This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1972, Barbara Mandrell became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Today in 1981, the “Fancy Free” album by the Oak Ridge Boys was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1992, Garth Brooks self-titled debut album was certified quadruple platinum. The same day, his “Ropin’ The Wind” project was certified for multi-platinum sales of 8-million.
  • Today in 1997, Tom T. Hall’s “Greatest Hits Volume II” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1997, Clint Black’s album, “Nothin’ But The Tailights,” was released. The same day, BlackHawk’s “Love and Gravity” project was also released.
  • Today in 1997, Terri Clark’s self-titled album was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1998, the “Everywhere” album by Tim McGraw was certified triple platinum.
  • Today in 2000, Faith Hill’s single, “Breathe,” returned to the top of “Billboard’s” adult contemporary chart for a triumphant 14th Faith had been bumped from the top a week earlier by Latin singer Marc Anthony.
  • Today in 2000, Clay Walker sang the national anthem at the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction in Canton, Ohio, where honorees include Joe Montana and Howie Long. Walker also joins Dwight Yoakam, Sawyer Brown and Alecia Elliott in a post-induction concert.
  • Today in 2003, Josh Turner’s single, “Long Black Train,” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2004, Blake Shelton’s “Some Beach” video, featuring a cameo by NASCAR driver Elliott Sadler, debuts on CMT
  • Today in 2005, Gretchen Wilson’s “All Jacked Up” video debuts on
  • Today in 2006, former Negro League baseball player Charley Pride sang the American and Canadian national anthems in Cooperstown, New York, when 17 former Negro Leaguers join the Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • Today in 2011, the Lady Antebellum single, “Just A Kiss” went gold, platinum and quintuple-platinum.
  • Today in 2014, Neil Young filed for divorce from Pegi Young, his wife of 36 years…amidst an alleged affair with actress Daryl Hannah. He and Hannah ultimately married in 2018 and in 2019, Pegi passed following a battle with cancer.
  • Today in 2017, Garth Brooks performed at The Forum in Los Angeles, where his daughter, Allie Brooks, was celebrated for her 21st birthday by dad…and received a wedding proposal from longtime love Jonathan Roberts as her dad sang “She’s Every Woman.” She said yes….and they got hitched in October 2018.
  • Today in 2017, Little Big Town’s show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville featured surprise guests Miranda Lambert and Charlie Worsham, who joined them on a cover of The Dixie Chicks’ “Goodbye Earl.”
  • Today in 2018, Glen Campbell was the cover story in the “Parade” supplement in the Sunday paper a year after his passing (on August 8, 2017). In it? Marty Stuart saying, “I wish I could have been in the control room at Capitol Studio A listening to the playback of ‘Wichita Lineman’ the first time it came into the atmosphere. It must have been a perfect moment in time.”
  • Today in 2020, Garth Brooks held a press conference to ask CMA members not to vote for him for Entertainer of the Year. After winning seven times during his career, he says other deserving artists should get their due.
  • Today in 2020, Jack Daniel’s announces the launch of an Eric Church single barrel whiskey.
  • Today in 2021, “Beers On Me,” Dierks Bentley’s single with BRELAND & HARDY, was released.


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