This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1967, Tammy Wynette scored her #1 hit when she topped the “Billboard” country singles chart with “My Elusive Dreams,” her duet with David Houston.
  • Today in 1985, the “Alabama Christmas” album by Alabama was released.
  • Today in 1986, Johnny Cash signed with Polygram Records after two decades with Columbia.
  • Today in 1988, Ricky Van Shelton’s album, “Loving Proof,” was released.
  • Today in 1991, Willie Nelson married makeup artist Ann-Marie D’Angelo. The couple, who met on the set of Nelson’s 1986 movie, “Red Headed Stranger,” has two sons.
  • Today in 1992, Tanya Tucker’s “What Do I Do With Me” album was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1994, the “War Paint” album by Lorrie Morgan was certified gold.
  • Today in 2000, Trisha Yearwood was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.
  • Today in 2002, Trace Adkins was in Washington, D.C. to perform at a political fundraiser for Louisiana Congressman Billy Tauzin – aka “the Cajun Congressman.” The event served as a kick-off for Trace’s two-day swing through the Washington DC, which also included headlining a USO event honoring former President George Herbert Walker Bush.
  • Today in 2005, the Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton single, “Islands in the Stream,” topped the list with the debut of “CMT 100 Greatest Debuts.”
  • Today in 2009, Buddy Miller won four times during the Americana Music Association Awards & Honors at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
  • Today in 2012, Tim McGraw’s “Truck Yeah” video debuts on CMT. The video featured a guest appearance by actor Garrett Hedlund.
  • Today in 2013, Justin Moore’s “Off The Beaten Path” album arrived in stores.
  • Today in 2014, Tim McGraw’s album, “Sundown Heaven Town,” was released.
  • Today in 2016, Jon Pardi scored a platinum single from the RIAA for “Head Over Boots.”
  • Today in 2016, Trisha Yearwood introduced a signature perfume and body mist, available exclusively at Walmart stores.
  • Today in 2017, Willie Nelson brought Farm Aid to Burgettstown, Pennsylvania and was joined by Jamey Johnson, Blackberry Smoke, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Neil Young and The Avett Brothers. Nelson’s set includes “Whiskey River,” “Good Hearted Woman” and “On The Road Again.”
  • Today in 2017, Old Dominion’s “Happy Endings” was at #1 on the Billboard country albums chart.
  • Today in 2017, Rhett Akins married Sonya Mansfield in Tennessee. In the wedding party? His son, Thomas Rhett, as well as songwriters Ben Hayslip and Dallas Davidson.
  • Today in 2018, Carrie Underwood revealed on “CBS Sunday Morning” that she endured three miscarriages during 2017 and 2018.
  • Today in 2019, the Florida Georgia Line single, “Talk You Out Of It,” was certified gold and platinum by the RIAA.
  • Today in 2019, Colt Ford scored a gold certification from the RIAA for his 2008 debut album, “Ride Through The Country.” The project features guest appearances by Jamey Johnson, Brantley Gilbert and John Michael Montgomery.
  • Today in 2021, Parmalee’s “Take My Name” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2021, during a performance of “Famous Friends” at the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Missouri – Kane Brown brought out Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Joining Brown on the song as well? Opening acts Chris Lane and Restless Road.


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