This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1968, Jeannie C. Riley recorded “Harper Valley PTA.”
  • Today in 1974, John Denver earned a gold record for his biggest hit, “Annie’s Song.”
  • Today in 1990, Alabama’s “Pass It On Down” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1999, Shania Twain’s album, “Come On Over,” was certified for sales of 12-million.
  • Today in 1999, Kenny Chesney’s “Everywhere We Go” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1999, Terri Clark’s “How I Feel” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1999, Clint Black played at “A Night at the Net.” The event was a charity doubles tennis match that kicked off the eighth annual Mercedes-Benz Cup.
  • Today in 2000, Terri Clark’s video, “A Little Gasoline,” premiered on CMT.
  • Today in 2001, Faith Hill’s album, “Breathe,” was certified for multi-platinum sales of 7-million.
  • Today in 2001, Lonestar’s “I’m Already There” was certified gold.
  • Today in 2003, Keith Urban’s “Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me” video made its TV debut on CMT.
  • Today in 2005, Dierks Bentley’s concert at the House of Blues in Los Angeles was interrupted by Marty Stuart, who extended an invitation to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Bentley’s response: “Hell, yeah!”
  • Today in 2011, Eric Church’s album, “Chief,” was released.
  • Today in 2014, Florida Georgia Line unloaded “Dirt” at #1 for the first of two weeks on the Billboard country singles chart.
  • Today in 2016, Garth Brooks topped the “Forbes” list of Country’s Cash Kings after making an estimated $70-million in a year. Rounding out the Top 5 were Kenny Chesney, $56-million; Luke Bryan, $53-million; Toby Keith, $47.5-million; and Jason Aldean, $36.5-million.
  • Today in 2017, Blake Shelton earned a gold single from the RIAA for “Gonna.”
  • Today in 2018, Jordan Davis earned his first platinum single from the RIAA for “Singles You Up.”
  • Today in 2019, officials with the Ulster County Fair in New York cancelled an August 1st Confederate Railroad concert, becoming the second fair to ban the group while citing racist connotations in the band’s name and its use of a Confederate flag in its branding.
  • Today in 2020, Gabby Barrett’s single, “I Hope,” reached #1 on the Billboard country singles chart.
  • Today in 2021, Jimmie Allen led a team that won $25-thousand for youth charity Duffy’s Hope on ABC’s “Celebrity Family Feud.” His crew includes fellow artist Matt Stell.


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