This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1946, Grandpa Jones wed Ramona Riggins.
  • Today in 1957, Elvis Presley’s single, “Jailhouse Rock,” was released.
  • Today in 1967, Tammy Wynette had her first solo #1 country hit with “I Don’t Wanna Play House.”
  • Today in 1969, the “Galveston” single by Glen Campbell was certified gold.
  • Today in 1977, Elvis Presley’s “In Concert” album was certified gold and platinum simultaneously.
  • Today in 1985, the “Greatest Hits – Volume 2” collection by Hank Williams Jr. was released.
  • Today in 1985, bluegrass legends Flatt and Scruggs were elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • Today in 1985, Ricky Skaggs was named the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year in 1985. The Judds won first of three straight CMA Vocal Duo of the Year Awards.
  • Today in 1985, Lee Greenwood’s single, “God Bless the USA” was the Country Music Association’s Song of the Year.
  • Today in 1989, Roy Orbison’s name was added to the West Texas Walk of Fame.
  • Today in 1992, John Denver launched a concert tour of China. It was the most extensive tour by a Western artist ever approved by the Beijing government.
  • Today in 1997, federal aviation officials said John Denver didn’t have a valid pilot’s license when his plane crashed off the California coast two days earlier. The National Transportation Safety Board said Denver’s license had been revoked in 1996 and he was told he couldn’t get it back until he provided medical certification that he didn’t have a drinking problem. (Denver had been arrested twice on drunk driving charges in Colorado.)
  • Today in 1998, Mark Wills’ album, “Wish You Were Here,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 1999, Vince Gill was inducted into Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. That weekend he also admitted publicly, for the first time, that he and Amy Grant were a couple. The lovebirds have since married and had a child together, Corrina.
  • Today in 1999, Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood were among the famous folks on hand at New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden for a tribute concert honoring Carole King.
  • Today in 2000, the Grand Ole Opry’s 75th birthday celebration included a red carpet walk of stars, special weekend performances and the cutting of a large birthday cake.
  • Today in 2000, Bryan White and wife, Erika Page, were married.
  • Today in 2002, Cyndi Thomson publicly pulled the plug on her recording career by writing an open letter to her fans via Nashville’s “Tennessean” newspaper. The move was a stunner considering the chart-topping success of her debut single, “What I Really Meant To Say,” and the gold certification of her debut album, “My World.” She added that she’d rather continue songwriting than worry about the difficulties of maintaining a performance schedule. In October 2009, Thomson released “This Time,” her first new music album in eight years.
  • Today in 2003, Josh Turner’s debut album, “Long Black Train,” arrived in stores.
  • Today in 2006, Josh Turner stormed to the top of the Billboard country chart with “Would You Go With Me.”
  • Today in 2011, the Zac Brown Band’s “Keep Me In Mind” video debuted on CMT.
  • Today in 2014, Florida Georgia Line’s album, “Anything Goes,” arrived in stores.
  • Today in 2016, Kris Kristofferson and Shelby Lynne performed “Me And Bobby McGee” in honor of Monument founder Fred Foster as PBS telecasts a “Great Performances” salute to GRAMMY legends. Martina McBride and J.D. Souther delivered “Blue Bayou” to recognize Linda Ronstadt.
  • Today in 2017, Chris Stapleton’s concert at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena includesd a surprise guest: actor Chris Pratt, who joined Stapleton on “Tennessee Whiskey.”
  • Today in 2017, the Zac Brown Band generates $1.7-million for Camp Southern Ground with a benefit concert at the Southern Ground Amphitheater in Fayetteville, Georgia.
  • Today in 2017, Kacey Musgraves married singer/songwriter Ruston Kelly in Tennessee. Fast forward to July 2020 and the couple released a joint statement confirming (after months of rumors) that they were going their separate ways.
  • Today in 2019, the Osmonds give their final public performance on CBS’ “The Talk” to celebrate the 60th birthday of their sister, then-co-host Marie Osmond.
  • Today in 2019, Dwight Yoakam and Larry Gatlin joined the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame during an event at the Music City Center. The 2019 class also includedcomposers Rivers Rutherford, Marcus Hummon, Sharon Vaughn and Kostas.
  • Today in 2019, Lauren Alaina did a samba to “Under The Sea,” from the movie “The Little Mermaid,” during a Disney-themed edition of ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars.”
  • Today in 2019, Kane Brown postponed his October 18th concert at Los Angeles’ Staples Center following the death of his drummer in an auto accident.
  • Today in 2021, Miranda Lambert’s single, “If I Was A Cowboy” was released.


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