October 26 – This Day in Country Music

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1962
Singer songwriter Kristen Hall was born in Gross Pointe, Michigan. She becomes a founding member of the trio Sugarland, but left the group at the end of 2005.

1967
Born on this day in Whangarei, New Zealand, was Keith Urban, country music singer, songwriter and guitarist whose commercial success has been mainly in the United States and Australia. In 1991, he released a self-titled debut album, and charted four singles in Australia before moving to the United States in 1992. Eventually, Urban found work as a session guitarist before starting a band known as The Ranch. Since 2006, he has been married to actress Nicole Kidman.

1969
Waylon Jennings married Country singer Jessi Colter in Phoenix, Arizona (his third marriage). The couple remained together until Jennings’s death in 2002.

1993
MCA released The Song Remembers When, the third studio album by Trisha Yearwood. The title track was the album’s lead single, becoming a major hit, peaking at #2 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in 1993.

1999
American singer, songwriter and actor Hoyt Axton died of a heart attack in Victor, Montana aged 61. He wrote songs for, Elvis Presley, John Denver, Ringo Starr and Glen Campbell. His mother Mae Boren Axton wrote “Heartbreak Hotel.”

2000
Garth Brooks announced his plans to retire from touring during a party to celebrate his certification for sales of 100 million albums at Nashville’s Gaylord Entertainment Center.