This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1956, Elvis’ first single, “Heartbreak Hotel” was released.
  • Today in 1979, Johnny Horton recorded “The Battle of New Orleans.”
  • Today in 1973, Tom Hall reached #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with “(Old Dogs-Children And) Watermelon Wine.”
  • Today in 1992, at the American Music Awards, Garth Brooks won three trophies and Wynonna sang “She Is His Only Need.”
  • Today in 1998, The Dixie Chicks’ first major label album, “Wide Open Spaces,” was released.
  • Today in 2004, Two songs performed in “Cold Mountain” by Alison Kraus won Oscar nominations: “You Will Be My Ain True Love,” by Sting, and “The Scarlet Tide,” by Bone Burnett and Elvis Costello.
  • Today in 2007, “Watching You” by Rodney Atkins was at the top of the Billboard country singles chart.
  • Today in 2014, the video “This is How We Roll” was shot by Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan.
  • Today in 2017, PBS aired “Brad Paisley – Landmarks Live In Concert: A Great Performances Special.” Filmed at West Virginia University, it included renditions of “Mud On The Tires,” “Then,” “Southern Comfort Zone,” “Take Me Home, Country Roads” and “I’m Still A Guy,” the latter featuring guest Chris Young.
  • Today in 2017, Scotty McCreery had a surprise visitor, Randy Travis, when he performed at Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth. McCreery sang “Forever And Ever, Amen” during the show, as tribute.
  • Today in 2017, Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Bonnie Owens, Billy Mize and Red Simpson were the inaugural inductees in the Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame.
  • Today in 2018, Chris Stapleton was the musical guest on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” surprising viewers by bringing along unannounced guest Sturgill Simpson for performances of “Midnight Train To Memphis” and “Hard Livin’.”
  • Today in 2020, Kane Brown received quintuple-platinum singles from the RIAA for “Heaven” and for “What Ifs,” his duet with Lauren Alaina.
  • Today in 2020, Luke Combs’ single, “Does To Me,” which features Eric Church, hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2021, Kris Kristofferson’s retirement was noted in passing as part of an official press release announcing Morris Higham Management would oversee his estate.
  • Today in 2021, Tyler Farr and his wife, Hannah, welcomed their daughter, Hollis Caroline, in Tennessee.


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