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Garth Brooks Retires, Taylor Swift Is Surprised – Today In Country Music History

Honorees Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush of Sugarland perform at the 34th Annual Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards Concert and Show at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center on October 14, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Sunny came home and surprised Taylor Swift on this date in 2011, Sugarland’s life was traveling at light speed in 2004, Garth Brooks retired in 2000 and more.

Here’s the list for Today In Country Music History for 26 October, 2012.

  • Taylor Swift welcomed surprise guest Shawn Colvin to sing “Sunny Came Home” during a concert at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin in 2011.


  • Brooks & Dunn shot the video to “Believe” in Adams, Tennessee in 2005.


  • Sugarland‘s debut album, Twice The Speed Of Life, was released in 2004.


  • Faith Hill‘s fifth album, Cry, debuted atop the Billboard 200 pop chart in 2002.


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  • The Statler Brothers played their last concert, in Salem, Virginia in 2002.


  • Capitol Records hosts a gala celebration for Garth Brooks in Nashville in 2000 to honor him for sales of more than 100 million albums in the U.S. in a decade.


  • Garth Brooks announced his retirement in a press conference at the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville in 2000.


  • Hoyt Axton, who wrote the pop hit “Joy To The World,” died of a heart attack at age 61 in 1999.


  • Gary Allan‘s Smoke Rings In The Dark album was released in 1999.


  • Travis Tritt went to Number One in Billboard with “Anymore” in 1991.


  • Waylon Jennings was hospitalized in California after experiencing chest pains during a performance in 1988.


  • Rodney Crowell recorded the Number One hit “I Couldn’t Leave You If I Tried” in 1987.


  • Waylon Jennings married Jessi Colter in Las Vegas in 1969.


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