This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1957, Jerry Lee Lewis made his TV debut on “The Steve Allen Show,” kicking his piano stool across the stage during “Whole Lot Of Shakin’ Going On.”
  • Today in 1969, the album, “Tammy’s Greatest Hits,” by Tammy Wynette was released.
  • Today in 1971, Charley Pride recorded “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin'” at Nashville’s RCA Studios.
  • Today in 1979, Dolly Parton’s “You’re the Only One” topped the country charts.
  • Today in 1982, the Bellamy Brothers Greatest Hits was released.
  • Today in 1984, Earl Thomas Conley became the first country star to score four #1 hits from a single album when his hit “Angel in Disguise” topped the charts.
  • Today in 1995, Alan Jackson hit #1 with the single, “I Don’t Even Know Your Name.”
  • Today in 1996, Garth and Sandy Brooks welcomed their third daughter, Allie Colleen. She was named for Sandy’s paternal grandfather and Garth’s mom, Colleen.
  • Today in 1998, Diamond Rio’s “Unbelievable” album was released.
  • Today in 2002, Brooks and Dunn wrapped up their second annual “Neon Circus and Wild West Show” tour with the all-star lineup that included Gary Allan, Chris Cagle, Trick Pony and Dwight Yoakam.
  • Today in 2004, Chris Cagle flew over Cheyenne, Wyoming, in an F-16 fighter jet with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.
  • Today in 2007, Faith Hill lectured a fan at the Cajundome in Lafayette, Louisiana, for grabbing the crotch of hubby Tim McGraw during a concert. Video of the event was captured on a cellphone and posted on the Internet.
  • Today in 2008, Blake Shelton and then-girlfriend Miranda Lambert performed their first full-length concert together at the Monroe County Fair in Monroe, Michigan. The pair included duets on “Feelins’,” “Home” and “The South’s Gonna Do It Again” during the show.
  • Today in 2012, Eli Young Band earned a #1 single in Billboard with “Even If It Breaks Your Heart.”
  • Today in 2016, Miranda Lambert performed “Vice” publicly for the first time during a concert at the Blossom Center in Cleveland. She’s joined at the end of the night by backup singer Gwen Sebastian and opening acts Kip Moore and Brothers Osborne for a mass version of “Me And Bobby McGee.


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