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Blake Shelton Becomes A Member, George Strait Becomes Hateful – Today In Country Music History

Blake Shelton speaks on stage during the NBCUniversal’s “The Voice” Press Junket and cocktail reception on August 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NBCUniversal)

Blake Shelton became a card carrying member on this date in 2010, George Strait happily hated everything in 2004, Buck Owens opened the Crystal Palace in 1996 and more.

Here’s the list for Today In Country Music History for 23 October, 2012.

  • Blake Shelton was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2010.
  • Raising Sand, an album pairing Alison Krauss with Led Zeppelin founder Robert Plant, was released in 2007.
  • George Strait‘s “I Hate Everything” climbed to Number One in Billboard in 2004.


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  • Big Kenny and John Rich joined two other solo artists to initiate the MuzikMafia shows at Nashville’s Pub Of Love in 2001. The MuzikMafia led to recording contracts for both Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson.
  • Barbara Mandrell staged her farewell concert, dubbed The Last Dance, in 1997.
  • Buck Owens opened his Crystal Palace, a club in Bakersfield, California, in 1996.
  • George Strait‘s “Easy Come, Easy Go” hit Number One on the Billboard country chart in 1993.
  • The movie Pure Country, starring George Strait, debuted in 1992.
  • Roy Acuff performed on both shows at the Grand Ole Opry in 1992, in what proved to be his final appearance on the program.

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