This day in Country Music News

  • Today in 1955, in a deal engineered by Colonel Tom Parker, RCA Records bought Elvis Presley’s contract and master tapes from Sam Phillips’ Sun Records for $35,000. The papers were signed at the Sun Recording Studio in Memphis.
  • Today in 1981, Hank Williams Jr.’s “All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down)” settles in at #1 on the Billboard country chart.
  • Today in 1986, Lynn Anderson collects the only platinum album of her career, for “Rose Garden.”
  • Today in 1992, Alabama claims the top spot on the Billboard country singles chart with “I’m In A Hurry (And Don’t Know Why).”
  • Today in 2002, Mark Wills’ “19 Somethin'” video debuted.
  • Today in 2006, Rascal Flatts walked off with two trophies at the American Music Awards, broadcast by ABC from Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium. Other country victors include Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Toby Keith and Carrie Underwood.
  • Today in 2008, the Lady Antebellum video, for “Lookin’ For A Good Time” debuted.
  • Today in 2011, the Band Perry, Darius Rucker, Kris Kristofferson and Dierks Bentley play for president Barack Obama at the White House. The bill also features Lauren Alaina, Lyle Lovett and Alison Krauss.
  • Today in 2015, Chris Stapleton’s “Traveller” hit #1 on the Billboard country albums chart, ultimately topping the list a total of 23 weeks through August 2016.
  • Today in 2016, Kelsea Ballerini’s single, “Peter Pan,” went platinum.
  • Today in 2017, Old Crow Medicine Show performed “Old Flames Can’t Hold A Candle To You” and “Wagon Wheel” with Kesha while shooting a new episode of “CMT Crossroads” at The Factory in Franklin, Tennessee.
  • Today in 2018, Vince Gill and Ricky Skaggs performed “Go Rest High On That Mountain” during a memorial for Roy Clark at Rhema Bible Church in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Also participating: Larry Gatlin, Rudy Gatlin, Moe Bandy, Barbara Fairchild, Buck Trent and Rodney Lay.


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