This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1948, the radio debut of Louisiana Hayride was broadcast on KWKH in Shreveport, Louisiana. It would go on to feature such acts as Elvis Presley, Hank Williams, Sr., Jim Reeves and George Jones.
  • Today in 1950, Bass player and son of Cliffie Stone, Curtis Stone was born in North Hollywood, California. He joined Highway 101, which later earned the Country Music Association’s vocal group awards in 1988 and 1989.
  • Today in 1968, Roy Clark made his first of several guest appearances on “The Beverly Hillbillies” as cousin Roy and Mother Myrtle.
  • Today in 1975, Emmylou Harris debuted with her famous “Hot Band” at a San Francisco club. Made up of some of the industry’s best singers and players, the “Hot Band” eventually became a proving ground for future country stars. Over the years, the lineup included, at various times, Rodney Crowell, Vince Gill and Ricky Skaggs.
  • Today in 1982, The Oak Ridge Boys storm the #1 spot in Billboard with “Bobbie Sue.”
  • Today in 1987, President Reagan presented Minnie Pearl with American Cancer Society’s annual Courage Award for her personal fight against cancer.
  • Today in 1992, Dolly Parton’s film, “Straight Talk,” opened in theaters nationwide.
  • Today in 1995, BlackHawk released the single, “That’s Just About Right.”
  • Today in 1995, Diamond Rio’s single, “Bubba Hyde,” hit #9 on the charts.
  • Today in 2002, Brad Paisley was surprised with the annual NASI (Nashville Songwriters Association International) “Songwriter/Artist of the Year” award while he was in Nashville at the Legendary Songwriters Acoustic Concert. The NASI is one of the organizers of Tin Pan South, the annual songwriter event, which also takes place in Nashville. Bill Anderson, who hosted the event and is a collaborator friend of Brad’s, presented him with the award.
  • Today in 2002, Brad Paisley received the Nashville Songwriter’s Association’s Songwriter/Artist of the Year award.
  • Today in 2004, Kenny Chesney and Uncle Kracker hoisted “When The Sun Goes Down” to #1 on the Billboard chart.
  • Today in 2009, Reba McEntire and Heidi Newfield were featured in a country edition of the daytime game show “The Price Is Right.”
  • Today in 2010, Love And Theft’s Eric Gunderson married Emily Hagar at the Hazel Path Mansion in Hendersonville, Tennessee.
  • Today in 2011, Miranda Lambert won four trophies during the 46th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. She nabbed Top Female Vocalist, while her song, “The House That Built Me,” garnered trophies in the Single Record, Song and Video of the Year categories.


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