This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1975, “Rhinestone Cowboy” by Glen Campbell peaked at #1 on the pop singles chart – two weeks after it topped the country charts.
  • Today in 1980, Johnny Lee’s “Looking For Love” which was featured in the movie, “Urban Cowboy,” reached #1 on the country charts.
  • Today in 1985, Willie Nelson’s “Half Nelson” album was released.
  • Today in 1991, Mark Chesnutt hit #1 with the single, “Your Love Is A Miracle.”
  • Today in 1994, Tim McGraw’s “Not A Moment Too Soon” album was certified triple platinum.
  • Today in 2001, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) announced that they planned to present the Golden Note Award to Garth Brooks on September 11th at an invitation-only reception and dinner on Capitol Hill. The event, which was set to be attended by members of Congress, was postponed “indefinitely” following the terrorist attacks earlier that day. Garth finally received his award on March 12th this year.
  • Today in 2001, Tim McGraw was tapped for “People” magazine’s annual “Best Dressed” list.
  • Today in 2001, the Gospel Music Association has announced plans to induct Elvis Presley into its Hall of Fame on November 27th during ceremonies at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Elvis Presley may be best known as the “king of rock ‘n’ roll,” but gospel is the music he loved first and best. With the honor, Elvis, who died in 1977 at the age of 42, became the first Hall of Famer in three genres – country, rock and gospel.
  • Today in 2011, Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton notch five nominations apiece to lead the field as the finalists are announced for the 45th annual Country Music Association awards.
  • Today in 2012, Vince Gill received a star at 6901 Hollywood Boulevard on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Wife Amy Grant and longtime pal Reba McEntire delivered induction speeches.


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