This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1968, George Jones and Tammy Wynette announced they were married, even though they didn’t actually tie the knot until the following February.
  • Today in 1980, Waylon Jennings’ “Music Man” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1983, Crystal Gayle and husband Bill Gatzimos, welcomed their first child, Catherine, into the world.
  • Today in 1987, Roy Clark became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Today in 1987, Restless Heart appears was at #1 in Billboard with “Why Does It Have To Be (Wrong Or Right).”
  • Today in 1989, Reba McEntire’s “Sweet Sixteen” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1990, Willie Nelson’s “Willie & Family Live” album was certified double platinum.
  • Today in 1994, the Mavericks’ “What A Crying Shame” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1996, “Mooney” Lynn, the husband of Opry legend Loretta Lynn, passed away.
  • Today in 1997, Mark Wills sang his hit single, “Jacob’s Ladder,” for his Grand Ole Opry debut. He was so excited about the big night that he even had new soles and heels put on his boots.
  • Today in 1998, after performing his first concert in South America, in front of a sold-out crowd of 50,000 during the Rodeo Barretos in Brazil, Garth Brooks pledged to return.
  • Today in 1998, “I’m Alright,” which was written by Phil Vassar, took Jo Dee Messina to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart.
  • Today in 2000, Neal McCoy’s album, “24-7-365,” and Bill Engvall’s “Now That’s Awesome” CD arrived in stores.
  • Today in 2001, Travis Tritt was honored with the 2001 VFW Hall of Fame Award.
  • Today in 2001, Reba McEntire was in Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame to give folks the first look at her WB sitcom, “Reba.” She was also given a plaque from the Country Music Hall of Fame in appreciation of her contributions to the entertainment industry.
  • Today in 2001, Alan Jackson’s “When Somebody Loves You” album was certified platinum.
  • Today in 2011, Jason Aldean’s “Tattoos on this Town” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2013, Easton Corbin’s single “All Over The Road” is certified gold.
  • Today in 2015, Craig Campbell surprised a military family during a concert in Milwaukee, bringing a woman and her two kids on stage as her husband–a major who’s been stationed overseas for 362 days – emerges from backstage for an emotional reunion.
  • Today in 2016, Morgan Wallen’s debut single, “The Way I Talk,” was released.
  • Today in 2016, Dan + Shay’s single, “From The Ground Up,” was certified gold. On the same day, Cole Swindell’s single, “You Should Be Here,” went platinum.
  • Today in 2016, “Kill A Word,” by Eric Church (and featuring Rhiannon Giddens) was released.
  • Today in 2016, Cole Swindell’s “You Should Be Here” was certified platinum by the RIAA.
  • Today in 2018, Luke Combs scored certifications from the RIAA for four singles: “Hurricane” went triple-platinum, “When It Rains It Pours” was double-platinum, “One Number Away” hit the platinum mark and “Beautiful Crazy” was certified gold.
  • Today in 2018, Old Dominion celebrated platinum singles from the RIAA for “No Such Thing As A Broken Heart,” “Written In The Sand” and “Song For Another Time.”
  • Today in 2020, Luke Bryan’s “Born Here Live Here Die Here” debuted at the top of the Billboard country albums chart.


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