This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1949, Hank Williams, Sr. made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry. He sang “Lovesick Blues” and got an unprecedented six encores. Ironically, Opry bigwigs had been reluctant to book him at first, because his wild lifestyle was at odds with the Opry’s clean and wholesome image.
  • Today in 1988, Patty Loveless became a member of the Grand Ole Opry, where she sings “If My Heart Had Windows” and “A Little Bit In Love.”
  • Today in 1993, Patty Loveless topped the country charts with “Blame It On Your Heart.”
  • Today in 1994, “That Ain’t No Way To Go” to go brought Brooks & Dunn to the top of the Billboard country singles chart.
  • Today in 1996, Paul Brandt’s debut album, “Calm Before the Storm,” and Mark Wills’ self-titled debut album arrived in stores.
  • Today in 1996, Carl Perkins was inducted into the Hollywood Rock Walk in Los Angeles
  • Today in 1996, Garth Brooks set a Fan Fair (Fan Fair is now called CMA Music Fest) record by signing autographs for 23 hours straight.
  • Today in 1999, the Dixie Chicks album, “Wide Open Spaces,” was certified for sales of 6-million, making it the best selling album by a duo or group in country music history. A year later, it was certified for sales in excess of 11-million. When the critically acclaimed disc surpassed 10-million, the trio became the only group in the history of country music to receive a prestigious RIAA Diamond Award.
  • Today in 2000, Lila McCann became a high school graduate.
  • Today in 2002, Lonestar were honored with the 2002 Fatherhood Award at the National Fatherhood Initiative’s 5th Annual Awards Gala Dinner in San Antonio.
  • Today in 2002, lots of new albums arrived in stores. They included Sawyer Brown’s “Can You Hear Me Now?,” Aaron Tippin’s “RCA Country Legends,” Conway Twitty’s “The Late Great Conway Twitty” and the Marie Sisters’ self-titled debut album.
  • Today in 2004, “The Stepford Wives” opens in movie theaters, with Faith Hill in her acting debut.
  • Today in 2012, Jason Aldean is ticketed and fined $100 for swimming in prohibited waters on a visit to the beach in Destin, Florida
  • Today in 2013, Carrie Underwood recorded NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” theme, “Waiting All Day For Sunday Night” – it officially debuted the following September.
  • Today in 2016, Garth Brooks coached about 100 kids on life and teamwork during a one-day camp at the Hank Ruys Soccer Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
  • Today in 2016, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band received plaques from the Tennessee Department of Tourism Development honoring the group’s 50th anniversary as it prepared to play Nissan Stadium in Nashville during the CMA Music Festival.
  • Today in 2016, Cassadee Pope made a surprise appearance at Nissan Stadium in Nashville during the CMA Music Festival to sing “Think Of You” with Chris Young. The night also featured Florida Georgia Line, Cole Swindell, Blake Shelton, The Oak Ridge Boys, Steven Tyler and Martina McBride.
  • Today in 2017, Justin Moore and his wife, Kate, welcomed their son, Thomas South Moore, in Little Rock.


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