This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1939, Bill Monroe joined the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Today in 1969, the “Suspicious Minds” single by Elvis Presley was certified gold.
  • Today in 1991, the album, “Sticks And Stones,” by Tracy Lawrence was released.
  • Today in 1991, “The Best Of The Statler Brothers” album was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1993, Garth Brooks’ “In Pieces” was certified gold, platinum and triple platinum simultaneously
  • Today in 1994, the “Super Hits” album by Johnny Cash was released.
  • Today in 1994, Ronnie Dunn and his wife, Janine, welcomed their daughter, Haley Marie.
  • Today in 1996, Lonestar’s self-titled debut album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1997, Shania Twain’s single, “Love Gets Me Every Time,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 1997, authorities in Monterey County, California said that John Denver had no alcohol or drugs in his system when he was killed in a plane crash the previous October 12th.
  • Today in 1998, Reba McEntire’s “If You See Him” album was certified platinum.
  • Today in 2001, Lonestar’s Richie McDonald ran his first marathon – the 26th annual Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. – raising funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
  • Today in 2003, Mary Chapin Carpenter’s “Essential” album, Billy Ray Cyrus’ “The Other Side,” and “Happy Holidays” from Kelly Willis/Bruce Robison arrived in stores.
  • Today in 2004, Big & Rich received their first gold single for “Save a Horse (Ride A Cowboy).”
  • Today in 2006, Heartland’s “I Loved Her First” made it’s way to #1 in Billboard.
  • Today in 2010, Lady Antebellum sang the national anthem at San Francisco’s AT&T Park, where the Giants beat the Texas Rangers, 9-0, in a World Series game.
  • Today in 2013, Tyler Farr snared a platinum single for “Redneck Crazy.”
  • Today in 2014, Jason Aldean and Bob Seger shot an installment of “CMT Crossroads,” at The Factory in Franklin, Tennessee. They played “Hollywood Nights,” “Against The Wind,” “Night Train” and “Tattoos On This Town.”
  • Today in 2016, it was a big day for albums as Cole Swindell’s “Down Home Sessions III” EP, Jimmy Buffett’s Christmas album, “‘Tis The SeaSon”; Brett Eldredge’s Christmas album, “Glow,” and Kenny Chesney’s album, “Cosmic Hallelujah,” were all released.
  • Today in 2016, “The Very Best Of Dwight Yoakam” was certified platinum by the RIAA.
  • Today in 2017, Kelsea Ballerini donated $20,000 to the choral department when she delivered a homecoming concert at Central High School in Knoxville. The set included “Legends,” “Dibs,” “Love Me Like You Mean It” and “Peter Pan.”
  • Today in 2017, Luke Bryan crashed a wedding reception in Savannah, Georgia, where he’d been taping an episode of “American Idol.” Bryan danced with the rest of the partygoers to one of his own songs, “Country Girl (Shake It For Me).”
  • Today in 2018, Ronnie Dunn and K.T. Oslin were inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame at the Music City Center, along with “Boondocks” writer Wayne Kirkpatrick, “Fool Hearted Memory” composer Byron Hill and “Blue Bayou” author Joe Melson. Reba McEntire received the inaugural Career Maker Award.
  • Today in 2019, the Carrie Underwood single, “Drinking Alone,” was released.
  • Today in 2020, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani announced their engagement.


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