This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1970, “The Johnny Cash Show” album was released.
  • Today in 1970, Loretta Lynn’s signature song, “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” first hit the charts.
  • Today in 1971, the Johnny Cash album, “Portrait/His Greatest Hits Vol. 2,” was released.
  • Today in 1979, Willie Nelson’s album, “Pretty Paper,” and Larry Gatlin’s “Straight Ahead” album were released.
  • Today in 1982, Mickey Gilley’s “Biggest Hits” was released.
  • Today in 1982, Alabama made their first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Today in 1983, Kenny Rogers’ album, “Eyes That See In The Dark,” was certified gold and platinum simultaneously.
  • Today in 1983, Dolly Parton’s “Greatest Hits” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1991, Randy Travis’ album, “High Lonesome,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 1995, Dwight Yoakam’s “Gone” album was released.
  • Today in 1997, Collin Raye’s album, “The Best of Collin Raye – Direct Hits,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 2000, the album, “Tomorrow’s Sounds Today,” by Dwight Yoakam was released.
  • Today in 2000, the “I Hope You Dance” album by Lee Ann Womack was certified platinum.
  • Today in 2001, Kenny Chesney’s “Greatest Hits” collection was certified double platinum
  • Today in 2002, Alabama’s “Just Us” album was certified platinum.
  • Today in 2002, Brooks and Dunn’s “Brand New Man” CD was certified for multi-platinum sales of 6-million.
  • Today in 2006, Kellie Pickler’s debut album, “Small Town Girl,” arrived in stores.
  • Today in 2008, Trace Adkins scored a gold single for “You’re Gonna Miss This.”
  • Today in 2011, George Strait’s single, “Love’s Gonna Make It Alright” was released.
  • Today in 2012, Little Big Town’s “Tornado” video debuted on CMT.
  • Today in 2015, Tim McGraw threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the World Series game at Citi Field in New York, where the Kansas City Royals defeat the hometown Mets, 5-3
  • Today in 2015, Jason Aldean was seen wearing sunglasses, dreadlocks and black face as he dressed up as Lil Wayne for Halloween. The move generates controversy weeks later when it became public knowledge.
  • Today in 2016, Dierks Bentley’s single, “Black,” was released.
  • Today in 2017, the Oak Ridge Boys introduced a new line of suits – the American Made Collection – which was created in conjunction with Hart Shaffner & Marx.
  • Today in 2017, “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright,” by David Lee Murphy & Kenny Chesney, was released.
  • Today in 2018, Dan + Shay scored a gold single from the RIAA for “Speechless.”
  • Today in 2018, Gabby Barrett wrote her first hit, “I Hope,” with Zachary Kale and Jon Nite at the Firehall in Nashville.
  • Today in 2020, Clint Black played the Grand Ole Opry – and brought along his 19-year-old daughter Lily Pearl Black, who made her Opry debut with “Temporary Home.”
  • Today in 2020, Carly Pearce lost her two front teeth in a fall.


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