Today in country music history:
2010 - Kenny Chesney was on hand at the Superdome in New Orleans as the Saints defeated the Minnesota Vikings to win the NFC Championship.
2002 – Freddy Fender underwent a kidney transplant.
1998 - Justin Tubb, son of the late Country Music Hall of Fame member Ernest Tubb, died following surgery for an aortic aneurysm.
1994 - George Strait earned his first triple platinum album for the Pure Country soundtrack.
1981 - Dolly Parton went to number one on the country chart with "9 to 5."
1953 - Hank Williams went to number one with "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive."
Ray Stevens - singer-songwriter-comedian, "The Streak"
Becky Hobbs - singer-songwriter
Keech Rainwater - drummer, Lonestar, "No News," "Amazed”
Stephen Barker Liles - member of Love and Theft, "Runaway"
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