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This Day in Country Music: April 27

April 28, 2018

A look back at country music history >>>

1968 - Merle Haggard took “The Legend of Bonnie & Clyde” to number one

1973 - Opryland opened in Nashville

1976 - Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris performed together for the first time during a taping for the syndicated TV show Dolly

1992 - Liberty Records released “The River” by Garth Brooks, the fifth and final single from his third album, 1991′s Ropin’ the Wind, which became his ninth #1 hit on the Billboard country charts

1993 - Tracy Byrd’s self-titled debut album was released

1999 - George Strait’s album Always Never the Same was certified gold and platinum at the same time

2000 - Toby Keith picked up a gold album for How Do You Like Me?!

2001 - Monticello, Georgia, renamed Highway 83 the Trisha Yearwood Parkway, honoring its most famous former resident

2004 - Loretta Lynn’s Grammy-winning album Van Lear Rose was released. Rocker Jack White served as producer

2004 - Gretchen Wilson’s debut single “Redneck Woman” was released as a retail single

2009 - Randy Houser’s video for “Boots On” premiered online

2010 - Shania Twain mentored the final six contestants on Fox’s American Idol

2011 - Jason Aldean was at #1 on the country chart with My Kinda Party, his fourth studio album. The album received a Nomination for the 54th Grammy Awards for Best Country Album

2011 - A judge in Iowa ruled that 71-year-old David Allan Coe could continue a lawsuit that stemmed from an incident in June 2008 at the Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Altoona, Iowa, that resulted in Coe being arrested. Coe had been gambling when an altercation happened after Coe hit the jackpot on a slot machine. There was confusion as security guards gave him orders that he did not comply with because, as he states, he couldn’t understand them because of hearing loss. The situation escalated until Coe was tackled by two sheriff’s, detained, and eventually jailed

2012 - Videos for Dustin Lynch’s “Cowboys and Angels” and Easton Corbin’s “Lovin’ You Is Fun” premiered