This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1983, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton received a gold single for “Islands In The Stream.”
  • Today in 1984, Mickey Gilley was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • Today in 1997, Deana Carter ended up at #1 on the Billboard chart with “How Do I Get There.”
  • Today in 2002, a new episode of “CMT Crossroads” aired, pairing The Dixie Chicks and James Taylor.
  • Today in 2005, Carrie Underwood’s single, “Jesus, Take The Wheel,” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2007, Alison Kraus teamed up with Robert Plant for a “CMT Crossroads.”
  • Today in 2009, Toby Keith was named Songwriter/Artist of the Decade and “Live Like You Were Dying” author Craig Wiseman is honored as Songwriter of the Decade by the Nashville Songwriters Association International.
  • Today in 2009, Tammy Wynette was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, along with “I Hope You Dance” author Mark D. Sanders and “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool” creator Kye Fleming.
  • Today in 2011, Colt Ford announced the creation of his own brand of alcohol, Goodtime Moonshine and Goodtime Vodka.
  • Today in 2011, Miranda Lambert’s single, “White Liar,” went platinum. On the same date in 2013, she got a platinum award for the song, “Kerosene.”
  • Today in 2014, Blake Shelton’s “Bringing Back The Sunshine” debuted in the top spot on the Billboard country albums chart.
  • Today in 2014, Angaleena Presley made her Grand Ole Opry debut as a solo artist. The night’s lineup also featured Kristian Bush, Lorrie Morgan, Bill Anderson, Jean Shepard and “Nashville” actor Charles Esten.
  • Today in 2016, Justin Moore’s single, “Somebody Else Will,” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2016, the children’s picture book, “Coat Of Many Colors,” which was based on the Dolly Parton song, was published.
  • Today in 2016, Brothers Osborne sunk two out of three shots from center ice during intermission of an NHL game at the United Center in Chicago, winning $1,000 for charity. The Blackhawks defeat the Flyers, 7-4.
  • Today in 2016, Randy Travis made a surprise appearance on the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Today in 2016, Kris Kristofferson was recognized with the Woody Guthrie Prize for embodying the spirit of the late singer/songwriter.
  • Today in 2016, Blake Shelton joined Gwen Stefani to perform “Go Ahead And Break My Heart” for the final state dinner of Barack Obama’s presidency at the White House in Washington, D.C. Others in the room included Jerry Seinfeld, Mario Andretti and James Taylor.
  • Today in 2017, Lee Brice picked up five sales awards from the RIAA. The albums “I Don’t Dance” and “Love Like Crazy” were certified gold, while his single, “That Don’t Sound Like You,” went gold; the song “Drinking Class” hit platinum and “Hard To Love” went double-platinum.
  • Today in 2017, instead of accepting awards at the CMT Artists of the Year show in Nashville, singer Jason Aldean and other stars honored the victims of the mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas.
  • Today in 2018, Keith Urban visited a dying fan before a concert in Ohio, performing “Blue Ain’t Your Color” at the bedside of 25-year-old Marissa English at St. Vincent Hospital in Toledo.
  • Today in 2019, it was a “golden” day for Keith Urban and Gary Allan, who each scored gold certifications for their respective singles, “Parallel Lines” and “Her Man.”
  • Today in 2019, Brantley Gilbert’s single, “Stone Cold Sober,” was certified gold. On the same day, Dierks Bentley’s single, “Living,” went gold and Kacey Musgraves? She collected gold singles for “Rainbow” and “Biscuits.”
  • Today in 2019, Cody Jinks album, “The Wanting,” was released.
  • Today in 2019, Luke Bryan collects platinum singles from the RIAA for “Move” and “Knockin’ Boots.”


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