This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1978, Tammy Wynette was no longer d-i-v-o-r-c-e-d from George Jones as she married George Richey.
  • Today in 1990, Mark Chesnutt released his first single, “Too Cold At Home.”
  • Today in 1993, the “Whoever’s In New England” album by Reba McEntire was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1994, Doug Supernaw’s “Red And Rio Grande” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1994, the album, “This Is Me,” by Randy Travis was certified gold.
  • Today in 1996, Shania Twain was #1 on the singles charts with “No One Needs to Know.”
  • Today in 1997, George Strait’s single, “Carrying Your Love with Me,” topped the charts.
  • Today in 1998, “That’s Why I’m Here” by Kenny Chesney was the #1 song on the charts.
  • Today in 1998, beloved singing cowboy Roy Rogers died of heart failure at the age of 86.
  • Today in 2000, fresh from her appearance on PBS’ live “Capitol Fourth” telecast, Lee Ann Womack was told “I Hope You Dance” – the first single from her gold album of the same name – was again the #1 song in the country.
  • Today in 2000, it was revealed that Mark Chesnutt was a hero over the July 4th Apparently, Mark came upon an overturned car in Nebraska and gave assistance while his crew called for help. He wasn’t planning to tell anybody about the incident – but word started spreading after the victim’s daughter posted a “thank you” message on his fan club’s website. Mark later said quote, “It never occurred to me that we should brag about doing something that was simply the right thing to do. We were all thankful to be able to offer assistance when someone needed help. It was definitely a case of being in the right place at the right time. I’d like to think that if something like that ever happened to my mom or someone in my family, someone would stop to take care of them.” Mark, you deserved a high-five then, and you still do.
  • Today in 2000, it was announced that Aaron Tippin and his wife, Thea, were expecting their second child in December. The happy couple welcomed their son, Thomas Aaron, into the world on December 1st.
  • Today in 2001, Grand Ole Opry member Johnny Russell was laid to rest in Nashville. Active pallbearers at the service included Garth Brooks and Brad Paisley as well as Jim Ed Brown, Jack Greene, Billy Walker, Porter Wagoner and Little Jimmy Dickens.
  • Today in 2003, The Dixie Chicks perform at Dallas’ American Airlines Center despite a threat that Natalie Maines will be shot on stage.
  • Today in 2008, Kix Brooks runs with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.
  • Today in 2009, Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley married Nashville music publicist Cassie McConnell in the Bahamas
  • Today in 2013, Toby Keith raised $2-million for tornado relief with a concert at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, joined by Garth Brooks, Ronnie Dunn, Willie Nelson, Trisha Yearwood, Mel Tillis, Kellie Coffey, John Anderson and Sammy Hagar. “Beer For My Horses” got played twice.
  • Today in 2015, Blake Shelton filed for divorce from Miranda Lambert in Oklahoma. When the world found out about it on July 20th – it was signed, sealed and delivered.
  • Today in 2016, Eric Paslay performed at a diabetes conference in Orlando, where he was introduced as an ambassador for Dexcom, a company that makes glucose monitoring devices for people with diabetes.


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