This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1958, Johnny Cash signed with Columbia Records.
  • Today in 1973, Charlie Rich’s “Behind Closed Doors” album was released.
  • Today in 1977, Waylon Jennings’ album, “Are You Ready For The Country,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 1981, Kix Brooks married his wife, Barbara.
  • Today in 1983, Kenny Rogers’ “Eyes That See In The Dark” album was released.
  • Today in 1984, the “Oak Ridge Boys Greatest Hits 2” album was released.
  • Today in 1989, Keith Whitley’s “I Wonder Do You Think Of Me” album was released.
  • Today in 1992, Brooks & Dunn’s “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” began a four-week residence at #1 in “Billboard.”
  • Today in 1994, the album, “I Still Believe In You,” by Vince Gill was certified triple platinum.
  • Today in 1995, John Michael Montgomery’s self-titled album was released.
  • Today in 1995, the “Reba Live” video was released.
  • Today in 1996, the “Livin’ In A Moment” album by Ty Herndon was released.
  • Today in 1996, Patty Loveless’ “The Trouble With The Truth” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1998, Garth Brooks reached #1 on the Billboard country chart with a Bob Dylan song, “To Make You Feel My Love.”
  • Today in 2000, Jo Dee Messina’s album, “Burn,” and Chris LeDoux’s “Cowboy” album were released.
  • Today in 2000, Keith Urban began his stint as an online guitar teacher through the House of Blues website.
  • Today in 2001, Carolyn Dawn Johnson received a record 10 nominations at the Canadian Country Music Awards.
  • Today in 2001, Jamie O’Neal cinched her second #1 hit on “Billboard” with “When I Think About Angels.”
  • Today in 2001, Brooks and Dunn’s album, “If You See Her,” went double-platinum while their “Greatest Hits” collection was certified triple platinum.
  • Today in 2001, Alan Jackson’s “Everything I Love” album was certified triple-platinum.
  • Today in 2002, Gary Allan’s “Alright Guy” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 2003, Alan Jackson’s “Remember When” album was released.
  • Today in 2009, Billy Currington was hospitalized with a concussion after a concert stage collapsed in a thunderstorm at the Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose, Alberta. His bass player Alex Stevens was pinned for a half-hour and required surgery for a severed artery.
  • Today in 2010, Jimmy Wayne arrived at HomeBase Youth Services in Phoenix, hobbling on a broken foot as he finished a seven-month Meet Me Halfway walk for homeless teens.
  • Today in 2013, Florida Georgia Line earned their first platinum album certification for “Here’s To The Good Times.”
  • Today in 2013, Rascal Flatts co-headlined with rock band Journey at Hersheypark Stadium in Pennsylvania. They were joined on the bill by The Band Perry and Cassadee Pope.
  • Today in 2016, Florida Georgia Line’s signature alcohol, Old Camp Peach Pecan Whiskey, went on sale publicly.
  • Today in 2017, Florida Georgia Line and The Backstreet Boys shot an episode of “CMT Crossroads” at The Factory in Franklin, Tennessee. The evening included performances of “I Want It That Way,” “Cruise,” “H.O.L.Y.” and “God, Your Mama, And Me.”
  • Today in 2019, Garth Brooks’ Teammates For Kids Foundation announced a partnership with Major League Baseball. Working with players from all 30 teams, he launched the Home Plate Project – and ultimately? He raised $900-thousand to fight childhood hunger.
  • Today in 2020, Luke Combs and Nicole Hocking were married at their home in Florida.
  • Today in 2020, The Chicks’ “Gaslighter” debuted at #1 on the Billboard country albums chart.


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