This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1939, Gene Autry’s “Back In The Saddle Again” was released.
  • Today in 1976, Willie Nelson released “The Troublemaker” album.
  • Today in 1979, “Just Good Ol’ Boys” (not the theme for “Dukes of Hazzard,” which belongs to Waylon Jennings) hit #1 on the Billboard country singles chart for duet partners Moe Bandy & Joe Stampley.
  • Today in 1983, the Everly Brothers performed together for the first time in 10 years at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
  • Today in 1985, Willie Nelson, John Cougar and Neil Young hosted the first Farm Aid concert in Champaign, Illinois, raising $10-million for troubled family farmers.
  • Today in 1986, Reba McEntire’s “What Am I Gonna Do About You” album was released.
  • Today in 1992, Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Some Gave All” album was certified quadruple platinum.
  • Today in 1992, Garth Brooks released his album, “The Chase.” It was the second country album ever to enter both the pop and country album charts at #1 – his “Ropin’ the Wind” was the first.
  • Today in 1995, Collin Raye was #1 with the single, “One Boy, One Girl.”
  • Today in 1998, Vince Gill’s album, “The Key,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 1998, Lee Ann Womack released the album, “Some Things I Know.”
  • Today in 1998, Garth Brooks performed for the first time in Latin America at the world’s largest rodeo in Barretos, Brazil.
  • Today in 1999, the Dixie Chicks’ album, “Wide Open Spaces,” was certified for multi-platinum sales of 7-million. On the same day, the Chicks won three awards at the CMAs during the 33rd ceremony at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. They were named Vocal Group of the Year, while “Wide Open Spaces” took Single and Music Video of the Year
  • Today in 2001, Cyndi Thomson’s debut single, “What I Really Meant To Say,” began a three-week run at #1 in Billboard.
  • Today in 2005, Keith Urban’s “Golden Road” album went triple-platinum.
  • Today in 2007, Rascal Flatts’ “Take Me There,” which was written by Kenny Chesney, hit #1 on the Billboard country singles chart.


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