This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1956, Elvis’s hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi held “Elvis Presley Day.”
  • Today in 1978, Waylon Jennings’ album, “I’ve Always Been Crazy,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 1986, Exile’s single, “It’ll Be Me,” was at #1 on “Radio & Records’” country chart.
  • Today in 1989, the album, “Just Lookin’ For A Hit,” by Dwight Yoakam was released.
  • Today in 1989, Randy Travis released his album, “No Holdin’ Back.”
  • Today in 1991, Mark Chesnutt’s debut album, “Too Cold At Home,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 1994, the “Very Best Of Conway Twitty” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1995, Little Texas released the album, “Greatest Hits,” and “Music For All Occasions” by the Mavericks was also released.
  • Today in 1995, the video, “The Woman In Me,” by Shania Twain first aired.
  • Today in 1996, Alabama’s “Cheap Seats” album was certified platinum.
  • Today in 2000, Kenny Chesney’s “Greatest Hits” album arrived in stores, The albums, “Brand New Me,” by John Michael Montgomery; “The Hardest Part” from Allison Moorer; Ricochet’s “What You Leave Behind” and SHeDAISY’s “Brand New Year” were also released.
  • Today in 2001, it was revealed that Dixie Chick Martie Seidel had become Martie Maguire when she married Gareth Maguire on August 10th in a supersecret ceremony in Hawaii. They have since welcomed three daughters: fraternal twins Eva Ruth and Kathleen ‘Katie’ Emilie were born April 27, 2004. Katie was named after Gareth’s late sister, Kathleen. Third daughter Harper Rosie Maguire was born July 25, 2008.
  • Today in 2002, Terri Clark’s “I Just Wanna Be Mad” video debuted on CMT.
  • Today in 2011, Dierks Bentley’s single, “Home,” was released.
  • Today in 2014, Lee Ann Womack teamed with R&B vocalist John Legend as a new edition of “CMT Crossroads” debuted. They collaborated on his hit, “All Of Me,” and her recordings, “The Way I’m Livin’,” “I May Hate Myself In The Morning” and “I Hope You Dance.”
  • Today in 2016, Dierks Bentley welcomed a surprise guest to his show at Red Rocks Amphitheater near Denver: Maren Morris sang “My Church” with Bentley and the two were joined by opening act Randy Houser on “Bad Angel.”


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