This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1948, the Nitty Gritty’s drummer and singer Jimmie Fadden was born in Long Beach, California.
  • Today in 1964, the Statler Brothers open for Johnny Cash’s show in Canton, Ohio, when the Man in Black was late. Cash added them to his touring cast for the next eight years.
  • Today in 1974, the last Saturday night performance of the Grand Ole Opry at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium was held as the show moved the new Opryland. The Ryman had been home to the show since 1941.
  • Today in 1984, Kris Kristofferson received the first Roger Miller Memorial Award for lifetime achievement as a songwriter at the TNN/Music City News Country Songwriters Awards show.
  • Today in 1990, the “Reba” video by Reba McEntire was certified gold.
  • Today in 1991, Alan Jackson topped the Billboard country singles chart for the first time with “I’d Love You All Over Again.”
  • Today in 1994, Alan Jackson’s number one hit single “Chattahoochie” was named Song of the Year at the 11th annual Music City News Country Songwriters Awards.
  • Today in 1995, BlackHawk’s debut album was certified Platinum.
  • Today in 1998, LeAnn Rimes’ “How Do I Live” single was certified triple platinum.
  • Today in 1994, Alan Jackson’s #1 hit single, “Chattahoochee,” was named Song of the Year at the 11th annual Music City News Country Songwriters Awards.
  • Today in 1995, BlackHawk’s debut album was certified platinum.
  • Today in 2002, Jo Dee Messina and Tim McGraw paired up for the #1 position on the Billboard country singles chart with “Bring On The Rain.”
  • Today in 2003, it was announced that the Muscular Dystrophy Association had selected Linda Davis as the 2003 MDA Spokesperson.
  • Today in 2003, Tim McGraw and the American Red Cross announced a joint initiative to raise funds to benefit the local Red Cross chapters located in the more than 50 U.S. cities where his tour “Tim McGraw & The Dancehall Doctors’ ONE BAND SHOW” was set to stop. Ultimately, the Red Cross received the hefty sum of $43,000.
  • Today in 2004, Clay Walker launched a tour behind his album “A Few Questions” with a show in Nashville.
  • Today in 2004, Mark Wills’ album “The 20th Century Masters: The Best of Mark Wills,” Cross Canadian Ragweed’s disc “Soul Gravy,” and James Otto’s CD “Days of Our Lives” arrived in stores.
  • Today in 2005, Blue County performed a mini-concert during an episode of the CBS daytime soap “As The World Turns.”
  • Today in 2006, The Rolling Stones chose Merle Haggard as their opening act when the band played at the Alltel Arena in Little Rock, Arkansas.
  • Today in 2007, Bucky Covington made his debut at the Grande Ole Opry performing “A Different World.”
  • Today in 2008, Naomi Judd crowned the winner at the end of the three-day 3rd Annual Prilosec OTC Bunco Championship at Caesars Palace Las Vegas.
  • Today in 2009, Chuck Wicks and Jewel’s husband Ty Murray began their run on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”
  • Today in 2009, Mac McAnally gifted Kenny Chesney with the Martin Guitar he used to write “Back Where I Come From” and “Down The Road.”
  • Today in 2010, new releases included Gary Allan’s CD “Get Off On The Pain,” and Matt Kennon’s debut EP, “The Call.”
  • Today in 2011, Randy Houser’s bus erupted in flames in Charleston, South Carolina. The band was uninjured but all of their gear and personal belongings were damaged in the wreck.
  • Today in 2013, Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman launched season two of her GAC cooking series, “Kimberly’s Simply Southern.”
  • Today in 2017, Martina McBride threw a shower for expectant mothers at the Covenant House, a homeless shelter in New York.
  • Today in 2017, obsessed fan Mohammed Jaffar was arrested on stalking charges after repeatedly showing up at Taylor Swift’s New York penthouse apartment for several months. How annoying was he? In one instance, he reportedly rang her doorbell for a full hour. He still hasn’t faced trial…at last check, he’s mentally unfit to do so.
  • Today in 2017, Kid Rock announced the launch of the American Badass charcoal grill. Though it actually comes in charcoal and gas versions, Rock’s motivation is that the grill is 100% American made “down to the last screw.”
  • Today in 2017, Old Dominion joined band member Brad Tursi for the funeral of his 30-year-old brother, Drew Tursi, at Seacoast Church in Charleston, South Carolina.


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