Did you know that on this day in Country Music History in 1997 Dwight Yoakam played a grocery-store employee in the "coming out" episode of ABC's "Ellen?"

It's true! It also featured Demi Moore, Oprah Winfrey and k.d. lang.

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Here are 5 interesting facts about Dwight Yoakam.

  • He began playing guitar at 6 and had composed his first song by the age of 8.
  • He moved to Los Angeles after being rejected in Nashville because his honky-tonk style was considered unmarketable.
  • He released his debut album, Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc., in 1986 on Reprise Records.
  • He made his big-screen debut with a bit part in 1993 film noir Red Rock West.
  • He has appeared in a number of  films with Vince Vaughn, including Wedding Crashers (2005), Four Christmases (2008) and South of Heaven, West of Hell (2000), a Western Yoakam wrote and directed.