This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1928, the first recording session in Nashville took place at the YMCA. One of the first acts to be recorded was Warmack’s Gully Jumpers.
  • Today in 1956, RCA Records credited Elvis Presley with selling more than 10-million records in his first year with the label.
  • Today in 1968, Jeannie C. Riley went to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with “Harper Valley P.T.A.”
  • Today in 1974, Waylon Jennings’ “I’m A Ramblin’ Man” resided at #1 on the Billboard country chart.
  • Today in 1983, the “Man Of Steel” album by Hank Williams Jr. was released.
  • Today in 1984, George Strait’s album “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind” arrived in stores.
  • Today in 1991, Garth Brooks’ album, Ropin’ the Wind, became the first country music album to debut at # 1 on Billboard’s pop album chart. The project also took the top spot on the country albums chart. In fact, Brooks’ two previous albums, “No Fences” and “Garth Brooks,” held the # 2 and #5 positions on the country chart at the same time.
  • Today in 1993, the “Easy Come, Easy Go” album by George Strait, as well as Reba McEntire’s “Greatest Hits, Volume II” album were released.
  • Today in 1993, the album, “I Still Believe In You,” by Vince Gill was certified double platinum.
  • Today in 1995, the “Something Up My Sleeve” album by Suzy Bogguss was certified gold.
  • Today in 1995, Garth Brooks’ album, “The Hits,” was certified for sales of 8-million.
  • Today in 1995, Tracy Lawrence topped the country charts with the single, “If The World Had A Front Porch.”
  • Today in 1996, the Judds staged a mini reunion at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mt. View, California. They sang the heartfelt ballad, “Grandpa.”
  • Today in 1998, Alabama’s “For The Record – 41 Number One Hits” album by Alabama was certified gold and platinum simultaneously.
  • Today in 1999, Clint Black’s “D’lectrified” album, Garth Brooks’ “In…the Life Of Chris Gaines” project were released.
  • Today in 1999, Kenny Rogers’ album, “She Rides Wild Horses,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 2000, Billy Gilman’s new video, “Oklahoma,” debuted on CMT’s “Delivery Room.”
  • Today in 2001, Jamie O’Neal’s debut album, “Shiver,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 2002, Diamond Rio tidied up at #1 in Billboard with their single, “Beautiful Mess.”
  • Today in 2004, Rascal Flatts’ “Feels Like Today” album was released.
  • Today in 2009, Trace Adkins’ “All I Ask For Anymore” video debuted on CMT.
  • Today in 2010, A mass of artists performed “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” as the Grand Ole Opry House reopened following May floods. They include Brad Paisley, Josh Turner, Dierks Bentley, Martina McBride, Keith Urban, Jason Aldean and Little Jimmy Dickens.
  • Today in 2014, Dierks Bentley raised $335,000 for charity with his annual Miles & Music For Kids motorcycle ride and concert in Nashville. The lineup also features Chris Young, Kip Moore, Randy Houser and Jon Pardi.
  • Today in 2016, Kellie Pickler and her husband, songwriter Kyle Jacobs, were honored by the Defense Department with the Spirit of Hope award in Washington, D.C.
  • Today in 2018, “Rainy Night In Georgia” songwriter Tony Joe White made his Grand Ole Opry debut.
  • Today in 2019, little 10-year-old Makenna Wallace brought a sign to Eric Church’s concert at the Chase Center in San Francisco, asking for a donation for a new school playground. She got it – he pledged $10-thousand from the stage.
  • Today in 2019, songwriter/producer busbee died from a form of brain cancer. He oversaw sessions by Maren Morris, Keith Urban and Lauren Alaina, and authored such titles as Hunter Hayes’ “Storm Warning,” Lady A’s “You Look Good” and Carly Pearce’s “Every Little Thing.”
  • Today in 2019, Neal McCoy welcomed Diamond Rio for his annual East Texas Angel Network benefit concert at the Belcher Center in Longview.
  • Today in 2019, Hunter Hayes performd for soldiers at Fort Bragg near Fayetteville, North Carolina.
  • Today in 2020, the Luke Combs single, “Better Together,” hit the airwaves. On the same day, Michael Ray’s “Whiskey And Rain” was released.
  • Today in 2021, Connie Smith invited Mandy Barnett to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Today in 2021, Alan Jackson revealed on NBC’s “Today” that he had been diagnosed with a degenerative nerve disease (Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disorder) 10 years prior. The illness adversely affects his ability to tour and perform.


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