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This Day in Country Music: June 7

June 8, 2018

A look back at country music history >>>

1969 - ABC-TV aired the first episode of The Johnny Cash Show with special guests Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Doug Kershaw

1975 - John Denver had the number one single with “Thank God I’m a Country Boy”

1981 - Barbara Mandrell recorded her album Barbara Mandrell Live in Nashville

1991 - Alan Jackson joined the Grand Ole Opry

1997 - Tim McGraw and Faith Hill began a six-week stay at number one with “It’s Your Love”

1998 - George Strait kicked off the first stadium tour in country music history at Houston’s Rice Stadium. Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, John Michael Montgomery and Lee Ann Womack were also on the bill

2003 - Kenny Chesney headlined his first stadium show, playing to more than 61 thousand fans at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville. Brooks & Dunn, Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban were also on the bill

2005 - Johnny Cash’s single, “Hurt,” was certified gold

2005 - Toby Keith was at #1 on the country charts with Honkytonk University. “As Good as I Once Was” was the album’s biggest hit, topping the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts for six weeks

2007 - Taylor Swift’s self-titled debut album was certified platinum

2007 - Kelly Clarkson joined Reba to sing “Does He Love You” at the CMA Music Festival

2014 - George Strait ended his touring career in style with his final performance at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The show shattered a Billboard Boxscore mark for largest single-show attendance at a US stadium when 104,793 fans packed the home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys to see the singer on the final date of his farewell tour Cowboy Rides Away