This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1960, Loretta Lynn made her debut on the charts with her first single, “Honky Tonk Girl.”
  • Today in 1969, Kenny Rogers and the First Edition appeared on the US country charts for the first time with “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town.”
  • Today in 1989, Tanya Tucker’s “Greatest Hits” album was released.
  • Today in 1991, the “Don’t Rock The Jukebox” album by Alan Jackson was certified gold.
  • Today in 1991, on her way to a performance at the Grand Ole Opry, Dottie West was involved in a motor vehicle accident when her brakes failed. She hit a wall, but sustained only minor injuries. Just weeks later, she was involved in another car crash that took her life.
  • Today in 1992, Diamond Rio topped the charts with “Norma Jean Riley.”
  • Today in 1993, Patty Loveless hit #1 with the single, “Blame It On Your Heart.”
  • Today in 1993, both the Judds’ “Love Can Build A Bridge” album and Aaron Tippin’s “Read Between The Lines” project were both certified platinum.
  • Today In 1994, Mary Chapin Carpenter hit the charts with “I Take My Chances.”
  • Today in 1994, Diamond Rio’s “Love A Little Stronger” album was released.
  • Today in 1994, George Strait’s “Greatest Hits Volume II” album was certified double platinum.
  • Today in 1998, Loretta Lynn made a special appearance on the Friday Night Opry, opening with her first #1 hit, “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’,” from 1966 and followed with “We’ve Come a Long Way Baby” from 1978. To round out the night, Loretta performed “How Great Thou Art” without accompaniment, for which she received a standing ovation and finished with her signature tune, ” Coal Miner’s Daughter.”
  • Today in 2000, Reba McEntire was tapped to host “The 2nd Annual Family Television Awards.” The awards show recognizes outstanding programming for family viewing. Awards are given to television shows and actors who best represent family programming and values.
  • Today in 2001, Brooks & Dunn were included in a very select group of artists, as one of their summer tour shirt designs was the only country item included in “Entertainment Weekly’s” concert merchandise wrap-up. The shirt was emblazoned with the duo’s album artwork from “Steers & Stripes” (with them in full rodeo clown make-up).
  • Today in 2003, the video for “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” the Alan Jackson collaboration with Jimmy Buffett, made its debut on CMT’s “Most Wanted Live”
  • Today in 2004, Gretchen Wilson’s “Here For The Party” album was certified double-platinum.
  • Today in 2014, Blake Shelton headlined Wrigley Field in Chicago, and was joined on the bill by The Band Perry, Neal McCoy and Dan + Shay. Shelton’s set list included “All About Tonight,” “Doin’ What She Likes” and “God Gave Me You.”


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