This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1954, Elvis Presley had his first commercial recording session and recorded his first single: “That’s All Right (Mama)” backed with Bill Monroe’s “Blue Moon of Kentucky”. Presley had met Phillips seven months earlier when he made a demo at Phillips’s open-to-the-public studio.
  • Today in 1969, Merle Haggard’s single, “Working Man Blues,” hit the charts and began its climb to the top of the charts.
  • Today in 1989, Tanya Tucker’s daughter, Presley Tanita Tucker, was born.
  • Today in 1991, Alan Jackson’s single, “Don’t Rock The Jukebox,” hit #1.
  • Today in 1994, the single, “Every Once In a While,” by BlackHawk topped the charts.
  • Today in 2000, the videos, “Best of Intentions,” by Travis Tritt and “He Will, She Knows” by Kenny Rogers, premiered on CMT.
  • Today in 2001, Trace Adkins was arrested for suspicion of drunk driving in Nolensville, Tennessee. He was automatically charged with DUI when he refused breath and blood alcohol tests. He later pled guilty and was sober for years until January 2014, which had him embroiled in in an altercation with an impersonator. Soon after, his father passed. And then, he and Rhonda (his wife of 16 years) separated. While the couple has since finalized their divorce, Trace has since rebounded. Good for him.
  • Today in 2002, Brad Paisley‘s single, “I’m Gonna Miss Her” was at #1 on “Radio & Records’” Country Top 50 chart.
  • Today in 2007, Toby Keith’s “Love Me If You Can” video airs on TV for the first time on CMT.
  • Today in 2013, Luke Bryan made a surprise appearance during an Alabama show in Orange Beach, Alabama. Bryan provided a vocal assist on “Love In The First Degree.”
  • Today in 2014, Luke Bryan’s “Play It Again” arrived at #1 on the “Billboard” country singles chart.
  • Today in 2014, Blake Shelton and Darius Rucker are forced to cancel July 6 appearances at the Cavendish Beach Music Festival as a major storm prevents travel to Prince Edward Island in Canada.
  • Today in 2015, the title track to Blake Shelton’s album, “Bringing Back The Sunshine,” debuted as NBC’s NASCAR theme prior to its telecast of the Coke Zero 400 from the Daytona Motor Speedway in Florida. Dale Earnhardt Jr. took the checkered flag.
  • Today in 2017, Brett Young threw out the first pitch at Wrigley Field in Chicago, where the Cubs down the Tampa Bay Rays, 7-3, in an afternoon baseball game.


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