This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1966, Jim Reeves’ “The Best Of Jim Reeves” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1978, Willie Nelson’s “Stardust” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1978, Kenny Rogers’ album, “Ten Years Of Gold,” was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1988, the video, “George Strait Live,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 1990, Keith Whitley’s album, “I Wonder Do You Think Of Me,” was certified gold – he had died from alcohol poisoning a year earlier.
  • Today in 1992, the album, “For My Broken Heart,” by Reba McEntire was certified double platinum.
  • Today in 1992, Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Some Gave All” album was certified gold, platinum and double platinum simultaneously.
  • Today in 1992, George Strait’s “Ten Strait Hits” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1992, the “Whatcha Gonna Do With A Cowboy” album by Chris Ledoux was released.
  • Today in 1994, John Michael Montgomery’s “Kickin’ It Up” video was certified gold.
  • Today in 1996, Garth Brooks played to a special crowd in Denver, Colorado: The audience included the one-millionth ticket-buyer for his three-year-long world tour. Garth celebrated the occasion by giving the buyer – Coral Volland – flowers, tour merchandise and a brand new Chevrolet Z-28 Camaro.
  • Today in 2002, Toby Keith occupied the #1 position in the Billboard with “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American).”
  • Today in 2012, Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus and his wife, Allison, welcomed their son, Dylan Jay Marcus.
  • Today in 2013, Jason Aldean headlined at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, the last of three stadiums on his 2013 tour itinerary. Also on the bill were Kelly Clarkson, Jake Own, and Thomas Rhett.
  • Today in 2015, Songwriter Wayne Carson dies in Nashville.
  • Today in 2015, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are granted a divorce by an Oklahoma judge
  • Today in 2016, The video for Dierks Bentley’s “Different For Girls,” featuring rocker Elle King, premieres on NBC’s “Today”
  • Today in 2017, Josh Abbott announces he’s engaged to Taylor Parnell
  • Today in 2017, Toby Keith performed at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater in his first Music City concert in 13 years.


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