This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1943, Roy Rogers appeared on the cover of Life magazine.
  • Today in 1972, Tom T. Hall records “(Old Dogs-Children And) Watermelon Wine” around noon at Mercury Custom Recording Studio in Nashville
  • Today in 1988, the “Old 8X10” album by Randy Travis arrived in stores.
  • Today in 1994, Alan Jackson’s single, “Summertime Blues,” hit #1.
  • Today in 1998, Tim McGraw was named an honorary zookeeper of the Nashville Zoo.
  • Today in 2000, as Tim McGraw & Faith Hill’s new video, “Let’s Make Love,” debuted on CMT in the morning, the couple was in Atlanta gearing up for their first concert date on their “Soul 2 Soul” tour. The shows marked the first time that Tim and Faith toured on a bill together since the 1996 “Spontaneous Combustion” tour – where they fell in love.
  • Today in 2001, Alan Jackson was honored at a “block party” in Nashville for career record sales totaling more than 35-million albums worldwide.
  • Today in 2002, Toby Keith’s “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue” hits the top of “Radio & Records’” Country Top 50 chart.
  • Today in 2007, Fruit Of The Loom debuts an ad campaign featuring Vince Gill singing “Daddy Was The Apple Of My Eye” with various fruits from the company’s logo playing in the band.
  • Today in 2011, Warner Bros. releases the Blake Shelton album “Red River Blue.”
  • Today in 2013, Jason Aldean became the first country artist to headline at Boston’s Fenway Park, kicking off his show with “Crazy Town.” Also filling out the bill are Miranda Lambert, Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett.
  • Today in 2014, “Somethin’ Bad,” by Miranda Lambert with Carrie Underwood, was all good at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart.
  • Today in 2015, Justin Moore and Cole Swindell took part in the MLB Legends & Celebrity Softball Game two days before the All-Star Game at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. Among the participants: Macklemore, Snoop Dogg and Nick Lachey.
  • Today in 2016, Taylor Swift visited pediatric patients at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
  • Today in 2017, Reba McEntire, Lee Ann Womack and Brandy Clark raised $50,000 for the Alzheimer’s Foundation at City Winery in Nashville. The show included surprise appearances by Martina McBride, William Michael Morgan and Hunter Hayes.
  • Today in 2017, Loretta Lynn canceled the remainder of her 2017 concerts as she continued to recover from a stroke.
  • Today in 2018, the Eric Church single, “Desperate Man,” was released.
  • Today in 2019, Chuck Wicks married Kasi Williams at the Cabo Azul Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Their first dance? “Can’t Help Falling In Love.”
  • Today in 2019, Florida Georgia Line presented an all-terrain wheelchair to a retired veteran during a concert at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts.
  • Today in 2019, Kenny Chesney’s “Tip Of My Tongue,” which was co-written with pop singer Ed Sheeran, hit the airwaves.


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