This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1947, Hank Williams wrote the song “I Saw The Light.”
  • Today in 1979, “The Dukes Of Hazzard,” starring Tom Wopat, John Schneider and Catherine Bach, debuted on CBS. Waylon Jennings narrated the show and sang the theme song, which became a country hit.
  • Today in 1992, Hillary Clinton went after those who snarked about her defense of her husband, by dissing the First Lady of country music on “60 Minutes.” “I’m not sitting here You know, I’m not sitting here – some little woman standing by my man like Tammy Wynette,” she told Steve Kroft. “I’m sitting here because I love him, and I respect him.” Yeah…people – especially Tammy Wynette fans – didn’t appreciate it very much.
  • Today in 1994, Diamond Rio earned a gold album for “Close to the Edge.”
  • Today in 1994, the “In Pieces” album by Garth Brooks was certified quadruple platinum.
  • Today in 1997, Mary Chapin Carpenter performed “Down At the Twist and Shout” during the halftime show at the Super Bowl in New Orleans.
  • Today in 1998, George Strait, Reba McEntire, Alabama and Lee Ann Womack all won trophies at the 25th annual American Music Awards.
  • Today in 1998, Alan Jackson’s album, “Everything I Love” was certified double-platinum.
  • Today in 2001, it was announced that Reba McEntire was given the “green light” for half-hour sitcom to air on the WB Network. The same day, Reba made her debut as Annie Oakley in the Broadway musical “Annie Get Your Gun.”
  • Today in 2003, Mark Wills enjoyed his fourth consecutive week at #1 with his single, “19 Somethin’.”
  • Today in 2003, at the Super Bowl, the Dixie Chicks sang the national anthem and Shania Twain sang “Main! I Feel Like A Woman!”
  • Today in 2009, Chris Young’s song “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song)” is played on the radio for the first time.
  • Today in 2010, Kieth Urban and John Mayer shot an episode of CMT Crossroads, singing “Sweet Thing,” “Tonight I Wanna Cry,” and “‘Til Summer Comes Around,” for an audience that included Taylor Swift, Jake Owen, Kix Brooks, and Eric Gunderson.
  • Today in 2010, Lady Antebellum’s album “Need You Now” was released.
  • Today in 2014, Kacey Musgraves won Best Country Album and Best Country Song at the GRAMMYs.
  • Today in 2016, Jake Owen makes a surprise appearance to duet on “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” during Eric Paslay’s show at Marathon Music Works in Nashville. Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild also makes a cameo.
  • Today in 2018, Jason Aldean’s “You Make It Easy” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2019, Miranda Lambert married New York police officer Brendan McLoughlin on her property in rural Tennessee.
  • Today in 2020, Tanya Tucker was a double-winner during the 62nd annual GRAMMY awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. “While I’m Livin'” scored Best Country Album, and “Bring My Flowers Now” earns Best Country Song.
  • Today in 2020, Keith Urban was named an officer of the order of Australia.
  • Today in 2021, Tom T. Hall was recognized among the 2020 Kentucky Governor’s Awards honorees during a virtual ceremony.


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