November 5, 2003

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Alan Jackson and Johnny Cash win three trophies each in the 37th annual Country Music Association awards at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House. Jackson earns Entertainer of the Year; Male Vocalist; and Vocal Event, with Jimmy Buffett, for "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere." Cash would receive awards for Album for American IV: - The Man Comes Around, Single and Video of the Year for "Hurt".

Other winners on the evening were Martina McBride for Female Vocalist of the Year, Joe Nichols the Horizon Award, Rascal Flatts for Vocal Group of the Year, Brooks & Dunn received the Vocal Duo of the Year award, "Three Wooden Crosses" for Song of the Year (writers Doug Johnson and Kim Williams) and the Musician of the Year to Randy Scruggs. Vince Gill was the host.

  • 2007

    Hank Thompson announced his retirement from touring at age 82 after an undisclosed illness. He scored 29 hits on the country singles chart from 1948-1974, including the #1 hit  "The Wild Side of Life."

  • 2006

    Reba McEntire and Ronnie Milsap are among the first six inductees in Nashville's Music City Walk of Fame. Also added: Roy Orbison, songwriters Boudleaux and Felice Bryant, The Fisk Jubilee Singers and conductor Kenneth Schermerhorn.

  • 2002

    George Jones scored his first multi-platinum album when his Super Hits disc was certified double platinum. Tracks included "White Lightening" and "He Stopped Loving Her Today."

    American Recordings releases Johnny Cash's "American IV: The Man Comes Around." It's the last album of new material issued during the singer's life.

  • 1997

    Garth Brooks announced that the first 5 million copies of his album Sevens would hit stores November 25, with the first 777,777 copies being labeled Limited Edition.

  • 1960

    Singer Johnny Horton died at age 35 in a car accident near Milano, Texas.

  • #1 On This Date

    SINGLES

    2011 – Blake Shelton – “God Gave Me You

    2005 – Keith Urban – “Better Life

    1994 – Alan Jackson – “Livin’ On Love

    1988 – T. Graham Brown – “Darlene

    1983 – Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton – “Islands In The Stream

    1977 – Don Williams – “I’m Just A Country Boy

    1966 – Buck Owens – “Open Up Your Heart

    1955 – Webb Pierce – “Love, Love, Love

    1949 – Margaret Whiting & Jimmy Wakely – “Slipping Around

     

    ALBUMS

    2011 – Scotty McCreary – Clear As Day

    2005 – Martina McBride – Timeless

    1994 – Mary Chapin Carpenter – Stones In The Road

    1988 – Ricky Van Shelton – Loving Proof

    1983 – Kenny Rogers – Eyes That See In The Dark

    1977 – Elvis Presley – Moody Blue

    1966 – Ray Price – Another Bridge To Burn

  • Birthdays

    Singer/songwriter Gram Parsons (The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers) is 68

    Twin singers/songwriters Heather and Jennifer Kinley (The Kinleys) are 44

    Leonard Slye is born on this date in 1911, in Cincinnati, Ohio. As Roy Rogers, he becomes a silver-screen cowboy, joining the Country Music Hall of Fame as a solo star and as a member of The Sons Of The Pioneers.

  • Passings

    Country Music Hall of Fame member Jimmy Davis, composer of "You Are My Sunshine", died at age 101 at his home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on this date in 2000.