill’s “Breathe” album gets her three trophies during the Grammy Awards.  The CD takes Best Country Album, the title track wins Best Country Female Vocal Performance, and she grabs Best Country Collaboration with Tim McGraw, for “Let’s Make Love.”

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1948-  Little Jimmy Dickens makes his first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry, performing “John Henry” and “I Dreamed Of An Old Love Affair.”  More impressively, 2011 marks his 63rd year on the Grand Ole Opry.  At the age of 90, he is also the oldest current member still performing and telling jokes on stage just about every weekend.

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2004- American Soldier- Toby Keith

1987- Straight To The Heart- Crystal Gayle

1981- Southern Rains- Mel Tillis

1976- Good Hearted Woman- Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson

1953- Kaw Liga- Hank Williams, Sr.


Mary Chapin Carpenter, 1958.  Mary finds her way to Country through folk music and regular coffee house gigs.  Born to a Life Magazine executive and wealthy family, she is born in Princeton, New Jersey.  After attending college at Brown University, she studies abroad and becomes a heavily awarded act in Country Music.  A multi CMA and Grammy winner, she hits big with “Down At The Twist and Shout,” “He Think’s He’ll Keep Her,” “Passionate Kisses” and “Shut Up and Kiss Me.”

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