This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1973, a day after Gram Parsons died, his body was stolen during transfer at the Los Angeles International Airport, then taken to Joshua Tree, where it was burned, in accordance with his request. Road manager Phil Kaufman is among two charged with the crime – he was ultimately fined $750.
  • Today in 1992, Charlie Daniels hosts Volunteer Jam XV at Nashville’s Starwood Amphitheater. It features Eddie Rabbitt, Paulette Carlson, Suzy Bogguss, Jo-El Sonnier, Pirates Of The Mississippi, Confederate Railroad, The Oak Ridge Boys, Little Feat, Hal Ketchum, Poco and The Desert Rose Band, among others.
  • Today in 1997, during an appearance on the Grand Ole Opry, Johnny Paycheck received an invitation from Opry general manager Bob Whittaker to join the cast.
  • Today in 2002, Toby Keith’s “Who’s Your Daddy?” video premiered on CMT.
  • Today in 2002, Lynchburg, Virginia, names a street after hometown boy Phil Vassar when he performed in the city. Lynchburg also proclaimed “Phil Vassar Day” and presented him with a key to the city.
  • Today in 2007, Carrie Underwood’s “So Small” video debuted on CMT.
  • Today in 2010, Lady Antebellum’s single “Hello World” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2011, Vince Gill and Sting shot an edition of “CMT Crossroads” at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. Included in the set list: “Liza Jane,” “Whenever You Come Around” and “Let It Be Me.”
  • Today in 2016, Tim McGraw’s single, “Humble And Kind,” went platinum.


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