This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1973, Kris Kristofferson’s “Why Me” reached #1 on the Billboard country singles chart.
  • Today in 1987, Hank Williams Jr.’s “Born To Boogie” album was released.
  • Today in 1988, John Berry and his wife, Robin, were married.
  • Today in 1991, Roy Acuff was one of 12 recipients of the National Medal of Arts at a White House ceremony hosted by president George Bush
  • Today in 1996, LeAnn Rimes released her debut album, “Blue.”
  • Today in 1998, Garth Brooks got all kinds of good news. His self-titled debut was certified for sales of 9-million, his “Fresh Horses” album was certified for sales of 6-million copies and his album, “In Pieces,” was certified for sales of 8-million. That’s not all, his “No Fences” album was certified for sales of 16-million, Garth’s album, “Ropin’ The Wind,” was certified for sales of 13-million and his album, “The Chase,” was certified for sales of 8-million. Doing the math – that total added up to an astounding total of 60-million albums sold.
  • Today in 1999, Kenny Chesney became the first artist in five years to sell out Cowboy’s in Arlington, Texas.
  • Today in 1999, just minutes before curtain, Mary Chapin Carpenter cancelled a concert at Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts in Springfield, Missouri. Soon afterwards, a hall official broke the news that Mary Chapin had to fly home to tend to her very ill golden retriever.
  • Today in 1999, Lonestar began a nine-week run at #1 on “Radio & Records’” country chart with “Amazed.”
  • Today in 2001, the Country Music Association announces 12 honorees will be added to the Country Music Hall of Fame: Bill Anderson, Waylon Jennings, Sam Phillips, The Louvin Brothers, The Delmore Brothers, The Jordanaires, Webb Pierce, Don Gibson, The Everly Brothers, Don Law, Ken Nelson and Homer & Jethro.
  • Today in 2002, the “Halos and Horns” album from Dolly Parton and Andy Griggs’ “Freedom” album arrived in stores.
  • Today in 2002, Toby Keith’s single, “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American),” topped the “Radio & Records” and “Billboard” singles charts.
  • Today in 2004, Wynonna and the rock band Heart teamed up in an installment of “CMT Crossroads,” hosted by Radney Foster. The episode included performances of “Only Love,” “No One Else On Earth” and “Love Hurts”
  • Today in 2010, A “CMT Crossroads” episode featuring Kenny Chesney and Steve Miller debuted. The set list included “I Go Back,” “Rock N’ Me” and “Living In Fast Forward”
  • Today in 2011, Cheyenne Kimball shocked her bandmates by quitting Gloriana via Twitter after a concert at the Franklin County Fair in Missouri.
  • Today in 2016, Jon Pardi’s “California Sunrise” debuted at #1 on the Billboard country albums chart.
  • Today in 2016, Chris Stapleton opened for hard-rock band Guns N’ Roses at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium, performing “Nobody To Blame,” “You Are My Sunshine” and “Tennessee Whiskey” before GNR cranks out “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” and “Paradise City.”
  • Today in 2017, Maren Morris got engaged to Ryan Hurd while visiting his family in Michigan. The were married March 24, 2018.
  • Today in 2017, it was revealed that Cassadee Pope and All Time Low’s Rian Dawson had called off their engagement. Together for seven years and engaged for five months, she channeled her feelings into a song – it’s been speculated that it’s either “Take You Home” or “Don’t Ask Me.”
  • Today in 2018, Eli Young Band vocalist Mike Eli and his wife, Kacey, welcomed a son, Kash Eli, in Dallas.



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