This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1960, “He’ll Have To Go” by Jim Reeves got a number one spot in Billboard magazine.
  • Today in 1996, Travis Titt proposed to Theresa Nelson.
  • Today in 1997, “It’s A Little Too Late” by Mark Chesnutt hit the top of the Billboard country chart.
  • Today in 2002, the album “Burn” by Joe Dee Messina became her second platinum album.
  • Today in 2004, Alison Krauss won three awards at the GRAMMYs, for Best Bluegrass Album, Best Country Instrumental Performance, and Best Country Collaboration (with James Taylor.)
  • Today in 2005, the album, “There’s More Where That Came From,” by Lee Ann Womack was released.
  • Today in 2006, Alison Krauss won three GRAMMY awards again, for Best Country Album, Best Country Vocal by a Duo or Group, and Best Country Instrumental.
  • Today in 2009, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss won five trophies at the GRAMMYS: Album of the Year, Contemporary Folk/Americana Album, Record of the Year, Pop Collaboration, and Country Collaboration.
  • Today in 2011, Thompson Square’s self-titled debut album was released.
  • Today in 2015, two songs from the documentary “Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me” won during the 57th annual Grammy awards at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. The Band Perry’s “Gentle On My Mind” takes Best Country Duo/Group Performance; “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” written by Campbell with Julian Raymond, earned Best Country Song.
  • Today in 2017, a tribute concert honoring Randy Travis took place at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Guests included Garth Brooks, Alabama, Chris Janson, Josh Turner, Kenny Rogers, Montgomery Gentry and Jamey Johnson.
  • Today in 2018, Steve Wariner performed “Life’s Highway” in Houston as former Astros pitcher Nolan Ryan was announced among the inaugural inductees in the Houston Hall of Fame.
  • Today in 2019, Dolly Parton was honored by the Recording Academy as the MusiCares Person of the Year in Los Angeles. Performers included Vince Gill, Kacy Musgraves, P!nk, Norah Jones, Willie Nelson, Don Henley, Mavis Staples, Jennifer Nettles, Margo Price and Chris Stapleton, who covers “9 To 5.”
  • Today in 2020, Neal McCoy’s bus was destroyed by fire in Mansfield, Louisiana, as he traveled to a show in Alexandria. No one was hurt, though the band loses clothing, instruments and equipment in the blaze.
  • Today in 2020, Miranda Lambert’s concert at the American Airlines Center in Dallas included a surprise appearance by the choir from her alma mater, Lindale High School, to back her on “Tin Man.”
  • Today in 2021, Dwight Yoakam filed suit against Warner Music in California, alleging that the label failed to acknowledge his rights to reclaim ownership of the copyrights in some of his early, 35-year-old recordings, including “Honky Tonk Man.”
  • Today in 2021, Mickey Guyton announced she and husband Grant Savoy have welcomed a son, Grayson Clark Savoy.


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