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Today In Country History- McGraw Hits A Million, Jones Gets Grammy

The Music and Memories of February 25

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2005- Tim McGraw becomes the first country artist to receive a platinum single for digital downloads.  Ironically, it’s not for a Country Music release.  The song is a pop/hip-hop collaboration with Nelly on “Over And Over.”  The song is honored for 1 million legal downloads.

1994- The movie “8 Seconds” debuts.  Luke Perry plays rodeo hero Lane Frost withBrooks & Dunn, Vince Gill, Karla Bonoff and McBride & The Ride all appearing on-screen.  MCA releases a Country soundtrack with the above stars and more, including Reba McEntire.

1981- George Jones wins a Grammy for Best Country Male Vocal Performance for “He Stopped Loving Her Today.”

The #1 Hits

1995- Old Enough To Know Better- Wade Hayes

1989- I Sang Dixie- Dwight Yoakam

1984- Stay Young- Don Williams

1956- I Forgot To Remember To Forget- Elvis Presley

Birthdays

Faron Young, 1932.  Faron hits the charts with “Goin’ Steady” in 1953 and scores big 50s hits with “Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young” and “Alone With You.”  Then, has even bigger success with 1961′s crossover hit “Hello Walls” written by Willie Nelson.  Faron was also the founder and publisher of the Music City News Magazine.  Sadly, Faron took his own life with a self inflicted gunshot in 1996.

Ralph Stanley, 1927.  A bluegrass legend who wins a Grammy for his work on the “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou” album.

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