This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1956, Carl Perkins’ “Blue Suede Shoes” reached #1 on the Billboard country singles chart.
  • Today in 1959, Marty Robbins recorded “El Paso” and “Big Iron” in at the Bradley Film & Recording Studio in Nashville.
  • Today in 1990, Farm Aid IV was held at the Indiana Hoosierdome. Performers included Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Kris Kristofferson, John Mellencamp, Guns N’ Roses and Jackson Browne. Elton John dedicated the song “Candle in the Wind” to AIDS patient Ryan White during the show. White died later that night.
  • Today in 1998, Brooks & Dunn’s “Greatest Hits” album was certified double platinum.
  • Today in 1998, Shania Twain’s single, “You’re Still The One,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 1999, Shania Twain became the first country female to have two albums reach the high mark for her “Come On Over” album, which was recognized for shipments of 10 million copies.
  • Today in 2003, Toby Keith won three awards at the second annual CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards at Nashville’s Gaylord Entertainment Center.
  • Today in 2009, Jason Aldean’s album, “Wide Open,” was released.
  • Today in 2012, while performing “Don’t Think I Can’t Love You” during a concert in Vero Beach, Florida, Jake Owen proposed to then-girlfriend, Lacey Buchanan. She said yes – and the couple exchanged vows a month later…on May 7th, 2012.
  • Today in 2013, Miranda Lambert won trophies in three categories for the 48th annual Academy of Country Music awards, aired by CBS in Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. Her titles include: Female Vocalist of the Year and “Over You” took Single Record and Song of the Year.
  • Today in 2015, Thomas Rhett’s “Crash And Burn” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2016, Carrie Underwood performed “Something In The Water” at the close of FOX’s “American Idol.” Scotty McCreery, Kellie Pickler, Lauren Alaina, Kelly Clarkson, Danny Gokey, Casey James and Bucky Covington were among the guests on the last edition of the show, where Keith Urban sat on the judges panel.
  • Today in 2017, “If Not For You,” the debut solo album by the late Joey Feek, ws released – it had been recorded in 2005.
  • Today in 2017, Ben Speer – a member of Gospel Music Hall of Fame group The Speer Family, died in Nashville. He also sang background on the Elvis Presley hits “Heartbreak Hotel,” “I Was The One” and “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You.”
  • Today in 2017, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill launched their Soul2Soul 2017 Tour at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, with Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Matthew McConaughey among the famous folks in the house.
  • Today in 2017, the Patsy Cline Museum opened in downtown Nashville.


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