This day in Country Music History

  • Today In 1956, Elvis Presley buys his mother a pink Cadillac while in Los Angeles to record.
  • Today In 1974, John Denver closed a one-week stand at Los Angeles’ Universal Amphitheatre, where he recorded the live album “An Evening With John Denver.” It included “Thank God I’m A Country Boy.”
  • Today In 1992, Vince Gill releases his “I Still Believe in You” album.
  • Today In 1998, Richie McDonald, of Lonestar, and wife Lorie welcome daughter Mollie Ann.
  • Today In 1998, Alan Jackson’s “High Mileage” album is released.
  • Today In 1999, Chad Brock marries Marleda Upton, the woman who inspired his hit “Yes!” Unfortunately, they later said “No!” The couple has divorced.
  • Today In 2000, The Dixie Chicks’ Wide Open Spaces receives a diamond certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (R-I-A-A) for selling more than 10-million copies.
  • Today In 2001, The Broadway revival of “Annie Get Your Gun” closes with Crystal Bernard (“Wings”) in the title role. She took over when Reba McEntire left the production just two months earlier, but ticket sales slumped after Reba departed.
  • Today In 2003, Jimmy Wayne and Buddy Jewell perform on Jerry Lewis’ annual Muscular Dystrophy Telethon.
  • Today in 2004, Sara Evans performed “Born To Fly” on the third night of the Republican National Convention at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Brooks & Dunn sing “Only In America” after a speech by incumbent vice president Dick Cheney.
  • Today in 2005, Little Big Town’s “Boondocks” video debuted on CMT.
  • Today in 2006, Taylor Swift performed “Tim McGraw” in her first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Today in 2010, Miranda Lambert wound up with a total of nine Country Music Association Awards nominations – the most ever for a female artist – as the CMA wrapped two days of finalist announcements for its 44th annual awards.


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