This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1956, Elvis Presley appeared for the first time on TV, singing “Shake, Rattle and Roll” on The Dorsey Brothers’ “Stage Show.”
  • Today in 1964, Buck Owens recorded “Together Again” and “My Heart Skips A Beat.”
  • Today in 1985, “We Are The World” was recorded with 45 artists including Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Kim Carnes, Ray Charles, Bill Joel, and Waylon Jennings.
  • Today in 1985, at the American Music Awards, Anne Murray and Willie Nelson each won two awards. Barbara Mandrell, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, and the Oak Ridge Boys also won awards, and Loretta Lynn won a special Award of Merit.
  • Today in 1989, “Deeper Than The Holler,” by Randy Travis reached the top of the Billboard country chart.
  • Today in 1995, “Gone Country” by Alan Jackson was on top of the Billboard country chart.
  • Today in 1996, during the Super Bowl, Hank Williams’ “Your Cheatin’ Heart” appeared in a Pepsi commercial, and Joe Diffie’s “Pickup Man” appeared in a Ford southeastern regional spot. In the game, the Dallas Cowboys won against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • Today in 2003, Keith Urban’s “Somebody Like You” was released as part of the the soundtrack to “How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days.”
  • Today in 2009, John Rich’s “Shuttin’ Detroit Down” was released on radio.
  • Today in 2012, Eric Church scored his first #1 single in “Billboard” with “Drink In My Hand.”
  • Today in 2014, Trace Adkins left the Florida rehab facility where he was undergoing treatment to spend time with his ailing father.
  • Today in 2015, Rocker Jack White brought out opening act Loretta Lynn to duet on her album cut, “Whispering Sea,” during a concert at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. The show also featured a surprise appearance by one of White’s side projects, former CMA awards nominees The Raconteurs.
  • Today in 2015, Flaming Saddles, a country-themed gay bar, opened on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, California. Special guest for the event was Billy Gilman, spurring the city to proclaim Billy Gilman Day.
  • Today in 2016, Merle Haggard canceled two concerts as he continues his recovery from a December bout with pneumonia.
  • Today in 2018, KFC introduced a new commercial to back its smoky mountain BBQ flavor, with Reba McEntire as Colonel Sanders.
  • Today in 2018, Tim McGraw’s single, “Thought About You,” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2018, Chris Stapleton won three trophies during the 60th GRAMMY awards at New York’s Madison Square Garden: Best Country Solo Performance, “Either Way”; Best Country Album, for “From A Room: Volume 1” and Best Country Song for “Broken Halos.”
  • Today in 2019, Luke Combs scored a gold certification from the RIAA for his single, “Must’ve Never Met You.”


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