This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1954, Memphis disc jockey Dewey Phillips played Elvis Presley’s debut single, “That’s All Right,” on his radio show. It was the first time an Elvis record had ever been played on the radio.
  • Today in 1992, “Achy Breaky Heart” single by Billy Ray Cyrus was certified gold and platinum. “Weird Al” Yankovic later parodied it into “Achy Breaky Song.”
  • Today in 1993, the Recording Industry Association of America announced that Garth Brooks was the leading recording artist of the decade, with sales of 24 million records.
  • Today in 1995, Shania Twain topped the country charts with “Any Man of Mine.”
  • Today in 1995, Collin Raye’s album, “In This Life,” went platinum.
  • Today in 1998, LeAnn Rimes’ “Sittin’ On Top Of The World” album was certified gold and platinum.
  • Today in 1998, beloved singing cowboy Roy Rogers died of heart failure at the age of 86.
  • Today in 2002, the Dixie Chicks album, “Fly,” was certified with the coveted Diamond Award from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which commemorates sales of 10-million units.
  • Today in 2004, Jimmy Buffett’s “Hey, Good Lookin'” video – featuring appearances by George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Clint Black and Alan Jackson – debuted on CMT.
  • Today in 2004, Big & Rich’s debut album, “Horse Of A Different Color,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 2007, Montgomery Gentry rolled straight sevens by topping the Billboard chart with “Lucky Man” on 7-7-07.
  • Today in 2007, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood performed “We Shall Be Free” from the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., for the Al Gore-sponsored Live Earth charity concerts.
  • Today in 2008, Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman welcomed their daughter, Sunday Rose Kidman Urban, at Baptist Hospital in Nashville.
  • Today in 2011, Blake Shelton’s “God Gave Me You” was released.
  • Today in 2012, Eric Church wrote his 2014 single, “Talladega,” with Luke Laird at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York.
  • Today in 2014, Luke Bryan’s “Roller Coaster,” which was written by Cole Swindell, hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2017, Craig Morgan filed a $40-million suit against Kent Sporting Goods and a subsidiary that manufactured the live vest his son was wearing when he drowned in July 2016, indicating the vest was not certified for water sports, but had the appearance of vests that have been approved.
  • Today in 2017, Florida Georgia Line played the first of three summer stadium shows at Boston’s Fenway Park, joined by The Backstreet Boys, Nelly and Chris Lane. FGL and BSB team on “God, Your Mama, And Me,” Nelly covers “Die A Happy Man,” and the whole crew closed the concert with a mass version of “Cruise.”
  • Today in 2017, the film, “Hickok,” debuted with Trace Adkins and Kris Kristofferson having starring roles.


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