This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1952, Hank Thompson took over the #1 position in the Billboard country chart with “The Wild Side Of Life.”
  • Today in 1962, Johnny Cash played prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York, supporting on the bill by George Jones, Tompall & The Glaser Brothers and The Carter Family.
  • Today in 1975, Gary Stewart received his only #1 single in Billboard with one of the greatest country titles of all-time, “She’s Actin’ Single (I’m Drinkin’ Doubles).”
  • Today in 1984, Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless The U.S.A.” was released.
  • Today in 1986, The Judds topped #1 in Billboard with “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout The Good Old Days).”
  • Today in 1989, Dwight Yoakam’s album, “Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc. Etc.,” was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1993, fire heavily damaged Mickey Gilley’s theater in Branson, Missouri.
  • Today in 1994, the album, “Ten Feet Tall And Bulletproof,” album by Travis Tritt was released.
  • Today in 1994, Lorrie Morgan’s “War Paint” album was released.
  • Today in 1994, right before John Berry was about to have surgery to remove a brain tumor, he found out that his single “Your Love Amazes Me” had become his first #1 hit.
  • Today in 1994, Willie Nelson was arrested on drug possession charges in Hewitt, Texas, after a police officer found him asleep in his car with a marijuana cigarette in the ashtray. The case was later thrown out of court, the cop was fired, and Willie was…um…on the road again!
  • Today in 1995, Reba McEntire became the first woman in 15 years to be named Entertainer of the Year at the 30th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, broadcasted live on NBC-TV from Los Angeles’ Universal Amphitheatre. She also reclaimed Top Female Vocalist.
  • Today in 1997, Barbara Mandrell launched her own jewelry line on the QVC cable TV channel. The “Country Sentiments” line of earrings, rings, bracelets and necklaces range in price from $20 to $125.
  • Today in 2000, LeAnn Rimes debuted the song, “I Need You,” on NBC-TV’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”
  • Today in 2000, Faith Hill appeared in “Here’s To You Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years!,” the landmark television tribute to the late “Peanuts” creator, Charles Schulz. Faith started working on the project while Charles was still alive and had hoped to meet him. Unfortunately, he passed away before the meeting could take place, but she was told by the show’s producers that the late artist was thrilled that she was participating in the event. In the special, Faith serenaded Charlie Brown about girl trouble with “Poor, Sweet Baby,” a song from 1983’s “Snoopy: The Musical.”
  • Today in 2005, Dierks Bentley’s “Modern Day Drifter” album arrived in stores.
  • Today in 2008, Carrie Underwood was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, welcomed by Garth Brooks. She performed “Last name,” “All-American Girl” and “Jesus, Take The Wheel.”
  • Today in 2013, Randy Houser’s “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” video debuted on CMT.
  • Today in 2016, Cole Swindell sang “You Should Be Here” at the top of One World Trade Center in New York…becoming the first artist to perform there since it opened.
  • Today in 2016, Lauren Alaina admitted in a “Time” magazine interview that she had bulimia in her teens.
  • Today in 2017, George Strait threw a party at RCA Studio A in Nashville to introduce his Codigo tequila to the market. Guests included Kix Brooks, Chase Rice and Martina McBride.
  • Today in 2017, Vince Gill was on hand as Nashville Mayor Megan Barry declared Ryman Auditorium Day as the former home of the Grand Ole Opry celebrates its 125th
  • Today in 2017, Scotty McCreery self-released his single, “Five More Minutes.” It went on to become his first #1 hit!
  • Today in 2018, Chris Stapleton’s “Traveller” album went triple-platinum.
  • Today in 2019, Alison Krauss + Union Station got a gold single from the RIAA for “When You Say Nothing At All.”
  • Today in 2021, Old Dominion’s Matthew Ramsey was briefly hospitalized after he fell off a ladder while replacing a light bulb. He suffered a cracked rib, a collapsed lung, plus minor scrapes and bruises. His warning to fans on Twitter: “be careful out there & get someone to hold ur ladder.”
  • Today in 2021, Jimmie Allen played a benefit for the family of a slain Delaware police officer at Bottle & Cork in Dewey Beach.


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