This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1968, Glen Campbell’s albums, “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” and “Gentle On My Mind” were certified gold.
  • Today in 1979, the album, “Willie Nelson Sings Kristofferson,” was released.
  • Today in 1989, the Kentucky Headhunters’ album, “Pickin’ On Nashville,” was released. It was certified platinum on the same date a year later.
  • Today in 1991, Country Music Hall of Fame member, Tennessee Ernie Ford, died in Reston, Virginia at the age of 72. Ernie made his mark as a country singer from the late 1940s until the late 1970s and hosted a TV series in the ’50s and ’60s.
  • Today in 1991, the Judds announced Naomi’s retirement from country music due to chronic hepatitis.
  • Today in 1997, Reba McEntire’s “Merry Christmas To You” album was certified double platinum.
  • Today in 1997, more than 2,000 people jammed an Aurora, Colorado church for John Denver’s funeral service. The singer died October 12th in a plane crash at the age of 53.
  • Today in 1997, rapper Warren G (Warren Griffin III) filed suit against Garth Brooks accusing him of trademark infringement over the use of the lower case letter “g” that Garth had been including in his logo for a few years. Garth’s attorneys had filed a similar lawsuit in a Nashville federal court two weeks earlier. Both claims were settled amicably in March 1998. Under the terms of the settlement, Garth continued to use the encircled letter “g,” while Warren G went on to use his trademark lowercase “g” with the words “funk music” next to them.
  • Today in 1998, the Wilkinsons make their first official appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. They had made an informal appearance on the Opry once before, when they joined Vince Gill onstage before they had a record deal.
  • Today in 2000, the albums “Southern Rain” by Billy Ray Cyrus, “American III — Solitary Man” from Johnny Cash, “Lost In The Feeling” by Mark Chesnutt and “Classic Christmas” from Billy Gilman arrived in stores. The compilation project, “Believe — A Christmas Collection,” which featured Clay Walker, Neal McCoy and others was also released.
  • Today in 2002, Lee Ann Womack’s single, “I Hope You Dance,” was certified platinum.
  • Today in 2002, after a mere seven weeks on the charts, the Dixie Chicks’ “Home” album was certified triple platinum. That brought the total record sales for the band to over 24-million.
  • Today in 2006, Tim McGraw received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His honor is located right in front of the Virgin Records store.
  • Today in 2006, Vince Gill’s boxed set, “These Days,” was released. It was considered unprecedented, as it featured four discs of entirely new material.
  • Today in 2011, Keith Urban’s single, “You Gonna Fly,” was released.
  • Today in 2014, Little Big Town was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. The band performed “Bring It On Home” and “Boondocks” and roped Vince Gill into joining them on “Why Me.”
  • Today in 2015, Don Henley’s solo project, “Cass County,” debuted in the top spot on the Billboard country albums chart.
  • Today in 2015, Charlie Rich and Elvis Presley guitarist Scotty Moore joined the Memphis Music Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Cannon Center. Other inductees included Sam & Dave, Justin Timberlake and drummer Al Jackson Jr.
  • Today in 2016, Jana Kramer tallied a perfect score when she performs a tango to a Selena Gomez song on ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars.” Pitbull was a guest judge, seated on the right of regular Julianne Hough.
  • Today in 2017, Chris Young became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.


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