This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1994, Mark Chesnutt earned a platinum album for “Almost Goodbye.”
  • Today in 1997, Clint Black’s “Nothing But the Taillights” was certified gold.
  • Today in 1997, Johnny Cash announced he had a form of Parkinson’s disease. As a result, he canceled plans to promote his memoirs “Cash: The Autobiography” and a CD. It was eventually discovered that he had been misdiagnosed and actually had autonomic neuropathy, a condition that related to diabetes.
  • Today in 1998, Sara Evans released her breakthrough album, “No Place That Far.”
  • Today in 1998, the Dixie Chicks’ album, “Wide Open Spaces,” was certified double platinum.
  • Today in 2001, Garth Brooks announced plans to release one more album 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 announcement my retirement. It’s a thing I feel good about.”
  • Today in 2004, Florence County, South Carolina celebrated Josh Turner Day when he performed at the Florence Civic Center.
  • Today in 2007, Kenny Chesney locked in a #1 single on the Billboard country chart with “Don’t Blink.”
  • Today in 2012, Jason Aldean raised $509,000 for charity with his annual Concert for the Cure at the Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas.
  • Today in 2013, Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare and songwriter/producer Jack Clement were officially inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.
  • Today in 2014, Sam Hunt’s debut album, “Montevallo,” was released.
  • Today in 2015, Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild debuted the fashion line, Fair Child.
  • Today in 2018, Rory Feek walked his daughter, Hopie, down the aisle as she marries her fiancée, Wendy, at Feek’s farm in Pottsville, Tennessee.
  • Today in 2020, Jerry Lee Lewis was honored with “Whole Lotta Celebratin’ Goin’ On: 85 Years Of The Killer,” an online benefit for World Vision with Willie Nelson, Chris Janson, Mickey Gilley, Marty Stuart, Elton John, Tom Jones and Lee Ann Womack.


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