This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1956, Elvis Presley opened for Little Jimmy Dickens. After the show, the future Byrd Gram Parsons, who was in the front row, went back stage to get Elvis’ autograph.
  • Today in 1968, Johnny Cash proposed to June Carter during a tour performance.
  • Today in 1969, before a nasty split, Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs made their last appearance at the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Today in 1988, George Strait’s “If You Ain’t Lovin’ (You Ain’t Livin’)” album was released.
  • Today in 1989, at the GRAMMYs, K.T. Oslin’s “Hold Me” won both Best Country Song and Best Country Vocal Performance, Female.
  • Today in 1992, Lee Roy Parnell released the single, “Tender Moment.”
  • Today in 1993, the “Alibis” album by Tracy Lawrence was released.
  • Today in 1993, Chris LeDoux’s album, “Whatcha Gonna Do With A Cowboy,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 1994, Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Video Collection” was certified gold.
  • Today in 1997, Paul Brandt married his wife, Elizabeth.
  • Today in 1997, “A Man This Lonely” got Brooks & Dunn to the top of the Billboard country chart.
  • Today in 1999, Brad Paisley released the single “Who Needs Pictures.”
  • Today in 2000, Phil Vassar released his self-titled debut album.
  • Today in 2003, “The Baby” earned Blake Shelton a #1 Billboard single.
  • Today in 2007, a “CMT Crossroads” taping featured Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson singing “Because of You” and “Why Haven’t I Heard From You.”
  • Today in 2012, as a surprise during a show, Lady Antebellum sang “Do I” with Luke Bryan and “A Little Bit Stronger” with Sara Evans.
  • Today in 2015, Tim McGraw performed “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” from the documentary, “Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me,” during the Oscar Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. In attendance were Faith Hill, Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman.
  • Today in 2017, Jon Pardi cleaned up with a gold single from the RIAA for “Dirt On My Boots.”


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