This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1970, Crystal Gayle hit the country charts for the first time with “I’ve Cried The Blue Right Out of My Eyes.” Her sister, Loretta Lynn, wrote the song.
  • Today in 1981, Lee Greenwood made his chart debut with “It Turns Me Inside Out.”
  • Today in 1988, Patty Loveless released her “Honky Tonk Angel” album.
  • Today in 1990, Travis Tritt’s “Country Club” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1991, George Strait’s “Greatest Hits” album was certified double platinum.
  • Today in 1994, BlackHawk’s self-titled debut album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1994, George Jones was released from the hospital just one week after undergoing triple bypass surgery.
  • Today in 1995, Tim McGraw’s “All I Want” album was released.
  • Today in 1996, Patsy Cline’s “Greatest Hits” album was certified for sales of 7-million.
  • Today in 1996, Reba McEntire’s “Merry Christmas To You” album was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1996, Vince Gill’s “When I Call Your Name” album was certified double platinum. The same day, his “I Still Believe In You” album was certified for sales of 4-million copies.
  • Today in 1997, Trace Adkins’ album, “Dreamin Out Loud,” was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1998, Eddie Rabbitt, Kent Robbins (“Straight Tequila Night”) and Merle Kilgore (“Ring Of Fire”) were inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the Loews Vanderbilt Plaza Hotel in Nashville.
  • Today in 2000, Trisha Yearwood was celebrating her induction into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and getting ready to kick off her European tour in Dublin, Ireland.
  • Today in 2000, George Strait’s 27th album, which was also his first self-titled release, arrived in stores.
  • Today in 2000, Kenny Chesney visited his old stomping grounds of Luttrell, Tennessee, just outside of Knoxville. While in his hometown, Kenny also made an appearance at a Gibbs High School assembly — his alma mater. At the event, he was presented with a proclamation declaring September 19th “Kenny Chesney Day” in Lutrell.
  • Today in 2000, Terri Clark’s “Fearless” album arrived in stores.
  • Today in 2000, George Strait released his first self-titled album.
  • Today in 2001, Clint Black and his wife, Lisa Hartman Black, had more than a new baby to celebrate. The couple’s duet, “Easy for Me to Say” debuted at #56 on “Billboard’s” Hot Country Singles chart. It was also the first time that Lisa debuted on the magazine’s chart. But wait…what about…1999’s “When I Said I Do?” Of course, that was a huge hit, too, but Lisa wasn’t officially listed in the credits and therefore didn’t appear on the “Billboard” chart.
  • Today in 2002, Brad Paisley launched the inaugural “CMT Most Wanted Live” tour in Phoenix. While Brad was the featured headliner, the show’s opening acts varied throughout the schedule and included Steve Azar, Chris Cagle, Tammy Cochran, Andy Griggs, Steve Holy, Shannon Lawson, Rascal Flatts, Tommy Shane Steiner, Phil Vassar, Pinmonkey and Darryl Worley.
  • Today in 2003, Johnny Cash posthumously won three trophies at the Americana Music Awards in Nashville.
  • Today in 2007, Brooks & Dunn nab a platinum album for “The Greatest Hits Collection II.”
  • Today in 2009, the financial company TIAA-CREF began airing a television commercial that features Lady Antebellum’s “I Run To You” behind on-screen images of meerkats.
  • Today in 2015, the “CMT Crossroads” episode pairing Sara Evans and REO Speedwagon premiered. They team on Evans’ hits “A Real Fine Place To Start” and “Born To Fly,” as well as REO’s “Keep It On The Run” and “Roll With The Changes.”
  • Today in 2016, despite a doctor’s warning against performing, Jana Kramer fought through the pain of a rib injury on ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars,” performing to Gavin DeGraw’s live rendition of “I Don’t Want To Be.”


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