Country Day in History


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MON, 9/15

2005  Dierks Bentley's album Modern Day Drifter is certified gold.

2005  Publicists for both Kenny Chesney and actress Renee Zellweger confirm that their four-month marriage has been annulled. Renee's legal papers cite "fraud" but do not go into specifics. The Oscar winner releases a statement saying the word is "simply legal language and not a reflection on Kenny's character." 

2004  Deana Carter gives birth to a son, Gray Hayes Hicky.

2001  Cyndi Thomson's debut single, "What I Really Meant to Say," tops Billboard's country chart.

1992  Garth Brooks releases his album The Chase."

1987  Hank Williams Junior's Born to Boogie album is certified gold.

1981  Alabama's Feels So Right album is certified platinum.

1979  Charley Pride tops the Billboard country chart with "You're My Jamaica."

1978  Crystal Gayle's When I Dream and Kenny Rogers' Love or Something Like It albums are certified gold.

1973  Conway Twitty hits the top of Billboard's country chart with "You've Never Been This Far Before."

1957  Patsy Cline marries Charlie Dick.

1956  Elvis Presley tops the Billboard country chart with the double-sided hit "Don't Be Cruel"/"Hound Dog."


TUE, 9/16

2008  Darius Rucker releases his first country C-D, Learn to Live.

2006  Steve Holy's "Brand New Girlfriend" climbs to the top of Billboard's country chart.

2005  Reba McEntire returns to the small screen for the fifth season premiere of Reba on the W-B.

2005  Sara Evans' "A Real Fine Place to Start" takes over the top spot on Radio & Records' country chart. It will top Billboard's chart on the 17th.

2005  Trace Adkins is hospitalized following a concert in Morton, Minnesota. Doctors diagnose an abdominal inflammation and immediately perform surgery.

2002  Bill Engvall's Dorkfish and Michael Martin Murphey's Cowboy Songs albums are certified gold.

2002  Trace Adkins is in Washington, D-C to perform at a political fundraiser for Louisiana Congressman Billy Tauzin. While in the nation's capital, he headlines a U-S-O event honoring former President George Herbert Walker Bush.

2000  Trisha Yearwood is inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

1995  Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" charts in its fourth incarnation -- as a duet with Vince Gill.

1995  Tim McGraw begins a five-week run at the top of the Billboard country chart with "I Like It, I Love It."

1994  Lorrie Morgan's War Paint album is certified platinum.

1992  Tanya Tucker's What Do I Do With Me album is certified platinum.

1983  Crystal Gayle's "Baby What About You" goes to number-one on the Radio & Records country chart.

1967  Tammy Wynette scores her first number-one hit as she tops the Billboard country chart with "My Elusive Dreams," a duet with David Houston.


WED, 9/17

2010  Big Kenny and wife Christiev adopt a son, Dakota Jefferson Holiday.

2008  Jessica Simpson's first country C-D, Do You Know, debuts at number-one on the country album chart.

2005  Patty Loveless is inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in a ceremony at the WorldCongressCenter in Atlanta.

2005  Terri Clark ties the knot with her tour manager and bandmate, Greg Kaczor, in the Canadian Rockies.

2004  The fourth season of Reba McEntire's hit W-B sitcom, Reba, begins.

2002  Faith Hill tapes an N-B-C concert special in Los Angeles. The show airs a couple months later, on Thanksgiving.

2002  Two weeks after his third child is born, Tracy Byrd and his wife Michelle finally decide on a name for the boy -- Jared James.

2001  Garth Brooks is scheduled to release "Beer Run," a duet with George Jones, as the first single from his upcoming Scarecrow album, but he scraps plans for the event on the heels of the September 11th terrorist attacks. Weeks later, a less rowdy song, "Wrapped Up in You," is unveiled as the lead single from the album.

2000  Farm Aid 15 is held in Bristow, Virginia. The event includes performances by Alan Jackson, Sawyer Brown and Travis Tritt, as well as event founders Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young.

1999  Lisa Hartman Black joins husband, Clint Black, on stage in Dallas to sing "When I Said I Do" for the first time in public.

1999  Tim McGraw's "Something Like That" tops Radio & Records' country chart.

1977  Reba McEntire makes her Grand Ole Opry debut. She sings "Invitation to the Blues."

1960  Loretta Lynn makes her debut on the Grand Ole Opry.

1960  The Everly Brothers record "Walk Right Back" in Nashville.

1955  Elvis Presley's first number-one country hit, "I Forgot to Remember to Forget," enters the charts.


THU, 9/18

2010  Singer-songwriter Casey Twist tweets the news that he and Gloriana singer Cheyenne Kimball are engaged.

2008  Craig Morgan is invited to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

2007  Reba McEntire's Duets album hits stores.

2007  Sara Evans comes out on top in one battle with estranged husband Craig Schelske. The previous week, Schelske filed a 118-page document alleging that Evans had affairs with nearly a dozen people. Sara fired back with a filing of her own asking the judge to dismiss those papers. In court this week, Sara reads three E-mails from her husband threatening to financially ruin her. The judge states that the couple reached an agreement during mediation. The divorce will be final 10 days later.

2006  Willie Nelson and four others are issued misdemeanor citations for possession of marijuana and narcotic mushrooms after a routine commercial inspection of his tour bus near Lafayette, Louisiana.

2005  Chris Cagle's girlfriend, Tammy, gives birth to a baby boy. Chris will find out later that he isn't the father of the baby.

2005  Founders Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young -- as well as board member Dave Matthews -- headline Farm Aid 2005 at the TweeterCenter in Tinley Park, Illinois. The 20th anniversary concert also features Kenny Chesney, Emmylou Harris, John Mayer, Arlo Guthrie, Widespread Panic, Los Lonely Boys, Wilco and Buddy Guy.

2001  Martina McBride releases her Greatest Hits collection.

1998  Reba McEntire receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1998  The Wilkinsons score their first number-one as "26 Cents" tops Radio & Records' country chart.

1997  Patty Loveless's Long Stretch of Lonesome album is released.

1997  Tracy Lawrence files for divorce from Stacie Drew, his then-wife of just over six months. They had tied the knot on March 14th, 1997.

1993  Garth Brooks tops the Billboard country chart with "Ain't Goin' Down ('Til the Sun Comes Up)."

1992  Clint Black's The Hard Way album is simultaneously certified gold and platinum.

1986  George Strait's Number Seven album is certified gold.

1971  Tom T. Hall's "The Year That Clayton Delaney Died" reaches number-one on Billboard's country chart -- becoming the best-charting single of his career.


FRI, 9/19

2007  Brooks and Dunn's Greatest Hits, Volume Two is certified platinum.

2007  Kenny Chesney's Just Who I Am: Poets and Pirates debuts at number-one on the country album chart.

2006  Amy Grant receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with hubby Vince Gill in attendance.

2006  Kenny Chesney's first live C-D, Live Those Songs Again, hits stores.

2006  The Wreckers' Stand Still, Look Pretty goes gold.

2004  Skeeter Davis, a Grand Ole Opry member best known for the '60s pop and country hit "The End of the World," dies after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was 72.

2002  Brad Paisley kicks off the first C-M-T Most Wanted Live tour in Phoenix. Brad headlines every show on the tour, but opening acts vary through year's end. Those performers include Steve Azar, Chris Cagle, Tammy Cochran, Andy Griggs, Steve Holy, Shannon Lawson, Rascal Flatts, Tommy Shane Steiner, Phil Vassar, Pinmonkey and Darryl Worley.

2000  George Strait releases the first, self-titled album of his career. Terri Clark's Fearless and Willie Nelson's Milk Cow Blues also arrive in stores.

1998  Bryan White and LeAnn Rimes wrap their Something to Talk About tour in Phoenix, Arizona.

1996  Vince Gill's I Still Believe in You album is certified quadruple-platinum, while When I Call Your Name goes double-platinum. That same day, Reba McEntire's Merry Christmas to You album is certified platinum.

1995  Tim McGraw's All I Want album is released.

1994  BlackHawk's self-titled debut album is certified gold.

1992  Alan Jackson hits the top of Billboard's country chart with "Love's Got a Hold on You."

1991  George Strait's Greatest Hits album is certified double-platinum.

1990  Travis Tritt's album titled Country Club is certified gold.

1988  Patty Loveless releases her Honky Tonk Angel album.

1981  Lee Greenwood makes his country chart debut with "It Turns Me Inside Out." The song eventually peaks just inside the Top 20.

1981  Mickey Gilley scores a number-one hit as "You Don't Know Me" tops Billboard's country chart.

1970  Crystal Gayle hits the country charts for the first time with "I've Cried the Blue Right Out of My Eyes," a song written by her sister, Loretta Lynn.

1970  Ray Price reaches the top of the Billboard country chart with "For The Good Times."