This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1975, Willie Nelson recorded “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain.”
  • Today in 1980, the Oak Ridge Boys hit #1 with “Leavin’ Louisiana In The Broad Daylight.”
  • Today in 1991, “Brother Jukebox” by Mark Chesnutt was #1.
  • Today in 1996, Joe Diffie hit #1 with “Bigger Than the Beatles.”
  • Today in 1998, Lee Roy Parnell released the single, “All That Matters Anymore.”
  • Today in 1998, Oprah Winfrey announced that Garth Brooks had agreed to donate his earnings from sales of his latest album, “Sevens,” for a seven-day period to her charity, “Oprah’s Angel Network.” The organization uses the donations to fund college scholarships for underprivileged students.
  • Today in 2001, the soundtrack to “O Brother, Where Art Though?” featuring Alison Krauss, The Soggy Bottom Boys, Emmylou Harris, John Hartford, Ralph Stanley, Harry, McClintock, The Whites, and Normal Blake went gold.
  • Today in 2006, Brad Paisley’s “Alcohol” went gold.
  • Today in 2009, “It Happens” by Sugarland was released.
  • Today in 2011, Taylor Swift performed in Singapore for the first time to kick off her international tour.
  • Today in 2014, Keith Urban performed “Don’t Let Me Down” with John Mayer and Brad Paisley teams with Pharrell Williams on “Here Comes The Sun” as CBS airs “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles.” The telecast also features John Legend, Alicia Keys and The Eurythmics.
  • Today in 2015, Big & Rich performed “Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy)” on ABC-TV’s “The Bachelor.”
  • Today in 2015, Dan + Shay’s “Nothin’ Like You” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2016, Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” was certified double-platinum by the RIAA.
  • Today in 2017, Old Dominion was featured on the PBS music series “Soundstage.” On the same date in 2019, the band earned a trio of gold singles from the RIAA, for “Written In The Sand,” “Song For Another Time” and “No Such Thing As A Broken Heart.”
  • Today in 2018, Scotty McCreery scored an RIAA-certified gold single for “Five More Minutes.”
  • Today in 2019, Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha performed “Meant To Be” for Clive Davis’ annual pre-GRAMMY party at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Their audience included Maren Morris, Ryan Hurd, Barbra Streisand, Quincy Jones, Julianne Hough, Alice Cooper, Joni Mitchell, Julia Michaels and Tori Kelly.
  • Today in 2019, John Prine was honored in a concert at The Troubadour in Los Angeles. Dwight Yoakam lead the closing round of “Paradise” with the entire cast, including Margo Price, Anderson East, Boz Scaggs, Bob Weir, Ashley McBryde and John Paul White.


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