This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1969, Waylon Jennings married his wife, Jessi Colter.
  • Today in 1976, Charlie Daniels’ “Fire On The Mountain” album was released.
  • Today in 1978, Anne Murray’s “You Needed Me” single was certified gold.
  • Today in 1993, the video, “Livin’, Lovin’, And Rockin’ That Jukebox,” by Alan Jackson video was released.
  • Today in 1993, Trisha Yearwood’s album, “The Song Remembers When,” was released.
  • Today in 1993, Dwight Yoakam’s “This Time” album was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1994, the Tractors’ self-titled debut album and Joe Diffie’s “Third Rock From The Sun” album were both certified gold.
  • Today in 1998, John Michael Montgomery raised over $14,000 for the Jessamine Humane Society at his Putt for Paws golf tournament and concert. He noted, quote, “We have a moral obligation to take care of these homeless animals. After all, we domesticated them.”
  • Today in 1999, LeAnn Rimes’ self-titled album was released.
  • Today in 1999, Alan Jackson’s album, “Under The Influence,” was released.
  • Today in 2000, Garth Brooks was in Nashville to celebrate the milestone of selling 100-million album in the last decade. He is the only recording artist to accomplish this incredible feat, according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Plus, Garth is also credited as being the fastest selling artist in RIAA history, and the only artist with four albums that have sold over 10-million copies each (“No Fences,” “Ropin’ The Wind,” “The Hits,” and “Double Live”). The same day, he announced his intention to retire.
  • Today in 2001, Garth Brooks announced that he planned to release one more album – “Scarecrow” – before going into retirement at the end of 2001. Garth acknowledged that many of his friends and business associates had begged him to avoid using the word “retirement.” Garth explained, “I can only be as honest as I can be. I don’t know how else to say it: I’m here to announce my retirement. It’s a thing I feel good about.”
  • Today in 2002, the Statler Brothers went into retirement, playing their final date as a touring act at the Salem Civic Center in Virginia. Their last song: “Amazing Grace.”
  • Today in 2004, Sugarland’s debut album, “Twice The Speed Of Life” was released.
  • Today in 2006, Reba McEntire was celebrated in the first “CMT Giants” concert at Los Angeles’ Kodak Theatre. Participants included Brooks & Dunn, Faith Hill, Trisha Yearwood, Wynonna, Martina McBride, Barbara Mandrell, Dolly Parton, Jennifer Nettles and LeAnn Rimes.
  • Today in 2011, Taylor Swift welcomed a surprise guest, Shawn Colvin, to sing “Sunny Came Home” during a concert at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin.
  • Today in 2015, Chris Stapleton’s “Nobody To Blame” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2017, Thomas Rhett’s single, “Unforgettable,” was certified gold by the RIAA.
  • Today in 2018, Kane Brown was featured when Nashville Lifestyles magazine unveiled its annual list of the city’s 25 Most Beautiful People. Also included are new artist Ryan Griffin, “Tequila” songwriter Nicolle Galyon and Thomas Rhett’s wife, Lauren Akins.
  • Today in 2018, Josh Turner’s gospel album, “I Serve A Savior,” arrived on store shelves.
  • Today in 2018, Lady A performed an acoustic concert in Boston, helping to raise $123,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
  • Today in 2019, Scotty McCreery performed in the United Kingdom for the first time, launching at Bush Hall in London.
  • Today in 2020, Jason Aldean’s single, “Blame It On You,” hit the airwaves.


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