There is no doubt in my mind whatsoever that King George's rise to the top of the CMA's was long overdue.

He definitely paved the way for so many country artists. And there are many other artists from the other genres  who recognize the clout that he carries.

Before George there were many others who stood in the circle and gave thanks to everyone for their support in helping them achieve their particular milestone.  Today we look back at some of the past CMA Entertainer's of the Year. Join me starting at 5am!

1967 Eddy Arnold

1968 Glen Campbell

1969 Johnny Cash

1970 Merle Haggard

1971 Charley Pride

1972 Loretta Lynn

1973 Roy Clark

1974 Charlie Rich

1975 John Denver

1976 Mel Tillis

1977 Ronnie Milsap

  • 1. Eddy Arnold - Make The World Go Away

    The Best of Eddy Arnold
  • 2. Glen Campbell - By The Time I Get To Phoenix

    20 Greatest Hits
  • 3. Johnny Cash - Daddy Sang Bass

    The Essential Johnny Cash
  • 4. Merle Haggard - Okie From Muskogee

    40 Greatest Hits (Rerecorded Version)
  • 5. Charley Pride - Kiss An Angel

    The Best of Charlie Pride
  • 6. Loretta Lynn - You're Looking at Country

    Country Music Hall of Fame Series: Loretta Lynn
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    7. Roy Clark - Thank God and Greyhound Your Gone

  • 8. Charlie Rich - Behind Closed Doors

    The Essential Charlie Rich
  • 10. John Denver - Thank God I'm A Country Boy

    The Essential John Denver
  • 11. Mel Tillis - Good Woman Blues

    Mel Tillis - The Essential Live Collection (Live)
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    12. Ronnie Millsap - It Was Almost Like A Song