This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1967, Bobbie Gentry released her only hit: “Ode to Billy Joe.”
  • Today in 1972, “Baby, Don’t Get Hooked On Me,” by Mac Davis entered the Top 40 chart.
  • Today in 1989, Dolly Parton’s single, “Why’d You Come in Here Lookin’ Like That,” topped the country charts.
  • Today in 1992, “Greatest Hits Plus” album by Ricky Van Shelton was released.
  • Today in 1998, George Strait led the list of nominees for the 32nd annual CMA Awards, nabbing five nominations, including Entertainer, Album and Single of the Year. These nods made Strait the most nominated artist in the history of the competition (47 nominations).
  • Today in 2001, Brooks and Dunn’s inaugural “Neon Circus and Wild West Show” tour, featuring Toby Keith, Montgomery Gentry, Keith Urban and Cledus T. Judd, wrapped up in Pittsburgh.
  • Today in 2002, the Summer Music 2002 issue of “Entertainment Weekly” magazine featured six of country music’s “hottest men” have were tapped as exactly that. Who topped the group? None other than Brad Paisley. He was followed (in order) by Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Andy Griggs and Eric Heatherly. Tied for sixth place were Trick Pony’s Keith Burn and Ira Dean. Each profile explained why each guy was selected, what he could improve and what’s coming next in his career.
  • Today in 2002, the Associated Press reported that Brooks & Dunn’s “Neon Circus & Wild West Show” was the highest-grossing 2002 tour based on per-date revenues.
  • Today in 2005, Keith Urban’s album, “Be Here,” was certified double-platinum.
  • Today in 2008, Jamey Johnson’s album, “That Lonesome Song,” arrived in stores.
  • Today in 2010, Charley Pride was part of an 18-person investor group headed by Nolan Ryan that bought the Texas Rangers baseball team for $593 million at an auction in Fort Worth, Texas.
  • Today in 2013, Carrie Underwood’s single, “See You Again,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 2014, the “Salt Lake Tribune” reported promoters of the Country Explosion music festival filed a $15-million suit against Florida Georgia Line and its tour manager for defamation after he told other music executives their $205,000 check bounced. The festival claimed the band’s manager was given the check to settle the balance on FGL’s $450k appearance fee, but was asked to hold off on cashing it for three days, to allow for the check to clear. Promoters say he agreed, then proceeded to cash the check the next day, and it bounced, leading him to breach the oral contract. Either way, FGL filed a counter-suit the following February alleging fraud and breach of contract.
  • Today in 2015, Taylor Swift’s album “Fearless” is certified seven-times platinum by the RIAA
  • Today in 2016, Chris Young’s “I’m Comin’ Over” album went gold.
  • Today in 2016, Chris Lane’s debut album, “Girl Problems,” was released.
  • Today in 2016, Tim McGraw and Runaway June performed the first show following renovations at Tom Benson Hall Of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, as part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction events.
  • Today in 2019, Old Dominion scored a gold single certification from the RIAA for “Hotel Key” and a gold album nod for “Happy Endings.”
  • Today in 2019, Mayor David Briley declared Dolly Parton Day in the city of Nashville.
  • Today in 2019, Thomas Rhett launched a limited-edition line of swimwear, the Rhettro Collection, in tandem with fashion company Chubbies.
  • Today in 2019, Kelsea Ballerini’s single, “Miss Me More,” was certified platinum by the RIAA.
  • Today in 2021, Jake Owen’s “Best Thing Since Backroads” hit the airwaves.


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