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This Day in Country Music History, August 23

2011
Columbia releases Pistol Annies' debut album, "Hell On Heels," digitally
2004
The Pocahontas Village Board in Illinois votes to rename the town's Pocahontas Community Park as Gretchen Wilson Park
2003
Trace Adkins joins the Grand Ole Opry, officially inducted by Ronnie Milsap and Lorrie Morgan. On his big night, he sings "Chrome," "Hot Mama" and "Then They Do"
1980
Eddie Rabbitt parks himself at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with "Drivin' My Life Away"
1977
Elektra releases Linda Ronstadt's album "Simple Dreams"
1975
Glen Campbell's "Rhinestone Cowboy" rides to #1 on the Billboard country chart
1969
Bass player Ira Dean is born in Raleigh, North Carolina. He joins Trick Pony, a band that nabs two hits from its 2001 debut album, winning an American Music Award before the trio breaks up in 2008. He also co-writes Montgomery Gentry's 2009 single "One In Every Crowd"
1969
Johnny Cash climbs to #1 on the Billboard country chart with "A Boy Named Sue"
1969
Stand-up bass player Barry Bales is born in Kingsport, Tennessee. He becomes a member of Alison Krauss' bluegrass band, Union Station, performing on "When You Say Nothing At All" and The Soggy Bottom Boys' "I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow." He also co-writes Chris Stapleton's 2015 single "Nobody To Blame"
1952
Kitty Wells becomes the first woman to reach #1 on the Billboard country chart with "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels"
1949
Paul Chrisman--alias Woody Paul, of Riders In The Sky--is born in Nashville. The comedic trio reverently re-creates western music, joining the Grand Ole Opry in 1982