This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1977, the “Elvis Country” album by Elvis Presley was certified gold.
  • Today in 1987, George Strait’s “Ocean Front Property” album was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1992, Brooks & Dunn’s “Brand New Man” album was certified double-platinum.
  • Today in 1993, the “Big Time” album by Little Texas was certified gold.
  • Today in 1993, Alan Jackson’s album, “A Lot About Livin’ (And A Little ‘Bout Love),” went triple-platinum, while his single “Chattahoochee” was certified gold, for sales of half a million copies.
  • Today in 1993, George Strait’s “Easy Come, Easy Go” album was certified gold and platinum.
  • Today in 1993, the album, “Greatest Hits, Volume II,” by Reba McEntire was certified gold and platinum.
  • Today in 1994, Brooks & Dunn’s “Waitin’ On Sundown” album was certified gold and platinum.
  • Today in 1995, Alabama hit the top of the charts with the single, “In Pictures.”
  • Today in 1995, David Lee Murphy’s debut album, “Out With A Bang,” went gold
  • Today in 1996, Clint Black’s “Greatest Hits” went gold and platinum.
  • Today in 1998, the single, “This Kiss,” by Faith Hill was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1999, Alan Jackson’s “Under The Influence” album was certified gold and platinum.
  • Today in 2000, Tim McGraw’s “Greatest Hits” debuted at #1 on the “Billboard” Country Albums chart.
  • Today in 2000, Aaron Tippin and his wife, Thea, welcomed a new addition to their family – their second son, Thomas Aaron. He was born at 5:10 PM at Baptist Women’s Pavilion in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Thomas weighed in at seven pounds, four ounces and measured 20 inches long.
  • Today in 2005, Ricky Skaggs and The Whites performed at the lighting of the national Christmas tree in Washington, D.C. Also participating: CeCeWinans, Maya Angelou and President George W. Bush.
  • Today in 2007, Carrie Underwood got big results from “So Small” as the song reached #1 on the Billboard country singles chart.
  • Today in 2011, Jennifer Nettles hosted as ABC-TV aired the holiday special “CMA Country Christmas.” Guests include Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town, Faith Hill, Amy Grant, Martina McBride, Darius Rucker and Keith Urban
  • Today in 2012, Shania Twain began a two-year, 120-show residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
  • Today in 2014, Little Big Town’s single, “Girl Crush,” hit the airwaves.


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