This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1968, Jeannie C. Riley recorded “Harper Valley PTA.”
  • Today in 1974, John Denver earned a gold record for his biggest hit, “Annie’s Song.”
  • Today in 1990, Alabama’s “Pass It On Down” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1999, Shania Twain’s album, “Come On Over,” was certified for sales of 12-million.
  • Today in 1999, Kenny Chesney’s “Everywhere We Go” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1999, Terri Clark’s “How I Feel” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1999, Clint Black played at “A Night at the Net.” The event was a charity doubles tennis match that kicked off the eighth annual Mercedes-Benz Cup.
  • Today in 2000, Terri Clark’s video, “A Little Gasoline,” premiered on CMT.
  • Today in 2001, Faith Hill’s album, “Breathe,” was certified for multi-platinum sales of 7-million.
  • Today in 2001, Lonestar’s “I’m Already There” was certified gold.
  • Today in 2003, Keith Urban’s “Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me” video made its TV debut on CMT.
  • Today in 2005, Dierks Bentley’s concert at the House of Blues in Los Angeles was interrupted by Marty Stuart, who extended an invitation to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Bentley’s response: “Hell, yeah!”
  • Today in 2011, Eric Church’s album, “Chief,” was released.
  • Today in 2014, Florida Georgia Line unloaded “Dirt” at #1 for the first of two weeks on the Billboard country singles chart.
  • Today in 2016, Garth Brooks topped the “Forbes” list of Country’s Cash Kings after making an estimated $70-million in a year. Rounding out the Top 5 were Kenny Chesney, $56-million; Luke Bryan, $53-million; Toby Keith, $47.5-million; and Jason Aldean, $36.5-million.


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