This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1967, Kenny Rogers left the New Christy Minstrels and later formed the First Edition.
  • Today in 1967, Bobbie Gentry recorded the hit single “Ode to Billie Joe” at a Hollywood studio.
  • Today in 1970, Johnny Cash recorded Kris Kristofferson’s “Sunday Morning Coming Down.”
  • Today in 1972, Tom T. Hall entered the charts with “I Remember The Year That Clayton Delaney Died.”
  • Today in 1982, “Any Day Now” by Ronnie Milsap peaked at #14 on the pop singles chart.
  • Today in 1982, “Love’s Been A Little Bit Hard On Me” by Juice Newton peaked at #7 on the pop singles chart.
  • Today in 1998, Collin Raye’s “I Can Still Feel You” hits the top of Radio & Records’ country chart.
  • Today in 2000, U-S Customs officials at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport seize a shipment of Kenny Chesney’s single, “I Lost It.” The promotional C-D singles were assembled with a package that included imported “English water.” On the cover, Kenny, who was dressed in a black suit and black hat, appeared to be partially immersed in a pool of water.
  • Today in 2001, it was officially announced that Chalee Tennison had become officially engaged to guitar player Mark Gillespie. The happy couple tied the knot on November 10th in a private ceremony in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
  • Today in 2002, Dolly Parton launched a 13-city tour, marking her first tour in decades.
  • Today in 2010, Carrie Underwood married hockey player Mike Fisher at the Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Georgia.
  • Today in 2012, Luke Bryan performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Kellie Pickler sang “God Bless America” during the seventh-inning stretch.
  • Today in 2013, Randy Travis underwent emergency brain surgery after suffering a stroke at the Heart Hospital at Baylor Plano in Texas.
  • Today in 2016, Dierks Bentley announced that his 15-year-old dog, Jake, had died. His pet was a sidekick through much of Bentley’s career, introduced in the video to “What Was I Thinkin’.”
  • Today in 2017, Brett Eldredge was high on the platinum single he scored from the RIAA for “Drunk On Your Love.”
  • Today in 2017, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood joined Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter to help construct a new house in Edmonton in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity.
  • Today in 2018, Halfway To Hazard launches a monthly residency at the Hutton Hotel in Nashville with surprise guests Chris Young, Jon Stone and Ira Dean.


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