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This Day in Country Music: April 3

April 4, 2018

A look at country music history >>>

1942 - Born on this day in in Valdosta, Georgia was pop and country singer Billy Joe Royal. His most successful record was “Down in the Boondocks” in 1965. His first hit on the country music chart was in 1984 with “Burned Like a Rocket”

1948 - Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys appeared for the inaugural broadcast of the Louisiana Hayride on KWKH, broadcasting from the Municipal Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana. During its heyday from 1948 to 1960 helped to launch the careers of some of the greatest names in American country and western music

1971 - Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty were at #1 on the US country singles chart with “After the Fire Is Gone”. The duet written by L.E. White was the only single released from the LP, We Only Make Believe. “After the Fire Is Gone” was the first chart topper for Lynn and Twitty as a duo

1991 - Clint Black was at #1 on the US country singles chart with “Loving Blind” the second single from his album Put Yourself in My Shoes. It was his seventh single overall and became his fifth single to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart

2005 - Miranda Lambert was at #1 on the US country chart with Kerosene, her first studio album. After placing third in the television competition, Nashville Star in 2003, Lambert signed with Epic Nashville in 2004. The album spawned four Top 40 Billboard Country Chart singles, however only the title track was a major hit, peaking at #15

2011 - Winners at the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton included: Entertainer of the Year - Taylor Swift, Top Vocal Group - Lady Antebellum, Top New Solo Vocalist - Eric Church, Top New Vocal Duo or Group - The Band Perry, Single Record of the Year, Song of the year and Video of the year went to Miranda Lambert for “The House That Built Me” and Vocal Event of the Year went to Zac Brown Band and Alan Jackson for “As She’s Walking Away”