This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1961, “Big Bad John” took Jimmy Dean to #1 on the Billboard country chart.
  • Today in 1974, Dierks Bentley was born in Phoenix, Arizona. His career debuted in 2003.
  • Today in 1986, ex-smoker Chet Atkins was the honorary chairman of the sixth annual Great American Smokeout, asking nicotine addicts to lay off their cigarettes for one day.
  • Today in 2003, Travis and Theresa Tritt had a son, Tarian Nathaniel Tritt, in Georgia.
  • Today in 2009, “The Blind Side,” featuring Sandra Bullock, debuted in movie theaters.
  • Today in 2010, Martina McBride and Train teamed up for a new edition of “CMT Crossroads.”
  • Today in 2011, Zac Brown Band’s “Goodbye In Her Eyes” video debuted on
  • Today in 2014, Ty Herndon came out in “People” magazine, becoming the first male country hitmaker to publicly announce he’s gay.
  • Today in 2015, Miranda Lambert made a surprise appearance during Ashley Monroe’s concert at City Winery in Nashville, joining her on “The Blade.”
  • Today in 2016, Carrie Underwood was a double-winner during the American Music Awards – she earned Favorite Country Female and Favorite Country Album, for “Storyteller”


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