This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1950, WSM-AM radio’s country music showcase, “Grand Ole Opry,” was telecast for the first time.
  • Today in 1977, Elvis Presley’s “Welcome To My World” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1984, the album, “His Epic – The First Eleven – To Be Continued,” by Merle Haggard was released.
  • Today in 1992, George Jones was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • Today in 1996, the album, “The Closer You Get,” by Alabama was certified quadruple platinum.
  • Today in 1997, LeAnn Rimes’ “You Light Up My Life” single was certified gold.
  • Today in 1997, Patty Loveless released her ninth album “Long Stretch of Lonesome.”
  • Today in 2002, the Chicks’ “Home” album was certified gold, platinum and double-platinum simultaneously.
  • Today in 2003, Billy Currington’s self-titled album debuted.
  • Today in 2006, George Strait lifts the Jamey Johnson-penned “Give It Away” to the top of the Billboard chart.
  • Today in 2013, The Band Perry’s Kimberly Perry got engaged to Toronto Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia at her parents’ home in Greeneville, Tennessee. The lovebirds exchanged “I do’s” the following June 19th (2014)…sadly they split in 2018.
  • Today in 2014, Warner Bros. released the Blake Shelton album, “Bringing Back The Sunshine.”
  • Today in 2015, Blake Shelton sang “Boys ‘Round Here” on the CW special “iHeart Radio Music Festival.” Lee Brice made a brief appearance on the two-hour show, with performances by Sam Smith, Puff Daddy and Fall Out Boy.
  • Today in 2016, John Prine’s album, “For Better, Or Worse,” was released. It features duets with Lee Ann Womack, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Kathy Mattea, Morgane Stapleton, Alison Krauss and Iris DeMent, among others.
  • Today in 2016, Thomas Rhett’s single, “Star Of The Show,” was released.
  • Today in 2017, Blake Shelton was presented with a key to the city as he headlined a grand-opening concert at Ole Red Tishomingo in Oklahoma. He was joined on the bill by RaeLynn, Ronnie Milsap, John Conlee and Jeannie Seely.
  • Today in 2017, Thomas Rhett’s “Life Changes” began a three-week run at #1 on the Billboard country albums chart.
  • Today in 2019, Dan + Shay performed “Speechless,” “Tequila” and “10,000 Hours” at the second wedding of Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin at Somerset Chapel in Bluffton, South Carolina. Also attending were Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Billy Baldwin and Chynna Phillips.
  • Today in 2019, Kane Brown’s “Homesick” went gold – and his song, “Good As You,” went platinum.
  • Today in 2020, “Some Girl” singer Jameson Rodgers and Sarah Allison Turner got engages at Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe, the club where they met nine years prior. The lovebirds became Mr. And Mrs. the following September.
  • Today in 2021, Justin Moore’s “With A Woman You Love” hit the airwaves. The same day? Blake Shelton’s single, “Come Back As A Country Boy,” was released.


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