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This Day in Country Music: November 20

November 21, 2017

Today’s glance back at country music history >>>

1954 - Bartenders in Hammond, Indiana requested that disc jockeys at WJOB radio stop playing Ferlin Husky’s “The Drunken Driver,” about an intoxicated driver who causes a crash that kills two children; the song “is hurting business,” the union claimed

1961 - At the top of this list stands a big, big man: “Big Bad John” takes Jimmy Dean to #1 on the Billboard country chart

1970 - Merle Haggard was at #1 on the Country album chart with The Fightin’ Side of Me which was recorded live in Philadelphia, on Valentine’s Day 1970

1972 - Loretta Lynn released “Rated “X” which became Lynn’s sixth #1 country single as a solo artist. The song dealt with the stigma faced by divorced women during the early ’70s, and was regarded as somewhat controversial at the time, due to its frank language

1975 - Born on this day in Phoenix, Arizona, was Dierks Bentley country music artist who has scored eighteen singles on the country singles charts, of which nine have reached #1. His debut single “What Was I Thinkin’”, as well as “Come a Little Closer”, “Settle for a Slowdown”, “Every Mile a Memory”, “Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)”, “Feel That Fire”, “Sideways”, “Am I the Only One”, and “Home”

1977 - Born on this day was Josh Turner singer and actor who scored the 2006 US Country #1 album Your Man. Haywire, released in 2010, produced his biggest hit, the #1 “Why Don’t We Just Dance” and another #1 “All Over Me”

1982 - Special guests on this week’s syndicated US music television series The Glen Campbell Music Show included Willie Nelson who performed “On the Road Again” and “Always on My Mind”. And then with Glen Campbell played “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys”, “Crazy”, “Old Friends” and “Uncloudy Day”

1999 - Patty Loveless Rode the Santa Train from Pikeville, Kentucky to Kingsport, Tennessee, distributing 15 tons of Christmas gifts to people in three states

2000 - Faith Hill was at #1 on the US Country chart with Breathe her fourth studio album. It won a Grammy Award for Best Country Album and Breathe is one of the most successful country/pop albums to date. It has shipped over eight million copies in the US and the album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, a first for the country artist

2001 - Country singer Deana Carter released her first holiday album, Father Christmas, on her own record label, Deanatone

2003 - Travis Tritt and his wife Theresa welcomed their son Tarian Nathaniel in Marietta, Georgia

2004 - Lonestar picked up a number one hit with “Mr. Mom”

2009 - “The Blind Side,” featuring Tim McGraw and Sandra Bullock, debuts in movie theaters. McGraw’s “Southern Voice” runs over the closing credits for the film, which also includes the music of Uncle Kracker and Les Paul & Mary Ford

2010 - Martina McBride and Train are teamed as a new edition of “CMT Crossroads” debuts. The set list includes “Wrong Baby Wrong,” “Drops Of Jupiter” and “A Broken Wing”

2013 - Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas by The Robertsons from the cast of A&E reality television series Duck Dynastywas at #1 on the US Country chart. The album features a number of traditional seasonal songs as well as originals written and performed by the Robertsons. Special guests include country stars Luke Bryan, George Strait, Josh Turner and Alison Krauss

2013 - Loretta Lynn, Oprah Winfrey and Bill Clinton were among those presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom during ceremonies by President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. Presenting the award to Loretta, President Barack Obama said “Over 50 years after she cut her first record and canned her first vegetables, Loretta Lynn still reigns as the rule-breaking, record-setting queen of country music”

2014 - Ty Herndon came out as a homosexual in an interview with People. He was the second major country artist to do so, following Chely Wright in 2010

2015 - Miranda Lambert makes a surprise appearance during Ashley Monroe’s concert at City Winery in Nashville, joining her on “The Blade”

2016 - Carrie Underwood is a double-winner during the American Music Awards, aired by ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. She earns Favorite Country Female and Favorite Country Album, for “Storyteller”