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Today In Country History- Reba’s Band Dies, President Nixon On Opry

The Music and Memories of March 16

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The Headlines

1991- A plane crash outside of San Diego kills eight members of Reba McEntire’s band and crew.  Reba dedicates her next album “For My Broken Heart” in memory of her friends.  On the 20th anniversary of her loss, Reba is honoring her band and crew with a video tribute.

1974- The Grand Ole Opry gives its first performance at the new Grand Ole Opry House, after leaving the Ryman. President Richard Nixon appears on stage and Roy Acuff gives him a yo-yo demonstration.  In addition Richard Nixon leads the Opry crowd in “Happy Birthday” for Mrs. Nixon.

The #1 Billboard Hits

2002- The Cowboy In Me- Tim McGraw

1996- The Beaches Of Cheyenne- Garth Brooks

1985- Crazy For Your Love- Exile

1968- A World Of Our Own- Sonny James

Birthdays

Jerry Jeff Walker, 1942.  Jerry is a Texas music legend who writes the classic “Mr. Bojangles.”

Ray Benson, 1951.  Ray is the lead vocalist and leader of the Grammy Winning group Asleep At The Wheel.

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