January 16th, 1953

Bill Monroe suffers 19 broken bones, including his spine, and avulsed one of his eyes out of its socket in a head-on collision in Tennessee. He still manages to get out of the car and pull another passenger, his girlfriend and "Bluegrass Boys" bass player Bessie Lee Mauldin, out of the other side.

Monroe and Mauldin were returning home from a fox hunt north of Nashville. On highway 31-W, near White

House, their car was struck by a drunken driver. Monroe, who had suffered injuries to his back, left arm and nose, was rushed to General Hospital in Nashville. It took him almost four months to recover and resume touring. In the meantime Charlie Cline and Jimmy Martin kept the band together.

After he was taken to the hospital, Monroe was in a body cast for three months. He is unable to tour until May.

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    Unleashed becomes the first Toby Keith album certified quadruple-platinum, while his Shock'n Y'all album reaches triple-platinum status.

    Shock’n Y’all released three singles: "I Love This Bar", "American Soldier" and "Whiskey Girl"; all three singles reached #1. The album has since been certified 4x platinum by the RIAA.

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    The album has since been certified 8x platinum by the RIAA.

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