This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1963, Dottie West debuted on the charts with the single, “Let Me Off at the Corner.”
  • Today in 1978, Kenny Rogers’ album, “The Gambler,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 1982, the album, “Heaven’s Just A Sin Away,” by the Kendalls was certified gold.
  • Today in 1990, Randy Travis’ “Heroes And Friends” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1990, the album, “No Fences,” by Garth Brooks was certified double-platinum. It has since gone on to be certified for sales of over 16-million copies.
  • Today in 1991, the Judds graced the cover of TV Guide.
  • Today in 1996, Mark Wills and his wife, Kelly, were married.
  • Today in 1997, Pam Tillis’ single, “Land of the Living,” hit the top five of the country charts.
  • Today in 2000, Trisha Yearwood’s video, “Where Are You Now,” hit #1 on CMT Brazil.
  • Today in 2002, “These Days” propelled Rascal Flatts to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart.
  • Today in 2009, Sugarland performed “Silent Night” with Jennifer Hudson on a Christmas edition of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Tim McGraw joined Alicia Keys on John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over).”
  • Today in 2011, a Nashville judge ruled Tim McGraw was free to record for a label other than Curb Records.
  • Today in 2012, Glen Campbell delivered the final concert of his career at the Uptown Theatre in Napa, California. The set included “Try A Little Kindness,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Southern Nights” and the last song of his lifetime, “Gentle On My Mind.”
  • Today in 2016, “Dolly Parton’s Christmas Of Many Colors – Circle Of Love” aired on NBC with Jennifer Nettles and Rick Schroder starring. Parton narrated, sang and played a hooker. “Some women,” her character notes, “say I’m their worst nightmare.”
  • Today in 2018, the Tennessee Historical Commission announced two former homes of country stars were added to the National Register of Historic Places: the ex-residence of Hank Snow and the place June Carter and Maybelle Carter used to live in.
  • Today in 2020, a Los Angeles judge awarded Kelly Clarkson primary custody of her two children amidst the legal wranglings surrounding her divorce from Brandon Blackstock.
  • Today in 2020, Jake Owen announced his engagement to girlfriend (and mother of his daughter Paris Hartley) Erica Hartlein.
  • Today in 2020, Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins host “CMA Country Christmas” on ABC.


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