This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1957, “Jailhouse Rock” gave Elvis Presley a #1 country single in Billboard magazine.
  • Today in 1989, Randy Travis went to #1 on the Billboard country chart with “It’s Just A Matter Of Time.”
  • Today in 1998, Garth Brooks helped first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton light the Christmas tree at New York’s Rockefeller Center. Along with Jewel, Babyface and Cyndi Lauper, he did the honors on NBC-TV’s “Christmas In Rockefeller Center.”
  • Today in 2002, Kenny Chesney’s album “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems” was served with a double-platinum certification.
  • Today in 2004, Marty Stuart and Connie Smith provided music for the lighting of the national Christmas tree in Washington, D.C. Willard Scott served as Santa Claus for the event, attended by president George W. Bush.
  • Today in 2005, Robert Earl Keen’s “Merry Christmas From The Family” ranked at #1 in the holiday special “CMT 20 Merriest Christmas Videos.”
  • Today in 2009, Taylor Swift picked up eight nominations for the 52nd annual GRAMMY Awards. Her haul included Record and Song of the Year, for “You Belong With Me”; and Album of the Year, for “Fearless.”
  • Today in 2010, Lady A scored six nominations for “Need You Now” for the 53rd annual GRAMMY awards, including Record, Song and Album of the Year, plus Best Country Song, Country Album and Country Performance by a Duo or Group.
  • Today in 2011, Rodney Atkins joined president Barack Obama, Carson Daly and Kermit The Frog for the lighting of the national Christmas tree in Washington, D.C., singing “Winter Wonderland” with the entire cast at the end of the event on the White House grounds.
  • Today in 2011, Miranda Lambert’s album, “Four The Record,” was certified gold by the RIAA.
  • Today in 2012, Shania Twain began a two-year, 120-show residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Included on her set list? “You’re Still The One” to a horse, and does “Up!,” “Any Man Of Mine,” “That Don’t Impress Me Much” and “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!”
  • Today in 2014, Little Big Town’s single, “Girl Crush,” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2014, Carrie Underwood performed “Something In The Water” during a World AIDS Day concert in New York’s Times Square, also featuring U2, Bruce Springsteen, Chris Martin and Kanye West.
  • Today in 2016, Kelly Clarkson performed “Please Come Home For Christmas” during the lighting of the national Christmas tree at the White House in Washington, D.C. With President Barack Obama attending, the event includes Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, James Taylor and The Lumineers, who cover “Blue Christmas.”
  • Today in 2017, Jason Aldean and his wife, Brittany, welcomed their son, Memphis Aldean Williams.
  • Today in 2017, the Zac Brown Band raised $1.7-million with the second annual Evening To Remember, a benefit concert in Atlanta for Camp Southern Ground.
  • Today in 2017, Chris Stapleton’s album, “From A Room: Volume 2,” was released.
  • Today in 2018, Dan + Shay hit #1 on the Billboard Country Singles chart with “Speechless.”
  • Today in 2018, Vince Gill and “Forever And Ever, Amen” songwriter Don Schlitz performed at Charlie Worsham’s third annual Follow Your Heart benefit, raising $50-thousand for a scholarship fund in Grenada, Mississippi.
  • Today in 2018, Marie Osmond, Donny Osmond, The Beach Boys and Clare Dunn were among the guests as the CW airs “The Hollywood Christmas Parade.”
  • Today in 2019, Toby Keith joined former Oklahoma Sooners football coach Bob Stoops and Santa Claus to deliver gifts to children suffering from cancer.
  • Today in 2020, Tenille Townes performed a Giving Tuesday benefit for two charities at Nashville’s Marathon Music Works.


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