Did you know that on this day in Country Music History in 1996 Billy Ray Cyrus' "Some Gave All" became the first debut album by a country artist certified for wholesale sales of 9 million copies?

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Here are 5 little known truths about Billy Ray Cyrus.

  • 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 starred in the title role of the PAX TV series Doc for four seasons and cut off his signature mullet during a May 2003 episode.
  • He formed rock band Brother Clyde in 2010 and released a self-titled album.