This day in Country Music History

  • Today In 1956, Elvis Presley buys his mother a pink Cadillac while in Los Angeles to record.
  • Today In 1974, John Denver closed a one-week stand at Los Angeles’ Universal Amphitheatre, where he recorded the live album “An Evening With John Denver.” It included “Thank God I’m A Country Boy.”
  • Today In 1992, Vince Gill releases his “I Still Believe in You” album.
  • Today In 1998, Richie McDonald, of Lonestar, and wife Lorie welcome daughter Mollie Ann.
  • Today In 1998, Alan Jackson’s “High Mileage” album is released.
  • Today In 1999, Chad Brock marries Marleda Upton, the woman who inspired his hit “Yes!” Unfortunately, they later said “No!” The couple has divorced.
  • Today In 2000, The Dixie Chicks’ Wide Open Spaces receives a diamond certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (R-I-A-A) for selling more than 10-million copies.
  • Today In 2001, The Broadway revival of “Annie Get Your Gun” closes with Crystal Bernard (“Wings”) in the title role. She took over when Reba McEntire left the production just two months earlier, but ticket sales slumped after Reba departed.
  • Today In 2003, Jimmy Wayne and Buddy Jewell perform on Jerry Lewis’ annual Muscular Dystrophy Telethon.
  • Today in 2004, Sara Evans performed “Born To Fly” on the third night of the Republican National Convention at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Brooks & Dunn sing “Only In America” after a speech by incumbent vice president Dick Cheney.
  • Today in 2005, Little Big Town’s “Boondocks” video debuted on CMT.
  • Today in 2006, Taylor Swift performed “Tim McGraw” in her first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Today in 2010, Miranda Lambert wound up with a total of nine Country Music Association Awards nominations – the most ever for a female artist – as the CMA wrapped two days of finalist announcements for its 44th annual awards.
  • Today in 2012, Blake Shelton’s “Over” was at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart.
  • Today in 2013, during ABC’s “MDA Show Of Strength Telethon” special, Luke Bryan performed “Country Man,” Darius Rucker sang “Radio” and Lee Ann Womack offered up a rendition of “I Hope You Dance.” The event also featured Carole King, Kenny Loggins and Blue Sky Riders.
  • Today in 2015, Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires welcomed their daughter, Mercy Rose Isbell.
  • Today in 2015, Don Henley was at Austin City Limits Live in Texas to record an edition of PBS’ “Austin City Limits.” He was joined by Jamey Johnson, Martina McBride, Ashley Monroe and Trisha Yearwood, as well as Chicks Martie Maguire and Emily Robison Strayer.
  • Today in 2016, Angel, an 18-year-old cancer patient in Alabama, received an encouraging phone call from her favorite country act, Florida Georgia Line.
  • Today in 2017, Luke Bryan played “Light It Up” live for the first time as a guest on “The Bobby Bones Show.”
  • Today in 2018, Cole Swindell had Billboard’s #1 country album with “All Of It.”
  • Today in 2018, Big & Rich’s “Comin’ To Your City” returned as the theme song for ESPN’s “College GameDay.” Luke Bryan appeared in the season’s opening week as guest picker…and rightly so! He successfully predicted nine winners in 12 key games.
  • Today in 2020, Miranda Lambert was the top nominee with seven nod for the 54th annual CMA Awards. She competed for Entertainer and Female Vocalist of the Year; with “Bluebird” for Single, Song and Music Video. Her “Wildcard” Album was also nominated, as was the multi-artist cover of “Fooled Around And Fell In Love” – for Musical Event.
  • Today in 2020, Elvie Shane’s debut single, “My Boy,” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2021, the “Nelly & Friends” episode of “CMT Crossroads” premiered with guests Florida Georgia Line, Kane Brown, Blanco Brown and BRELAND.
  • Today in 2021, Honeysuckle Hill Farm in Springfield, Tennessee, revealed its annual corn maze had been made in the likeness of Loretta Lynn.


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