This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1969, Johnny Cash taped “Hello…I’m Johnny Cash,” the first of his ABC-TV weekly shows at the Ryman Auditorium, kicking off with “Folsom Prison Blues.” The show, which featured guests Glen Campbell, Jeannie C. Riley and Joe Tex, becomes the fifth episode aired.
  • Today in 1981, Barbara Mandrell’s “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool” arrived in stores.
  • Today in 1982, Alabama’s “Mountain Music” hit #1 on the country charts.
  • Today in 1982, the Oak Ridge Boys’ “Greatest Hits” album was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1993, the single, “Hard Workin’ Man,” by Brooks & Dunn hit #3 on the charts.
  • Today in 1996, Brooks & Dunn released their fourth album, “Borderline,” and Toby Keith released “Blue Moon.”
  • Today in 1999, Billy Ray Cyrus guest starred on “Love Boat.” He played “Lonesome Larry Larson,” a sad country star, who cheers up when he finds romance.
  • Today in 1999, Tim McGraw’s “A Place In The Sun” album was released.
  • Today in 1999, Shania Twain became the first woman to be honored as Songwriter/Artist of the Year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) during the 32nd annual Songwriter Achievement Awards.
  • Today in 2000, Tracy Lawrence kicked off his 6th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic at the Westin Galleria Ballroom in Houston, Texas. That night, he took the stage and performed for the attendees of the amateur-only event, which benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Gulf Coast Chapter, every year.
  • Today in 2000, Reba McEntire’s concert performances were named the Best Country Concert at the 17th Dutch Country Music Awards Gala. Winners of the DCMA’s were selected by the readers of Country Gazette and the members of the Dutch Country Music Association.
  • Today in 2002, Steve Azar’s album, “Waitin’ On Joe,” was released.
  • Today in 2002, Alan Jackson had more than the recent double platinum certification of his album, “Drive,” to celebrate as it became the first country project to achieve a 10-week run in the Top 10 of the “Billboard 200” chart since June 2000. The achievement unseated Shania Twain’s “Come On Over” album. This distinction made Alan the only male country artist to achieve this milestone with multiple projects.
  • Today in 2002, Tammy Cochran was in Los Angeles to join over 150 Home Depot employees and the folks from KaBOOM! (a national organization dedicated to building playgrounds in neighborhoods that need them most) to volunteer their time for an old fashioned “barn raising” of sorts. The crew was there to build an outdoor playground for the La Santa Cruz Child Care Center in East Los Angeles.
  • Today in 2007, Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats” video swiped three trophies at the CMT Music Awards, held at Belmont University’s Curb Events Center in Nashville. Among other victors are Jack Ingram, Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift, Sugarland and Kenny Chesney.
  • Today in 2010, Alan Jackson was honored with a star at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • Today in 2013, Jason Aldean, Trace Adkins and Eric Church join hosted Keith Urban and Vince Gill in “We’re All For The Hall,” a benefit at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Also appearing were Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Rosanne Cash, Brantley Gilbert and Tim McGraw.
  • Today in 2016, Kane Brown got engaged to Katelyn Jae during a show in Philadelphia.
  • Today in 2016, CBS aired “Stayin’ Alive: A Grammy Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees” – and featured Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini singing “Islands In The Stream,” while Keith Urban covered “To Love Somebody. Little Big Town, Demi Lovato, Pentatonix and John Travolta also turned out.
  • Today in 2015, the two-day ACM Party For A Cause kicked off at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, with Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley, Dwight Yoakam and Miranda Lambert, among others. CBS shoots it for a special, “ACM Presents: Superstar Duets!” Elsewhere Trisha Yearwood sang “She’s In Love Love The Boy” with a band that included Garth Brooks and Keith Urban during a benefit for ACM Lifting Lives at the Omni Dallas Hotel. That bill included Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, The Band Perry and Hunter Hayes, who joins Brooks on “The Dance.”
  • Today in 2017, the autobiography “Let Your Love Flow: The Life And Times Of The Bellamy Brothers” was published.
  • Today in 2017, Dierks Bentley’s wife, Cassidy, ran the Boston Marathon in three hours, 26 minutes, with her hubby and their three kids cheering her on. She raised more than $23,000 in the process, including donations from Kix Brooks, Sheryl Crow, Nicole Kidman and Kimberly Williams-Paisley.
  • Today in 2017, Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini covered “Islands In The Stream” and Keith Urban performed “To Love Somebody” as CBS aired “Stayin’ Alive: A Grammy Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees.” Others taking the stage included Little Big Town, Demi Lovato, Pentatonix and John Travolta.
  • Today in 2017, Keith Urban’s “Get Closer” album went platinum.
  • Today in 2019, Kelsea Ballerini performed “Walkaway Joe” with Carrie Underwood as she joined the Grand Ole Opry. Ballerini also offered up a rendition of “Peter Pan” and “Miss Me More.” The evening included a surprise appearance by Keith Urban, singing “Blue Ain’t Your Color.”
  • Today in 2019, Little Big Town and Thomas Rhett guested on the ABC special, “The Disney Family Singalong.” Also performing were Donny Osmond, Julianne Hough, Bobby Bones and Michael Bublé.


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