This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1976, the “Spirit” album by John Denver was certified gold.
  • Today in 1977, the day after Elvis Presley’s death, President Jimmy Carter issued the following statement, “Elvis Presley’s death deprives our country of a part of itself. He was unique and irreplaceable. More than twenty years ago, he burst upon the scene with an impact that was unprecedented and will probably never be equaled. His music and his personality, fusing the styles of white country and black rhythm and blues, permanently changed the face of American popular culture. His following was immense and he was a symbol to people the world over, of the vitality, rebelliousness and good humor of his country.”
  • Today in 1992, Brooks & Dunn’s “Brand New Man” album was certified platinum. It has since been certified for sales of 5-million.
  • Today in 1993, a U.S. postal stamp honoring the late Patsy Cline was unveiled in Boston.
  • Today in 1994, Vince Gill’s “When Love Finds You” album was certified gold and platinum simultaneously.
  • Today in 1994, David Ball’s debut album, “Thinkin’ Problem,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 2000, Lee Ann Womack made her second, appearance on NBC-TV’s “Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” She had just made her debut on the show June 6th, 2000.
  • Today in 2001, Tim McGraw performed on NBC’s “Today” show as part of their “Summer Concert Series” and drew nearly 4,000 fans into Rockefeller Plaza. According to “Today” show sources, this is among the largest crowds they have ever seen as part of their live concert performances. He entertained the masses with three songs – “Angel Boy,” “Things Change” and “Grown Men Don’t Cry” – from his album, “Set This Circus Down.”
  • Today in 2003, LeAnn Rimes sang the national anthem before the NASCAR Winston Cup Series GFSMarketplace 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
  • Today in 2003, it was announced that the Dixie Chicks were the top grossing country tour of the year just as they wrapped up the North American leg of their hugely successful “Top of the World Tour.” In three months, the Chicks played to over 1-million people and pulled in $61-million in ticket sales. The “Top of the World Tour” kicked off on May 1st in Greenville, South Carolina and continued for a total of 63 performances, with an average attendance of 15,753 grossing roughly $976,000 paid attendance for each show. On top of that, 57 of the dates were complete sellouts.
  • Today in 2006, Jason Aldean’s “Amarillo Sky” video had its world premiere on CMT.
  • Today in 2009, Brad Paisley’s “Welcome To The Future” video debuted on CMT.
  • Today in 2012, Florida Georgia Line performed “Cruise” in their Grand Ole Opry debut.
  • Today in 2012, the “Teachers Rock” special aired on CBS-TV. Among the performances, Garth Brooks’ live rendition of “The River,” as well as music by Dierks Bentley, Carrie Underwood, Morgan Freeman and the pop group fun.
  • Today in 2017, Willie Nelson’s concert at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles included a surprise guest: Kris Kristofferson and opening act Kacey Musgraves. They joined Willie for a gospel medley of “Will The Circle Be Unbroken,” “I’ll Fly Away” and “I Saw The Light.”
  • Today in 2017, Keith Urban’s single, “The Fighter,” which features Carrie Underwood, was certified gold and platinum by the RIAA. The same day, Eric Church scored a double-platinum single from the RIAA for “Drink In My Hand,” as well as a platinum award for “Record Year.” He also nabbed gold singles for “Mr. Misunderstood” and his Rhiannon Giddens collabo, “Kill A Word.”


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