This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1984, Alabama became the first country group to go triple-platinum, with the “Feels So Right” and “Mountain Music” albums each certified for shipment of three million copies. The albums “Roll On” and “The Closer You Get” also go double-platinum
  • Today in 1997, Tim McGraw’s “Everywhere” traveled to #1 in Billboard.
  • Today in 2003, Gary Allan took the top spot in Billboard with “Tough Little Boys.”
  • Today in 2005, Toby Keith’s singles, “American Soldier” and “As Good As I Once Was,” went gold.
  • Today in 2007, Hank Williams Jr. was honored in a “CMT Giants” concert shot at Los Angeles’ Gibson Amphitheatre. Guests included Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw, Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Toby Keith, Steven Tyler, Gretchen Wilson, Buddy Guy and Terry Bradshaw.
  • Today in 2008, Craig Morgan joined the Grand Ole Opry, performing “Rose Colored Glasses” and “International Harvester.” Kristy Lee Cook also made her Opry debut the same night.
  • Today in 2010, Taylor Swift’s album, “Speak Now,” arrived in stores.
  • Today in 2015, the Oak Ridge Boys, The Browns and guitarist Grady Martin were inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.
  • Today in 2019, Chris Lane and former “bachelorette” Lauren Bushnell were married in Nashville. They welcomed their first child – a son – in December 2020 and announced in June 2022 that they’re expecting their second child later this month!
  • Today in 2020, Old Dominion’s self-titled album was released.
  • Today in 2020, Maren Morris took part in “I Will Vote,” an online fundraiser for Joe Biden’s presidential campaign. “Just like I believe country music is for everyone,” she says, “so is this country.” Also participating were Cher, Dave Matthews, The Black Eyed Peas, Jon Bon Jovi and Helen Mirren.


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