On this Country Day in History
2007 Big and Rich cancel their show at the San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino in Highland, California when the venue denies entrance to an ill four-year-old fan and her family due to a state law prohibiting anyone under 21 to enter a club. A local radio station arranged the meeting between the girl and Big and Rich, but the casino had not been notified prior to the show. The same day, the duo's Horse of a Different Color album is certified triple platinum.
2007 Carrie Underwood's "Wasted" climbs to the top of the country charts.
2005 Randy Travis, Brad Paisley and Sara Evans are the country winners at the Gospel Music Association's G-M-A Music Awards (formerly known as the Dove Awards).
2002 Faith Hill is inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame.
2002 Toby Keith's "My List" tops Billboard's country chart.
2002 Wynonna joins Sting at his annual Rainforest Foundation benefit concert in New York. One of the highlights included a duet with Sting on "You've Lost That Loving Feeling."
2001 Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance" tops Radio & Records' adult contemporary chart, a feat she first achieved a couple of weeks before in Billboard.
1999 Faith Hill and LeAnn Rimes join Tina Turner, Whitney Houston, Cher, Brandy, Mary J. Blige and Elton John at V-H-1's second annual Divas concert.
1999 Reba McEntire releases her second book, Comfort From a Country Quilt, a collection of memories and stories from her life.
1996 Lonestar tops Billboard's country chart with "No News," their first number-one hit.
1996 Shania Twain appears as herself in a skit with David Spade on N-B-C's Saturday Night Live.
1991 Alabama reaches number-one on the Billboard country chart with "Down Home."
1985 The Grand Ole Opry, a radio staple for 60 years, returns to television. A portion of the Saturday night show dubbed Grand Ole Opry Live premieres on TNN.
1959 George Jones scores his first chart-topping hit as "White Lightning" begins a five-week run at number-one on Billboard's country chart.
1946 Red Foley replaces Roy Acuff as the headliner of the Grand Ole Opry's N-B-C network show.
2005 A Davidson County, Tennessee jury delivers a verdict against Reba McEntire and husband Narvel Blackstock's company Music Square Properties in a trial concerning the use of a parking lot the company owns in Nashville.
2005 Alan Jackson's Greatest Hits: Volume Two is certified six-times platinum.
2005 Dixie Chick Emily Robison gives birth to twins Julianna Tex and Henry Benjamin. The two join two-and-a-half-year-old brother Gus.
2002 Willie Nelson is joined by several stars at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium for his Willie Nelson and Friends: Stars and Guitars concert. Friends include The Dixie Chicks, Vince Gill, Lee Ann Womack, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora, The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards, Sheryl Crow, Rob Thomas and Matchbox Twenty and Dave Matthews. The concert later airs as a cable T-V special.
2000 George Strait's "The Best Day" hits number-one on Radio & Records' country chart.
1999 Nashville's medical examiner exhumes the body of Tammy Wynette and performs an autopsy on the country music legend, a year after her death.
1998 Shania Twain, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Gloria Estefan and Aretha Franklin star in the V-H-1's first Divas Live concert in New York City.
1995 Alabama tops Radio & Records' country chart with "Give Me One More Shot."
1990 K-T Oslin appears on the Lee Horsley T-V series Paradise.
1990 Lorrie Morgan scores her first number-one hit as "Five Minutes" tops Billboard's country chart.
1984 Larry Stewart (Restless Heart) and his wife Janet tie the knot.
1984 The Kendalls top Billboard's country chart with "Thank God for the Radio."
America's first space shuttle, Columbia, returns to Earth after its maiden flight. The shuttle orbited the Earth 36 times during the mission.
1958 Don Gibson spent the first of eight weeks at number-one on Billboard's country chart with "Oh, Lonesome Me."
2008 Lady Antebellum's self-titled debut C-D is released.
2008 Taylor Swift takes Video of the Year honors for "Our Song" at the C-M-T Music Awards.
2005 Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley and Terri Clark kick off their Two Hats and a Redhead tour in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
2000 Faith Hill's "Breathe" climbs to number-one on Billboard's adult contemporary chart.
1998 C-M-T airs its first live concert special. Faith Hill is the featured artist.
1995 Reba McEntire tops the Billboard country chart with "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter."
1993 Trisha Yearwood's Hearts in Armor, her second album, is certified platinum.
2007 The big winners at the C-M-T Music Awards include Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, Taylor Swift and Jack Ingram. Kris Kristofferson receives the Johnny Cash Visionary Award.
2005 Kenny Chesney's "Anything but Mine" takes over the top spot on Billboard's country chart.
2002 Diamond Rio's Greatest Hits is certified platinum.
2001 Keith Urban's self-titled solo debut album is certified gold.
1998 Rose Maddox, who joined her four brothers in The Maddox Brothers and Rose, a successful country act in the post-World War Two era, dies in Ashland, Oregon at age 71. She had recorded as a solo act since 1957--receiving a Grammy nomination in 1994--and had just made her big screen debut playing Woody Harrelson's grandmother in the cowboy movie The Hi-Lo Country, at the time of her passing.
1996 Brooks and Dunn's Borderline album is released.
1994 Tracy Lawrence's "If the Good Die Young" hits number-one on the Billboard country chart.
1993 Billy Burnette announces he's leaving Fleetwood Mac to concentrate on country music. The band survives the loss.
1988 Eddie Rabbitt's "I Wanna Dance With You" hit number-one on Billboard's country chart.
1983 Alabama reaches number-one on the Billboard country chart with "Dixieland Delight."
2009 Brad Paisley and his wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley welcome their second son, Jasper. He joins two-year-old William Huckleberry in the Paisley clan.
2007 Clay Walker releases his Fall album. Bucky Covington's self-titled debut C-D also hits stores.
2006 Jo Dee Messina runs the Boston Marathon.
2004 20 years after making their chart debut, The Judds perform as a duo for the first time on the Grand Ole Opry.
2002 Willie Nelson's Greatest Hits is certified quadruple-platinum, while his Half Nelson and Rascal Flatts' self-titled debut album are both certified platinum.
2001 Brooks and Dunn release Steers and Stripes.
2001 While being interviewed on Live With Regis and Kelly, Lorrie Morgan and Sammy Kershaw announce their engagement. The news comes just about a week after Sammy's divorce is final.
2001 Reba McEntire shoots the pilot for a W-B sitcom in L-A. (The show is green-lighted by the middle of May and goes into production in August.)
2001 Diamond Rio joins the Grand Ole Opry.
1998 Shania Twain's "You're Still the One" hits the top of Radio & Records' country chart.
1997 Toby Keith and his wife Tricia become parents for the third time with the arrival of son Stelen Keith Covel.
1996 Alan Jackson's Greatest Hits Collection is certified triple-platinum.
1976 Eddie Rabbitt scores his first number-one hit as "Drinkin' My Baby (Off My Mind)" tops Billboard's country chart.
1970 At the invitation of President Nixon, Johnny Cash performs at the White House. Nixon asks him to perform "Okie From Muskogee," but Cash declines, since it's not his song. Instead, he sings "A Boy Named Sue."