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Today In History- Dixie Chicks’ Disaster, Gill Marries

The Music and Memories of March 10

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2003-  The day the Dixie Chicks’ career “died” in Country Music.  During a show in London, Natalie Maines tells the crowd, “We’re ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas.”  The audience cheers, but many United States’ radio stations stop playing Dixie Chicks music, as the nation prepares for war in Iraq.  Fans burn and smash Dixie Chicks’ CDs and Natalie even faces death threats.  The Chicks would later tell their story in the documentary “Shut Up and Sing!”

2000- Vince Gill marries Christian singer Amy Grant in Nashville.

1979- James Brown plays the Grand Ole Opry, at the invitation of Porter Wagoner.  In addition to his soulful rockin’ set, he does “Your Cheatin’ Heart” and “Tennessee Waltz.”

The #1 Billboard Hits

2007- Ladies Love Country Boys- Trace Adkins

2001- One More Day- Diamond Rio

1990- Chains- Patty Loveless

1984- Going, Going, Gone- Lee Greenwood

1973- ‘Til I Get It Right- Tammy Wynette

1962- Misery Loves Company- Porter Wagoner


Ralph Emery, 1933.  Ralph starts as a DJ on Nashville’s WSM and becomes one of Country Music’s favorite personalities.   In the 70s, he hosts “Pop Goes The Country” and several Country Music television specials.  Then, in 1983 he becomes the biggest voice and face of Country Music as host of “Nashville Now” on TNN.

Carrie Underwood, 1983.  The 2005 Amerian Idol sensation becomes an immediate superstar in Country Music with her debut Country single, ‘Jesus, Take The Wheel.’

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