This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1969, the single, “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town,” by Kenny Rogers & The First Edition peaked at #6 on the pop singles chart.
  • Today in 1980, Johnny Lee’s single, “Lookin’ For Love,” entered the Top 40 chart.
  • Today in 1988, Restless Heart’s “Big Dreams In A Small Town” album was released.
  • Today in 1988, the album, “Buenos Noches From A Lonely Room,” by Dwight Yoakam was released.
  • Today in 1988, The Judds’ “Greatest Hits” album was released.
  • Today in 1990, Garth Brooks’ self-titled debut album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1991, George Strait’s “Beyond The Blue Neon” album was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1994, the Tractors’ self-titled debut album was released.
  • Today in 2000, the felony charges filed against Tim McGraw in connection with the infamous “horse incident” in Buffalo were dropped. Since he and Kenny Chesney still faced a variety of misdemeanor charges, the case eventually went to trial and the pair was completely exonerated.
  • Today in 2000, Keith Urban made history when he became the first Australian male country artist to earn a U.S. Top 10 country single with “Your Everything.”
  • Today in 2000, Trace Adkins and Charlie Daniels appeared in an episode of TNN’s “18 Wheels of Justice.”
  • Today in 2003, Montgomery Gentry’s “Hell Yeah” video debuted on CMT’s “Most Wanted Live.”
  • Today in 2005, ABC aired “CMA Music Festival: Country Music’s Biggest Party.”
  • Today in 2006, The “Cars” soundtrack was certified gold.
  • Today in 2008, Dierks Bentley played the Lollapalooza rock festival in Chicago.
  • Today in 2010, Brad Paisley’s “Anything Like Me” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2014, Hunter Hayes performed in a concert honoring the 75th anniversary of the Baseball Hall of Fame at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown, New York. He shared the stage with Paul Simon, Yolanda Adams and the Boston Pops.
  • Today in 2016, a California court dismisses a lawsuit filed by Sara Evans’ ex-husband, Craig Schelske, against TMZ. He had claimed he was not a public figure, thus should not have been mentioned in an unfavorable newscast. The court says he, in fact, made himself a public figure through his divorce proceedings.
  • Today in 2017, former “Duke Of Hazzard” star Tom Wopat was arrested in Waltham, Massachusetts, for sexual assault and cocaine possession. He recently took a plea deal and avoided jail time.
  • Today in 2017, Brett Eldredge was a guest on the E! series, “Hollywood Medium,” where he believed he makes contact with his late grandfather.


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