This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1979, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” by the Charlie Daniels Band reached number one on the country chart.
  • Today in 1984, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s “Long, Hard Road” hit the top of the country music charts.
  • Today in 1990, Joe Diffie made his chart debut with “Home,” which went all the way to #1.
  • Today in 1991, Garth Brooks released his holiday album, “Beyond the Season.” Proceeds from the CD went to the Feed the Children charity, and raised well over $2-million for the organization.
  • Today in 1992, Sammy Kershaw’s ‘Don’t Go Near The Water” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1994, the “Love Me Like You Used To” album by Tanya Tucker was certified gold.
  • Today in 1995, Reba McEntire’s “Reba Live” album went platinum.
  • Today in 1998, Alabama’s “For The Record – 41 Number One Hits” collection was released.
  • Today in 1998, Vince Gill’s album, “I Never Knew Lonely,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 1998, the “If You See Him” album by Reba McEntire was certified gold.
  • Today in 1998, Trisha Yearwood’s album, “Where Your Road Leads,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 1998, Garth Brooks’ “Sevens” album was certified for multi-platinum sales of 6-million.
  • Today in 2000, after recently selling her farm in Leipers Fork, Tennessee, Wynonna did what most folks do when they move, she had a huge moving sale. Items sold included her Harley-Davidson motorcycle, antiques, furniture, clothes and 1948 vintage Ford pickup.
  • Today in 2000, Linda Davis and her husband, Lang Scott, welcomed their second child, Rylee Jean Scott. She joined big sister Hillary (of Lady Antebellum fame).
  • Today in 2002, Deana Carter appeared as a homeless patient on the Lifetime Television drama, “Strong Medicine.”
  • Today in 2007, Chuck Wicks performed “Stealing Cinderella” in his Grand Ole Opry debut.
  • Today in 2010, Brad Paisley and Little Jimmy Dickens sang “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” after a restored circle of historic wood was returned to the Grand Ole Opry House stage in the aftermath of the May flood.
  • Today in 2014, Easton Corbin’s “Baby Be My Love Song” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2016, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell and John Prine helped celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service with a show at the Roosevelt Arch at the north end of Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, Montana. The night includes “God Bless America” and “This Land Is Your Land.”
  • Today in 2016, Justin Moore stops a show at Joe’s Bar in Chicago during “You Look Like I Need A Drink” to order a male fan removed for throwing something at a woman.
  • Today in 2017, the Old Dominion album, “Happy Endings,” was released.
  • Today in 2017, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum opened a new exhibit, “Loretta Lynn: Blue Kentucky Girl,” in Nashville. The display includes the dress she wore on the “Fist City” album cover, her Presidential Medal of Freedom and the original manuscript for “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”
  • Today in 2018, Taylor Swift headlined at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, performing “Tim McGraw”…with surprise guests Tim McGraw & Faith Hill!


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