This day in Country Music History

Today in 1984, The Judds made their first large-venue appearance opening for the Statler Brothers at an arena in Omaha.
Today in 1993, George Strait’s “Heartland” topped the Billboard charts at #1.
Today in 1998, Steve Wariner gave his first public performance during the Grand Ole Opry of “Holes In The Floor Of Heaven.”
Today in 2002, Alison Krauss + Union Station picked up a gold album for “New Favorite.”
Today in 2004, Tim McGraw rose to #1 in Billboard with “Watch The Wind Blow By.”
Today in 2004, Gretchen Wilson’s video for “Redneck Woman” debuted on CMT’s “Most Wanted Live.” The clip included Hank Williams Jr. and Kid Rock.
Today in 2011, “Do not challenge the intelligence of my audience,” said John Rich, taking offense after Jose Canseco and Richard Hatch put down his theme song for Camping World on NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice.” The men’s team won the episode.
Today in 2013, Lady Antebellum nabbed a quadruple-platinum album from the Recording Industry Association of America for “Need You Now.”
Today in 2014, Canaan Smith announced his engagement to Christy Hardesty. The lovebirds married the following August and in October 2019? Th they welcomed daughter Virginia Rose Smith.
Today in 2016, Trisha Yearwood portrayed Mary, the mother of Jesus, as FOX aired a live two-hour TV special, “The Passion.”
Today in 2018, Sturgill Simpson was honored by the state legislature in Frankfort, Kentucky.
Today in 2018, Chris Janson joined the Grand Ole Opry…inducted by Garth Brooks.
Today in 2019, Lefty Frizzell’s “The Long Black Veil” was entered into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress. The 2019 class also included music by Cyndi Lauper, Sam & Dave, Neil Diamond and Ritchie Valens.
Today in 2019, Randy Owen received the Heart Of An Eagle Award from the Boy Scouts of America during a luncheon in Anniston, Alabama.


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