This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1961, Patsy Cline sustained serious head injuries and a fractured hip in a car accident in Madison, Tennessee.
  • Today in 1975 Linda Ronstadt’s remake of The Everly Brothers’ “When Will I Be Loved” tops the Billboard country chart
  • Today in 1977, the “Ol’ Waylon” album by Waylon Jennings was certified gold.
  • Today in 1980, Alabama’s first hit, “My Home’s In Alabama,” made its chart debut.
  • Today in 1983, John Anderson’s single, “Swingin’,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 1994, the “Greatest Hits” album by John Anderson was certified gold.
  • Today in 1996, Toby Keith hit #1 with “Does That Blue Moon Ever Shine On You.”
  • Today in 1996, Jeff Foxworthy’s album, “You Might Be A Redneck If…,” was certified triple platinum.
  • Today in 1997, Hank Williams Jr. welcomed a surprise guest, five-year-old Hunter Hayes, to play for 200,000 people at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. Hayes lugs an accordion on stage to sing “Jambalaya (On The Bayou).”
  • Today in 2001, Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson joined the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Emmylou Harris performed for Dolly’s induction, and Willie sang the song, “Rainbow Connection,” in honor of fellow inductee Paul Williams. Diane Warren and Eric Clapton also became members during the 32nd annual awards ceremony at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers.
  • Today in 2003, Josh Turner (“Long Black Train”) tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend, Jennifer (a former Miss Georgia runner-up), in northern Georgia.
  • Today in 2003, Trace Adkins was invited to become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry. The occasion was marked by a “sizable” sight gag: Little Jimmy Dickens came out onstage during Trace’s set with a step stool. He then climbed atop the stool to look 6-foor, 6-inch Trace in the eye to make the offer of membership.
  • Today in 2008, Sara Evans married sports radio host Jay Barker on a farm in Tennessee. Songwriter Marcus Hummon sang “Bless The Broken Road” at the ceremony, where the guests included Sheryl Crow.
  • Today in 2011, Alabama hosted “Bama Rising,” a benefit at Birmingham’s BJCC Arena that raises $2 million for tornado relief. Also on board: Brad Paisley, Sara Evans, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker, Jake Owen and David Nail.
  • Today in 2017, members of Lynyrd Skynyrd filed suit against former drummer Artimus Pyle and Cleopatra Records in New York, attempting to block production of a movie, “Street Survivors: The True Story Of The Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash.” The band held that it violates an agreement not to capitalize on the tragedy. They won a permanent injunction the following August.


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