This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1935, Gene Autry starred in the sci-fi western “The Phantom Empire,” which included his song “That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine.” His co-star was Smiley Burnette, and the plot was that Autry finds a lost race of people with laser guns living underneath his ranch.
  • Today in 1957, Patsy Cline made her debut on the pop charts with “Walkin’ After Midnight.”
  • Today in 1959, “Don’t Take Your Guns To Town” earned Johnny Cash a #1 country single in Billboard.
  • Today in 1978, Kenny Rogers won the GRAMMY in the Best Male Country Vocal Performance category for “Lucille.”
  • Today in 1979, Tanya Tucker’s “TNT” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1983, at the GRAMMYs, “Always On My Mind” won three awards: Song of the Year and Best Country Song for writers Wayne Carson, Johnny Christopher, and Mark James, and Best Country Vocal Performance Male for Willie Nelson.
  • Today in 1985, “Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On” earned Mel McDaniel his one and only #1 single in Billboard.
  • Today in 1988, the “Born To Boogie” album by Hank Williams Jr. was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1990, Reba McEntire gave birth to her son Shelby Stephen Blackstock.
  • Today in 1993, the “Hard Workin’ Man” album by Brooks & Dunn was released.
  • Today in 1996, George Strait’s “Strait Out of the Box” 4-CD set was certified for sales of three million copies, making it the best-selling country box set of all time.
  • Today in 1996, Martina McBride’s album, “Wild Angels,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 1996, Alan Jackson hit #1 on the charts with “I’ll Try.”
  • Today in 1999, Garth Brooks attended spring training camp with baseball team the San Diego Padres as a non-roster player. In lieu of salary, the Padres Foundation agreed to contribute to the Touch ‘Em All Foundation, a charity Brooks co-founded in collaboration with Major League Baseball players, entertainers and corporate partners.
  • Today in 2000, Lonestar’s “Lonely Grill” album was certified double platinum.
  • Today in 2000, at the GRAMMYs, The Dixie Chicks and Shania Twain each won two awards. The Chicks got Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group for “Ready To Run,” and “Fly” won Best Country Album.
  • Today in 2002, LeeAnn Rimes and Dean Sheremet got married. The couple split in 2009 amidst the revelations of her affair with Eddie Cibrian – and were divorced in June 2010. She was engaged to Cibrian by December 2010 and they married in April 2011.
  • Today in 2003, Alan Jackson won his very first GRAMMY. It was in the Best Country Song category for “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning).”
  • Today in 2004, Brad Paisley was the celebrity monarch for the Krewe of Orpheus at the Mardi Gras Parade in New Orleans.
  • Today in 2009, Gloriana’s video, “Wild At Heart,” premiered.
  • Today in 2012, Carrie Underwood’s “Good Girl” hit the airwaves.


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