This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1929, Jimmie Rodgers began production on his only movie, “The Singing Brakeman,” a ten-minute short filmed in Camden, New Jersey.
  • Today in 1962, Roy Acuff became the first living member inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • Today in 1991, Alan Jackson’s single “Don’t Rock the Jukebox” hit #1.
  • Today in 1999, Faith Hill’s fourth album, “Breathe,” was released.
  • Today in 2004, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss each won twice apiece as CBS telecasts the 38th annual Country Music Association awards from Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House. Chesney won Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year, for “When The Sun Goes Down.”
  • Today in 2005, Jamey Johnson, Bill Anderson and Buddy Cannon wrote a future George Strait hit, “Give It Away.”
  • Today in 2006, Trace Adkins’ “Ladies Love Country Boys” video debuted on CMT. The song namechecks Charlie Daniels, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Hank Williams Jr.
  • Today in 2008, Randy Travis, Trace Adkins and Martina McBride were added to the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville along with Elvis Presley, Michael McDonald, Little Richard and Jo Walker-Meador, the former executive director of the Country Music Association.
  • Today in 2009, Toby Keith kicked off his first European tour at Glasgow ABC in Scotland.
  • Today in 2010, Big Machine released Taylor Swift’s “Back To December” to radio.
  • Today in 2011, the Band Perry won New Artist of the Year and Single of the Year, for “If I Die Young,” as ABC aired the 45th annual Country Music Association awards from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. “If I Die Young” also won Song of the Year for songwriter Kimberly Perry.


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