This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1969, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash recorded “Girl From The North Country.” The unreleased performances included “T for Texas,” “That’s All Right,” and “You Are My Sunshine.”
  • Today in 1988, for the first time since their 1974 breakup, Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner performed together. The occasion was a taping of an episode of “Dolly!” at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville.
  • Today in 1995, Collin Raye hit the top of the charts with “My Kind of Girl.”
  • Today in 2004, CMT plays Montgomery Gentry’s video “If You Ever Stop Loving Me.”
  • Today in 2007, the show “Reba,” whose them song is a version of Reba McEntire’s “I’m a Survivor” aired for the last time on the CW.
  • Today in 2010, “Need You Now” by Lady Antebellum earned a double-platinum single.
  • Today in 2012, at the Krewe of Endymion parade in New Orleans on Mardi Gras, Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson rode on floats.
  • Today in 2014, Cole Swindell’s self-titled debut album was released.
  • Today in 2016, Chris Stapleton headlined for the first time at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, launching a three-night stand at the venue. The set includes versions of “Nobody To Blame,” “I Ain’t Living Long Like This” and “Tennessee Whiskey,” plus a surprise appearance by The SteelDrivers.
  • Today in 2016, Royal Oak, Michigan, renamed part of Willis Avenue as Glenn Frey Drive.
  • Today in 2018, Rascal Flatts performed “Yours If You Want It” on FOX during the pre-race telecast for NASCAR’s Daytona 500, from the Daytona Motor Speedway in Florida. The band also does “Life Is A Highway” off-camera. Austin Dillon is the winning driver.
  • Today in 2019, Brett Young performed “Here Tonight” on ABC’s telecast of “The Bachelor.”


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