This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1976, Jerry Lee Lewis was arrested. He was celebrating his birthday by popping off a few rounds on his .357 Magnum. Two of those rounds hit bass player Butch Owens square in the chest. Amazingly, Owens survived and “The Killer” was later charged with setting-off a firearm within city limits.
  • Today in 1980, Ronnie Milsap released his “Greatest Hits” collection.
  • Today in 1984, Keith Whitley made his debut on the country charts with “Turn Me On To Love.”
  • Today in 1987, the Judds’ “Christmas Time With The Judds” project and the “Just Us” album by Alabama arrived in stores.
  • Today in 1993, Mark Chesnutt won the CMA Horizon Award.
  • Today in 1993, Vince Gill had a lot to celebrate. Not only was his album, “I Still Believe In You,” certified double platinum, but he also took home 5 trophies (including Entertainer of the Year) at the CMA Awards.
  • Today in 1993, Willie Nelson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • Today in 1995, Tracy Lawrence topped the singles charts with “If the World Had a Front Porch.”
  • Today in 1998, Martina McBride released her first holiday album, “White Christmas,” and Lorrie Morgan released “Secret Love,” her album of pop standards.
  • Today in 1999, Garth Brooks’ NBC-TV special, “In The Life of Chris Gaines,” premiered.
  • Today in 2000, Faith Hill’s album, “Faith,” was certified for multi-platinum sales of five million.
  • Today in 2000, Keith Urban made his Grand Ole Opry debut.
  • Today in 2004, Randy Travis received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • Today in 2005, Kenny Chesney’s “Who You’d Be Today” video and Toby Keith’s “Big Blue Note” debuted on CMT.
  • Today in 2009, Miranda Lambert’s album, “Revolution,” arrived in stores.
  • Today in 2011, John Rich and his wife, Joan, welcomed their son, Colt Daniel Rich.


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