This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1972, Elvis Presley’s afternoon performance during a four-show stand in New York is taped for a future album: “Elvis As Recorded At Madison Square Garden.” Future Oak Ridge Boy Richard Sterban was a backing vocalist, and Bob Dylan was in the audience.
  • Today in 1978, Willie Nelson’s remake of Hoagy Carmichael’s “Georgia On My Mind” tops the Billboard country chart.
  • Today in 1985, the album, “Have I Got A Deal For You,” by Reba McEntire was released.
  • Today in 1989, Clint Black topped the country charts with his single, “Better Man.”
  • Today in 1994, Vince Gill hit #1 with the single, “Whenever You Come Around.”
  • Today in 1997 Harlan Howard was added to the National Songwriters Hall of Fame along with Phil Spector and Joni Mitchell. Howard wrote “Busted” and “I Fall To Pieces,” among many others.
  • Today in 1998, Patty Loveless’ album, “Long Stretch Of Lonesome,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 1998, former Oak Ridge Boys member Steve Sanders was found dead at the age of 45 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
  • Today in 1999, John Berry was a part of President and Mrs. George Bush’s “Milestones and Miracles” birthday celebration in Houston. John, Larry Gatlin and Michael W. Smith performed “O Sole Mio” together accompanied by a 52-piece orchestra.
  • Today in 2002, Howard Bellamy (of the Bellamy Brothers) married songwriter/producer Sharon Vaughn at the Bellamys’ Florida ranch.
  • Today in 2012, Wynonna Judd married her husband, Highway 101 drummer Cactus Moser, at her home in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee. It was his first marriage, her third.
  • Today in 2013, the Eli Young Band’s single, “Drunk Last Night,” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2014, Toby Keith album, “American Ride,” was certified gold by the RIAA.
  • Today in 2015, Taylor Swift donated $15-thousand to a Texas volunteer firefighter who responded to an accident emergency days earlier, only to discover the victims were his wife and son.
  • Today in 2015, Carrie Underwood won three trophies during the CMT Music Awards: “Something In The Water” takes Video and Female Video of the Year. Her Miranda Lambert duet, “Somethin’ Bad,” won Collaborative Video.
  • Today in 2015, Jason Aldean scored a platinum single from the RIAA for “When She Says Baby” and received a gold award for “Just Gettin’ Started.”
  • Today in 2016, the Chris Young duet with Cassadee Pope duet, “Think Of You,” was gold by the RIAA.
  • Today in 2016, Frankie Ballard’s album, “El Rio,” and the Brandy Clark album, “Big Day In A Small Town,” were released.
  • Today in 2020, Josh Abbott and his wife, Taylor, welcomed thei son, Luck David Abbott.
  • Today in 2020, Willie Nelson performed “On The Road Again” to wrap A Night For Austin, an online benefit that raises $600-thousand for charity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Also appearing were Paul Simon, Edie Brickell, Asleep At The Wheel, Shawn Colvin and Lukas Nelson.
  • Today in 2021, the Zac Brown Band single, “Same Boat,” was released.
  • Today in 2021, Gwen Stefani received a surprise bridal shower from her family as she prepares to marry Blake Shelton.


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