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Today In Country Music History [VIDEO]

October 22, 1990

Tim McGraw signs his first contract with Curb Records.

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The Evolution Of Awards Shows – Today In Country Music History [VIDEO]

October 21, 1967

The Music City News presents its first annual awards at Ernest Tubb's Record Shop. Merle Haggard wins Favorite Male Artist, and Loretta Lynn wins Favorite Female Artist.

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Off To A Good Start – Today In Country Music History [VIDEO]

October 20, 1967

The first Country Music Association Awards were held. The show was hosted by Sonny James and Bobbie Gentry.

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Keith Urban Stumbles – Today In Country Music History [VIDEO]

October 19, 2006

Keith Urban checks into the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California, to cope with a recurrence of substance abuse. In a statement, he says, "One can never let one's guard down on recovery, and I'm afraid I have."

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Campbell Takes Two At The CMAs – Today In Country Music History [VIDEO]

October 18, 1968

Glen Campbell wins two honors, Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year, during the second annual Country Music Association awards at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. Other winners on the night included Buck Owens' band The Buckaroos as Inst

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Naomi Judd Takes A ‘Final Bow’ – Today In Country Music History [VIDEO]

October 17, 1990

Naomi Judd tells reporters she has hepatitis and will have to give up performing. She and Wynonna hold the press conference in the same room in which they auditioned for RCA in 1983.

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Loretta Lynn Makes History – Today In Country Music History [VIDEO]

October 16, 1972

Loretta Lynn becomes the first woman to win the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year in the sixth annual awards at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.

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Johnny Cashes In – Today In Country Music History [VIDEO]

October 15, 1969

Johnny Cash wins a record-setting five times during the third annual Country Music Association awards at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.

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All My Rowdy Friends Were At The CMAs – Today In Country Music History [VIDEO]

October 14, 1985

At the Country Music Association Awards, bluegrass legends Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs were elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House, while Ricky Skaggs was named Entertainer of the Year and The Ricky Skaggs Band was named Instrumental Group of the Year.

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A Historic Day At The CMAs – Today In Country Music History [VIDEO]

October 13, 1980

George Jones wins two times during the 14th annual Country Music Association awards at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House.

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Randy Travis
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Randy Travis’ Big Night – Today In Country Music History [VIDEO]

Oct. 12, 1987

Randy Travis takes home three honors during the 21st annual Country Music Association awards at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House

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You Belong In The Hall – Today In Country Music History [VIDEO]

Oct. 11,1981

The Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame inducts Bobby Braddock and Ray Whitley. Braddock is noted for George Jones' "He Stopped Loving Her Today" and Tammy Wynette's "D-I-V-O-R-C-E." Whitley wrote Gene Autry's the

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