October 23, 1997

Barbara Mandrell gave her final performance at the Grand Ole Opry house before retiring from country music. That concert was filmed for a TNN concert special, “Barbara Mandrell and the Do-Rites: The Last Dance.”

With the exception of George Jones' memorial service and one appearance in 2013, Mandrell has not returned to the Opry stage, her only performance being the memorial service.

Mandrell was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2009.

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    Garth Brooks' No Fences is the first country album certified for shipments of more than 5 million copies.

    The album contains the singles "The Thunder Rolls" (CMA's 1991 Video of the Year), "Friends in Low Places" (Academy of Country Music's 1990 Single of the Year), "Unanswered Prayers" and "Two of a Kind, Workin' on a Full House".

    The album itself was named Album of the Year by the ACM in 1990.


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    Eddie Rabbitt earns the first two gold albums of his career, for Horizon and The Best Of Eddie Rabbitt.

    Horizon featured the singles "Drivin' My Life Away", reached number 5 on the Billboard 100 and 9 the Adult Contemporary chart. The other single, "I Love a Rainy Night" reached number one on both charts, the only single in Rabbitt's career to ever do so.

    Best of featured only one song new to an Eddie Rabbitt album, "Every Which Way But Loose", which was from the soundtrack for the Clint Eastwood movie of the same name. The song had previously gone to #1 on the country charts.

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    Charlie Rich’s album There Won’t Be Anymore was certified gold. The album feature the title track and "I Don't See Me In Your Eyes Anymore" as singles.

    The album was recorded in 1966 but not released by RCA records until 1974 as they were attempting to cash in on the success of Rich's multi-platinum Behind Closed Doors album, which was released by RCA and went platinum in 1973.

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    #1 On This Date


    2010 – Josh Turner – “All Over Me

    2004 – George Strait – “I Hate Everything

    1999 – Tim McGraw – “Something Like That

    1993 – George Strait – “Easy Come, Easy Go

    1982 – Ronnie Milsap - "He Got You"

    1976 – Tammy Wynette – “You and Me

    1971 – Lynn Anderson – “How Can I Unlove You

    1965 – Johnnie Wright – “Hello Vietnam

    1961 – Leroy Van Dyke – “Walk on By

    1954 – Hank Snow – “I Don’t Hurt Anymore

    1948 – Eddy Arnold – “Just A Little Lovin’



    2010 – Toby Keith – Bullets In The Gun

    2004 – George Strait – 50 Number Ones

    1999 – Dixie Chicks – Fly

    1993 – Garth Brooks – In Pieces

    1982 – Willie Nelson – Always On My Mind

    1976 – Linda Ronstadt – Hasten Down The Wind

    1971 – Ray Price – I Won’t Mention It Again

    1965 – Jim Reeves – Up Through The Years

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    Neal McCoy and his wife Melinda are celebrating their 33rd anniversary.

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