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This Day in Country Music History, April 30

2013
Keith Urban records "Little Bit Of Everything" with producer Nathan Chapman at Nashville's Blackbird Studio
2006
Big & Rich perform at a rally sponsored by human rights agencies in Washington, D.C., to call attention to genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan
2000
The third George Strait stadium festival tour becomes the first concert held at Nashville's Adelphia Coliseum. On the bill: Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Kenny Chesney, Lee Ann Womack, Mark Chesnutt, Asleep At The Wheel and Billy Gilman
1997
Dwight Yoakam plays a grocery-store employee in the "coming out" episode of ABC's "Ellen," which also features Demi Moore, Oprah Winfrey and k.d. lang
1994
Faith Hill's remake of "Piece Of My Heart" ascends to the #1 spot on the Billboard country singles chart
1988
Rodney Crowell & Rosanne Cash meet at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with "It's Such A Small World"
1981
George Jones wins three times in the 16th Academy Of Country Music awards at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium. Jones takes Top Male Vocalist, and "He Stopped Loving Her Today"--written by Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman--is Song and Single Record of the Year
1971
Singer/songwriter Carolyn Dawn Johnson is born in Grande Prairie, Alberta. Her 2001 debut yields a hit with "Complicated." She also writes Chely Wright's "Single White Female" and Jo Dee Messina's "Downtime"
1962
Bass player Robert Reynolds is born in Kansas City, Missouri. He's a founding member of The Mavericks, who gain the Country Music Association's Vocal Group of the Year twice in the mid-'90s. He marries Trisha Yearwood for five years
1933
Willie Nelson is born in Abbott, Texas, though some relatives insist the birth was April 29. After writing "Crazy" and "Hello Walls," he becomes a major figure in the '70s outlaw movement, earning a plaque in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993
1925
Johnny Horton is born in Los Angeles. Married to Hank Williams' widow, Billie Jean Jones, he finds a niche in the late-1950s and 1960 with historically based singles, including "North To Alaska," "Sink The Bismarck" and "The Battle Of New Orleans"
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