This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1981, the 15th annual CMA Awards were held. In a history-making move, Barbara Mandrell won Female Vocalist honors as well as Entertainer of the Year for the second year in a row (she was the first artists to do so); George Jones won Male Vocalist and the Horizon Award went to Teri Gibbs. The Single of the Year was “He Stopped Loving Her Today” by George Jones.
  • Today in 1985, Marie Osmond and Dan Seals enjoyed having a #1 single with “Meet Me In Montana.”
  • Today in 1987, the 21st annual CMA Awards were held. Hank Williams Jr. was named Entertainer of the Year; Randy Travis and Reba McEntire were the Male and Female Vocalists, and the Horizon Award went to Holly Dunn. The Single of the Year was “Forever and Ever, Amen” by Randy Travis.
  • Today in 1991, Sammy Kershaw made his chart debut with “Cadillac Style.”
  • Today in 1991, Ricky Van Shelton’s drove to #1 with his single, “Keep It Between The Lines.”
  • Today in 1993, the “Cheap Seats” album by Alabama and the “Honky Tonk Christmas” album by Alan Jackson were released.
  • Today in 1993, Suzy Bogguss’ “Voices In The Wind” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1993, the “Common Thread: The Songs Of The Eagles,” which had with some of the royalties benefitting the Walden Woods Project, arrived in stores. Among the artists contributing: Clint Black, Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill and Trisha Yearwood
  • Today in 1996, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and other performed in front of 45-thousand fans at Farm Aid ’96 in Columbia, South Carolina.
  • Today in 1996, the truth was that Trisha Yearwood was at #1 in Billboard with “Believe Me Baby (I Lied).”
  • Today in 1997, singer/songwriter/actor John Denver was killed when the experimental plane he was piloting crashed into the Monterey Bay. He was 53.
  • Today in 2010, The Band Perry’s self-titled debut album was released.
  • Today in 2012, Thomas Rhett married his lovely wife, Lauren Gregory.
  • Today in 2013, the ribbon cutting was held for the $4-million Taylor Swift Education Center at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.
  • Today in 2015, Scotty McCreery joined North Carolina governor Pat McCrory in Garner for the official announcement that online driver renewal was being made available statewide.
  • Today in 2016, Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt and B.B. King were inducted in the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame during an event at Austin City Limits Live.
  • Today in 2016, Blake Shelton made his first visit to Disneyland in Anaheim, California, joining Gwen Stefani and her three children.
  • Today in 2016, Elvis Presley ranked #4 as Forbes listed the top-earning dead celebrities after earning $27-million in a year. Also in the Top 13: Michael Jackson, was #1 ($825-million) and John Lennon was #8 with $12-million.
  • Today in 2018, while Lindsay Ell was writing a song in Los Angeles, her parked rental car was broken into – and the thieves stole her laptop, her wallet and $5,000 worth of gear.
  • Today in 2018, Kane Brown and Katelyn Jae were married at Mint Springs Farm in Tennessee. Since that happy day? The couple welcomed their first daughter in October 2019 – and their second daughter in December 2021.
  • Today in 2018, Chris Lane’s single, “Take Back Home Girl,” which features Tori Kelly, was certified platinum.
  • Today in 2018, Justin Moore’s single, “The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home,” was released.
  • Today in 2019, Marshmello & Kane Brown hit the top of the Billboard country singles chart with “One Thing Right.”
  • Today in 2019, Whiskey Myers’ self-titled album debuted at #1 on the Billboard country albums chart
  • Today in 2019, NBC taped “Dolly Parton: 50 Years At The Opry” at the Grand Ole Opry. Lady A performed “Islands In The Stream,” and Toby Keith sang “Kentucky Gambler.” Also honoring Parton? Chris Janson, Dierks Bentley, Emmylou Harris, Margo Price and Hank Williams Jr.
  • Today in 2019, Trace Adkins married Victoria Pratt in New Orleans with Blake Shelton as the officiant.
  • Today in 2020, Parmalee drummer Scott Thomas married Lexia Chamryk at A Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas.
  • Today in 2020, Luke Bryan’s “Down To One” hit the airwaves.


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