This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1951, Hank Williams’ “Cold, Cold Heart” reached #1.
  • Today in 1995, Ty Herndon scored his first #1 hit, “What Mattered Most.”
  • Today in 1998 Tracy Byrd released his album, “I’m From the Country.”
  • Today in 2000, Curb Records confirmed Nashville’s worst-kept secret as truth. After months of speculation, it was announced that super couple Faith Hill and Tim McGraw would indeed perform together in what would become known as the “Soul 2 Soul” tour.
  • Today in 2001, brought the world premiere of Dwight Yoakam’s directorial debut, “South of Heaven, West of Hell,” at the Olympia Theatre in Cannes, France. Dwight also co-wrote the western, which co-stars longtime his love Bridget Fonda, Vince Vaughn, Billy Bob Thornton, Peter Fonda, and Paul “Pee-Wee Herman” Reubens.
  • Today in 2001, Tim McGraw received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Louisiana-Monroe, where he was once a student, but had dropped out to move to Nashville.
  • Today in 2006, Jennifer Nettles made her TV acting debut on NBC’s “Las Vegas.” During the episode, Sugarland performed “Something More,” “Just Might Make Me Believe” and “Down In Mississippi (Up To No Good),” its lyrics changed to “down in Las Vegas.”
  • Today in 2007, Rascal Flatts’ “Stand” sat pretty at Billboard’s #1 position.
  • Today in 2008, The Zac Brown Band’s single, “Chicken Fried,” was released.
  • Today in 2012, Alison Krauss and The Eagles received honorary doctorates from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Krauss performs “Down To The River To Pray” during the event.
  • Today in 2014, Pizza Hut introduced the chain’s new Blake Shelton signature product, Blake’s Smokehouse BBQ Pizza.
  • Today in 2017, Thomas Rhett and his wife, Lauren, announced on social media that they’d adopted a Ugandan girl, Willa Gray Akins.
  • Today in 2018, Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles delivered the commencement speech at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia.
  • Today in 2018, Rosanne Cash received an honorary doctorate during a Berklee College of Music commencement in Boston. Also picking up degrees were guitarist Nile Rodgers and jazz musician Esperanza Spalding.
  • Today in 2019, Chris Stapleton and his wife, Morgane, welcomed their fifth child, a boy.
  • Today in 2019, Allison Moorer married Texas singer/songwriter Hayes Carll.
  • Today in 2020, Thomas Rhett’s album, “Center Point Road,” was certified gold by the RIAA
  • Today in 2020, the Highwomen’s debut single, “Crowded Table,” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2021, a Mississippi Country Music Trail marker was installed in Starkville to commemorate Johnny Cash’s 1965 arrest and overnight stay in the Starkville jail.


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