This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1977, Alabama debuted on the charts with their first single, “I Wanna Be With You Tonight.”
  • Today in 1981, the Oak Ridge Boys’ album, “Fancy Free,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 1990, the “Livin’ It Up” album by George Strait was certified gold.
  • Today in 1991, Holly Dunn released her collection, “Milestones: Greatest Hits.”
  • Today in 1993, Reba McEntire hit the top of the country singles charts with “It’s Your Call.”
  • Today in 1997, Deana Carter’s album, “Did I Shave My Legs For This?” was certified triple platinum.
  • Today in 2002, Toby Keith performed on the historic USS Battleship New Jersey for a roaring crowd of thousands. Before the show began, the mayor of Camden, New Jersey presented Toby with a Key to the City. The same day, his “Unleashed” album arrived in stores.
  • Today in 2002, Joe Nichols’ “Man With a Memory” album and Charlie Daniels’ “Redneck Fiddlin’ Man” arrived in stores.
  • Today in 2002, the “Hard Workin’ Man” album by Brooks and Dunn was certified for multi-platinum sales of 5-million copies.
  • Today in 2002, Kenny Chesney topped the “Radio & Records” Country Top 50 chart with his single, “The Good Stuff.”
  • Today in 2002, there was never any doubt that Toby Keith’s album, “Unleashed,” was going to be HUGE. However, after a midnight meet-and-greet, when Toby celebrated the release of the project with an in-store appearance at a Manassas, Virginia Best Buy store, he broke attendance records! The event ended at 3 am with 5,000 frenzied fans scooping up 2,600 copies of the album. The previous record holder was Ozzy Ozbourne, whose in-store appearance snagged 3,500 fans and 2,000 CDs sold.
  • Today in 2003, Sugarland performed a showcase at Nashville’s 12th & Porter club and picked up a record deal with Mercury.
  • Today in 2004, CMT’s “20 Funniest Country Videos” dubbed Jeff Foxworthy’s “Redneck Stomp” number one.
  • Today in 2013, Miranda Lambert earned a double-platinum certification for her single, “The House That Built Me.”
  • Today in 2016, Tim McGraw fell into the audience while trying to shake a hand with a fan at the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena in Stateline, Nevada, but gets back on stage to finish “All I Want Is A Life
  • Today in 2017, Jamey Johnson’s concert at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, was cancelled with the venue saying the band would not conform to its security policy.
  • Today in 2017, Brantley Gilbert rode in the pace car and told drivers to “start your engines” at the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.


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