This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1949, an eighth grader named Elvis Presley got his report card – he scored an “A” in language, but only a “C” in music.
  • Today in 1972, Donna Fargo topped the country music charts with her single, “The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA.”
  • Today in 1982, the album, “Strait From The Heart,” by George Strait was released.
  • Today in 1989, Reba McEntire married her road manager, Narvel Blackstock, in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. He had previously been her steel guitar player. Reba joked that after she’d promoted him to road manager, she demoted him to husband. The couple has one child, Shelby Stephen.
  • Today in 1989, Steve Wariner’s single, “Where Did I Go Wrong,” was #1 on the country charts.
  • Today in 1990, Mark Chesnutt filmed his first video, “Too Cold At Home.”
  • Today in 1991, Willie Nelson released the album, “Who’ll Buy My Memories: The IRS Tapes.” Sales of the album helped pay off the $16-million he owed the federal government in back taxes.
  • Today in 1997, Tim McGraw released “Everywhere,” Pam Tillis released her “Greatest Hits” collection, and Sons of the Desert released their debut CD, “Whatever Comes First.”
  • Today in 2000, Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney were arrested in Buffalo, New York, after Kenny rode off on a mounted police officer’s horse and Tim allegedly attacked sheriff’s deputies who attempted to stop him. The pair was acquitted on all charges related to the skirmish the following May.
  • Today in 2006, Dierks Bentley’s “Settle For A Slowdown” settled in at the top of the Billboard country singles chart.
  • Today in 2009, George Strait’s “Troubadour” album was certified platinum.
  • Today in 2011, Kenny Chesney’s “You And Tequila” video, featuring Grace Potter, debuted on CMT.
  • Today in 2014, Miranda Lambert’s album, “Platinum,” was released.


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