This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1975, Willie Nelson picked up his first #1 single as an artist on the Billboard country chart with “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain.”
  • Today in 1995, Alison Krauss went home four with trophies from the 29th annual Country Music Association awards, aired on CBS from Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House: Female Vocalist of the Year; the Horizon Award; Vocal Event; and Single, for “When You Say Nothing At All.”
  • Today in 2000, Toby Keith’s “You Shouldn’t Kiss Me Like This” video debuted on CMT.
  • Today in 2002, the Dixie Chicks took home four honors in the 34th annual Country Music Association awards at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House, including Entertainer of the Year; Vocal Group; Album, for “Fly”; and Music Video, for “Goodbye Earl.”
  • Today in 2001, the Country Music Hall of Fame inducts 12 new members: The Everly Brothers, Sam Phillips, Bill Anderson, The Louvins, The Jordanaires, The Delmore Brothers, Webb Pierce, Don Law, Ken Nelson, Don Gibson, Waylon Jennings and Homer & Jethro.
  • Today in 2002, Shania Twain’s “I’m Gonna Getcha Good!” video debuted on CMT’s “Most Wanted Live.”
  • Today in 2008, Dierks and Cassidy Bentley welcomed their daughter, Evalyn Day Bentley, at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville.
  • Today in 2011, Scotty McCreery’s debut studio album, “Clear As Day,” was released.
  • Today in 2012, Vince Gill and Amy Grant played a benefit at New York’s Radio City Music Hall for the Children’s Health Fund with Paul Simon, James Taylor, Stevie Wonder and Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers.
  • Today in 2013, Billy Currington’s “We Are Tonight” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2014, Lady A surprised a newlywed fan in Perry, Georgia, performing “I Run To You” a cappella to her in a restaurant and inviting her to that night’s concert at the Georgia National Fair.”
  • Today in 2014, Tim McGraw debuted at #1 on the Billboard country albums chart with “Sundown Heaven Town.”
  • Today in 2016, Thomas Rhett raised $250-thousand for orphans with a benefit concert at The Old School in Nashville, joined by Dierks Bentley, Walker Hayes, Russell Dickerson, songwriter Shane McAnally and surprise guests Florida Georgia Line.
  • Today in 2016, “River Rose And The Magic Lullaby,” a children’s book written by Kelly Clarkson with Laura Hughes, was published.
  • Today in 2016, Vince Gill performed “Go Rest High On That Mountain” and “You’ve Got A Friend” during the funeral for professional golfer Arnold Palmer at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Mourners included fellow golf pros Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino and Phil Mickelson.
  • Today in 2016, Kelsea Ballerini scored her first gold album with her ironically titled debut album, “The First Time.”
  • Today in 2016, Elle King made her Grand Ole Opry debut. She was joined by Dierks Bentley for performances of “Different For Girls” and “Jackson.”
  • Today in 2016, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill played a show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville that was promoted as “Sam & Audrey.” The set list included “It’s Your Love,” “Mississippi Girl,” “This Kiss,” “Angry All The Time” and “Humble And Kind,” the latter in front of the woman who wrote it, Lori McKenna.
  • Today in 2018, Anita Cochran fell on a rainy sidewalk in New York, cracking two ribs. Ever the trooper, she still performed on ABC’s “Good Morning, America” the next morning! The song? Her amazing (and aptly titled) hit, “Fight Like A Girl.”
  • Today in 2018, Carrie Underwood and her hubby, Mike Fisher, hosted a benefit for Danita’s Children in Franklin, Tennessee. Brad Paisley performed during the event, which raised $600-thousand for Haitian youth.
  • Today in 2018, Runaway June’s Hannah Mulholland marries drummer Ian Jay in California – they eloped!
  • Today in 2019, Brantley Gilbert performed a USO concert for enlisted men and women at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.
  • Today in 2019, “10,000 Hours,” by Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber was released.
  • Today in 2019, Brantley Gilbert’s “Fire & Brimstone” album was released.
  • Today in 2019, LANCO’s single, “Born To Love You,” was certified gold. On the same day, Blanco Brown’s single, “The Git Up,” went platinum.
  • Today in 2019, Donny & Marie Osmond were inducted in the Las Vegas Walk of Stars.
  • Today in 2020, the Mavericks’ trumpet player, Lorenzo Molina Ruiz, and his friend Orlando Morales were assaulted at a Franklin, Tennessee sports bar, when they were overheard speaking in Spanish.
  • Today in 2021, the Thomas Rhett single, “Slow Down Summer,” was released.


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