This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1960, “I’m Sorry” by Brenda Lee topped the singles charts.
  • Today in 1981, the single, “Seven Year Ache,” by Rosanne Cash peaked at #22 on the pop singles chart. More recently, Rosanne re-worked the tune with Trisha Yearwood, who covers it on her “Inside Out,” album. Rosanne also provided background vocals.
  • Today in 1986, after 28 years with Columbia Records, Johnny Cash was dropped from the label. Here’s the kicker – he learned about his contract’s cancellation in the newspapers.
  • Today in 1989, Tanya Tucker’s “Greatest Hits” album was released.
  • Today in 1992, “Achy Breaky Heart” by Billy Ray Cyrus peaked at #4 on the pop singles chart.
  • Today in 1995, Jeff Foxworthy’s “Games Rednecks Play” album was released.
  • Today in 1997, the single, “All the Good Ones are Gone” by Pam Tillis peaked at #6 on the charts.
  • Today in 2000, the album, “Kinleys II,” arrived in stores. Darryl Worley also celebrated the arrival of his debut album, “Hard Rain Don’t Last.”
  • Today in 2000, Travis Tritt was tapped as a celebrity spokesperson for Goodwill Industries.
  • Today in 2001, Lonestar enjoyed their sixth week at the top of the charts with their single, “I’m Already There.”
  • Today in 2002, “Redbook” magazine revealed that 2,500 of their readers had some definite ideas about what celebrity enjoys the most balanced life. In fact, an astounding 63% of “Redbook” readers say they’re most impressed with the way that Faith Hill balances her personal and professional lives. 31% preferred a life like Oprah Winfrey’s and only 3% wished to be adored by millions like Julia
  • Today in 2006, Rodney Atkins’ album, “If You’re Going Through Hell,” and Eric Church’s debut album, “Sinners Like Me,” arrived in stores.
  • Today in 2008, Garth Brooks – clad in a Mets jersey – was a surprise guest at the final concert at New York’s Shea Stadium, singing “Shameless” with the night’s attraction, Billy Joel. Also making appearances: Steven Tyler, Roger Daltrey and Paul McCartney.
  • Today in 2014, Jason Aldean performed “Burnin’ It Down” live for the first time while headlining a stadium date at Cleveland’s Progressive Field. A drunk fan died tragically at the show, which also features Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr.
  • Today in 2016, Miranda Lambert’s single, “Vice,” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2016, Luke Bryan’s single “Move.”
  • Today in 2019, the video, “One Thing Right,” by Marshmello & Kane Brown was released.
  • Today in 2019, Miranda Lambert’s single, “It All Comes Out In The Wash,” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2019, Alabama cancelled two shows in Canada as Randy Owen battles migraines and vertigo.
  • Today in 2021, Blake Shelton’s concert at the Country Thunder Music Festival in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, included a surprise guest: wife Gwen Stefani, who performs the classic No Doubt hit, “Don’t Speak.”


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