Did you know that on this day in Country Music History in 1996 Billy Ray Cyrus performed the national anthem at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois?

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Here are 5 interesting facts about Billy Ray Cyrus.

  • William Ray Cyrus was born on August 25th, 1961 in Flatwoods, Kentucky.
  • He began singing as a kid with his dad's Crownsmen gospel quartet.
  • He attended Georgetown College on a baseball scholarship, but quit to form a bar band called Sly Dog.
  • In 1995, he became the first recipient of the Bob Hope Congressional Medal of Honor Society Entertainer's Award for his support of Vietnam veterans.
  • He became serious about acting in 2001 and was cast as Gene the Pool Man in David Lynch's Mulholland Drive.