This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1949, a classic version of “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” was recorded by Gene Autry, who didn’t like when he first heard it. As it turned out though, America couldn’t get enough of his rendition of the tune. The Christmas classic remains treasure to this day.
  • Today in 1993, a third Garth Brooks concert was added in Dallas after the first two shows sold out. Tickets to that show also sold out, in less than two hours.
  • Today in 1993, Hollywood and Nashville combined as it was revealed that Julia Roberts had married Lyle Lovett in a hush-hush ceremony two days earlier. The fairytale was not destined for a happy ending though, the couple divorced less than two years later.
  • Today in 1995, Lorrie Morgan’s “Greatest Hits” album was released.
  • Today in 1996, as the Olympic flame made its way to Atlanta for the Summer Games, it was carried through Nashville by Billy Ray Cyrus.
  • Today in 1998, tickets for the first of a series of six Garth Brooks shows in Seattle went on sale. The show sold out in 11 minutes.
  • Today in 2000, it was announced that Lonestar’s Dean Sams and his wife, Kim, were expecting their second child. On December 17th, the Sams family welcomed their newest addition, Bryson Dean Sams.
  • Today in 2001, Tracy Lawrence and his wife, Becca, welcomed their first child, Skylar JoAnn Lawrence.
  • Today in 2005, Ralph Stanley underwent a triple bypass operation in Virginia.
  • Today in 2011, Jake Owen’s “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” video debuted on CMT.
  • Today in 2012, Miranda Lambert shot the video for “Fastest Girl In Town” in Dickson County, Tennessee, with NASCAR driver Danica Patrick.
  • Today in 2015, Brantley Gilbert and Lynyrd Skynyrd shared the stage as a new edition of “CMT Crossroads” premieres. Performances included “Kick It In The Sticks,” “Bottoms Up,” “One Hell Of An Amen” and “Sweet Home Alabama.”
  • Today in 2016, Lauren Alaina’s single, “Road Less Traveled,” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2017, Mark Chesnutt Hot Sauce was officially announced.
  • Today in 2019, Blake Shelton received a gold single from the RIAA for “God’s Country.”


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