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This Day in Country Music History, May 3

2013
Keith Urban makes a surprise appearance during The Rolling Stones' show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, joining the band on "Respectable"
2010
Water from the Cumberland River floods Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House, peaking more than two feet above the venue's stage. The Opry moves like a nomad to other Nashville locations for the next four months
2009
Clint Black is fired by Donald Trump during an episode of the NBC-TV reality series "The Celebrity Apprentice"
2007
Taylor Swift picks up a gold single for her debut, "Tim McGraw"
2006
Ricky Van Shelton writes an open letter to his fans announcing he is retiring from the road. Insisting he and wife Bettye are in good health, he says they simply "need to be close to our families" in Virginia
1994
Garth Brooks wins two honors--Entertainer and Video of the Year--at the 29th Academy Of Country Music awards on NBC, though he's not in Los Angeles to receive them. His wife, Sandy, gives birth to August Anna that night in Nashville
1977
Eric Church is born in Granite Falls, North Carolina. He debuts with an edgy mix of country and rock in 2006, winning the Academy of Country Music's Top New Solo Vocalist in 2011. His albums "Chief" and "The Outsiders" debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart
1971
Bass player John Driskell Hopkins is born in Gainesville, Georgia. As a member of The Zac Brown Band, he provides a sonic foundation for "Chicken Fried," "Free" and "Highway 20 Ride" and co-writes the hits "Toes" and "Goodbye In Her Eyes"
1957
Drummer Scott "Cactus" Moser is born in Montrose, Colorado. He joins Highway 101, which wins CMA Vocal Group awards in 1988 and 1989 behind such hits as "Somewhere Tonight," "Cry, Cry, Cry" and "Whiskey, If You Were A Woman"
1952
Kitty Wells records "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" at the Castle Studio in Nashville during her first session for Decca Records
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