This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1955, Elvis Presley’s performance at Jacksonville, Florida, whipped the audience into such a frenzy that it resulted in a riot. In fact, things were so out of control, most of his clothing was torn off by fans.
  • Today in 1957, Elvis Presley’s “All Shook Up” hit #1 on the Billboard country chart.
  • Today in 1972, 13-year-old Tanya Tucker made her debut on the country charts with the single, “Delta Dawn.”
  • Today in 1986, the “Greatest Hits Volume 2” album by Hank Williams Jr. was certified gold.
  • Today in 1990, Pam Tillis guest starred on the TV series, “L.A. Law.”
  • Today in 1997, Lee Ann Womack’s self-titled debut album was released.
  • Today in 2000, Kenny Rogers’ “Buy Me A Rose” sprouted at #1 on the Billboard country chart with vocal assistance from Alison Krauss and Billy Dean.
  • Today in 2003, Joe Nichols scored his first gold album, for his debut, “Man With A Memory.”
  • Today in 2005, Jason Aldean performed “Hicktown” and “Why” as he made his first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Today in 2011, Tim McGraw was sued for breach of contract by Curb Records, which claimed that he recorded his “Emotional Traffic” album too soon after the previous release. Tim had also filed a countersuit, saying Curb had kept him in an ongoing state of “involuntary servitude” by forcing him to wait so long to record new albums. His filing claimed that was a way to stretch out his contract indefinitely. McGraw’s suit also alleged that Curb’s decision to release a total of seven greatest hits albums was a ploy to extend his contract against his will.
  • Today in 2015, Pake McEntire undergoes back surgery and subsequently suffered a stroke. We’re happy to report that he has since recovered.
  • Today in 2015, the Aaron Lewis single, “Country Boy,” featuring George Jones and Charlie Daniels, was certified platinum by the RIAA.
  • Today in 2016, Jennifer Nettles’ album “Playing With Fire” was released.
  • Today in 2017, Brad Paisley’s “Love And War” debuted at #1 on the Billboard country albums chart.
  • Today in 2017, Lucinda Williams and Lionel Richie received honorary degrees from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. On the same day, Chely Wright received an honorary doctorate from the College of Arts and Science at the University of Missouri in Kansas City.
  • Today in 2017, Dan + Shay’s Dan Smyers married Abby Law in Nashville.


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