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Merle Haggard Is Fightin’ Mad, Luke Bryan Gets The Shakes – Today In Country Music History

Luke Bryan performs at the 45th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 9, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Luke Bryan was likin’ what the Country Girls were doing on this date in 2011, Lonestar was Amazed in 2000 and Merle Haggard was at the very top of the Country music charts on this date back in 1970.

Click through for the complete list for Today In Country Music History for 14 March, 2011.

  • Luke Bryan‘s “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” was released in 2011.
  • Rascal Flatts and Brad Paisley performed for President George W. Bush when ABC taped An American Celebration At Ford’s Theatre in 2004.
  • Shania Twain‘s Come On Over was certified for shipments of 17 million units in 2000, surpassing Garth BrooksNo Fences as the best-selling country album of all-time.
  • Lonestar‘s crossover smash “Amazed” was certified gold in 2000.
  • Jo Dee Messina made her Grand Ole Opry debut in 1998.
  • John Anderson scored his first Number One in eight years with “Straight Tequila Night” in 1992.
  • California Governor Ronald Reagan pardoned Merle Haggard in 1972 for a 1957 attempted robbery that landed the singer in prison.
  • Merle Haggard‘s “The Fightin’ Side Of Me” went to Number One on the Billboard country chart in 1970.
  • Ernest Tubb debuted on the Grand Ole Opry in 1943.

Here’s a shot of Merle from a TV show in 1968.


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