Today In Country Music
April 18
2010 - Lady Antebellum wins in three categories--Top Vocal Group and Single Record and Song of the Year, for "Need You Now"--during the 45th Academy of Country Music Awards from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas
2006 - The Charlie Daniels Band performs at Camp Liberty in Baghdad, Iraq, the final stop on a Stars For Stripes tour in which the band played for U.S. soldiers in the Middle East
2003 - Dierks Bentley makes his Grand Ole Opry debut
1998 - Diamond Rio joins the cast of the Grand Ole Opry, following an introduction by Little Jimmy Dickens. The first song the band performs as members: "Meet In The Middle"
1992 - Aaron Tippin picks up his first #1 single in Billboard: "There Ain't Nothin' Wrong With The Radio"
1988 - MCA releases Reba McEntire's "Reba" album
1981 - Alabama takes "Old Flame" to #1 on the Billboard country chart
1952 - Jim Scholten is born in Bay City, Michigan. As bass player for Sawyer Brown, he contributes to such hits as "The Dirt Road," "Six Days On The Road," "All These Years" and "Thank God For You"
1948 - Earl Scruggs marries Louise Certain in Gaffney, South Carolina, two months after leaving Bill Monroe's band. She becomes the manager of Flatt & Scruggs
1947 - Keyboard player Walt Richmond is born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. As a member of The Tractors, he appears on the hit "Baby Likes To Rock It"
1939 - Gene Autry records "Back In The Saddle Again" in Los Angeles for the western movie "Rovin' Tumbleweeds"
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