This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1969, Loretta Lynn recorded her signature song, “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”
  • Today in 1980, President Jimmy Carter declared October to be Country Music Month.
  • Today in 1990, Garth Brooks’ self-titled debut album was certified gold. He became a member of the Grand Ole Opry later that same year.
  • Today in 1991, the album, “For My Broken Heart,” by Reba McEntire was released.
  • Today in 1991, Clint Black’s “Put Yourself In My Shoes” album was certified double platinum.
  • Today in 1995, nearly $1-million was raised at the Farm Aid concert in Louisville, Kentucky.
  • Today in 1997, Trisha Yearwood’s “Songbook: A Collection of Hits” went gold and platinum simultaneously.
  • Today in 1997, the video for “In Another’s Eyes,” which consisted of Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood performing the song on “The Tonight Show,” debuted on CMT.
  • Today in 1999, Neal McCoy kicked off his 5th annual benefit weekend for the East Texas Angel Network in his hometown of Longview, Texas.
  • Today in 2002, the “Will The Circle Be Unbroken III” album by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, LeAnn Rimes’ “Twisted Angel” CD and Randy Travis’ “Rise & Shine” project arrived in stores.
  • Today in 2002, Brad Paisley announced that he was officially engaged to his actress/screenwriter girlfriend, Kimberly Williams. The couple exchanged vows the following May.
  • Today in 2005, Dierks Bentley was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry and performed “Come A Little Closer” after being introduced by Marty Stuart.
  • Today in 2009, Dailey & Vincent were repeated as Entertainer of the Year at the International Bluegrass Music Association awards in Nashville.
  • Today in 2010, Jason Aldean’s “My Kinda Party” video premiered on CMT.
  • Today in 2011, Lady Antebellum sang “We Owned The Night” and “Just A Kiss” on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”


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