• 1949: HANK WILLIAMS debuted on the Grand Ole Opry.
• 1958: ERNEST TUBB recorded the song Half A Heart.
• 1988: PATTY LOVELESS joined the Grand Ole Opry.
• 1993: PATTY LOVELESS topped the country chart with Blame It On Your Heart.
• 1996: GARTH BROOKS set a record when he signed autographs for 23 straight hours at Fan Fair.
• 2004: FAITH HILL made her acting debut playing the role of Sara Sunderson in the film The Stepford Wives. The film also starred Nicole Kidman and Bette Midler.
• 2004: DOLLY PARTON’s I Will Always Love You was named the number one love song on CMT’s List of the 100 Greatest Love Songs.
• 2008: BRAD PAISLEY launched his Paisley Party Tour in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with opening acts JEWEL, CHUCK WICKS and JULIANNE HOUGH. Aside from playing 42 cities and being one of the top grossing tours in country, the tour also launched the romance of Chuck and Julianne, who would go on to compete as a couple on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars.
• 2011: KENNY CHESNEY, THE ZAC BROWN BAND, BILLY CURRINGTON and Uncle Kracker performed the first concert at the renovated Lambeau Field in Green Bay.
BRUCE ROBISON is 52.
SMILIN’ JAY MCDOWELL (BR549) is 49.