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Keith Urban Goes Flying, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Goes Fishing – Today In Country Music History

Keith Urban (L) and wife actress Nicole Kidman arrive at the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Keith Urban’s new single was flying across the airwaves on this date in 2011, Tim McGraw got a star with his name on it in 2006, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band went fishin’ in 1997 and more.

Here’s the list for Today In Country Music History for 17 October, 2012.

  • Keith Urban‘s “You Gonna Fly” was released to radio in 2011.
  • Steel Magnolia made their Grand Ole Opry debut in 2009.
  • Vince Gill‘s These Days boxed set, featuring four discs of new material, was released in 2006. Guests included Sheryl Crow, Rodney Crowell, Phil Everly, Gretchen Wilson, LeAnn Rimes, John Anderson, Emmylou Harris, Guy Clark and Amy Grant.
  • Tim McGraw received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006.
  • SHeDAISY‘s Kelsi Osborn married Steve Simpson in 1997.
  • Billy Ray Cyrus performed the national anthem at the World Series as the Braves beat the Blue Jays 3-1 in 1992.
  • Naomi Judd announced her retirement from the Judds in 1990.
  • The Kentucky HeadHuntersPickin’ On Nashville album was released in 1989.
  • The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band topped the Billboard chart with “Fishin’ In The Dark” in 1987.


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  • Austin City Limits filmed its pilot episode starring 42-year-old Willie Nelson in 1974. It was broadcast in early 1975.

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