This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1955, Johnny Cash auditioned for Sam Philips at Sun Records in Memphis. Philips liked “Hey, Porter,” and asked Cash to come back and record the next day, despite passing on most of his other songs.
  • Today in 1981, Willie Nelson got a #1 single with “Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground.”
  • Today in 1987, Restless Heart hit the top of the charts with “I’ll Still Be Loving You.”
  • Today in 1988, at the Academy of Country Music awards, Randy Travis won Top Male Vocalist and his song “Forever And Ever, Amen,” won Single Record and Song of the Year.
  • Today in 1994, the “8 seconds” soundtrack went gold. Artists who contributed included John Anderson, Pam Tillis, Billy Dean, Brooks & Dunn, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, McBride & The Ride, Karla Bonoff, David Lee Murphy, Mark Chesnutt, Patty Smyth, and Bill Conti.
  • Today in 1998, Clint Black and Steve Wariners “Nothin’ But The Taillights” hit the top of the Billboard country chart.
  • Today in 1999, Garth Brooks experienced the beginning of spring training, getting a single up the middle of pitcher Mike Sirotka during a San Diego Padres game, as they lost to the Chicago White Sox.
  • Today in 2000, Nickel Creek released a self-titled debut album.
  • Today in 2004, Rascal Flatts singer Gary LeVox and his wife Tara gave birth to their second daughter, Brooklyn Leigh Vernon.
  • Today in 2014, in an episode of “CMT Crossroads,” Dierks Bentley and OneRepublic sang “Apologize,” “Up On The Ridge,” “Pride (In The Name Of Love)” and “I Hold On.”
  • Today in 2015, Jason Aldean married Brittany Kerr in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. “Duck Dynasty” star Willie Robertson conducted the ceremony, and Tyler Farr was one of the groomsmen. Aldean and Kerr’s first dance? Lionel Richie’s “Stuck On You.”
  • Today in 2017, Little Big Town performed in Australia for the first time, appearing at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney with opening act Kip Moore.
  • Today in 2018, Keith Urban’s “Coming Home” hit the airwaves.


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