This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1957, Patsy Cline married Charlie Dick.
  • Today in 1972, Merle Haggard’s The Best Of The Best Of Merle Haggard album was released.
  • Today in 1978, Kenny Rogers’ “Love Of Something Like It” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1978, Crystal Gayle’s “When I Dream” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1979, the single, “The Devil Went Down To Georgia,” by the Charlie Daniels Band peaked at #3 on the pop singles chart.
  • Today in 1981, Alabama’s “Feels So Right” album was certified Platinum.
  • Today in 1987, Hank Williams Jr.’s album, “Born To Boogie,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 1992, George Strait’s “Pure Country” album was released.
  • Today in 2001, Wynonna made her Grand Ole Opry debut.
  • Today in 2003, former “Nashville Star” contestant Miranda Lambert signed with Epic Records.
  • Today in 2005, Dierks Bentley released his second gold album “Modern Day Drifter.”
  • Today in 2007, Garth Brooks’ “More Than a Memory” became the first song to debut at #1 on Billboard’s country singles list.
  • Today in 2014, Eric Church’s “Talladega” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2015, Florida Georgia Line collects a platinum single from the RIAA for “Sun Daze” and a gold one for “Anything Goes.”
  • Today in 2016, Trace Adkins received the Outstanding Civilian Service Award from the U.S. Army at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.
  • Today in 2017, the Big & Rich album, “Did It For The Party,” was released.
  • Today in 2018, Jo Dee Messina headlined the 15th annual Burgundy Ball, a fundraiser for local cancer patients in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Today in 2019, “Country Music: A Film By Ken Burns” premiered on PBS. Key contributors in the mini-series include Garth Brooks, Merle Haggard, Marty Stuart, Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson, Rosanne Cash, Ketch Secor and Rhiannon Giddens.
  • Today in 2020, the book, “Me And Sister Bobbie: True Tales Of The Family Band,” a book by Willie Nelson and Bobbie Nelson, was released.
  • Today inn 2021, Kane Brown and Dolly Parton were on the annual “Time 100” list of the most influential people. Also highlighted: Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Donald Trump, Britney Spears, Simone Biles and Lil Nas X.


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