This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1973, Tammy Wynette’s “Till I Get It Right” topped the Billboard country singles chart.
  • Today in 1977, “The Best Of The Statler Brothers” album by Statler Brothers was certified gold.
  • Today in 1979, invited by Porter Wagoner, legendary R&B star James Brown played the Grand Ole Opry. His 17-minute set consisted of “Your Cheatin’ Heart” and “Tennessee Waltz.” Some Opry members complained, but Barbara Mandrell said he should’ve been invited to perform five years earlier.
  • Today in 1981, “I Love A Rainy Night” single by Eddie Rabbitt was certified gold.
  • Today in 1992, Vince Gill’s “I Never Knew Lonely” album was released.
  • Today in 1992, Willie Nelson scored a platinum album with “Willie Nelson Sings Kristofferson” and a multi-platinum album with “Greatest Hits (And Some That Will Be).”
  • Today in 1993, k.d. lang’s album, “Ingénue,” was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1993, Travis Tritt’s “T-R-O-U-B-L-E” album was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1995, Aaron Tippin’s debut album, “You’ve Got To Stand For Something” went gold.
  • Today in 1995, Clint Black topped the country charts with “Wherever You Go.”
  • Today in 2000, Vince Gill and Amy Grant were married in a Nashville ceremony complete with bagpipe players.
  • Today in 2001, Diamond Rio’s “One More Day” reached #1 in Billboard.
  • Today in 2003, Dixie Chick Natalie Maines sparked a furor Stateside when she told a London concert crowd, “Just so you know, we’re ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas.” The insanity that followed coined the term “Dixie Chicked” as the band’s name essentially became a dirty word. CDs were burned, and their popularity dropped like a bomb.
  • Today in 2005, CMT debuted Jo Dee Messina’s “My Give A Damn’s Busted.”
  • Today in 2007, Trace Adkins’ “Ladies Love Country Boys” topped the Billboard country chart.
  • Today in 2010, Josh Turner’s album “Deep South” was released.
  • Today in 2014, Cole Swindell’s single, “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight,” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2015, Tim McGraw appeared on ABC’s “Repeat After Me,” where an off-camera comedian feeds him lines to spoof an unsuspecting medical aide. Quoting from “Live Like You Were Dying,” he tells the woman, “I’ve never been skydiving, or Rocky Mountain climbing, or bullriding, but I have practiced kissing on my elbow.”
  • Today in 2017, Michelle Wright performed a benefit concert for an animal shelter at the Capitol Theatre in Chatham, Ontario.


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