This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1935, Gene Autry starred in the sci-fi western “The Phantom Empire,” which included his song “That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine.” His co-star was Smiley Burnette, and the plot was that Autry finds a lost race of people with laser guns living underneath his ranch.
  • Today in 1957, Patsy Cline made her debut on the pop charts with “Walkin’ After Midnight.”
  • Today in 1959, “Don’t Take Your Guns To Town” earned Johnny Cash a #1 country single in Billboard.
  • Today in 1978, Kenny Rogers won the GRAMMY in the Best Male Country Vocal Performance category for “Lucille.”
  • Today in 1979, Tanya Tucker’s “TNT” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1983, at the GRAMMYs, “Always On My Mind” won three awards: Song of the Year and Best Country Song for writers Wayne Carson, Johnny Christopher, and Mark James, and Best Country Vocal Performance Male for Willie Nelson.
  • Today in 1985, “Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On” earned Mel McDaniel his one and only #1 single in Billboard.
  • Today in 1988, the “Born To Boogie” album by Hank Williams Jr. was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1990, Reba McEntire gave birth to her son Shelby Stephen Blackstock.
  • Today in 1993, the “Hard Workin’ Man” album by Brooks & Dunn was released.
  • Today in 1996, George Strait’s “Strait Out of the Box” 4-CD set was certified for sales of three million copies, making it the best-selling country box set of all time.
  • Today in 1996, Martina McBride’s album, “Wild Angels,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 1996, Alan Jackson hit #1 on the charts with “I’ll Try.”
  • Today in 1999, Garth Brooks attended spring training camp with baseball team the San Diego Padres as a non-roster player. In lieu of salary, the Padres Foundation agreed to contribute to the Touch ‘Em All Foundation, a charity Brooks co-founded in collaboration with Major League Baseball players, entertainers and corporate partners.
  • Today in 2000, Lonestar’s “Lonely Grill” album was certified double platinum.
  • Today in 2000, at the GRAMMYs, The Dixie Chicks and Shania Twain each won two awards. The Chicks got Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group for “Ready To Run,” and “Fly” won Best Country Album.
  • Today in 2002, LeeAnn Rimes and Dean Sheremet got married. The couple split in 2009 amidst the revelations of her affair with Eddie Cibrian – and were divorced in June 2010. She was engaged to Cibrian by December 2010 and they married in April 2011.
  • Today in 2003, Alan Jackson won his very first GRAMMY. It was in the Best Country Song category for “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning).”
  • Today in 2004, Brad Paisley was the celebrity monarch for the Krewe of Orpheus at the Mardi Gras Parade in New Orleans.
  • Today in 2009, Gloriana’s video, “Wild At Heart,” premiered.
  • Today in 2012, Luke Bryan scored a platinum single from the RIAA for “I Don’t Want This Night To End.”
  • Today in 2012, Carrie Underwood’s “Good Girl” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2013, Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires were married in Nashville.
  • Today in 2013, Tim McGraw’s “Two Lanes Of Freedom” spent a week at the top of the Billboard country albums chart.
  • Today in 2018, Cole Swindell’s single, “Break Up In The End,” was released.
  • Today in 2019, Steve Earle, Bob McDill, Christopher Cross and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons are inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame at the Paramount Theatre in Austin.
  • Today in 2019, Taylor Swift was a surprise performer for a fan’s engagement party.
  • Today in 2012, Carrie Underwood’s “Good Girl” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2020, Bruce Robison, Kelly Willis, Lee Roy Parnell, Walt Wilkins and Waylon Payne performed at Gruene Hall in Texas to raise money for Hal Ketchum’s medical expenses as he battled Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Today in 2021, Scotty McCreery posted a video showing his dip into a chilly backyard pool. His “polar plunge” in place raised more than $2,600 for Special Olympics.
  • Today in 2021, Luke Combs’ single, “Forever After All,” hit the airwaves.


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