This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1969, Elvis Presley recorded the song “Suspicious Minds” at the American Studios in Memphis.
  • Today in 1987, “Whoever’s in New England” by Reba McEntire became a gold album.
  • Today in 1990, the album “Killin’ Time” by Clint Black became a platinum album.
  • Today in 2005, Big & Rich’s Big Kenny Alphin married his wardrobe stylist Christiev Carothers, whom he met on the video shoot of Gretchen Wilson’s “Redneck Woman.”
  • Today in 2008, Carrie Underwood won four awards at the second annual CMT Online Awards.
  • Today in 2011, at the AFC Championship Game, the Steelers beat the New York Jets 24-19. Martina McBride sung the national anthem, and Joe Nichols and Hank Williams Jr. performed at halftime.
  • Today in 2013, Brantley Gilbert and Chris Young guest starred on ABC-TV’s “Nashville.” The episode’s music included Jack Ingram’s “Barefoot and Crazy,” along with songs by Thomas Rhett and Edens Edge.
  • Today in 2017, Big & Rich earned a double-platinum single from the RIAA for “Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy)” and a platinum one for “Lost In This Moment.”
  • Today in 2018, Lari White died of cancer in Nashville. Married to songwriter Chuck Cannon, she earned three Top 10 hits in 1994-1995, had a role in the Tom Hanks movie, “Cast Away,” and co-produced hits for Billy Dean and Toby Keith.
  • Today in 2018, the World Wildlife Fund launched a campaign to battle the poaching of snow leopards with the Rascal Flatts song, “I Won’t Let Go,” providing musical support.


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