This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1975, J. Thomas found his way to the top of the Billboard country chart with one of country music’s longest song titles: “(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song.”
  • Today in 1983, Bill Monroe was a guest at the White House, along with Frank Sinatra, as president Ronald Reagan recognized Monroe as the only living American credited with originating an American music form.
  • Today in 1992, the album, “No Fences,” by Garth Brooks was certified for multi-platinum sales of 8-million.
  • Today in 1993, Johnny Cash began four days of recording in producer Rick Rubin’s living room in Los Angeles, backed only by his own guitar. It marked the start of work on Cash’s “American Recordings” album.
  • Today in 1997, Lonestar’s “Crazy Nights” album was released.
  • Today in 1997, Ricochet released “Blink of An Eye” and Lila McCann released her debut album, “Lila.”
  • Today in 2000, the Grand Ole Opry radio show, carried since 1925 on WSM radio in Nashville, Tennessee, began webcasting the Opry program.
  • Today in 2001, the new $37-million Country Music Hall of Fame opened in downtown Nashville. On hand were Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, George Jones, Emmylou Harris, Diamond Rio, Martina McBride, Bill Anderson and ribbon-cutters Charley Pride, Brenda Lee and Kitty Wells.
  • Today in 2002, Elvis Presley was back at #1 on the U.K. singles chart for the first time since shortly after his death in 1977. That means he broken the quarter-century-long stalemate with the Beatles for the most chart-topping singles in British history. The remix of his 1968 song, “A Little Less Conversation,” was also the first remix of any Elvis recording, which was sanctioned by his estate.
  • Today in 2005, Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying,” which was written by Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman, won Single Record and Song of the Year during the 40th annual Academy of Country Music awards.
  • Today in 2006, Kenny Chesney kicked off a five-week run at Billboard #1 with his song, “Summertime.”
  • Today in 2010, Taylor Swift received the Hal David Starlight Award as the Songwriters Hall of Fame inducted David Foster, Jackie DeShannon, Leonard Cohen and Sunny Skylar.
  • Today in 2013, Thomas Rhett’s “It Goes Like This” video debuted on CMT, as did Zac Brown Band’s “Jump Right In.”
  • Today in 2015, Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn began a Las Vegas residency at Caesars Palace.
  • Today in 2016, Garth Brooks attended the Tennessee funeral of Mike Chapman, who played bass on many of his hits, including “Shameless,” “Friends In Low Places,” “The Thunder Rolls” and, appropriately, “The Dance.”
  • Today in 2016, Jon Pardi’s album, “California Sunrise,” was released.
  • Today in 2016, Garth Brooks’ 2007 album, “The Ultimate Hits,” was certified nine-times platinum by the RIAA.
  • Today in 2019, Meghan Linsey got engaged to Tyler Cain in Alaska during a video shoot. The lovebirds eloped to Hawaii in January 2022.
  • Today in 2020, Rosanne Cash, Rodney Crowell and Scotty McCreery play a livestream benefit for Music Health Alliance, joined by Steve Wariner, Jordan Davis, Keb’ Mo’, Sara Evans, Craig Morgan and Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires.
  • Today in 2021, Brad Paisley was honored as Father of the Year by the National Father’s Day Committee.
  • Today in 2021, Carly Pearce was officially invited by Dolly Parton to join the Grand Ole Opry. She was inducted the following August.


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