This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1985, Alabama topped the chart for the 17th time with the single, “40 Hour Week.”
  • Today in 1991, Trisha Yearwood hit #1 with the single, “She’s In Love With The Boy.”
  • Today in 1992, the album, “Lyle Lovett & His Large Band,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 1992, “Their Final Concert” video by the Judds was certified gold and platinum.
  • Today in 1993, Clay Walker’s self-titled debut album was released.
  • Today in 1997, At the request of NASA, Diamond Rio hosted a 30th anniversary bash for the Kennedy Space Center. The group performed in the Rocket Garden area of the Visitor Center.
  • Today in 1999, Patsy Cline received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • Today in 1999, the Country Music Association nominations were announced. Tim McGraw scored seven nods, with wife Faith Hill nabbing two. Perennial nominee Vince Gill returned with five nominations.
  • Today in 2000, Shania Twain, the Wilkinsons and Terri Clark topped the list of nominees at the 2000 Canadian Country Music Awards.
  • Today in 2000, as former Texas governor George W. Bush accepted the Republican presidential nomination, Brooks & Dunn, Lorrie Morgan and a number of other country artists looked on. Just before Bush’s acceptance speech, Brooks & Dunn performed “Hard Workin’ Man.”
  • Today in 2001, Blake Shelton hit the #1 on “Radio & Records’” Country Top 50 chart with his debut single, “Austin.” A day later, he did the same on “Billboard’s” Top Country Singles chart.
  • Today in 2010, Taylor Swift’s “Fifteen” received an MTV Video Music Awards nomination for Best Female Video pitting her against Beyonce, Kesha, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. She lost to Gaga, but then…unlike the previous year when she won for “You Belong With Me,” she also didn’t have to deal with Kanye.
  • Today in 2017, Still not dead: Willie Nelson insisted he’s still alive following an errant report lighting up Twitter that he’d passed away.
  • Today in 2018, Blake Shelton’s concert at the Watershed Music Festival included a surprise appearance by his then-girlfriend, Gwen Stefani, who performed “Hollaback Girl” at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington.
  • Today in 2018, Dan + Shay snagged a platinum single from the RIAA for “Tequila.”


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