This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1973, Tanya Tucker’s “What’s Your Mama’s Name?” album was released.
  • Today in 1984, Willie Nelson & Julio Iglesias’ duet, “To All The Girls
  • I’ve Loved Before,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 1986, “Whoever’s In New England” took Reba McEntire to #1 on the Billboard country chart.
  • Today in 1985, Hank Williams Jr.’s “Rowdy” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1988, Keith Whitley’s “Don’t Close Your Eyes” album and the “Alabama Live” album were released.
  • Today in 1991, Joe Diffie topped the charts with “If The Devil Danced in
  • Empty Pockets.”
  • Today in 1991, Randy Travis married his manager, Lib Hatcher, in Maui, Hawaii.
  • Today in 1991, Tracy Lawrence left a Nashville studio in the early morning hours to celebrate finishing recording his first album, “Sticks and Stones.” A few hours later, he and a female friend were robbed at gunpoint — Tracy was shot four times.
  • Today in 1995, Shania Twain received her first gold album for “The Woman In Me.” The album went on to become the biggest selling album of all time by a female country artist, before being surpassed by her follow-up “Come On Over.”
  • Today in 1997, a very nervous Lee Ann Womack made her Grand Ole Opry debut. She was so nervous that she barely moved from center stage during her performance. Of her big night jitters, Lee Ann later said, quote, “If I had moved, I would’ve peed in my pants.”
  • Today in 2000, after months of speculation, it was finally announced that Faith Hill and Tim McGraw would tour together. The couple’s “Soul 2 Soul” tour went on to become one of the year’s highest grossing tours.
  • Today in 2006, Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook were married in Nashville. Bandmates Kimberly Roads (now Schlapman) and Phillip Sweet are among the witnesses.
  • Today in 2008, Rascal Flatts guitarist Joe Don Rooney and Tiffany Fallon welcomed their son, Jagger Donovan Rooney.
  • Today in 2012, Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock made their public debut as a couple, attending a party for Blackstock’s management client, Blake Shelton, in Nashville.
  • Today in 2013, Cassadee Pope begins her first major concert tour as an opening act for Rascal Flatts and The Band Perry at Jones Beach, New York.
  • Today in 2016, Dustin Lynch announced the launch of his Stay Country clothing line.
  • Today in 2016, Kiefer Sutherland made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry, where he covers Merle Haggard’s “The Bottle Let Me Down.”
  • Today in 2017, Chris Stapleton postponed nine concert dates and cancels a CMA Music Festival appearance. A day later, he announced he broke his right index finger, limiting his ability to play guitar.
  • Today in 2017, Kelsea Ballerini provided the voice of a toucan in an episode of the animated Nickelodeon series “Blaze And The Monster Machines.” The same day? She scored a gold single from the RIAA for her song, “Yeah Boy.”


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