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Hank Williams Gets A Pulitzer, Gretchen Wilson Gets Her GED – Today In Country Music History

Gretchen Wilson performs at the rehearsals for the Music Builds: CMT Disaster Relief Concert on May 12, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT)

Hank Williams was given a very special award on this date in 2010, Gretchen Wilson finished her High School education in 2008 and Marty Robbins won a Grammy with one of the best brainworm songs in Country music on this date in 1961.

Here’s the complete list for Today In Country Music History for 12 April, 2012.

  • Hank Williams was honored with a special citation for “craftsmanship as a songwriter” as the Pulitzer Prize winners are announced in 2010.
  • Gretchen Wilson took her final exam at a high school in Wilson County, Tennessee in 2008 to receive her GED.
  • Diamond Rio collected a gold album for their Greatest Hits album in 1999.
  • Boxcar Willie died at the age of 67 in 1999.
  • Travis Tritt married Theresa Nelson at his home in Paulding County, Georgia, with Marty Stuart serving as best man, in 1997.
  • Dwight Yoakam‘s Hillbilly Deluxe album was certified platinum in 1994.
  • Tim McGraw‘s self-titled debut album was released in 1993.
  • Garth Brooks‘s self-titled debut album was released in 1989.
  • Charley Pride‘s remake of Hank Williams‘ “Honky Tonk Blues” went to Number One on the Billboard country chart in 1980.
  • The first Fan Fair took place at Nashville’s downtown Municipal Auditorium in 1972.
  • Marty Robbins won a Grammy for “El Paso” in 1961.
  • Hank Williams signed the first exclusive songwriter’s agreement with Acuff-Rose in 1944.

Give Marty a listen … If you don’t mind having this song stuck in your head for the rest of the day …

 

 

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