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George Strait Scores Artist Of The Decade, Elvis Presley Goes To The Movies – Today In Country Music History

George Strait performs "The Breath You Take" at the 44th Annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 10, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

George Strait was named the ACM’s Artist Of The Decade on this date in 2009, Mac Davis was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006 and Elvis Presley signed a movie deal in 1956.

Click through for the complete list for Today In Country Music History for 06 April, 2012.

  • Tammy Wynette‘s classic “Stand By Your Man” and The Sons Of The Pioneers‘ “Tumbling Tumbleweeds” were added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry in 2011.
  • George Strait was hailed as the Academy of Country Music’s Artist of the Decade during a taping for a CBS-TV special at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in 2009.
  • Luke Bryan made his Grand Ole Opry debut in 2007.
  • Mac Davis was announced as an inductee into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006.
  • Montgomery Gentry‘s debut album, Tattoos & Scars, was released in 1999.
  • Tammy Wynette died at her home in Nashville at age 55 of a blood clot in 1998.
  • Billy Ray Cyrus‘ “Achy Breaky Heart” was released in 1992.
  • Garth Brooks‘ “Two Of A Kind, Workin’ On A Full House” became his fifth Number One hit in 1991.
  • Brenda Lee debuted on the country chart with “One Step At A Time” in 1957.
  • Ferlin Husky reached the top of the Billboard country chart with “Gone” in 1957.
  • Elvis Presley signed a three-picture deal with Paramount Pictures, only five days after his first Hollywood screen test, in 1956.

Here are the Sons Of The Pioneers from 1955.


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