This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1972, Elvis Presley’s afternoon performance during a four-show stand in New York is taped for a future album: “Elvis As Recorded At Madison Square Garden.” Future Oak Ridge Boy Richard Sterban was a backing vocalist, and Bob Dylan was in the audience.
  • Today in 1978, Willie Nelson’s remake of Hoagy Carmichael’s “Georgia On My Mind” tops the Billboard country chart.
  • Today in 1985, the album, “Have I Got A Deal For You,” by Reba McEntire was released.
  • Today in 1989, Clint Black topped the country charts with his single, “Better Man.”
  • Today in 1994, Vince Gill hit #1 with the single, “Whenever You Come Around.”
  • Today in 1997 Harlan Howard was added to the National Songwriters Hall of Fame along with Phil Spector and Joni Mitchell. Howard wrote “Busted” and “I Fall To Pieces,” among many others.
  • Today in 1998, Patty Loveless’ album, “Long Stretch Of Lonesome,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 1998, former Oak Ridge Boys member Steve Sanders was found dead at the age of 45 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
  • Today in 1999, John Berry was a part of President and Mrs. George Bush’s “Milestones and Miracles” birthday celebration in Houston. John, Larry Gatlin and Michael W. Smith performed “O Sole Mio” together accompanied by a 52-piece orchestra.
  • Today in 2002, Howard Bellamy (of the Bellamy Brothers) married songwriter/producer Sharon Vaughn at the Bellamys’ Florida ranch.
  • Today in 2012, Wynonna Judd married her husband, Highway 101 drummer Cactus Moser, at her home in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee. It was his first marriage, her third.


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