This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1968, aides to President Richard Nixon send out 66,000 letters signed by Nixon, to potential administrative office holders. Among those receiving one was Elvis Presley.
  • Today in 1980, the single, “I Love A Rainy Night,” by Eddie Rabbitt entered the Top 40 chart.
  • Today in 1988, Roy Orbison died of a heart attack while on a visit to his mother near Nashville. He was 52. His biggest hit is the million-selling #1 song “Oh, Pretty Woman.” He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
  • Today in 1991, Ricky Van Shelton’s “Backroads” album was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1991, Lorrie Morgan’s album, “Something In Red,” went gold.
  • Today in 1991, the “White Limozeen” album by Dolly Parton was certified gold.
  • Today in 1993, the Eagles shot a video for with Travis Tritt’s for his version of their classic, “Take it Easy.”
  • Today in 1994, Mary Chapin Carpenter’s album, “Stones in the Road,” was certified gold and platinum simultaneously.
  • Today in 1996, Little Texas’ “Greatest Hits” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1998, Faith Hill was #1 on the singles charts with “Let Me Let Go.”
  • Today in 2001, Audrey Caroline McGraw was born at 4:39pm to her parents, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. While she arrived a month earlier than expected, and suffered some complications initially, the good news is that the littlest McGraw is just fine.
  • Today in 2002, Travis Tritt and Ray Charles are paired for an hour of music as a new episode of “CMT Crossroads” debuted.
  • Today in 2003, Brad Paisley performed two songs at the Palm Springs wedding reception of Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter, who met on ABC’s “The Bachelorette.”
  • Today in 2005, Dierks Bentley net a platinum album for “Modern Day Drifter.”
  • Today in 2008, a “CMT Giants” installment celebrating Alan Jackson premiered with performances by Dierks Bentley, George Strait, Lee Ann Womack, Miranda Lambert and Brad Paisley.
  • Today in 2012, Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles and her husband, Justin Miller, welcomed a son, Magnus Hamilton Miller.
  • Today in 2013, Kacey Musgraves and Taylor Swift received four nominations apiece, making them the top country finalists in the 56th annual GRAMMY awards.
  • Today in 2016, both Maren Morris and Kelsea Ballerini were nominated for Best New Artist in the GRAMMY Awards. Why was this so special? It was the first time in history that two artists being actively marketed to country were finalists for that trophy in the same year. The trophy ultimately went to Chance The Rapper.


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