This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1952, Hank and Billie Jean Williams repeated their wedding vows onstage in New Orleans.
  • Today in 1963, Buck Owens attained the #1 spot on the Billboard country singles chart with “Love’s Gonna Live Here.”
  • Today in 1972, the album, “The Best Of Charley Pride, Vol. 2,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 1984, Willie Nelson’s “Stardust” album was certified triple platinum.
  • Today in 1985, Reba McEntire sang the national anthem prior to the first game of the World Series at Royal Stadium in Kansas City. The Cardinals beat the Royals, 3-1
  • Today in 1991, Country Music Hall of Fame member and Grand Ole Opry announcer Grant Turner died six hours after being on the Opry stage.
  • Today in 1993, Patty Loveless’ album, “Only What I Feel,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 1995, George Jones & Tammy Wynette performed the only full-fledged Nashville concert of their career, uniting on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry House.
  • Today in 1997, on stage at the Grand Ole Opry, Vince Gill honored his late friend and influence, John Denver. Vince played “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” and invited the audience to sing along.
  • Today in 1999, Keith Urban’s self-titled debut album as a solo artist arrived in stores.
  • Today in 2002, Keith Urban began a six-week stay at #1 on the Billboard country chart with “Somebody Like You.”
  • Today in 2006, Keith Urban checked into the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California, to cope with a recurrence of substance abuse. In a statement, he offered, “One can never let one’s guard down on recovery, and I’m afraid I have”
  • Today in 2011, Scotty McCreery performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” before game 1 of the World Series at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The Cardinals win the opener, 3-2, against the Texas Rangers, partially owned by Charley Pride.
  • Today in 2013, Jason Aldean headlined the historic Hollywood Bowl for the first time. Filling out the bill were Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett.
  • Today in 2015, Blake Shelton sued “In Touch Weekly” for more than $1-million, saying a cover story that claimed he had gone to rehab defamed him. Overcoming a number of legal hurdles – including the need to prove that the headlines weren’t protected free speech – Shelton settled with the mag in April 2017.
  • Today in 2017, Big & Rich, Cam and surprise guests Rascal Flatts played a benefit concert for Route 91 Music Festival shooting victims at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
  • Today in 2017, Dierks Bentley lead a tribute concert to the late Ralph Stanley at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. Also on the bill are Darryl Worley, Heidi Newfield, Nathan Stanley, Ralph Stanley II, T. Graham Brown, T Bone Burnett and Doug Supernaw.
  • Today in 2017, Darius Rucker made his first appearance at the historic Apollo Theater in New York.
  • Today in 2018, Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit’s “Live From The Ryman” album was released.
  • Today in 2019, Dan + Shay took Justin Bieber along for the ride as the trio’s “10,000 Hours” was at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart.
  • Today in 2019, Brantley Gilbert’s “Fire & Brimstone” album debuted in the top position on the Billboard country albums chart.
  • Today in 2019, a Mississippi Country Music Trail marker for Steve Azar was unveiled in Greenville.
  • Today in 2020. Jeff Bridges revealed he’d been diagnosed with lymphoma and was beginning recovery. The actor had a Top 10 country album with a self-titled project in 2011.
  • Today in 2020, Eric Church’s single, “Hell Of A View,” was released.


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