This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1974, Waylon Jennings’ single, “Rainy Day Woman,” entered the country charts
  • Today in 1979, Willie Nelson made his movie debut with the film, “The Electric Horseman,” which opened in theaters nationwide. His songs, “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys” and “Midnight Rider” were included in the soundtrack.
  • Today in 1983, the “20 Greatest Hits” album by Kenny Rogers was certified gold and platinum.
  • Today in 1985, George Strait’s “The Chair” was sitting at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart.
  • Today in 1988, K.T. Oslin’s album, “This Woman,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 1996, Garth Brooks was #1 on the charts with the single, “That Ol’ Wind.”
  • Today in 1999, the holiday album, “Garth Brooks & The Magic Of Christmas,” was certified gold and platinum.
  • Today in 2001, Josh Turner made his Grand Ole Opry debut – he performed “Long Black Train.”
  • Today in 2002, “Who’s Your Daddy?” had Toby Keith at #1 on the Billboard country chart.
  • Today in 2007, “Oklahoma Today” magazine named Vince Gill the Oklahoman of the Year.
  • Today in 2007, Reba McEntire and Carole King performed “Everyday People,” from the album “Reba Duets,” during the CBS-TV special “A Home For The Holidays.” Also appearing: Sheryl Crow, Fergie and James Blunt.
  • Today in 2010, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine named “Home Cooking With Trisha Yearwood” one of the five worst cookbooks of the year. The book gets knocked for being “loaded with fat and cholesterol” Oh well…
  • Today in 2011, Martina McBride sings “O Holy Night” and “Blessed” while hosting the annual CBS special “A Home For The Holidays.” Guests include Justin Bieber, Gavin DeGraw, OneRepublic and Mary J. Blige.
  • Today in 2012, Kelly Clarkson delivered a holiday concert and visited patients at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville. Among her performances: “Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “White Christmas” and “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”
  • Today in 2013, two gay men were booted from Cactus Canyon in Victoria, Texas, for slow-dancing to Dustin Lynch’s “Cowboys And Angels.” Apparently, the couple had danced together to hip-hop, and that was okay – but was told the club has a policy against same-sex dancing to country.
  • Today in 2013, Ray Price was celebrated during a memorial service at the First Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant, Texas. “Blue” songwriter Bill Mack and radio host Eddie Stubbs address mourners, who heard versions of “In The Garden” and “Danny Boy.”
  • Today in 2016, Dustin Lynch defeats Cassadee Pope in an episode of Spike TV’s “Lip Sync Battle,” using whipped cream in a sex simulation to Ludacris’ “What’s Your Fantasy.” Pope performed to Panic! At The Disco’s “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” with a surprise appearance by the band’s lead singer, Brendon Urie.
  • Today in 2017, Midland performed for Robert Redford at the actor’s Sundance Ranch in Utah.
  • Today in 2018, Mark Wills performed “Don’t Laugh At Me” after Vince Gill invited him to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Jimmy Capps also celebrated 60 years as a guitarist in the Opry house band, playing songs that he helped record: “The Gambler,” “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” “Elvira” and “Stand By Your Man.”
  • Today in 2020, T. Oslin passed away in an assisted-living facility in Middle Tennessee. A member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, she snagged GRAMMY Awards, plus ACM and CMA honors behind the hits “80s Ladies,” “Do Ya’,” “Hold Me” and “Come Next Monday.” Oslin also wrote Gail Davies’ “‘Round The Clock Lovin’.”
  • Today in 2020, Kenny Rogers’ single, “The Gambler,” and Vernon Dalhart’s “The Wreck Of The Old ’97” were named as new entries in the Grammy Hall of Fame, along with USA For Africa’s “We Are The World” and the “Trio” album, featuring Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris.
  • Today in 2021, Eric Church performed “Joy To The World” as PBS premiered “In Performance At The White House: Spirit Of The Season.” Other artists included Pentatonix, Norah Jones, Billy Porter and The Jonas Brothers.


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