This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1986, “Alabama’s Greatest Video Hits” was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1987, the album, “Love Me Like You Used To,” album by Tanya Tucker was released.
  • Today in 1992, Travis Tritt’s album, “It’s All About To Change,” was certified double platinum.
  • Today in 1994, Joe Diffie’s “Third Rock From The Sun” album was released.
  • Today in 1995, Aaron Tippin and his wife, Thea, were married.
  • Today in 1997, Sherrié Austin’s album, “Words,” arrived in stores.
  • Today in 1998, Alan Jackson debuted his first video in over a year on CMT with “I’ll Go On Loving You.”
  • Today in 1998, Diamond Rio’s “Greatest Hits” album arrived in stores.
  • Today in 1998, Brooks and Dunn and Reba McEntire kicked off their second tour together in Jacksonville, Florida.
  • Today in 1998, Brooks and Dunn’s “If You See Her” album and LeAnn Rimes’ “Sittin’ on Top of the World” CD were both certified platinum.
  • Today in 2002, Toby Keith was tapped for a special honor. His song, “My List,” struck such a powerful chord that the NYPD asked if they could incorporate the tune into their training video and sessions.
  • Today in 2003, Brooks & Dunn’s “Red Dirt Road” album arrived in stores.
  • Today in 2004, legendary Loretta Lynn and newcomer Mindy Smith each earned triple nominations for the annual Americana Music Awards.
  • Today in 2005, the movie “Wedding Crashers,” starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, debuted in theaters. Why do you care? Dwight Yoakam was featured in the opening scene being chewed out by an ex as a “hillbilly” in a divorce negotiation.
  • Today in 2010, songwriter Hank Cochran died of pancreatic cancer at his home in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Among his compositions: Patsy Cline’s “I Fall To Pieces,” Eddy Arnold’s “Make The World Go Away,” Vern Gosdin’s “Set ‘Em Up Joe” and George Strait’s “Ocean Front Property.” He was named to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2014.
  • Today in 2011, Jason Aldean’s singles, “Dirt Road Anthem” and “My Kinda Party,” went platinum.
  • Today in 2013, Frankie Ballard’s single, “Helluva Life,” was released.
  • Today in 2016, Willie Nelson made an unscheduled appearance with Neil Young and Promise Of The Real at Temre Di Caracalla in Rome, Italy. Nelson does two songs, including “On The Road Again.”
  • Today in 2016, Ronnie Milsap was hospitalized in Georgia with dehydration and nausea.
  • Today in 2017, The Eagles played their first full concert since the death of Glenn Frey, appearing at the Classic West Festival at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, with Vince Gill and Dylan Frey taking Frey’s part.


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