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Dixie Chick Natalie Maines issued an apology after she made a comment about United States President George W. Bush regarding the current situation in Iraq: "As a concerned American citizen, I apologize to President Bush because my remark was disrespectful. I feel that whoever holds that office should be treated with the utmost respect. We are currently in Europe and witnessing a huge anti-American sentiment as a result of the perceived rush to war. While war may remain a viable option, as a mother, I just want to see every possible alternative exhausted before children and American soldiers' lives are lost. I love my country. I am a proud American."
California governor Ronald Reagan granted Country singer Merle Haggard a full pardon for all his past crimes. Haggard was arrested for attempting to rob a Bakersfield tavern in 1957 and was sent to the San Quentin state prison for three years.
American country musician Jack Greene died from complications of Alzheimer's disease at the age of 83 in Nashville, Tennessee. Nicknamed the "Jolly Greene Giant" due to his height and deep voice, Greene was a long time member of the Grand Ole Opry. A three-time Grammy Award nominee, Greene is best known for his 1966 hit, "There Goes My Everything". The song dominated the Country music charts for nearly two months in 1967 and earned Greene "Male Vocalist of the Year", "Single of the Year", "Album of the Year" and "Song of the Year." Greene had a total of #1 country hits.
Country music winners at the 11th Annual Awards included; Best Country Vocal Performance, Female Jeannie C. Riley for "Harper Valley P.T.A.", Best Country Vocal Performance, Male - Johnny Cash for "Folsom Prison Blues", Best Country Performance, Duo or Group - Vocal or Instrumental - Flatt & Scruggs for "Foggy Mountain Breakdown", and Best Country Song - Bobby Russell (songwriter) for "Little Green Apples" performed by Roger Miller / O.C. Smith.
The divorce of George Jones and Tammy Wynette is finalised. Wynette took custody of their only child, Tamala and kept their home on Franklin Road in Nashville. Three of their duets (Were Gonna Hold On, Golden Ring and Near You) ended up as #1 hits, two of which were recorded after their divorce in 1974.
During a concert in London, England, Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines said that the band was "ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas" (referring to Maines' hometown of Lubbock and President Bush hailing from the same state). This was during the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, the comment sparked intense controversy and outrage among Americans, including a large share of country music fans.
opened at theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, The $5.5 million giant swing features two pendulum arms with seating for 32 riders. Seated back to back, riders travel progressively higher on each swing of the Barnstormers massive arms, reaching a maximum speed of 65 miles per hour and 230 degrees of rotation. At its peak, reaches 89 feet (27 m) in the air, taking riders high above the barns rooftop and the areas treetops.
Patsy Cline performed at a benefit at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, Kansas City, Kansas, along with George Jones, George Riddle and The Jones Boys, Billy Walker, Dottie West, Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins. The concert was in aid of the family of disc jockey "Cactus" Jack Call who had died in an automobile crash a little over a month earlier. This was the last perfomance by Cline who died in a plane crash two days later.
Country music winners at the 15th Annual Awards (the first to be broadcast live on ), included; Best Country Vocal Performance, Female - Donna Fargo for "Happiest Girl in the Whole USA", Best Country Vocal Performance, Male - Charley Pride for , Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group - The Statler Brothers for "Class of '57", Best Country Instrumental Performance - Charlie McCoy for , Best Country Song - Ben Peters (songwriter) for "Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'" performed by Charley Pride.
Born on this day, was John Carter Cash American country singer-songwriter, author and producer, the only child that Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash had together. His half siblings include Rosanne Cash, Carlene Carter and Rosie Nix Adams. He began his work as a music producer with his mother June Carter Cash on her album, which won a in 1999, then went on to work under Rick Rubin as Associate Producer on his father Johnny Cash's winning records and , the latter receiving three awards.
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