This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1969, Elvis Presley recorded “Don’t Cry Daddy” at the American Studios in Memphis.
  • Today in 1982, Ronnie Milsap recorded “Any Day Now” at the Groundstar Laboratory in Nashville.
  • Today in 1988, Vern Gosdin’s “Chiseled in Stone” album is released.
  • Today in 1992, Johnny Cash was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Cash was alongside with Booker T. & The MGs, Jimi Hendrix, Sam & Dave, Bobby “Blue” Bland and others.
  • Today in 1992, Garth Brooks’ self-titled set went triple-platinum and “No Fences” and “Ropin’ the Wind” became the first country albums certified for shipments of six million.
  • Today in 2000, Patty Loveless introduced Ralph as the new member of Grand Ole Opry.
  • Today in 2002, Alan Jackson’s “Drive” album was released.
  • Today in 2007, Taylor Swift appoints actor Tyler Hilton as she films the video for “Teardrops On My Guitar” at Nashville’s Hume-Fogg Magnet School.
  • Today in 2013, Jason Aldean’s “Take A Little Ride” is awarded a platinum single.
  • Today in 2014, Trace Adkins was admitted to a treatment facility for alcohol rehab after getting into a fight with a Trace Adkins impersonator. Weeks later, he left treatment – to be at his father’s side as he passed.
  • Today in 2015, Florida Georgia Line kicked off their first arena headlining tour in Toledo, Ohio. Also on the bill – Thomas Rhett and Frankie Ballard.
  • Today in 2016, Brothers Osborne’s debut album, “Pawn Shop,” was released. Hank Williams Jr. album, “It’s About Time,” also hit shelves.
  • Today in 2016, Willie Nelson was honored with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in a special aired by PBS. Rosanne Cash performed “Pancho And Lefty,” while Alison Krauss and Jamey Johnson covered “Seven Spanish Angels.” Neil Young, Raul Malo, Paul Simon and Cyndi Lauper also appeared.
  • Today in 2017, A Thousand Horses bass player Graham DeLoach got engaged to girlfriend Andrea Evans in Aspen, Colorado…and they got hitched on July 7th.
  • Today in 2020, Dwight Yoakam closed Sean Penn’s CORE Gala, raising $5-million for a relief agency, at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. Present for the event were Leonard DiCaprio, Connie Britton, Jason Derulo, Jimmy Iovine and Julia Roberts.


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