This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1975, John Denver’s “Rocky Mountain Christmas” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1980, the albums, “The Best Of Eddie Rabbitt” and “Horizon,” by Eddie Rabbitt were both certified gold.
  • Today in 1981, Juice Newton’s “The Sweetest Thing (I’ve Ever Known)” debuted on the country singles charts.
  • Today in 1991, Garth Brooks’ “No Fences” album was certified for sales of 5-million copies.
  • Today in 1991, Alan Jackson’s album, “Don’t Rock The Jukebox,” was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1993, Garth Brooks gave a fan a signed guitar at a North Dakota concert after she gave him a picture she had commissioned just for him.
  • Today in 1993, Clay Walker and his wife, Lori, were married.
  • Today in 1993, George Strait topped the charts with the single, “Easy Come, Easy Go.”
  • Today in 1995, Alan Jackson’s “Greatest Hits Collection” album was released.
  • Today in 1997, the Garth Brooks/ Trisha Yearwood duet, “In Another’s Eyes,” was at #1 on “Radio & Records’” Country Top 50 chart.
  • Today in 1998, Sawyer Brown played their 3000th show in front of 15,000 fans in Salt Lake City, Utah. The concert offered the band a bit of déjà vu – the venue was where they performed their first gig as a headline act in the mid-’80s
  • Today in 2000, it was revealed that Clint Black and his lovely wife, Lisa Hartman Black, were expecting their first child. On May 8th of 2002, the couple welcomed Lily Pearl as the newest member of the Black family. Their happy news wasn’t revealed until the following day, when “Early Show” co-host Jane Clayson announced the joyous arrival to the world during the 36th annual Academy of Country Music Awards.
  • Today in 2000, Faith Hill topped the list of nominees for the first annual “My VH1 Music Awards” with 5 nods. At the ceremonies that followed on November 30th, Faith scored trophies in the “Woman of the Year,” “Do You Want Fries With That Album?” and “Sexiest Video” categories.
  • Today in 2000, the “Another Rosie Christmas” album, which featured the Dixie Chicks singing with Rosie O’Donnell was released. Chris Cagle’s debut album, “Play It Loud,” also arrived in stores for the first time – it was re-released the following June with bonus tracks.
  • Today in 2002, LeAnn Rimes sang the national anthem prior to Game 5 of the World Series where the Giants beat the Anaheim Angels, 16-4.
  • Today 2005, Montgomery Gentry, Sheryl Crow and Brad Paisley taped a performance for CBS’ “I Walk The Line: A Night For Johnny Cash.”
  • Today in 2006, Trace Adkins performed the national anthem before Game 3 of the World Series. The Cardinals beat the Detroit Tigers, 5-0.
  • Today in 2006, Big Machine released Taylor Swift’s self-titled debut album.
  • Today in 2010, Don Williams and Jimmy Dean are inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • Today in 2012, Randy Travis and The Avett Brothers shot an installment of “CMT Crossroads” at The Factory in Franklin, Tennessee.
  • Today in 2014, Little Big Town performed the national anthem before Game 3 of the World Series at AT&T Park in San Francisco. The Kansas City Royals edged out the Giants, 3-2.


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