This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1941, the town of Berwyn, Oklahoma officially changed its name to Gene Autry, Oklahoma.
  • Today in 1955, the first country music show on New York City’s famed Broadway began a one-week run at the Palace Theatre. It starred Roy Acuff, Kitty Wells and Johnnie & Jack.
  • Today in 1968, the “Wichita Lineman” album by Glen Campbell was released.
  • Today in 1978, Barbara Mandrell had her first #1 hit on the country charts with “Sleeping Single In A Double Bed.”
  • Today in 1981, Hank Williams Jr. made his Carnegie Hall debut.
  • Today in 1989, George Strait topped the charts with his single, “Ace In The Hole.”
  • Today in 1991, it was announced that Johnny Cash was among the class of 1992 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • Today in 1992, Trisha Yearwood’s “Hearts In Armor” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1992, the “I Still Believe In You” album by Vince Gill was certified gold.
  • Today in 1997, Shania Twain’s album, “Come On Over,” was released.
  • Today in 1997, Mindy McCready’s “If I Don’t Stay The Night” album was released.
  • Today in 1997, Sammy Kershaw’s “Labor Of Love” album was released.
  • Today in 1998, the “Come On Over” album by Shania Twain was certified for multi-platinum sales of 6-million.
  • Today in 2003, Kenny Chesney recorded “When The Sun Goes Down” in Nashville during a session with rock artist, Uncle Kracker.
  • Today in 2003, Toby Keith’s “Shock’n Y’all” album was released.
  • Today in 2004, Keith Urban’s “Be Here” album went gold and platinum at the same time.
  • Today in 2004, Jamie O’Neal’s video for “Trying To Find Atlantis” premiered on CMT.
  • Today in 2006, Dierks Bentley went to #1 on Billboard with “Every Mile A Memory.”)
  • Today in 2008, as Barack Obama won a historic presidency, Brad Paisley was inspired to write the song, “Welcome To The Future.”
  • Today in 2013, Luke Bryan’s single, “Drink A Beer” hit the airwaves – with Chris Stapleton providing background vocals.
  • Today in 2015, Eric Church’s album,” Eric Church album “Mr. Misunderstood,” was released. A year later on the same date? “Mr. Misunderstood On The Rocks Live & (Mostly) Unplugged” was released through Walmart stores.
  • Today in 2015, Chris Stapleton won three trophies–Male Vocalist of the Year; New Artist; and Album, for “Traveller” – during the 49th annual Country Music Association Awards, telecast by ABC from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
  • Today in 2016, Trace Adkins played a former outlaw as the western “Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story” debuts in theaters.
  • Today in 2017, Jessie James Decker reached #1 on the Billboard country albums chart with “Southern Girl City Lights.”
  • Today in 2018, The Zac Brown Band performed “Bare Necessities,” from the movie, “The Jungle Book,” during ABC-TV’s two-hour special “Mickey’s 90th Spectacular.” Also appearing were Tori Kelly, Josh Groban, Kristin Chenoweth, Meghan Trainor, Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, Kelsea Ballerini and Lionel Richie.
  • Today in 2018, Peloton debuted a treadmill commercial that featured Brett Eldredge singing “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.”
  • Today in 2019, the Chris Janson single, “Done,” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2019, Lauren Alaina and partner Gleb Sevchanko performed a jive routine to “Hound Dog” on ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars.”


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