This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1962, George Jones reached #1 on the Billboard Country chart with “She Thinks I Still Care.”
  • Today in 1965, Roger Miller received a gold single for “King of the Road.”
  • Today in 1977, “Smokey & The Bandit” premiered at Radio City Music Hall in New York starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason and Jerry Reed, singer of “East Bound And Down.” John Schneider appeared in a small walk-on role.
  • Today in 1979, Waylon Jennings and Jessi Cotler had a son, Waylon Albright “Shooter” Jennings. He grew up to become an artist earning a Top 10 country album with 2012’s “Family Man.” He played his father in the 2005 movie “Walk The Line.”
  • Today in 1989, Clint Black hit #1 with his very first single, “A Better Man.” He was the first country artist to reach the top spot with a debut single since Freddy Fender in 1975.
  • Today in 1990, Ronnie Dunn married his wife, Janine.
  • Today in 1992, Mercury released Billy Ray Cyrus’ debut album, “Some Gave All.”
  • Today in 1997, Trisha Yearwood’s version of “How Do I Live” was released.
  • Today in 1998, the “Hope Floats” soundtrack was released, featuring Garth Brooks, Deana Carter, Trisha Yearwood, Lila McCann and Martina McBride. Also released on this day: Terri Clark’s “How I Feel,” Gary Allan’s “It Would Be You” and Keith Harling’s “Write It In Stone.”
  • Today in 2000, Eric Heatherly made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Today in 2000, Toby Keith officially became a “good ole boy” when he appeared in the CBS-TV movie, “The Dukes of Hazzard – Hazzard in Hollywood.”
  • Today in 2005, Toby Keith’s “As Good As I Once Was” video debuted on CMT.
  • Today in 2007, Sugarland copped the #1 position in Billboard with “Settlin'”
  • Today in 2013, Donald Trump declared Trace Adkins the winner of “The Celebrity Apprentice” over Penn Jillette on NBC. Adkins sang “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” during the episode, which saw him collect checks from Wynonna Judd, Thompson Square, Billy Ray Cyrus and The Oak Ridge Boys.
  • Today in 2015, Kelsea Ballerini’s debut album, “The First Time,” was released.


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