This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1950, WSM-AM radio’s country music showcase, “Grand Ole Opry,” was telecast for the first time.
  • Today in 1977, Elvis Presley’s “Welcome To My World” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1984, the album, “His Epic – The First Eleven – To Be Continued,” by Merle Haggard was released.
  • Today in 1992, George Jones was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • Today in 1996, the album, “The Closer You Get,” by Alabama was certified quadruple platinum.
  • Today in 1997, LeAnn Rimes’ “You Light Up My Life” single was certified gold.
  • Today in 1997, Patty Loveless released her ninth album “Long Stretch of Lonesome.”
  • Today in 2002, the Dixie Chicks’ “Home” album was certified gold, platinum and double-platinum simultaneously.
  • Today in 2003, Billy Currington’s self-titled album debuted.
  • Today in 2006, George Strait lifts the Jamey Johnson-penned “Give It Away” to the top of the Billboard chart.
  • Today in 2013, The Band Perry’s Kimberly Perry got engaged to Toronto Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia at her parents’ home in Greeneville, Tennessee. The lovebirds exchanged “I do’s” the following June 19th (2014).
  • Today in 2014, Warner Bros. releases the Blake Shelton album, “Bringing Back The Sunshine.”


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