This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1964, Connie Smith signed with RCA Records.
  • Today in 1974, “Back Home Again” album by John Denver was certified gold.
  • Today in 1989, Garth Brooks made his Grand Ole Opry debut.
  • Today in 1991, the “What Do I Do With Me” album by Tanya Tucker was released.
  • Today in 1993, three of Alabama’s albums, “American Pride,” “Pass It On Down” and “Southern Star,” were certified platinum simultaneously.
  • Today in 1994, Collin Raye topped the country charts with the single, “Little Rock.
  • Today in 1996, George Strait’s “Greatest Hits” album was certified triple platinum.
  • Today in 1998, Johnny Cash returned to a Nashville stage and performed for the first time since he was stricken with Shy-Drager Syndrome the preceding October. He joined a surprised Kris Kristofferson, who was singing at a tribute to Johnny and Waylon Jennings at the Ryman Auditorium.
  • Today in 1999, the “Evolution” album by Martina McBride was certified double platinum.
  • Today in 2000, Dixie Chick Natalie Maines married actor Adrian Pasdar at A Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas following a Chicks concert. To celebrate, the couple hit the casinos and won $740!
  • Today in 2007, Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson teamed up on “Because Of You,” “Fancy” and “Why Haven’t I Heard From You” as a new edition of “CMT Crossroads” makes its cable debut
  • Today in 2008, Tim McGraw pulled a fan on stage while performing “Indian Outlaw” at the White River Amphitheater in Auburn, Washington, kicking him out of the concert for allegedly attacking a female fan. Camera-phone footage is spread across the Internet
  • Today in 2009, Jason Aldean picked up a gold album for “Wide Open”
  • Today in 2011, Luke Bryan and The Doobie Brothers were paired as a new edition of “CMT Crossroads” debuted. Among the songs in the telecast: “Rain Is A Good Thing,” “Black Water,” “Do I” and “China Grove.”
  • Today in 2012, Glen Campbell played the historic Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles during his final tour, threading the set with “Wichita Lineman” and “Galveston.” The date included a tribute from opening acts Kris Kristofferson, Lucinda Williams and Jackson Browne.
  • Today in 2016, Thomas Rhett and Nick Jonas were paired as a new installment of “CMT Crossroads” premiered. Danielle Bradbery guested on the episode, which includes versions of Rhett’s hits “Crash And Burn,” “T-Shirt,” “‘Make Me Wanna” and “Die A Happy Man.” They also cover “Rich Girl,” backed by Hall & Oates’ member John Oates.
  • Today in 2016, the Dustin Lynch single “Seein’ Red” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2017, Rascal Flatts crashes a wedding in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, playing “Bless The Broken Road” for the surprised couple’s first dance.
  • Today in 2017, Luke Combs debuts at #1 on the Billboard country albums chart with his first album, “This One’s For You.”
  • Today in 2017, Kristian Bush performed a free show for military personnel at Fort Benning, Georgia.
  • Today in 2019, Lexington Habitat For Humanity revealed it had received a surprise $10,000 donation from Chris and Morgane Stapleton.
  • Today in 2020, Travis Denning’s “After A Few” scored a gold single from the RIAA.
  • Today in 2020, Vince Gill performed “Go Rest High On That Mountain” and Lee Brice sings “I Drive Your Truck” during a memorial for police officer Destin Legieza at Clearview Baptist Church in Franklin, Tennessee. Legieza died in a two-car crash in the line of duty.


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