This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1955, Elvis Presley topped the country charts with his most successful release on Sun Records, “I Forgot To Remember To Forget.” Here’s a fun fact for you – Elvis made five singles for Sun records, each of them combining a blues song on one side with a country song on the other, but both sung in the same vein.
  • Today in 1979, Waylon Jennings’ “Greatest Hits” album was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1987, the albums “Merry Christmas To You” and “The Last One To Know” by Reba McEntire were released.
  • Today in 1990, Dolly Parton’s “Home For Christmas” album was released.
  • Today in 1994, Martina McBride’s “The Way That I Am” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 2000, Martina McBride joined Amy Grant, Donna Summer and other women by contributing songs to “The Mercy Project,” an album benefiting homes for troubled young women. Martina recorded a song for the project called, “You’ll Get Through This.” All proceeds from the album’s sales go to Mercy Ministries of America, a 17-year-old organization that offers free counseling, social services, and education to women with unplanned pregnancies, addictions, and eating disorders.
  • Today in 2005, Brad Paisley and Lee Ann Womack picked up six nominations apiece to lead the pack of nominees in the Country Music Association awards.
  • Today in 2006, the video for Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats” debuted on CMT.
  • Today in 2010, Rascal Flatts’ Joe Don Rooney and wife Tiffany Fallon have their daughter, Raquel Blue Rooney, in Nashville.
  • Today in 2011, Jason Aldean picked up a double-platinum single for “Dirt Road Anthem” as well as a double-platinum album for “My Kinda Party.”
  • Today in 2014, Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood and his wife, Kelli Haywood, welcomed their first son, Cash Van Haywood.
  • Today in 2015, the Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit “Ronnie Milsap: A Legend In My Time” closed. The display included three CMA awards from 1977, stagewear and a gold album for “It Was Almost Like A Song” with a plaque that uses Braille.
  • Today in 2017, Carrie Underwood returned to NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” for a fifth season, delivering the theme song, “Oh, Sunday Night,” prior to an opening-week game between the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots. Maren Morris sang the national anthem prior to the game at Arrowhead Stadium.
  • Today in 2017, Carrie Underwood and Sam Hunt raised over $630,000 for an orphanage in Honduras with a concert for 200 people at The Fontanel in Whites Creek, Tennessee.


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