This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1949, Hank Williams made his first appearance at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with “Lovesick Blues.”
  • Today in 1991, Travis Tritt’s “Here’s A Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)” was released.
  • Today in 1993, Lee Roy Parnell’s single, “Tender Moment,” hit #1.
  • Today in 1994, Clint Black topped the charts with his single, “A Good Run Of Bad Luck.”
  • Today in 1996, the album, “Politics, Religion and Her,” by Sammy Kershaw was released.
  • Today in 1997, Clint Black’s album, “Put Yourself In My Shoes,” was certified triple platinum.
  • Today in 1997, the album, “The Coast Is Clear,” by Tracy Lawrence was certified gold.
  • Today in 1998, Eddie Rabbitt succumbed to lung cancer after being diagnosed with the disease one year earlier. He was 56.
  • Today in 2002, Kellie Coffey’s debut album, “When You Lie Next To Me,” arrived in stores.
  • Today in 2002, Toby Keith’s “Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American)” was released.
  • Today in 2007, Brad Paisley and wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley were featured among “People” magazine’s ‘100 Most Beautiful People,’ as were Barbara Mandrell, Carrie Underwood, LeAnn Rimes, Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, Nicole Kidman and Miley Cyrus.
  • Today in 2010, Carrie Underwood’s “Undo It” video debuted on CMT.
  • Today in 2011, Miranda Lambert, Kix Brooks and Travis Tritt attended the Kentucky Derby at Louisville’s Churchill Downs, where Animal Kingdom won. Also present: Laura Bell Bundy, Randy Owen, Eddie Montgomery and Linda Davis.
  • Today in 2012, Jake Owen married Lacey Buchanan in Vero Beach, Florida. The couple’s first dance at the reception is to “Can’t Help Falling In Love.”
  • Today in 2016, Lady Antebellum performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” in a rainstorm before the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville. Nyquist won the race, attended by Joey Fatone, Eddie Montgomery, Travis Tritt, Will Chase, Tanya Tucker and The Supremes’ Mary Wilson.
  • Today in 2017, Lady Antebellum sang the national anthem and Phil Vassar performed during intermission when the Nashville Predators defeat the St. Louis Blues, 3-1, at the Bridgestone Arena, propelling team to the NHL’s Western Conference finals for the first time in its history.


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