This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1967, Gary Herzberg was born in Montebello, California. Under the stage name Gary Allan; the scratchy-voiced singer debuted in 1996, with hits like “Smoke Rings In The Dark,” “Watching Airplanes,” and “Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain).”
  • Today in 1978, The Charlie Daniels Band recorded “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” in Nashville.
  • Today in 1987, Ricky Van Shelton made his first appearance at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with, “Somebody Lied.”
  • Today in 1992, George Strait topped the Billboard chart with “I Cross My Heart,” from the “Pure Country” soundtrack.
  • Today in 1993, Jeff Hanna, of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, married singer/songwriter Matraca Berg.
  • Today in 2000, the soundtrack to “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” was released.
  • Today in 2010, Merle Haggard, Oprah Winfrey, and Paul McCartney were recognized during the 33rd annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C.
  • Today in 2012, Hunter Hayes received three Grammy nominations, including one for Best New Artist, tying him with Taylor Swift for the most among country acts.
  • Today in 2013, Carrie Underwood took the role of Maria Von Trapp as NBC aired a three-hour live production of “The Sound Of Music.”
  • Today in 2014, Eric Church and Miranda Lambert received four nominations apiece to lead the country contingent as finalists were announced for the 57th annual GRAMMY awards.
  • Today in 2016, Craig Campbell is part of a USO tour that gets underway at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey, joined by actors Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans and NBA athlete Ray Allen.
  • Today in 2018, Thomas Rhett shot an appearance on the PBS show, “Sesame Street” in New York.


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