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Johnny Cash Was On The Big Screen, Garth Brooks Was On SNL – Today In Country Music History

Rodney Atkins (R) performs onstage at the American Giving Awards presented by Chase held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on December 9, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for American Giving Awards)

Rodney Atkins was singing about America on this date in 2008, a movie about Johnny Cash was a big hit in New York City in 2005, Garth Brooks (or was it Chris Gaines?) was on Saturday Night Live in 1999 and more.

Here’s the list for Today In Country Music History for 13 November, 2012.

  • Rodney Atkins‘ single, “It’s America,” was released to radio in 2008.


  • The Judds performed “Love Can Build A Bridge” at a groundbreaking ceremony for a Martin Luther King memorial in Washington, D.C. in 2006.


  • The New York premiere of the Johnny Cash biopic, Walk The Line, at the Beacon Theatre in 2005 drew Kris Kristofferson, Gretchen Wilson, Trace Adkins, LeAnn Rimes, Van Zant, Brooks & Dunn, Billy Currington, Dierks Bentley, Lonestar and Sara Evans, among others.


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  • Garth Brooks hosted NBC-TV’s Saturday Night Live, with musical guest Chris Gaines, in 1999.


  • Trisha Yearwood had a guest role on the ABC-TV sitcom, Ellen, where she performed “Everybody Knows” in 1996.


  • Comedian and Hee Haw star Junior Samples died at the age of 57 in 1983.


  • Ricky Skaggs climbed to Number One in Billboard with “Heartbroke,” written by Guy Clark, in 1982.


  • Hank Williams Jr. underwent four hours of plastic and oral surgery at Nashville’s Baptist Hospital to repair damages from a 500-foot fall in an August mountain accident in 1975.


  • Pianist Del Wood joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1953.


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