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  • Oct 27, 1979
    Jacky Ward sings the national anthem at the University of Mississippi in Oxford when the Rebels play their homecoming football game. Ole Miss trounces Nashville's Vanderbilt Commodores, 63-28
    Nov 3, 1979
    At halftime of Tennessee's homecoming game, the marching band plays "Wabash Cannonball" and "I Saw The Light." Roy Acuff then plays four songs for the Neyland Stadium crowd of 85,000. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights beat the Volunteers, 13-7
    Nov 10, 1979
    The Tennessee Volunteers rock the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 40-18, at Knoxville's Neyland Stadium. In the crowd: an 11-year-old Kenny Chesney
    Sep 6, 1980
    John Denver sings "Take Me Home, Country Roads" at West Virginia University's first football game at its new stadium in Morgantown. The Mountaineers defeat the Cincinnati Bearcats, 41-27
    Jan 1, 1981
    Brenda Lee sings the national anthem for the Sugar Bowl at the Superdome in New Orleans, where the Georgia Bulldogs defeat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 17-10
    Jan 1, 1981
    Eddie Rabbitt's Miller beer commercial first appears during the Rose Bowl telecast. The spot uses a piece of his current hit, "I Love A Rainy Night"
    Jan 1, 1981
    Jerry Reed performs "East Bound And Down" and "When You're Hot, You're Hot" during halftime at the Orange Bowl in Miami. The Oklahoma Sooners edge the Florida State Seminoles, 18-17
    Jan 26, 1983
    Paul "Bear" Bryant, coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide, dies of a heart attack at Druid City Hospital in Tuscaloosa. He's mentioned in the second verse of the 2009 Tim McGraw hit "Southern Voice"
    Mar 6, 1983
    The Statler Brothers perform the national anthem in Charlottesville when Ralph Sampson plays his final basketball game for the University of Virginia, an 83-81 victory over the Maryland Terrapins
    Oct 12, 1985
    Willie Nelson is a surprise halftime guest at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, where the University of Texas Marching Band backs him in "On The Road Again." The Oklahoma Sooners beat the Longhorns, 14-7

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