This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1972, when a concert date was cancelled, Barbara Mandrell officially joined the Grand Ole Opry, three weeks earlier than scheduled.
  • Today in 1992, Garth Brooks and then-wife, Sandy Brooks, welcomed their first child, daughter Taylor Mayne Pearl Brooks, in Nashville.
  • Today in 1993, the “Merry Christmas To You” album by Reba McEntire was certified gold.
  • Today in 1994, Travis Tritt scored a #1 hit with his single, “Foolish Pride.”
  • Today in 1996, Keifer Thompson moved to Nashville from Oklahoma. Shortly after, he meets future wife and fellow Thompson Square partner Shawna McIlwain.
  • Today in 1997, Marty Stuart married Connie Smith on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Afterward, they drove out into the wilderness and end up dancing on a cliff to Buck Owens’ “Your Tender Loving Care.”
  • Today in 1998, Brooks & Dunn’s “If You See Her” album was certified gold and platinum simultaneously.
  • Today in 1998, the Roy Orbison Estate filed a $12-million royalty suit against Sony Music Entertainment Inc. The suit alleged that Sony, in selling licenses from the artist’s Monument Records master recordings, consistently underpaid Roy in domestic and international royalties.
  • Today in 2000, Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance” began a five-week ride at #1 on the Billboard country chart.
  • Today in 2002, Brad Paisley was #1 on the country charts with his single, “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song).”
  • Today in 2010, Taylor Swift shot the wedding scene for her “Mine” video at the Christ Church in Kennebunk, Maine, with British actor Toby Hemingway in the role of the groom.
  • Today in 2013, Darius Rucker’s single, “Radio,” was released.
  • Today in 2014, Florida Georgia Line’s “Dirt” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2016, Garth Brooks became the first country artist to headline at the new Yankee Stadium in New York. He sang two songs written by New Yorker Billy Joel, “Shameless” and “Piano Man.” Brooks also joined wife Trisha Yearwood on “In Another’s Eyes.”
  • Today in 2017, Julianne Hough married NHL player Brooks Laich near Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Her brother, Derek Hough, was a member of the wedding party. The couple announced their separation (after months of questions) in May 2020. They’ve since finalized their divorce.
  • Today in 2018, Josh Abbott married Taylor Parnell at Brazos Hall in Austin, Texas.
  • Today in 2019, the Thomas Rhett single, “Remember You Young,” was released.
  • Today in 2020, Lady A filed suit in Nashville against blues singer Lady A to protect its trademark of the name, granted in 2011. The group was formerly known as Lady Antebellum, but shortened the official name in the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement, running into an unexpected conflict in the process.
  • Today in 2021, the Walker Hayes single, “Fancy Like,” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2021, Morgan Wallen closed on the sale of his four-bedroom Nashville residence…as in, the house where he was notoriously recorded using a racial slur the previous February. The property went for $835,000, nearly 20% more than the $700-grand he bought it for in 2020.


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