This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1972, the “Garden Party” single by Ricky Nelson was certified gold.
  • Today in 1973, Charlie Rich’s single, “Behind Closed Doors,” topped the country singles chart – it was also his first top 20 pop chart hit.
  • Today in 1976, “The Outlaws” album by Jennings/Nelson/Colter/Glaser was certified Platinum
  • Today in 1986, “Million Mile Reflection” album by Charlie Daniels Band was certified double-platinum.
  • Today in 1990, KT Oslin scored a #1 country single in Billboard with “Come Next Monday.”
  • Today in 1995, Alan Jackson’s CD, “The Greatest Hits Collection,” was #1 on “Billboard’s” Top Country Albums chart.
  • Today in 1998, Ashland, Kentucky, proclaimed Billy Ray Cyrus Day, presenting the singer with a key to the city. A section of Kentucky Route 693 in nearby Flatwoods was renamed Billy Ray Cyrus Boulevard.
  • Today in 1999, the album, “In…the Life Of Chris Gaines,” by Garth Brooks was certified gold, platinum and double-platinum simultaneously.
  • Today in 2001, Toby Keith’s “I Wanna Talk About Me” grabbed the top spot on the Billboard country singles chart.
  • Today in 2002, before his show in Lexington, Kentucky, Toby Keith was made an Honorary Kentucky Colonel and presented with a certificate was signed by Kentucky Governor Patton.
  • Today in 2005, Jason Aldean performed “Hicktown” during pre-game activities at Texas Stadium in Irving, as the Dallas Cowboys hosted the Denver Broncos in a Thanksgiving game. Sheryl Crow performed at halftime of Denver’s 24-21 victory.
  • Today in 2007, Dierks Bentley rode to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with “Free And Easy (Down The Road I Go).”
  • Today in 2011, the latest edition of “CMT Crossroads,” pairing Vince Gill and Sting, had its cable debut. The set list included “Liza Jane,” “Every Breath You Take,” “Whenever You Come Around” and “Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away.”
  • Today in 2013, Taylor Swift topped the list of winners with four trophies at the American Music Awards. Other country victors include Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan and Lady Antebellum.
  • Today in 2014, Luke Bryan, Brantley Gilbert, Carrie Underwood and Florida Georgia Line come up winners in the American Music Awards.


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