This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1969, George Jones and Tammy Wynette tied the knot. Strangely, they announced that they had gotten married on August 22nd, 1968, but didn’t actually go through with it until this date.
  • Today in 1971, Johnny Cash recorded “Man in Black.”
  • Today in 1974, “Sunshine On My Shoulders” by John Denver entered the Top 40 chart.
  • Today in 1980, Kenny Rogers’ “Coward Of The County” single was #1 on the U.K. pop singles chart.
  • Today in 1986, the NBC-TV movie “The Last Days of Frank & Jesse James” featured Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Ed Bruce, David Allan Coe, and June Carter Cash.
  • Today in 1995, Rosanne Cash’s “Greatest Hits 1979 – 1989” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1995, Marty Robbins’ “Greatest Hits, Volume III” collection was certified gold.
  • Today in 1995, the album, “What A Crying Shame,” by The Mavericks was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1996, Collin Raye topped the country charts with “Not That Different.”
  • Today in 1997, Garth Brooks welcomed Melinda and Ricky Huffman with a raft of gifts as his tour got its 2 millionth customers. The couple was given a Chevy Tahoe and a Caribbean vacation.
  • Today in 2001, Andy Griggs and his bandmate Kevin Weaver got into some hot water after taking an ambulance for a joyride in Tallahassee, Florida. When they returned the rig, police took them into custody. Eventually, the charges were dropped — thanks in part to their lack of criminal records, humble apologies, and a charity concert.
  • Today in 2002, Hank Williams Jr. appeared at the Grand Ole Opry with Travis Tritt and Marty Stuart to celebrate Waylon Jennings.
  • Today in 2005, Brooks and Dunn performed as part of a nightly post-events concert series at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Today in 2006, John Michael Montgomery was arrested in Lexington, Kentucky on numerous charges including DUI and carrying a concealed deadly weapon.
  • Today in 2006, Rascal Flatt’s music video for “What Hurts The Most” premiered on CMT.
  • Today in 2007, in a taping of “CMT Cross Country,” Big & Rich and John Anderson performed together. Their collaborations included “Swingin,” and “Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy.)”
  • Today in 2007, two country couples split up. Hank Williams Jr. and his wife, Mary Jane filed for divorce, as well as Terri Clark and her husband, Greg Kaczor. Discussing the end of her marriage, Clark said the split was amicable, although she was sad that the relationship was over. She singer called Kaczor “one of my dearest friends and a wonderful person,” and added that they, quote, “are sorry that we’re here.” While their marriage only lasted 17 months, Clark and Kaczor had known each other for a decade.
  • Today in 2007, Keith Urban gave his first U.S. TV interview since leaving the Betty Ford Center a month earlier. He opened up about his recovery on NBC’s “Today” show, and noted that both he and wife Nicole Kidman had grown through the process.
  • Today in 2007, Clay Walker joined the 2007 Original Krewe of Orpheus in Mandeville, Louisiana as the Celebrity Grand Marshall of their parade.
  • Today in 2007, Lonestar’s Keech Rainwater, Terri Clark, and Trent Tomlinson were the celebrity players for the final day of Country Week on the game show “Wheel of Fortune.”
  • Today in 2008, Tracy Lawrence hosted his 12th annual Arkansas Homecoming in Texarkana, Arkansas. Clay Waker was among the performers at the event.
  • Today in 2008, Grand Ole Opry member Bobby Lord passed away. Lord had a long-running television show in the 1960s and ’70s, and he served as a co-host for The Nashville Network’s “Country Sportsman” for several years before retiring and moving back to his native Florida with his wife Mozelle.
  • Today in 2009, Steve Wariner, Chuck Wicks, and Julianne Hough performed at Music 4 Music, a benefit in support of the Ravenwood High School Marching Band. The school, in the Nashville suburb of Brentwood, also hosted the event.
  • Today in 2010, Trace Adkins resumed his tour with a performance at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. He’d skipped his show two nights earlier with Martina McBride in the wake of a fatal traffic accident involving his tour bus.
  • Today in 2010, Tim McGraw’s second children’s book, “Love Your Heart,” arrived in stores. The book was the sequel to his first book, “My Little Girl,” which was based on his song from the movie “Flicka.” The singer collaborated with Tom Douglas on both books.
  • Today in 2010, Miranda Lambert’s “Revolution” album went gold.
  • Today in 2011, Justin Moore’s tour bus caught fire while he was traveling to a show in Detroit. No one was hurt in the blaze, which was extinguished in about ten minutes and caused minimal damage.
  • Today in 2017, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert and Florida Georgia Line netted nominations in five categories apiece as the Academy of Country Music announced finalists for the 52nd annual ACM Awards.
  • Today in 2019, Brothers Osborne welcomed surprise guest Lee Ann Womack as they delivered their third sell-out concert in four nights at the Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville. Elsewhere in the set list were “Shoot Me Straight,” “Burning Man,” “It Ain’t My Fault” and a cover of “Copperhead Road.”
  • Today in 2020, Aaron Watson attended the seventh birthday party of a Waco, Texas, girl who had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.


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