July 232005 - Toby Keith begins a six-week stay at the top of the Billboard country chart with "As Good As I Once Was"
2003 - Sugarland performs a showcase at Nashville's 12th & Porter club, attended by producer Garth Fundis and representatives for the Mercury and Lyric Street labels. The trio picks up a deal with Mercury
1997 - "Strawberry Wine" takes Song of the Year at the Nashville Songwriters Association International's 30th Songwriter Achievement Awards. Vince Gill wins Songwriter/Artist of the Year for the third time. Mark D. Sanders claims Top Songwriter
1990 - Mandolin player Neil Perry is born in Jackson, Mississippi. He comes to prominence as one-third of The Band Perry, the Country Music Association's New Artist of the Year for 2011 and the Academy of Country Music's Vocal Group of the Year for 2013
1988 - Vern Gosdin picks up a #1 single in Billboard with a song that celebrates Ernest Tubb, "Set 'Em Up Joe"
1983 - "Pancho And Lefty" propels Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard to the top spot on the Billboard country chart
1977 - Fiddler David Pichette is born in Montreal, Quebec. He joins Emerson Drive in June 2003, replacing Pat Allingham one month after the band was named the Academy of Country Music's Top New Vocal Group
1971 - Alison Krauss is born in Decatur, Illinois. The fiddler/vocalist leads the bluegrass group Union Station, joining the Grand Ole Opry in 1993 and winning more Grammy awards than any other woman in history.
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