This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1956, Johnny Cash earned his first #1 hit with “I Walk the Line.”
  • Today in 1975, Michael Martin Murphy’s single, “Wildfire,” single is certified gold.
  • Today in 1990, Marty Stuart scored his first top 10 hit, “Hillbilly Rock.”
  • Today in 1992, Mark Chesnutt married his wife, Tracie.
  • Today in 1995, Reba McEntire was #1 on the singles charts with the song, “And Still.”
  • Today in 1999, the “Shania Twain Live” video was certified platinum.
  • Today in 2002, Eric Heatherly and his wife, Heather, welcomed their first child, a baby girl. Christiana Faye Heatherly made her debut at Nashville’s Baptist Hospital and got a musical start to her life. Christiana entered the world listening to her proud papa’s single, “The Last Man Committed,” at 5:37 pm.
  • Today in 2003, the Dixie Chicks were in Los Angeles to announce their participation in the Rock the Vote campaign.
  • Today in 2007, Big & Rich took “Lost In This Moment” to the tope of the billboard country chart.
  • Today in 2009, Brad Paisley, Charley Pride, and Alison Krauss + Union Station performed for Barack Obama at the White House. Paisley closed the night with a song inspired by the president, “ Welcome To The Future.”
  • Today in 2014, Thomas Rhett’s single, “Make Me Wanna,” was released.
  • Today in 2014, Garth Brooks’ “The Ultimate Hits” is certified eight-times platinum by the RIAA.
  • Today in 2015, RCA Studio A is officially added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Music Row building was a recording site for hits by George Strait, Lee Ann Womack, Bobby Bare and Kacey Musgraves, among others.
  • Today in 2016, Kid Rock performed in Cleveland at the close of the Republican National Convention.


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