This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1977,three people were arrested by police in Memphis, Tennessee charged with attempting to steal the body of Elvis Presley, who had been buried at the local Forest Hill cemetery a week and a half earlier. As a result of the incident, Elvis’ dad, Vernon, arranged to have the bodies of both his son and wife Gladys moved and re-buried side-by-side on the grounds of the Graceland mansion.
  • Today in 1979,“The Oak Ridge Boys Have Arrived” album was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1981,Ronnie Milsap topped the country singles chart with “(There’s) No Gettin’ Over Me.”
  • Today in 1989,Randy Travis’ album, “An Old Time Christmas,” was released.
  • Today in 1989,Kenny Rogers’ “Christmas In America” album was released.
  • Today in 1995,Faith Hill’s “It Matters To Me” album was released.
  • Today in 2000,“Pollstar” announced that Faith Hill and Tim McGraw’s “Soul 2 Soul” tour was the largest grossing country tour of the summer.
  • Today in 2000,the “Strong Heart” album by Patty Loveless arrived in stores.
  • Today in 2002,Alan Jackson was nominated for a record 10 CMA awards, including Entertainer of the Year. In fact, his 10 nominations beat the previous record of 9, which was set by Merle Haggard in 1970.
  • Today in 2005, Alabama, Glen Campbell and DeFord Bailey were revealed as the latest inductees in the Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • Today in 2011, Luke Bryan’s single, “I Don’t Want This Night To End,” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2017, Following his performance of “Lonely Eyes,” Chris Young was invited by Vince Gill to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Young says yes and closes the Opry edition with a performance of “Sober Saturday Night.”
  • Today in 2017, Miranda Lambert arrives in Houston with her MuttNation charity to rescue animals in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. They save more than 100 in the ensuing days.


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