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This Day in Country Music History, July 31

2006
Jason Aldean's "Why" earns a gold single
2004
Faith Hill records "Mississippi Girl" at Emerald Entertainment in Nashville
2002
The Dixie Chicks record an episode of "CMT Crossroads" with James Taylor in Nashville. The set list includes "Some Days You Gotta Dance," "Shower The People" and "Wide Open Spaces"
2001
Warner Bros. releases Blake Shelton's self-titled debut album
1978

Singer/songwriter Zac Brown is born in Atlanta's Piedmont Hospital. The Zac Brown Band becomes a major country act, mixing jam-band tendencies and well-crafted ballads while nabbing multiple gold and platinum albums following the act's 2008 debut with "Chicken Fried"

1969
Elvis Presley begins a historic four-week run at Las Vegas' International Hotel in his first live show since 1961. In the audience are Liberace, Herb Alpert, Dick Clark, Cary Grant, Fats Domino, Burt Bacharach, Pat Boone and Paul Anka
1964
Jim Reeves and pianist Dean Manuel die in a plane crash in Brentwood, Tennessee. Numerous locals--including Eddy Arnold, Chet Atkins and Ernest Tubb--search for three days before discovering the wreckage
1963
Chad Brock is born in Ocala, Florida. He has fewer than 20 matches as a professional wrestler before embarking on a singing career in the 1990s. His most successful single comes with an autobiographical love song, "Yes!"
1948
Country music appears on national television for the first time, with a show taped at Washington, D.C.'s Constitution Hall. Kitty Wells, Eddy Arnold and Johnny & Jack are beamed to five cities
1937
Bonnie Brown is born in Sparkman, Arkansas. She joins older siblings Maxine and Jim Ed in forming The Browns, whose million-selling crossover hit "The Three Bells" precedes their 1963 induction into the Grand Ole Opry
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