June 25 – This Day in Country Music

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Mark Humphrey/AP/Shutterstock (6093566j) Pedestrians pass the Ryman Auditorium, in Nashville, Tenn. The Tennessean reports that the Ryman is ready for its grand reopening after a yearlong, $14 million expansion Ryman Expansion, Nashville, USA

1977
Waylon Jennings’ hit “Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)” spent its sixth week at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. It was just the third (and final) six-week #1 song of the 1970s, and would be the last song to spend as long atop the charts for 20 years (until 1997’s “It’s Your Love” by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill).

1987
Songwriter Boudleaux Bryant died. With his wife Felice, he wrote many hits including: The Everly Brothers hits, “Bye Bye Love”, “All I Have To Do Is Dream”, “Wake Up Little Susie” and “Raining In My Heart” a hit for Buddy Holly. Other acts to record their songs include Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Tony Bennett, Simon and Garfunkel, Sarah Vaughan, the Grateful Dead, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, Roy Orbison, Elvis Costello, Count Basie, Dean Martin, and Ray Charles.

2001
The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974 was designated a National Historic Landmark. During its tenure at Ryman Auditorium, the Opry hosted the biggest country music stars of the day, and the show became known around the world.

2006
Keith Urban married Australian actress Nicole Kidman at the Cardinal Cerretti Memorial Chapel on the grounds of St Patrick’s Estate, Manly in Sydney, Australia.