This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1973, Tom T. Hall recorded “I Love” at midday at the Mercury Custom Studios in Nashville.
  • Today in 1986, Reba McEntire’s “Little Rock” checks in at #1 on the Billboard country singles list.
  • Today in 1996, LeAnn Rimes sang “Blue” in her first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry, along with “I Wanna Be A Cowboy’s Sweetheart” and “Blue Moon Of Kentucky.”
  • Today in 2003, The U.S. Postal Service unveiled a stamp featuring Roy Acuff during a ceremony at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. The art is based on a photo that appeared in a 1949 edition of Collier’s magazine.
  • Today in 2006, Kellie Pickler’s debut single, “Red High Heels,” was released.
  • Today in 2009, Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me” won Best Female Video during the MTV Video Music Awards. Kanye West infamously interrupted her acceptance speech at New York’s Radio City Music Hall to insist that Beyoncé should have won.
  • Today in 2010, Keith Urban’s “Put You In A Song” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2011, The Band Perry picked up a triple-platinum single award for “If I Die Young.”
  • Today in 2014, Brad Paisley’s “Moonshine In The Trunk” opens in the top spot on the Billboard country albums chart.
  • Today in 2014, Kenny Rogers and Little Big Town performed “God Bless America” in Baltimore during a live PBS special honoring the 200th anniversary of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The event’s lineup also featured Melissa Etheridge, Jordin Sparks, Kristen Chenoweth, Train and Smokey Robinson.
  • Today in 2015, the 2015 edition of Carrie Underwood’s “Sunday Night Football” theme, “Waiting All Day For Sunday Night,” debuted on NBC.
  • Today in 2017, Sturgill Simpson sailed away with Album of the Year, for “A Sailor’s Guide To Earth,” during the Americana Music Awards at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Marty Stuart & The Fabulous Superlatives earn Group/Duo of the Year, and John Prine was recognized as Artist of the Year.
  • Today in 2018, a breach of peace charge was dropped against Gretchen Wilson in Enfield, Connecticut, when she agrees to donate to a local charity. She had alleged caused a ruckus at a local airport.
  • Today in 2018, Jesse McReynolds had emergency surgery for a bladder blockage.
  • Today in 2018, Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein quoted Aaron Tippin during a ceremony for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division in Washington, D.C. saying, “You’ve got to stand for something, or you’ll for anything.”
  • Today in 2018, Jon Pardi scored double-platinum singles from the RIAA for “Head Over Boots” and “Dirt On My Boots,” while his “Heartache On The Dance Floor” went gold and platinum.


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