This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1978, Merle Haggard married fellow country singer, Leona Williams.
  • Today in 1984, the movie, “Songwriter,” starring Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson premiered in Nashville.
  • Today in 1986, the Judds’ album, “Rockin’ with the Rhythm,” was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1986, Dolly Parton’s “Greatest Hits” collection was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1994, the “City Of New Orleans” album by Willie Nelson was certified platinum.
  • Today in 2000, Chris LeDoux got a new liver. After being diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis two months earlier, he underwent transplant surgery at the Nebraska Health System hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.
  • Today in 2002, Toby Keith made his Monday Night Football debut, but he wasn’t wearing a helmet. Toby and Ford launched the first of several truck ads featuring Toby during the game.
  • Today in 2002, Mary Chapin Carpenter was named the honorary chairwoman for the Habitat For Humanity’s Women Build Project.
  • Today in 2006, Big & Rich and Lynyrd Skynyrd perform a benefit concert at the HiFi Buys Amphitheatre in Atlanta to raise funds for a memorial to the 173rd Airborne, the division commemorated in “8th Of November.”
  • Today in 2008, Josh Turner and John Rich are in the audience when presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama debate on national TV from Nashville’s Belmont University.
  • Today in 2010, Kenny Chesney’s single, “You Save Me,” went gold.
  • Today in 2010, the Brad Paisley/Alison Krauss collaboration “Whiskey Lullaby” was certified platinum.
  • Today in 2012, Mary Chapin Carpenter was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame along with Tony Arata (“The Dance”), Larry Henley (“The Wind Beneath My Wings”) and Kim Williams (“Three Wooden Crosses”) at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel.
  • Today in 2013, Florida Georgia Line’s “Stay” video debuted on CMT.
  • Today in 2013, Justin Moore’s single, “Lettin’ The Night Roll,” was released.
  • Today in 2014, Broken Bow released Jason Aldean’s album “Old Boots, New Dirt.”
  • Today in 2014, Jason Aldean’s album, “Old Boots, New Dirt,” was released.
  • Today in 2014, Cole Swindell performed “Chillin’ It” and “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight” during his debut on the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Today in 2015, the Judds reunite for a nine-date “Girls Night Out” mini-residency at the Venetian in Las Vegas. The set list included “Give A Little Love,” “Why Not Me” and “Love Can Build A Bridge.”
  • Today in 2015, Maddie & Tae launched their first headlining tour at the Highline Ballroom in New York City. The night included performances of “Fly,” “Girl In A Country Song” and “9 To 5.”
  • Today in 2016, Naomi Judd was named Humanitarian of the Year by the Pet Philanthropy Circle during the Pet Hero Awards at Gotham Hall in New York.
  • Today in 2016, Blake Shelton received nine sales certifications from the RIAA, with gold honors for “Came Here To Forget,” “Footloose” and “Kiss My Country Ass.” Plus, his singles “Ol’ Red” and “Doin’ What She Likes” went platinum.
  • Today in 2016, it was a huge day for Luke Bryan as five singles receive certifications from the RIAA: “Roller Coaster” and “I See You” went gold and platinum; “Play It Again” hit double- and triple-platinum status; AND “Huntin’, Fishin’ And Lovin’ Every Day” and his Karen Fairchild collaboration, “Home Alone Tonight,” also went gold.
  • Today in 2017, Live from New York: Six days after a shocking concert massacre in Las Vegas, Jason Aldean opened “Saturday Night Live” with a defiant cover of the late Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down.”
  • Today in 2018, Taylor Swift made her first-ever campaign endorsement – backing Tennessee Democrat Phil Bredesen for senator. Fast forward two years later on the same day? She endorsed Joe Biden for president.
  • Today in 2019, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood join former president Jimmy Carter as Habitat For Humanity begins building 21 new homes in Nashville.
  • Today in 2020, NBC-TV’s “Saturday Night Live” canceled Morgan Wallen as the musical guest for the October 10th edition after videos surfaced showing him skirting social-distancing protocols while partying with college-age women after an Alabama football game on October 3rd. Wallen announced he is stepping away from his career for “self-work.” Still, in February 2021 another video was released… capturing Wallen screaming a racial slur. More self-work…and some charitable donations…saw Wallen re-emerge in July 2021 with an appearance on “GMA.” His music ultimately returned to the airwaves August 2021.


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