This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1968, Tammy Wynette scored her fourth #1 hit with the single, “D-I-V-O-R-C-E.”
  • Today in 1971, Elvis Presley Blvd. was named in his honor in Memphis, Tennessee.
  • Today in 1980, George Jones topped the charts with the single, “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” Here’s a fun fact for ya – after George recorded the song, he bet his producer $100 that the song was so maudlin, it would never get to number one. Not only did it top the charts, it was eventually voted to be the greatest country song of all time.
  • Today in 1990, Charlie Daniels’ “Simple Man” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 2004, Blake Shelton began shooting his “Some Beach” video in Tennessee.
  • Today in 2008, The Statler Brothers and Tom. T hall are officially inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame during a medallion ceremony at the museum’s Ford Theatre.
  • Today in 2011 Miranda Lambert appeared as a guest on the finale of “The Voice” and sang “the House that Built Me with a contestant on Blake Shelton’s team. Winner Javier Colon sang “Landslide” with Stevie Nicks.
  • Today in 2012, Carrie Underwood’s single “Blown Away” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2014, Dolly Parton performed for 100,000 people during the multi-format Glastonbury Music Festival in Pilton, England. Her set included a surprise appearance by guitarist Richie Sambora on Bon Jovi’s “Lay Your Hands On Me.
  • Today in 2015, Garth Brooks’ $90 million placed him #6 on Forbes’ Celebrity 100. Also ranked: Taylor Swift, #8; The Eagles, #14; Toby Keith, #32; Jason Aldean, #47; Luke Bryan, #48; Kenny Chesney, #49; Tim McGraw, #58; Florida Georgia Line, #61; Jimmy Buffett, #62; The Zac Brown Band, #78; and Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton, tied at #95.
  • Today in 2016, Brad Paisley established a GoFundMe page to raise money for flood-stricken West Virginia and makes a $100,000 starting donation. Paisley makes the announcement on Facebook, where he plays “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” He raised more than $500-thousand in just four days.
  • Today in 2017, Jake Owen Field was dedicated in Vero Beach, Florida. Ribbon-cutting for the youth ballpark featured Baseball Hall of Fame member Cal Ripken Jr. and NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick.
  • Today in 2017, Chris Stapleton performed at historic Wrigley Field in Chicago, opening for Tom Petty.
  • Today in 2017, Garth Brooks performed “The River” with Trisha Yearwood from NASA’s Mission Control in Houston for two astronauts aboard the International Space Station.


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