This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1981, Juice Newton’s single, “Queen of Hearts,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 1989, Randy Travis crossed a Las Vegas Musicians Union picket line to begin a three-night series of shows at Bally’s.
  • Today in 1983, the single, “I’m Only In It For The Love,” by John Conlee topped the charts.
  • Today in 1991, Garth Brooks’ album, “Ropin’ The Wind,” was released. The first country album to enter “Billboard’s” Top 200 and Top Country Albums chart at #1, it was then the second biggest selling country CD of all time.
  • Today in 2001, The “Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon” began. Country guests included Reba McEntire, Billy Gilman, Alan Jackson, Dwight Yoakam, Tammy Cochran, Mickey Gilley, Sara Evans, The Clark Family Experience and The Oak Ridge Boys.
  • Today in 2009, Jason Aldean’s “Big Green Tractor” went gold.
  • Today in 2019, Maddie & Tae member Tae Dye got engaged to “Love Me Like You Mean It” songwriter Josh Kerr in Nashville. The got hitched the following February.
  • Today in 2010, Brooks & Dunn played the final concert of the “Last Rodeo” farewell tour at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena with proceeds earmarked for the Country Music Hall of Fame. Reba McEntire guested on “Cowgirls Don’t Cry” and their last song was “Brand New Man.”
  • Today in 2011, Miranda Lambert’s single, “Only Prettier,” went gold.
  • Today in 2011, Alabama raised more than $169,000 for tornado relief with a benefit concert at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater in Alabama.
  • Today in 2014, Lee Brice’s single, “I Don’t Dance,” was certified platinum.
  • Today in 2014, Miranda Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation announced plans to open a no-kill animal shelter in Tishomingo, Oklahoma.
  • Today in 2015, TLC airs the one-hour reality special, “Big Kenny & Family.” John Rich makes a brief appearance and Big Kenny sings “Last Dollar (Fly Away)” as the program showed the difficulty of maintaining a home life with a job that keeps an artist on the road so often. “My dad,” said one of Big Kenny’s sons, “is a child, basically.”
  • Today in 2016, Trace Adkins raised $10,000 for the family of late police officer Kenny Moats in a benefit at Back Porch On The Creek in Knoxville, Tennessee.
  • Today in 2017, Sam Hunt correctly predicted eight of nine winners as the guest picker on ESPN’s football show “College GameDay.”
  • Today in 2017, Taylor Swift served as a bridesmaid as her friend, Abigail Anderson, married Matt Lucier at Old Whaling Church in Edgartown, Massachusetts.
  • Today in 2019, Dierks Bentley received a ticket in Buena Vista, Colorado, for fishing without a license after posting a photo on social media of a trout he caught in Cottonwood Creek. He paid the fine of $139.50.
  • Today in 2020, Thomas Rhett presented the Recording Academy’s MusiCares wing $100,000 for its COVID-19 Relief Fund. The gift came in addition to Rhett granting all proceeds from “Be A Light” to the charity.


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