This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1952, Kitty Wells’ “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” was released.
  • Today in 1956, Ray Price spent the first of 20 weeks at #1 in Billboard magazine with “Crazy Arms.”
  • Today in 1979, the Charlie Daniels Band released the single, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”
  • Today in 1986, Hank Williams Jr.’s “Montana Café” album was released.
  • Today in 1988, George Strait’s “Greatest Hits Volume III” album was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1992, the album, “Holding My Own,” by George Strait was certified gold.
  • Today in 1993, Brooks & Dunn’s “Brand New Man” album was certified triple platinum.
  • Today in 1995, Garth Brooks’ album, “The Hits,” was certified for sales of six-million copies.
  • Today in 2000, Garth Brooks became one of the first inductees into the newly created Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame. He was joined by the previously announced honoree, composer John Williams. The pair was celebrated at the Bowl’s Opening Night Gala, as conductor John Mauceri lead the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in tributes to the inductees. Garth performed with the orchestra in 1994 at a benefit concert and also performed that night.
  • Today in 2001, other than celebrating his very first Father’s Day as a daddy, Clint Black also reveled in receiving the Celebrity of the Year award from ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The honor was in recognition of his many years of devoted support for the organization.
  • Today in 2005, Sara Evans’ “A Real Fine Place To Start” video debuted on CMT.
  • Today in 2007, Tracy Lawrence collected a #1 single in Billboard for the first time in 11 years with “Find Out Who Your Friends Are”
  • Today in 2009, Montgomery Gentry joined the Grand Ole Opry and was officially inducted by Little Jimmy Dickens and Marty Stuart. After the big moment, Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives backed the duo on “Hillbilly Shoes.”
  • Today in 2010, Brad Paisley headlined a concert in the United Kingdom for the first time, playing Shepherds Bush Empire in London.
  • Today in 2012, a new edition of “CMT Crossroads” features Joe Walsh and friends: Brad Paisley, Hunter Hayes, Sara Evans, Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons.
  • Today in 2015, Kacey Musgraves’ “Pageant Material” album was released.
  • Today in 2017, Earth, Wind & Fire performed with Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Sara Evans, Rascal Flatts, Dan + Shay, Drake White and Martina McBride, who joins the band on “Singasong” as the latest installment of “CMT Crossroads” premieres.
  • Today in 2018, Dierks Bentley was at #1 on the Billboard country albums chart with “The Mountain.”
  • Today in 2018, Craig Morgan received the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal from the U.S. Army during the Army Ball at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Huntington Beach, California.
  • Today in 2018, Big & Rich joined Flo Rida and 3 Doors Down at an early Independence Day celebration for military personnel at Fort Benning, Georgia.
  • Today in 2018, Chris Stapleton played a stadium date as an opening act for The Eagles at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Stapleton’s night includes performances of “Broken Halos,” “Parachute” and “Tennessee Whiskey.” Vince Gill, working with The Eagles, turned in “Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away.”
  • Today in 2019, Granger Smith performed at Chicago’s Country LakeShake in his first concert since the drowning death of his son 18 days earlier. He performed “Backroad Song,” covered Alabama’s “I’m In A Hurry (And Don’t Know Why)” and brings out Mitchell Tenpenny for a duet on “If The Boot Fits.”


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