August 17 – This Day in Country Music

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1985
Highwayman featuring Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson was at #1 on the Billboard Country album chart.

1991
George Strait’s “You Know Me Better Than That” was at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart, the second single from his 1991 album Chill of an Early Fall.

2008
Linda Ronstadt received a tribute by various artists including BeBe Winans and Wynonna Judd, when she was honored with the Trailblazer Award, presented to her by Pl�cido Domingo at the 2008 ALMA Awards a ceremony later televised in the US on ABC.

2014
Johnny Cash’s childhood home was opened to the public as part of a drive to revitalise the Arkansas town where he grew up. The Cash family moved to the house in Dyess in 1935, when Johnny was three, as part of a government drive to help families after the Great Depression. The five-room wooden home had been refurbished and featured the family’s piano as well as other period items.