This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1963, Buck Owens recorded “Act Naturally,” and made a first pass at “My Heart Skips a Beat.”
  • Today in 1981, the “Greatest Hits” album by Ronnie Milsap was certified Gold.
  • Today in 1983, the single “You And I” by Eddie Rabbitt with Crystal Gayle peaked at number seven on the pop singles chart.
  • Today in 1983, Crystal Gayle’s “’Til I Can Gain Control Again” was a #1 Billboard single.
  • Today in 1986, “Rockin’ With the Rhythm” became the Judds second gold album.
  • Today in 1993, Toby Keith released “Should’ve Been a Cowboy.”
  • Today in 1993, Diamond Rio hit number one with their single, “In A Week or Two.”
  • Today in 1994, Rhett Akins’ daughter Kasey Lee was born.
  • Today in 1996, BlackHawk released the single “Like There Ain’t No Yesterday.”
  • Today in 1997, Kevin Sharp’s debut album, “Measure of a Man,” was certified Gold.
  • Today in 1998, Alabama’s “Mountain Music” became quintuple-platinum, “Roll On” quadruple-platinum, and “Greatest Hits, Volume III” double-platinum.
  • Today in 2002, Faith Hill’s work was among the songs up in the Best Original Song category for the 74th annual Academy Awards. Her soaring ballad, “There You’ll Be,” which was written by Diane Warren for the “Pearl Harbor” soundtrack, joined tracks from Paul McCartney, Sting, Enya and Randy Newman in the category.
  • Today in 2004, Buddy Jewell’s self-titled debut album was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
  • Today in 2005, Sammi Smith died in Oklahoma City. She was 61. Smith is perhaps best remembered for her hit rendition of Kris Kristofferson’s “Help Me Make It Through The Night.”
  • Today in 2005, longtime RCA recording artist Eddy Arnold was honored with The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award at a pre-Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.
  • Today in 2005, Rascal Flatts’ “Bless the Broken Road” became a #1 hit on the Billboard.
  • Today in 2007, Montgomery Gentry’s Eddie Montgomery, Trisha Yearwood, and Steve Azar helped launch Country Week on the game show “Wheel of Fortune.”
  • Today in 2008, The Statler Brothers, Tom T. Hall, Emmylou Harris, and the late Pop Stoneman were named as the 2008 inductees for the Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • Today in 2008, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, T.G. Sheppard, and Ronnie McDowell joined Pat Boone, B.J. Thomas, and Elvis Presley’s former girlfriend, rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson for the tribute concert “Belmont University Presents: Nashville Celebrates Elvis!”
  • Today in 2010, Taylor Swift made her feature film debut with the opening of the movie “Valentine’s Day.”
  • Today in 2010, The all-star remake of the charity single “We Are The World,” renamed “We Are The World 25 for Haiti,” was unveiled during the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada. Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles was among the soloists on the song, which was a fundraiser for earthquake relief in Haiti, while Zac Brown, Julianne Hough, and Sugarland’s Kristian Bush are also among the 85 stars featured on the track.
  • Today in 2010, Rascal Flatts released their special “Unstoppable (Olympics Mix)” digitally via iTunes. The song was also incorporated into the TV coverage of the Winter Olympic Games, which were getting under way in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Today in 2010, Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Build Me” was released to radio.
  • Today in 2011, CMT’s “40 Greatest Love Songs” featured Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” in the top spot.
  • Today in 2011, Dolly Parton was honored as a Grammy Lifetime Acheivement Award winner at a special event in Los Angeles.
  • Today in 2012, at the GRAMMYs, Taylor Swift’s “Mean” won both Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance. The Civil Wars, Lady Antebellum, Alison Krauss, and Union Station were also among the winners. In addition, Blake Shelton and The Band Perry took part in a special Lifetime Achievement salute to Glen Campbell. George Jones was also a Lifetime Achievement honoree.


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