Today In Country Music History [VIDEO]
2009 Brooks & Dunn Call It Quits
Saying that “it’s just time,” Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn announced that after the completion of their ‘Last Rodeo‘ tour they would go their separate ways.
Signed to Arista Nashville in 1991, the duo recorded ten studio albums, one Christmas album, and three compilation albums for the label. They also released fifty singles, of which twenty went to number one on the Hot Country Songs charts and nineteen more reached top ten. Two of these number-one songs, “My Maria” and “Ain’t Nothing ‘Bout You“, were the top country songs of 1996 and 2001, respectively, according to the Billboard Year-End charts. The latter is also the duo’s longest-lasting number one, at six weeks.
The true last rodeo would come on Sept 9, 2010, as Brooks & Dunn played their final show, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.The pair have continued to record for Arista Nashville as solo artists. Ronnie Dunn released a self-titled album in 2011, which included the hit “Bleed Red“, while Brooks released New to This Townin September 2012. Dunn has sung guest vocals on other artists’ songs, including a duet with Carlene Carter on a cover of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash’s “Jackson” for the tribute album Anchored in Love: A Tribute to June Carter Cash.
Kix Brooks succeeded Bob Kingsley as the host of the radio countdown show American Country Countdown, receiving an Academy of Country Music nominations for National On-Air Radio Personality in 2010 and 2011.Later that same year, he made his acting debut in an independent film called Thriftstore Cowboy.In 2011, he starred in a second film, The Last Ride.
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At the opening of the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, a life-sized statue of Garth Brooks was unveiled. The statue had been sculpted by “butter artist Norma “Duffy” Lyon, out of 250 pounds of butter.
John Michael Montgomery’s album Kickin’ It Up was certified double platinum. The album featured 3 number ones, “I Swear, “Be My Baby Tonight” and “If You’ve Got Love“ and a fourth single, “Rope The Moon,” which climbed to number 4.
Alan Jackson’s album A Lot About Livin’ (And A Little ‘Bout Love) was certified double platinum. The album featured the singles “Chattahoochee“, “She’s Got the Rhythm (And I Got the Blues)“, “Tonight I Climbed the Wall“, “(Who Says) You Can’t Have It All” and “Mercury Blues“. “Chattahoochee” and “She’s Got the Rhythm” were both Number One hits on the Country Songs charts, while the other three songs all reached Top Five.
Elvis Presley files for divorce from Priscilla in Santa Monica, California, ending their 5-year marriage.
Hank Williams Sr. was fired from the Grand Ole Opry for unreliability due to alcoholism. Williams would pass less than 5 months later, due in part to his alcohol abuse.
John Conlee is 68