This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1983, CMT made its cable debut with Faron Young’s video “It’s Four In The Morning.”
  • Today in 1999, Sara Evans got her first #1 single with “No Place That Far.”
  • Today in 1999, George Jones was driving home in Nashville when he tried to play his single “Choices” for his stepdaughter on his cellphone. His car crashed, seriously injuring him. Later, police found an opened vodka bottle in the car.
  • Today in 2003, George W. Bush presented the National Medal of Arts at the White House to George Jones and Smokey Robinson.
  • Today in 2006, Miranda Lambert got her first gold single with “Kerosene.”
  • Today in 2010, Brad Paisley fell off the stage during a concert as he sang the last notes of his final song “Alcohol.” He was treated a local hospital for bruises – and no, he wasn’t tipsy.
  • Today in 2012, the Country Music Association announced that Garth Brooks, Connie Smith, and session piano player Hargus “Pig” Robbins were the next to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • Today in 2014, the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo announced an $18,000 scholarship in the name of Reba McEntire as she played Reliant Stadium. Her set list included “Whoever’s In New England,” “Consider Me Gone” and “Fancy.”
  • Today in 2017, com reported that Blake Shelton’s mother, Dorothy Shelton, had placed the home where he grew up on the market. The asking price for the three-bedroom structure and quarter-acre of land is $250,000.
  • Today in 2017, Kelsea Ballerini co-hosted the CBS daytime show, “The Talk,” for one day.
  • Today in 2018, Cam teamed with Smokey Robinson to shoot an installment of “CMT Crossroads” at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. The set included “The Tears Of A Clown,” “I Second That Emotion,” “Diane” and “Burning House.”


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