19 May

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19 MAY

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2006 Freddie Garrity (frontman of Freddie & the Dreamers) dies at age 69 while on holiday in North Wales.

2004 Blues singer Arnold "Gatemouth" Moore dies in Yazoo City, Mississippi, at age 90.

2000 Folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary celebrate their 40th year together with a US tour that kicks off with a three night stand in Las Vegas.

2000 The Allman Brothers Band announce that founding guitarist Dickey Betts will not be a part of their summer tour. Reason given: "sadly, there are creative differences."

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1996 Sonic Youth, Smashing Pumpkins, Peter Frampton and Cypress Hill appear on the "Homerpalooza" episode of The Simpsons.

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1990 Five weeks after debuting at #39 on the Hot 100 chart, Madonna's "Vogue" moves into the #1 spot.

1979 Two months after they are married, Eric Clapton and Pattie Boyd finally get a wedding reception, as Clapton gets a break in touring. Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison are guests, and jam together for the first time in almost 10 years.

1979 Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter become the parents of Waylon Albright "Shooter" Jennings.

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Billy Ray Cyrus Debuts With #1 Album

1992

Billy Ray Cyrus releases his debut album, Some Gave All, featuring his signature song "Achy Breaky Heart." The album dominates the Billboard 200 chart for 17 consecutive weeks, and the single's music video spawns a line-dancing trend across the US, where a new breed of country music is already becoming a phenomenon.

Billy Ray joins a wave of new country artists who are shaking up the genre with pop melodies and rock-influenced instrumentation. Just two months earlier, Garth Brooks became the first country artist to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 with his Ropin' the Wind album, launching country into the mainstream. For purists, these guys are little more than country-flavored pop stars, but their appeal is undeniable. Billy Ray usurps Garth's reign and Some Gave All enjoys a record 17-week run at #1, largely due to the popularity of the single "Achy Breaky Heart."

Thanks to the single's music video, New Country doesn't sweep the nation: It line dances. Billy Ray, who prefers a mullet to a cowboy hat, does his best Elvis for a crowd of screaming women. When they're not screaming, they're line dancing. The country-western dance gained some popularity in the '80s when the film Urban Cowboy, starring John Travolta, inspired a renewed interest in all things country, but the trend explodes with "Achy Breaky Heart." That same month, Brooks & Dunn releases "Boot Scootin' Boogie," the country fan's answer to the "Electric Boogie." By the mid-'90s, Americans are so caught up in the shuffle that country veteran Chet Atkins blames the fad for ruining country music, saying, "The music has gotten pretty bad, I think. It's all that damn line dancing."

Some Gave All, which also includes the popular ballad "Could've Been Me," marks the peak of Billy Ray's career. The album is the first debut to enter the country charts at #1 and, with more than 20 million records sold worldwide, it's the best-selling debut album for a male solo artist. As his popularity wanes, he focuses on acting, eventually playing father to real-life daughter Miley Cyrus on the hit Disney Channel series Hannah Montana.

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