This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1957, Jerry Lee Lewis made his TV debut on “The Steve Allen Show,” kicking his piano stool across the stage during “Whole Lot Of Shakin’ Going On.”
  • Today in 1969, the album, “Tammy’s Greatest Hits,” by Tammy Wynette was released.
  • Today in 1971, Charley Pride recorded “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin'” at Nashville’s RCA Studios.
  • Today in 1979, Dolly Parton’s “You’re the Only One” topped the country charts.
  • Today in 1982, the Bellamy Brothers Greatest Hits was released.
  • Today in 1984, Earl Thomas Conley became the first country star to score four #1 hits from a single album when his hit “Angel in Disguise” topped the charts.
  • Today in 1995, Alan Jackson hit #1 with the single, “I Don’t Even Know Your Name.”
  • Today in 1996, Garth and Sandy Brooks welcomed their third daughter, Allie Colleen. She was named for Sandy’s paternal grandfather and Garth’s mom, Colleen.
  • Today in 1998, Diamond Rio’s “Unbelievable” album was released.
  • Today in 2002, Brooks and Dunn wrapped up their second annual “Neon Circus and Wild West Show” tour with the all-star lineup that included Gary Allan, Chris Cagle, Trick Pony and Dwight Yoakam.
  • Today in 2004, Chris Cagle flew over Cheyenne, Wyoming, in an F-16 fighter jet with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.
  • Today in 2007, Faith Hill lectured a fan at the Cajundome in Lafayette, Louisiana, for grabbing the crotch of hubby Tim McGraw during a concert. Video of the event was captured on a cellphone and posted on the Internet.
  • Today in 2008, Blake Shelton and then-girlfriend Miranda Lambert performed their first full-length concert together at the Monroe County Fair in Monroe, Michigan. The pair included duets on “Feelins’,” “Home” and “The South’s Gonna Do It Again” during the show.
  • Today in 2012, Eli Young Band earned a #1 single in Billboard with “Even If It Breaks Your Heart.”
  • Today in 2016, Miranda Lambert performed “Vice” publicly for the first time during a concert at the Blossom Center in Cleveland. At the end of the night, she was joined by backup singer Gwen Sebastian and opening acts Kip Moore and Brothers Osborne for a mass version of “Me And Bobby McGee.
  • Today in 2017, the Zac Brown Band raised nearly $1-million during a benefit for the non-profit Camp Southern Ground in Parker, Colorado.
  • Today in 2017, Little Big Town’s concert at the Ryman Auditorium featured a surprise guest: Ronnie Dunn! He performed “My Maria” and “Believe.”
  • Today in 2017, Jennifer Nettles kicked off her three-night run in the live production of “Mamma Mia!” at the Hollywood Bowl.
  • Today in 2017, Ashley Monroe welcomed her son, Dalton William Danks, with her hubs, John Danks.
  • Today in 2018, Luke Bryan became the first country artist to headline a concert at Dodger Stadium. His set began with “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” and wrapped with “That’s My Kind Of Night.” The bill also featured Sam Hunt, Jon Pardi, Morgan Wallen and Carly Pearce.
  • Today in 2020, Dan + Shay’s single, “I Should Probably Go To Bed,” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2020, an episode of Netflix’s “Dolly Parton’s “Heartstrings” series received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Television Movie.
  • Today in 2020, Dylan Scott scored a gold single from the RIAA for his song, “Nothing To Do Town.”
  • Today in 2020, Lainey Wilson’s single, “Things A Man Oughta Know,” was released.
  • Today in 2021, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett appeared at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater as ABC recorded “CMA Summer Jam.” Also on the bill: Jimmie Allen, Gabby Barrett, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne and Jon Pardi.


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