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FLASHBACK: George Jones, Tammy Wynette, And George Strait Rule The 1995 CMA's

Vince gill Songs | FLASHBACK: George Jones, Tammy Wynette, And George Strait Rule The 1995 CMA's | Country Music Videos
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A lot has changed since 1995. George Jones and Tammy Wynette were still alive, George Strait's "Check Yes Or No" had just been released, and Reba McEntire had a perm. 

The 1995 CMA's were a showcase of outstanding talent and incredible duets. One of the greatest duets from the night was when Jones and Wynette came on stage to sing "Golden Ring." The duet was such a highlight because Jones and Wynette had been married before, and although they divorced, they continued to collaborate on musical projects. Despite having been divorced for 20 years by the time of the 1995 CMA's, Jones and Wynette show a great adoration for each other through their duet.

Travis Tritt was at a high point in his career in 1995, having just released an album of his greatest hits. During the CMA Awards that year, Tritt was given the honor of performing the song "Dixie Flyer" with all of the nominees for the Musician of the Year Award. The nominees included Matt Rollings on piano, Mark O'Connor on the fiddle, Paul Franklin on steel guitar, Brent Mason on guitar, and Eddie Bayers on drumset. Each of the musicans got their chance to have a small solo during Tritt's upbeat performance of the song. At the end of the night, O'Connor took home the Musician of the Year Award. 

Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" was not a new song in 1995, in fact, the song had been released over 20 years prior in 1974. But in 1995, just like now, the song was still a fan favorite. For the 1995 CMA's, Parton chose to perform the song with one of her favorite duet partners, and CMA Awards host, Vince Gill. The duo brings down the house with their rendition of the song, with the crowd cheering for them long after the song ends. 

In 1995, Reba McEntire had some pretty big hair and a pretty big hit single. Her single "And Still," had just peaked at the #2 spot on the Billboard U.S. Hot Country Songs chart in August after a little less than three months on the charts. Due to the popularity of the song, McEntire chose to sing it during her performance for the 1995 CMA's. Standing on stage in a bright blue dress, McEntire looks like she's standing in the middle of a mystical scene as smoke flows around her feet, and her performance is just as mesmerizing.

Today, George Strait's "Check Yes Or No" is considered a classic part of country music history. But at the time of the 1995 CMA's, the song was only a month old. The song ended up peaking at the #1 spot on the Billboard U.S. Hot Country Songs chart after debuting at the 63rd spot. Strait decided to sing his new song at the 1995 CMA's, when he was also nominated for the Male Vocalist of the Year Award. Strait completely charms the crowd with his performance, and Vince Gill praises him for doing a good job.

One thing certainly hasn't changed since 1995, King George still has the ability to win over an entire crowd with his classic country style.

Watch Strait's 1995 CMA Awards performance of "Check Yes Or No" in the video below.

Over the past 20 years, many more amazing moments have happened at the CMA Awards, and this year's awards is already expected to have some history-making moments of its own.

Stay tuned to ABC at 8|7C tonight for this year's CMA Awards!

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