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This Day in Country Music: March 5

March 7, 2018

Today’s look back at country music >>>

1963 - Patsy Cline was killed in a plane crash in Camden, Tennessee along with Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins

1973 - Born on this day in Amarillo, Texas, was Trent Willmon, country music artist, who scored the 2006 top 20 album A Little More Livin’

1976 - Johnny Cash recorded “One Piece at a Time”

1980 - The film Coal Miner’s Daughter debuted in Nashville, and soon became the #1 box office hit in the United States. The film starred Sissy Spacek as Loretta Lynn and Tommy Lee Jones as her husband Mooney Lynn. The film received seven Academy Award nominations, winning a Best Actress Oscar for Spacek

1983 - CMT was launched at 6:19 PM CST. Originally called CMTV but always “Country Music Television.” (The “V” was dropped in response to a complaint by competitor MTV), CMT beat its chief competitor, The Nashville Network (TNN), on the air by two days

1986 - Steve Earle’s album Guitar Town was released

1991 - Vince Gill’s album Pocket Full of Gold hit stores

2004 - Gretchen Wilson’s debut single “Redneck Woman” hit the airwaves

2005 - Pat Green made his Grand Ole Opry debut

2007 - George Strait was the lead nominee with eight nods for the Academy of Country Music Awards. Brooks & Dunn was up for seven

2009 - Taylor Swift made her TV acting debut on CBS’ CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

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