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Dixie Chicks Fly, Merle’s Mama Tries – Today In Country Music History [VIDEO]

Clay Walter (R) and his guest attend the 18th Annual Race to Erase MS Gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel on April 29, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

The Dixie Chicks were Flying on this date in 1999, Clay Walker went platinum in 1994 and Merle Haggard’s mama tried to raise him right back in 1968.

Here’s the list for Today In Country Music History for 31 August, 2001.

  • The Dixie ChicksFly album was released in 1999.
  • Clay Walker earned his first platinum album with his self-titled debut in 1994.
  • George Jones topped the Billboard country singles list with “The Grand Tour” in 1974.
  • Dolly Parton‘s “Love Is Like A Butterfly” became her third Number One in a year in 1974.
  • Merle Haggard‘s prison-themed “Mama Tried” claimed the top spot on the Billboard country singles chart in 1968.
  • Jeannie C. Riley made her Opry debut in 1968.
  • Roy Clark married Barbara Joyce Rupard in 1957.

Here’s what passed for a music video back in 1968.

 

 

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Dave D.

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