COUNTRY HISTORY

This day in Country Music History

Today in 1954, Elvis Presley made his first appearance on "The Louisiana Hayride," singing "That's All Right" and "Blue Moon Of Kentucky" two times each. Drummer D.J. Fontana plays with Presley for the first time,…
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This day in Country Music History

Today in 1960, Loretta Lynn makes her first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry, singing "I'm A Honky Tonk Girl" at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. She receives an invitation to tour with Johnny Horton,…
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This day in Country Music History

Today in 1946, Grandpa Jones wed Ramona Riggins. Today in 1957, Elvis Presley's single, "Jailhouse Rock," was released. Today in 1967, Tammy Wynette had her first solo #1 country hit with “I Don't Wanna Play…
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This day in Country Music History

Today in 1975, Minnie Pearl was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Today in 1975, John Denver was named Entertainer of the Year at the ninth annual CMA Awards. The award presentation didn’t…
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This day in Country Music History

Today in 1981, the 15th annual CMA Awards were held. In a history-making move, Barbara Mandrell won Female Vocalist honors as well as Entertainer of the Year for the second year in a row (she…
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This day in Country Music History

Today in 1929, Gene Autry began his first recording session. Today in 1967, the "Ode to Billy Joe" album by Bobbie Gentry was certified gold. Today in 1976, Bobby Bare's single, "Dropkick Me Jesus (Through…
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This day in Country Music History

Today in 1983, Kathy Mattea first appeared on the country charts with a song called “Street Talk.” It made the top forty, but it took her another five years to score her first #1, “Goin’…
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This day in Country Music History

Today in 1978, Merle Haggard married fellow country singer, Leona Williams. Today in 1984, the movie, "Songwriter," starring Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson premiered in Nashville. Today in 1986, the Judds’ album, “Rockin' with the…
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This day in Country Music History

Today in 1983, George Strait's “Right Or Wrong” album was released. Today in 1990, Alan Jackson made his Grand Ole Opry debut. Today in 1990, Garth Brooks became the 65th member of the Grand Ole…
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This day in Country Music History

Today in 1925, WSM Radio in Nashville started broadcasting. One of its first programs was "WSM Barn Dance" which was renamed "Grand Ole Opry" two years later. It became the longest running radio show in…
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