This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1968, Merle Haggard recorded “The Legend Of Bonnie And Clyde” at the Capitol recording Studio on Hollywood. The song was inspired by the Warren Beatty film.
  • Today in 1970, Tom T. Hall jumped to the #1 spot on the Billboard country chart for the first time with “A Week In A Country Jail.”
  • Today in 1977, Loretta Lynn won two American Music Awards. Johnny Cash became the first country artists to win the Award of Merit. Conway Twitty, Charley Pride, Glen Campbell, Willie Nelson, Olivia Newton-John and The Eagles also won awards.
  • Today in 1993, Garth Brooks performed the national anthem during a pre-game show, which also featured Tanya Tucker, Billy Burnette, and Fleetwood Mac at the Super Bowl XXVII.
  • Today in 1997, Tim McGraw’s album “Not A Moment Too Soon” was certified quintuple-platinum.
  • Today in 2006, The Johnny Cash biopic “Walk The Line” with Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon received five Oscar nominations, including Best Actor and Actress.
  • Today in 2008, CMT premiered Carrie Underwood’s video “All-American Girl.”
  • Today in 2010, Taylor Swift won four awards at the 52nd annual GRAMMY Awards. “Fearless” won the Album of the Year, and Best Country Album, “White Horse” won Best Country Female Vocal and Best Country Song.
  • Today in 2013, “Forbes” ranked Kelly Clarkson as 2012’s top-earning “American Idol” graduate, citing revenue of $8-million. Carrie Underwood tied Daughtry at #2 (with $5-million), Scotty McCreery at #4 ($4-million) and Kellie Pickler at #5, ($1.1-million).
  • Today in 2013, Blake Shelton “Red River Blue” album went platinum.
  • Today in 2015, Carrie Underwood’s “Little Toy Guns” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2015, Miranda Lambert was nominated in an incredible seven categories to lead the list of finalists for the 50th annual Academy of Country Music awards.
  • Today in 2016, Carrie Underwood’s son, Isaiah, took his first steps in Jacksonville, Florida…the same day she launched her “Storyteller Tour.”
  • Today in 2016, Eric Church and The Eagles’ Timothy B. Schmit played Tony LaRussa’s Stars To The Rescue benefit for the Animal Rescue Foundation at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, California.
  • Today in 2017, Carly Pearce’s single, “Every Little Thing,” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2018, Brad Paisley delivered a surprise pop-up concert at the Sleep Number store in the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. The set included “Today,” “Celebrity,” “Alcohol,” “Mud On The Tires” and “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song).”
  • Today in 2018, Jerrod Niemann and Love And Theft played a benefit for Virgin Islands hurricane victims at Nashville’s City Winery.
  • Today in 2018, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Miley Cyrus and Maren Morris participated as CBS recorded “Elton John: I’m Still Standing – A Grammy Salute” at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York.


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