This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1956, Johnny Cash recorded “I Walk The Line” and “Get Rhythm” at the Sun Recording Studio in Memphis.
  • Today in 1961, Buddy Jewell was born in Osceola, Arkansas. He won the first “Nashville Star” TV competition in 2003 that lead him to a recording contract and gold album.
  • Today in 1977, “Lucille” led Kenny Rogers to his first #1 country single in Billboard magazine.
  • Today in 1982, the “High Notes” album by Hank Williams Jr. was released.
  • Today in 1984, Alabama’s “Roll On” album was certified Gold and Platinum simultaneously.
  • Today in 1990, Diamond Rio signed its first recording contract with Artista Records.
  • Today in 1991, the album “Electric Barnyard” by Kentucky Headhunters was released.
  • Today in 1991, Garth Brooks’ “No Fences” album was certified triple Platinum. It has since been certified for multi-Platinum sales of 16-million.
  • Today in 1992, the “Forever And Ever” video by Randy Travis was certified Gold.
  • Today in 1992, Wynonna Judd performed her first solo concert in Midland, Texas.
  • Today in 1994, Little Texas topped the Billboard country chart for the first time with “My Love.”
  • Today in 1994, Tim McGraw’s single “Indian Outlaw” hit number 15 on the charts.
  • Today in 1999, Trisha Yearwood appeared on “Sesame Street,” and got to rub shoulders with one of her biggest childhood influences. She said, quote, “As a child, Grover was my hero. To finally get to meet my childhood hero and have an opportunity to perform with him is something I’ll never forget.”
  • Today in 2000, Faith Hill’s “Breathe” album was certified multi-Platinum for sales of six-million copies.
  • Today in 2002, Elton John and Ryan Adams performed together at a studio in the Grand Ole Opry House for a taping of “CMT Crossroads.” Among their collaborations are duets on Jim Reeves’ “He’ll Have To Go” and Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Great Balls of Fire.”
  • Today in 2004, Martina McBride’s image was shown on the billboard above NASDAQ’s headquarters in New York’s Times Square as Lifetime TV and the National Domestic Violence Hotline honored her commitment to ending domestic violence.
  • Today in 2005, Tracy Byrd launched his 10th annual Homecoming Weekend.
  • Today in 2006, Craig Morgan broke his left wrist and suffered a concussion after he’s thrown over handlebars in an accident during a cross-country motorcycle race in Bucksnort, Tennessee. He continued to finish the race and perform that evening.
  • Today in 2006, Brad Paisley performed “When I Get Where I’m Going” during the funeral for Buck Owens at the Valley Baptist Church in Bakersfield. Garth Brooks, Chris Hillman, Herb Pederson, Lulu Roman, Dwight Yoakam, John Berry and Trace Adkins were also in attendance.
  • Today in 2007, Taylor Swift helped the Los Angeles Dodgers launch the new baseball season, by performing a 30-minute concert at Dodger Stadium in advance of the game and singing the national anthem before the first pitch.
  • Today in 2007, Clay Walker took part in opening day for the Houston Astros, singing the national anthem in advance of the baseball game and performing “God Bless America” during the seventh inning stretch.
  • Today in 2008, Carrie Underwood and the Wreckers’ Michelle Branch were among the performers at a special free concert in Indianapolis, Indiana in conjunction with the NCAA Final Four championship games.
  • Today in 2008, Montgomery Gentry’s Eddie Montgomery broke ground for his new Eddie Montgomery Steakhouse, the restaurant he was opening in Harrodsburg, Kentucky.
  • Today in 2008, Steve Azar took part in the Murray Brothers’ eighth annual Caddyshack Charity Golf Tournament. The star-studded event, held near Jacksonville, Florida, raised funds for St. Vincent’s Mobile Health Outreach, a facility on wheels that provides health care services to the homeless, migrant farm workers, and disadvantaged people of northeast Florida.
  • Today in 2008, Chuck Wicks and Luke Bryan took part in the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business’ “The Insider’s View” seminar series.
  • Today in 2013, Republic Nashville released The Band Perry’s album “Pioneer.”
  • Today in 2013, new country releases included Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” remix featuring Nelly.
  • Today in 2013, Wynonna Judd was the first celebrity voted off “Dancing With the Stars.”
  • Today in 2015, Lynn Anderson, Tanya Tucker, John Berry, T. Graham Brown and John Conlee participated in a celebrity waiters event at the Stones River Country Club in Murfreesboro, Tennessee to raise money for a child-abuse agency. Also working the floor – Jan Howard, Barbara Fairchild, Crook & Chase and Rex Allen Jr.
  • Today in 2016, Lee Brice surprised a military widow with the 1992 Chevy Silverado pickup her late husband formerly owned during the ACM Party For A Cause in Las Vegas. Brice donated a $40,000 check to the Folds of Honor charity and sang “I Drive Your Truck.” Eric Paslay and Charles Kelley also showed up to perform “The Driver” with Dierks Bentley.
  • Today in 2017, Clint Black postponed a concert at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Tennessee for a week as he battled an unspecified illness.


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