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This Day in Country Music History, July 5

2013
Luke Bryan makes a surprise appearance during an Alabama show in Orange Beach, Alabama. Bryan provides a vocal assist on "Love In The First Degree"
2011
"Drop everything now": Big Machine releases Taylor Swift's "Sparks Fly" to radio
2008
Jennifer Nettles makes an unannounced appearance to perform "Stay" during Kenny Chesney's stadium date at Nashville's LP Field before a crowd of 49,000 people. Also on the bill: Keith Urban, LeAnn Rimes, Sammy Hagar and Gary Allan
2007
Toby Keith's "Love Me If You Can" video airs on TV for the first time via CMT
1994
Atlantic releases the Hootie + The Blowfish pop album "Cracked Rear View," featuring lead singer Darius Rucker
1982
Dave Haywood is born in Savannah, Georgia. He becomes a founding member of harmony trio Lady Antebellum, which wins seven Grammy awards from 2010-2012. The band's hits include "Bartender," "Compass," "Downtown" and "Need You Now"
1980
George Jones takes his signature song, "He Stopped Loving Her Today," to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
1980
John Conlee makes his Grand Ole Opry debut
1969
Jack Greene stands tall at #1 on the Billboard country chart with "Statue Of A Fool"
1954
Elvis Presley records "That's All Right" at Memphis' Sun Recording Studio
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