Did you know that on this day in Country Music History in 1991 Alan Jackson joined the Grand Ole Opry?

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Here are 5 little known truths about Alan Jackson.

  • He started his first job, working in a shoe-repair shop, at the age of 12. He later worked as a forklift driver at Kmart and in the mail room of cable network TNN.
  • His big break came in 1985, when his wife, then a flight attendant, gave his demo tape to country singer Glen Campbell at an Atlanta airport.
  • His 2006 album Precious Memories---originally recorded as a Christmas gift for his mother---was the first gospel recording to debut at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart.
  • His wife, Denise, wrote a best-selling book in 2007 titled It's All About Him, detailing the couple's separation and reconciliation.
  • He has three daughters: Mattie, Dani and Alexandra.