This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1981, the “Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ album by Willie Nelson was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1971, “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver was certified gold.
  • Today in 1979, Mel Tillis was #1 on the country singles charts with “Coca Cola Cowboy.”
  • Today in 1979, Carlene Carter of the Nashville Carter family and Johnny Cash’s stepdaughter married rocker Nick Lowe. They have since divorced.
  • Today in 1992, Travis Tritt’s “T-r-o-u-b-l-e” album was released.
  • Today in 1992, “This Is Garth Brooks” video was certified gold, platinum and quadruple platinum simultaneously.
  • Today in 1994, “The Real Patsy Cline” video was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1995, Jeff Carson hit the top of the singles charts with “Not On Your Love.”
  • Today in 1997, Joe Diffie joined Tower Records and America Online for the first “virtual in-store.” Joe chatted and held a “virtual autograph session” during which fans received a virtual autograph via Joe’s electronic writing pad.
  • Today in 2001, the “Girls’ Night Out” tour, featuring Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, Sara Evans, Jamie O’Neal and Carolyn Dawn Johnson, wrapped up in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Today in 2003, Toby Keith’s “I Love This Bar” was released.
  • Today in 2004, Big & Rich’s debut album, “Horse Of A Different Color,” was certified platinum.
  • Today in 2006, Kenny Chesney performed at the BJCC Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. Randy Owen, lead singer of the band Alabama, attended the show–the first time he’s ever seen a concert as a ticket-holder.
  • Today in 2012, Highway 101 drummer (and husband to Wynonna) Cactus Moser was injured when his motorcycle collided with an oncoming car near Hill City, South Dakota. His left leg was amputated as a result of the collision – Wy immediately cancelled her tour to be with him.
  • Today in 2014, Blake Shelton’s single, “Neon Light,” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2015, Robert Duvall and Billy Bob Thornton made their Grand Ole Opry debuts. Thornton’s comes as a member of The Boxmasters.
  • Today in 2015, Kellie Pickler played a free concert for troops at Fort Riley near Manhattan, Kansas, presented by the USO. Her set included “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You” and “Red High Heels.”
  • Today in 2017, Hal Ketchum made his final Grand Ole Opry appearance before retiring from performing. His wife subsequently revealed he was battling dementia. He lost that valiant fight in November 2020.
  • Today in 2018, Maren Morris performed “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” as a memorial to the recently departed Aretha Franklin during a show in Las Vegas.
  • Today in 2020, On the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, which gave American women the right to vote, Lindsay Ell sings the national anthems for the Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles. The Jays win, 8-7, in 10 innings in an empty stadium in the midst of a pandemic.
  • Today in 2021, Sam Hunt plead guilty in Nashville to two counts of drunk driving in 2019. He was sentenced to 48 hours in a DUI educational center and had his license suspended for the next year.


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