This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1962, Loretta Lynn joined the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Today in 1965, the Statler Brothers made their chart debut with “Flowers On The Wall”. In 2000, Eric Heatherly brought the classic back to life when he released his version of the song.
  • Today in 1992, Collin Raye’s single, “In This Life,” hit the top of the charts.
  • Today in 1993, the “Something Up My Sleeve” album by Suzy Bogguss was released.
  • Today in 1998, it was revealed that Johnny Cash had suffered a recurrence of pneumonia less than a year after nearly dying from the ailment. He would receive similar treatments repeatedly thereafter, and rebounded every time, before eventually dying of diabetes-related causes.
  • Today in 1998, Tim McGraw was #1 on “Radio & Records’” Country Top 50 chart with his single, “Where the Green Grass Grows.”
  • Today in 2000, Brooks & Dunn announced preliminary plans for their inaugural “Neon Circus & Wild West Show” tour. The shows, which also included Toby Keith, Montgomery Gentry and Keith Urban, went on to become one of the hottest tickets of the year.
  • Today in 2000, Aaron Tippin’s “People Like Us” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 2001, the album, “Never Love You Enough,” by Chely Wright arrived in stores. Other projects released on this day include Chad Brock’s “III,” SHeDAISY’s remix album, “The Whole SHeBANG: All Mixed Up,” and Willie Nelson’s “The Great Divide.”
  • Today in 2002, Diamond Rio’s Brian Prout and his songwriter wife, Stephanie Bentley, welcomed their first child, daughter Lily Arlina Kay Prout.
  • Today in 2002, Dwight Yoakam’s Bakersfield Biscuits went on sale nationwide.
  • Today in 2004, Lonestar drummer Keech Rainwater married CMT Canada employee Elissa Landsdell in Toronto.
  • Today in 2005, Jake Owens signed with RCA Records.
  • Today in 2012, Taylor Swift’s single, “Begin Again,” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2016, Lonestar, Mark Chesnutt, Jamie O’Neal and John Schneider performed at a flood-relief concert at Repentance Park in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The bill also features Tracy Byrd, John Conlee, Chad Brock and Mickey Gilley.
  • Today in 2016, Grand Ole Opry member Jean Shepard died in Nashville. A 2011 inductee in the Country Music Hall of Fame, she used a honky-tonk sound to become a pioneer among female country acts, best known for the singles “Slippin’ Away,” “Second Fiddle (To An Old Guitar)” and a Ferlin Husky duet, “A Dear John Letter.”
  • Today in 2017, Dolly Parton collected gold singles from the RIAA for “I Will Always Love You” and “Jolene,” plus a platinum award for “9 To 5.”
  • Today in 2017, Blake Shelton returned as a coach for the season premiere of NBC’s “The Voice,” joined by Adam Levine, Jennifer Hudson and Miley Cyrus. The contestants include Nashvillian Mitchell Lee, who covers the Hootie + The Blowfish song “Hold My Hand.”


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