This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1955, Johnny Cash records his first version of “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Luther Played The Boogie” and “So Doggone Lonesome” at the Sun Recording Studio in Memphis.
  • Today in 1985, Alabama became the first country act to go quadruple-platinum, as the “Mountain Music” and “Feels So Right” albums are certified for shipments of 4 million copies. “The Closer You Get” goes triple-platinum
  • Today in 1990, Randy Travis’ album, “Always and Forever,” was certified quadruple platinum.
  • Today in 1991, the “Country Club” album by Travis Tritt was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1993, the single, “We’ll Burn that Bridge,” by Brooks and Dunn hit #1.
  • Today in 1993, Martina McBride’s first big hit, “My Baby Loves Me,” debuted on the country charts.
  • Today in 1996, Brooks & Dunn’s album, “Borderline,” and George Strait’s “Blue Clear Sky” CD were both certified gold and platinum simultaneously.
  • Today in 1997, Terri Clark’s self-titled debut album was certified platinum
  • Today in 1999, Lila McCann made her Grand Ole Opry debut.
  • Today in 1999, the film, “Runaway Bride,” starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, opened in theaters nationwide. Among the folks featured in the film soundtrack were the Dixie Chicks and Martina McBride.
  • Today in 2000, the Judds wrapped up their “Reunion Tour” in Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Today in 2002, Brad Paisley celebrated the success of his #1 single, “I’m Gonna Miss Her,” at a party in Nashville.
  • Today in 2007, Rodney Atkins received a diploma from Tennessee Tech in Cookeville – 14 years after he stopped taking classes. School officials discovered that he had racked up enough credits in his time there to qualify for a newly created degree.
  • Today in 2008, Alan Jackson’s album, “Good Time,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 2012, Eli Young Band vocalist Mike Eli and his wife, Kacey, welcomed their first daughter, Kline Olivia Diaz, in Dallas.
  • Today in 2015, Lynn Anderson passed at Nashville’s Vanderbilt Medical Center. A Female Vocalist of the Year for both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music, she earned a million-seller with her 1970 single, “Rose Garden.”
  • Today in 2016, Chris Stapleton performed during the Lollapalooza rock festival at Grant Park in Chicago. His set included “You Are My Sunshine,” “Fire Away,” “Traveller” and closing number “Tennessee Whiskey.”


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