This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1972Elvis Presley’s “Burnin’ Love” debuted on the charts. It was “the King’s” final top 10 hit, and his final gold single. In 1992, Travis Tritt recorded “Burnin’ Love” for the “Honeymoon In Vegas” film soundtrack.
  • Today in 1978, Crystal Gayle topped the charts with the single, “Talking in Your Sleep.”
  • Today in 1986, John Schneider’s single, “You’re the Last Thing I Needed Tonight,” topped the country charts.
  • Today in 1994the Tractors debuted on the country charts with “Baby Likes to Rock It.”
  • Today in 1997, Lonestar’s Dean Sams and his wife, Kim, welcomed their first child, daughter Britney Deann.
  • Today in 1998, Vince Gill’s album, “The Key,” debuted at the top of the country album chart.
  • Today in 1999, Dwight Yoakam earns a double-platinum album, with “Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc.”
  • Today in 2003, two members of Kenny Chesney’s video crew and a helicopter pilot escaped serious injury when the helicopter crashed while shooting footage for the video to “There Goes My Life.”
  • Today in 2003, Dierks Bentley’s self-titled debut album was released.
  • Today in 2014Sam Hunt made his Grand Ole Opry debut with a performance of “Leave The Night On” and “Take Your Time.”
  • Today in 2015, the Salt Life beach apparel company announced a partnership with Jake Owen that includes the introduction of the singer’s own fashion line – the proceeds of which benefit his charity, which is focused on helping sick and needy children.
  • Today in 2016, the Dolly Parton album, “Pure & Simple,” was released. The same day, Drake White’s second album, “Spark,” also hit shelves and streaming platforms.
  • Today in 2018, three days after Aretha Franklin’s death, Eric Church pays respect by covering “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” to launch his concert in Calgary, Alberta.
  • Today in 2019, Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and wife Hayley welcome their son, Luca Reed Hubbard, in Nashville.
  • Today in 2019, Chris Lane and his then-fiancée, Lauren Bushnell, announced that they’d purchased a house and adopted a puppy. The lovebirds got married the following October. They’ve since welcomed a son – and they’re expecting their second child in late October 2022.
  • Today in 2020, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge reopened in Nashville as a full-service restaurant, a move that made it easier to operate under city guidelines that limit barroom activities to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The iconic venue was, in another era, a regular hangout for Willie Nelson, Roger Miller and Marty Robbins
  • Today in 2021, Keith Urban’s “Wild Hearts” single hit the airwaves. On the same day, Kane Brown’s “One Mississippi” was released.


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