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November 18th: On this day

1946
Born on this day in Groveton, Texas, was Jacky Ward, country music artist. Between 1972 and 1982, he charted more than fifteen singles His highest-peaking single, "A Lover's Question", reached #3 on the charts in 1978.

1956
Born on this day, was Laura Lynch, singer-songwriter, and founding member of the Dixie Chicks. Of the Dixie Chicks' twenty-five singles, six have reached #1 on the Billboard country singles chart: Lynch left the group in 1995.

1979
Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge appeared on the comedy-variety television series The Muppet Show. No guest star ever appeared twice on The Muppet Show, although John Denver appeared both on the show and in two specials (John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together and John Denver & the Muppets: Rocky Mountain Holiday).

1980
The country-variety TV series, Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters was aired for the first time. Barbara Mandrell hosted this music-variety series with her younger sisters, Louise and Irelene. Also helping out was Truck Shackley & the Texas Critters, a group of Krofft puppets that included five musicians and a dog. Each week, a well-established country star made appearances.

2002
Shania Twain released her fourth studio album Up! The album debuted at #1 on both the Top Country Albums chart and the Billboard 200, after selling 874,000 copies in its first full week of release, it then stayed in the Top 100 of the Billboard chart for more than 60 weeks.

2005
The Johnny Cash biopic, Walk the Line, opened nationwide in the US. The movie stared Joaquin Phoenix as "The Man in Black" and Reese Witherspoon as his girlfriend (and wife-to-be) June Carter. The movie was widely praised by critics and beame a major box office hit.

2005
Shania Twain was invested as an Officer in the Order of Canada.

2012
Winners at the American Music Awards presented in Los Angeles included; Favorite Country Male Artist - Luke Bryan, Favorite Country Female Artist - Taylor Swift, Favorite Country Band/Duo/Group - Lady Antebellum, and Favorite Country Album - Blown Away, Carrie Underwood.





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