This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1974, Tom T. Hall tops the Billboard country singles list with his own list of favorite things, “I Love.”
  • Today in 1990, Reba McEntire’s first movie, the sci-fi picture “Tremors,” debuts, with Kevin Bacon in the leading role.
  • Today in 1993, Mary Chapin Carpenter’s album, “Come On Come On,” went platinum.
  • Today in 1997, Trisha Yearwood sang “Believe Me Baby (I Lied)” at the Arkansas Inaugural Ball in Washington, with an all-star band that included Bruce Hornsby, Sheryl Crow and former Doobie Brother Michael McDonald.
  • Today in 1996, Faith Hill’s “It Matters To Me” hit #1 on the country charts.
  • Today in 1997, Trisha Yearwood duetted with Kenny Rogers at “The 53rd Presidential Inaugural Gala” marking Bill Clinton’s second term of office. Other performers included Aretha Franklin, James Taylor and Stevie Wonder.
  • Today in 1998, the legendary Carl Perkins died of a stroke at the age of 65. Attendees at his funeral included Garth Brooks, Wynonna, Ricky Skaggs and Billy Ray Cyrus.
  • Today in 2003, Kenny Rogers and Trisha Yearwood perform in “The Presidential Inaugural Gala” a day before Bill Clinton takes office. Others on the bill include Fleetwood Mac, Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Chuck Berry and Elton John.
  • Today in 2005, on the eve of George W. Bush’s inauguration, Lee Greenwood, Kenny Chesney, The Gatlins, Sara Evans, Clay Walker, Lyle Lovett, Asleep At The Wheel, Robert Earl Keen, The Derailers and Neal McCoy perform at related events in Washington, D.C.
  • Today in 2010, Shania Twain was featured as a guest judge on FOX-TV’s “American Idol” during the season’s third episode.
  • Today in 2011, Jason Aldean earned a gold single for “My Kinda Party.”
  • Today in 2012, Eric Church kicked off his first arena headlining tour in Fort Smith, Arkansas, with opening acts Brantley Gilbert, Sonia Leigh and The Cadillac Black, a band that includes “You Gonna Fly” songwriter Jaren Johnston.
  • Today in 2016, Tim McGraw’s “Humble And Kind” single hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2017, Toby Keith performed “American Soldier,” “Made In America,” “Beer For My Horses” and “Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue” at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., during an inaugural concert for president-elect Donald Trump. Lee Greenwood does “God Bless The U.S.A.” with Tim Rushlow, Richie McDonald and Larry Stewart.
  • Today in 2019, Luke Bryan made a surprise appearance to perform during Tennessee governor Bill Lee’s inaugural ball at the Music City Center in Nashville.
  • Today in 2019, Mike Fisher announced that he and wifey Carrie Underwood had taken in a dog – whom their son promptly named Zero.


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