This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1952, Kitty Wells became the first woman to reach #1 on the Billboard country chart with “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels.”
  • Today in 1969, Johnny Cash climbed to #1 on the Billboard country chart with “A Boy Named Sue.”
  • Today in 1975, Glen Campbell’s “Rhinestone Cowboy” rides to #1 on the Billboard country chart.
  • Today in 1977, Linda Ronstadt’s “Simple Dreams” album was released.
  • Today in 1980, Eddie Rabbitt parked himself at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with “Drivin’ My Life Away.”
  • Today in 2003, Trace Adkins joined the Grand Ole Opry, officially inducted by Ronnie Milsap and Lorrie Morgan. On his big night, he performed “Chrome,” “Hot Mama” and “Then They Do.”
  • Today in 2004, the Pocahontas Village Board in Illinois voted to rename the town’s Pocahontas Community Park as Gretchen Wilson Park.
  • Today in 2011, Pistol Annies’ debut album, “Hell On Heels,” was released.
  • Today in 2012, Ronnie Dunn raises more than $313,000 for the West Texas Rehabilitation Center during an annual benefit at the Abilene Civic Center.
  • Today in 2014, Martina McBride and Michelle Branch joined Billy Ray Cyrus, Dave Stewart and Mary Lambert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles for a concert observing the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ iconic appearance at the venue.
  • Today in 2015, Justin Moore was certified as an Arkansas Traveler by governor Asa Hutchinson during a concert at the Bank of the Ozarks Arena in Hot Springs.
  • Today in 2016, Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro christened the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Families Center.
  • Today in 2016, EA Sports released the “Madden NFL 17” video game. Featured music includes Jason Aldean’s “Lights Come On,” plus country tracks by Blake Shelton, High Valley and Brantley Gilbert.
  • Today in 2017, Lee Brice announced his partnership with American Born Whiskey.
  • Today in 2017, Little Big Town’s single, “Better Man,” was certified gold and platinum. The same day, Justin Moore received a gold album from the RIAA for “Off The Beaten Path” and platinum awards for “Justin Moore” and “Outlaws Like Me.”
  • Today in 2017, Luke Bryan’s “Light It Up” hit the airwaves.


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