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February 17th: On this day

1935
Born on this day in Houston, Texas, was Johnny Bush, country music singer, songwriter, and drummer. Bush, nicknamed the "Country Caruso," is best known for his distinctive voice and as the writer of "Whiskey River," a top-ten hit for himself and Willie Nelson's signature song.

1938
Born on this day in Spartanburg, South Carolina, was Buck Trent, country music instrumentalist who invented the electric banjo. He was a member of Porter Wagoner's "Wagon Masters" from 1962 to 1973.

1965
"The Tennessee Waltz" was declared the state song of Tennessee. Written by Redd Stewart and Pee Wee King the song was first released in 1947 by Cowboy Copas. The song also became a multimillion seller in 1950 by Patti Page.

1969
After having spent three days recording tracks for his forthcoming Nashville Skyline album, Bob Dylan was joined by Johnny Cash, and the pair recorded "Girl From The North Country" together, which was also included on the album. The song was written following his first trip to England in December, 1962. It has been a matter of debate as to which, if any, of Dylan's former girflriends inspired the song: Echo Helstrom, Bonnie Beecher or Suze Rotolo.

1969
Born on this day in Dallas, Texas was country music singer, songwriter, Jon Randall. He co-wrote the song "Whiskey Lullaby", which became a Top 5 hit when Brad Paisley recorded it as a duet with Alison Krauss.

1974
Born on this day in Lawton, Oklahoma, was Bryan White country singer, songwriter. His fourth album, 1999's How Lucky I Am, produced 2 Top 40 hits with singles, "You're Still Beautiful To Me," and, "God Gave Me You." White has charted seventeen singles on the Billboard country charts, of which six reached #1.

1998
The Nashville Network premiered a group of television specials called The George Jones Show, with Jones as host. The program featured informal chats with Jones holding court with country's biggest stars old and new. Guests included Loretta Lynn, Trace Adkins, Johnny Paycheck, Lorrie Morgan, Merle Haggard, Billy Ray Cyrus, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Charley Pride, Bobby Bare, Patty Loveless and Waylon Jennings, among others.

2001
Brad Paisley was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. He was 28 years old when he accepted the invitation, becoming the youngest member ever to join.

2007
Hank Williams, Jr. filed for divorce from his fourth wife, Mary Jane, whom he married in 1990.

2013
Mindy McCready was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on her front porch after neighbors called the Sheriff's Office of Cleburne County, Arkansas. The front porch was the same place where David Wilson, her former boyfriend and the father of her youngest son, had fatally shot himself one month prior, she was 37 years old. McCready's first four studio albums yielded twelve singles on the Billboard country singles charts.





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