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  1. Brooks, Garth (Wikipedia.org)
      "Brooks has enjoyed one of the most successful careers in popular music history, breaking records for both sales and concert attendance throughout the 1990s. He continues to sell well and according to Nielsen Soundscan, his albums sales through October 2011 are at 68,561,000, which makes him the best-selling albums artist in the United States in the SoundScan era (since 1991), a title held since 1991, well over 5 million ahead of his nearest rival, The Beatles." 04-13

  2. George Jones Dies (Time.com)
      Country stars remember George Jones. 04-13

  3. Jones, George (Wikipedia.org)
      "For the last 20 years of his life, Jones was frequently referred to as the greatest living country singer.[1][2] Country music scholar Bill C. Malone wrote, 'For the two or three minutes consumed by a song, Jones immerses himself so completely in its lyrics, and in the mood it conveys, that the listener can scarcely avoid becoming similarly involved.' Waylon Jennings, in his song 'It's Alright' expressed a common envy when he said, 'If we all could sound like we wanted to, we'd all sound like George Jones.' " 04-13

  4. Jones, George (YouTube.com)
      George sings "He Stopped Loving Her Today." 04-13

  5. Lynn, Loretta (Wikipedia.com)
      "Her best-selling 1976 autobiography book was made into an Academy Award-winning film, Coal Miner's Daughter, starring Sissy Spacek and Tommy Lee Jones, in 1980." 04-13

  6. Parton, Dolly (Wikipedia.org)
      "She has composed over 3,000 songs,[3] the best known of which include "I Will Always Love You" (a two-time U.S. country chart-topper for Parton, as well as an international pop hit for Whitney Houston), "Jolene", "Coat of Many Colors","9 to 5", and "My Tennessee Mountain Home". Parton is one of the most successful female country artists of all time,[4] and with an estimated 100 million in record sales, she is also one of the best selling artists of all time in any genre.[5]" 04-13

  7. Parton, Dolly (YouTube.com)
      Dolly sings "Coat of Many Colors." 04-13

  8. Rogers, Kenny (Wikipedia.org)
      "Though he has been most successful with country audiences, he has charted more than 120 hit singles across various music genres, topped the country and pop album charts for more than 200 individual weeks in the United States alone and has sold over 130 million records worldwide, making him one of the highest-selling artists of all time.[3]" 04-13

  9. Wynette, Tammy (Wikipedia.org)
      "Virginia Wynette Pugh, known professionally by her stage name as Tammy Wynette, (May 5, 1942 April 6, 1998) was an American country music singer-songwriter and one of the Country music's best-known artists and biggest-selling female singers. She was an icon to country music."

      "Wynette was sometimes called the 'First Lady of Country Music', and her best-known song, 'Stand by Your Man', was one of the best-selling hit singles by a woman in the history of the country music genre. " 04-13

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