This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1952, Hank Williams was fired from the Grand Ole Opry for unreliability due to alcoholism.
  • Today in 1984, “That’s The Thing About Love” by Don Williams topped the country charts.
  • Today in 1989, Holly Dunn was #1 with the single, “Are You Ever Gonna Love Me.”
  • Today in 1992, Alabama’s “American Pride” album was released.
  • Today in 1993, Alan Jackson’s “A Lot About Livin’” album was certified double platinum.
  • Today in 1994, Neal McCoy earned his first gold album for “No Doubt About It.”
  • Today in 1995, the album, “The Last One To Know,” by Reba McEntire was certified for sales of one million copies, bringing her total number of platinum albums to 11.
  • Today in 1998, Vince Gill’s album, “The Key,” was released.
  • Today in 1998, the Wilkinsons released their debut album, “Nothing But Love.”
  • Today in 1998, the Dixie Chicks received the first of their many chicken-feet tattoos, which adorn their feet and ankles. Each tattoo celebrates the band’s #1 hits and album sales certifications.
  • Today in 1999, John Michael Montgomery’s “Greatest Hits” album was certified platinum.
  • Today in 2000, Lonestar’s single, “What About Now,” ended Lee Ann Womack’s six-week reign she enjoyed at the top of “Radio & Records’” country chart with “I Hope You Dance.”
  • Today in 2001, Blake Shelton picked up his first #1 single in Billboard with “Austin,” which remained at the top for five weeks.
  • Today in 2005, Steve Earle and Allison Moorer were married in Nashville in his seventh wedding and her second. The couple divorced in 2014, but do have a son together.
  • Today in 2005, Billy Currington’s “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right” video debuted on CMT.
  • Today in 2006, “CMT Cross Country” debuts, demonstrating the parallels between a pair of country performers. The inaugural episode matches Josh Turner with one of his biggest influences, Randy Travis.
  • Today in 2009, Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” album was released.
  • Today in 2010, Luke Bryan and his wife, Caroline, welcomed son Tatum “Tate” Christopher Bryan.
  • Today in 2013, Kenny Chesney’s “Come Over” hit the top of the Billboard country singles chart.
  • Today in 2017, Lindsay Ell’s debut album, “The Project,” was released.
  • Today in 2017, Taylor Swift’s former bodyguard testified in a Denver courtroom that he saw a disc jockey grab her buttocks during a 2013 photo op. Later in the day, the judge dropped the radio host’s suit against Swift, though her mother and an employee were still defendants as the dee jay seeks damages for losing his job.
  • Today in 2017, Jason Aldean holds a Concert For The Kids with Luke Combs at Macon Coliseum in Georgia, raising $700,000 for the local Children’s Hospital. A section of road at the hospital was dedicated as Jason Aldean Way.
  • Today in 2018, Kenny Chesney’s “Songs For The Saints” album hit the top spot on the Billboard country albums chart.
  • Today in 2018, Dolly Parton won the inaugural Dolly Parton Excellence In Leadership Award during a ceremony at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
  • Today in 2019, when he performed at the Railbird Festival, Tyler Childers received a key to the city of Lexington, Kentucky.


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