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This Day in Country Music: January 3

January 4, 2017

Here’s today’s look at country music history >>>

1950 – Sun Studio was opened by Sam Phillips at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee. It was originally called Memphis Recording Service, sharing the same building with Sun Records. Rock-and-roll, country music, and rockabilly artists, including Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Charlie Rich, and Jerry Lee Lewis, recorded there throughout the mid to late 1950s

1966 – Jack Greene was at #1 on the US Country charts with “There Goes My Everything”, which spent 7 weeks at the top of the chart

1975 – John Denver receives a Gold single for “Back Home Again”

1986 – Willie Nelson and Alabama are out front among country acts as finalists are announced in the American Music Awards, collecting four nominations each. Lee Greenwood and Hank Williams Jr. get tabbed three times each

1991 – Billy Ray Cyrus signed his first recording contract with Mercury Records

1999 – Lee Ann Womack and record producer Frank Liddell have a daughter, Anna Lise Liddell, in Nashville

2000 – The album LeAnn Rimes is certified Platinum, becoming the first record in the new millennium to receive that status

2001 – Toby Keith sings the national anthem before the game and Lee Ann Womack performs “I Hope You Dance” during halftime at the Orange Bowl in Miami. The Oklahoma Sooners beat the Florida State Seminoles, 13-2

2014 - Phil Everly died at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California, just sixteen days prior to his 75th birthday