Country Day in History


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On this Country Day in History  

MON, 10/20
2006  "I Loved Her First" becomes Heartland's first number-one single, climbing to the top of the Mediabase country chart.
2006  Tim McGraw's film Flicka opens in theaters nationwide.
2005  Gary Allan's Tough All Over -- featuring the hit "The Best I Ever Had" -- debuts at the top of the country album chart.
2001  Brooks and Dunn's "Only in America" tops Billboard's country chart.
1998  Chad Brock's self-titled debut album and Deana Carter's second C-D, Everything's Gonna Be Alright, are released.
1992  Travis Tritt's T-R-O-U-B-L-E album is certified gold.
1991  Clint Black marries actress Lisa Hartman.
1979  Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers take "All the Gold in California" to the top of the Billboard country chart.
1966  Del Reeves joins the Grand Ole Opry.
1962  LeRoy Van Dyke joins the Grand Ole Opry.
1958  Ray Price begins a 13-week run at the top of Billboard's country chart with "City Lights."
1951  Hank Williams signs a movie contract with M-G-M Studios.

TUE, 10/21
2008  LeAnn Womack's Call Me Crazy and Craig Morgan's That's Why hit stores. Reba McEntire releases the three-disc box set 50 Greatest Hits, and Carrie Underwood puts out a holiday edition of Carnival Ride that includes a second disc featuring "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," "The First Noel," "What Child Is This," "O Holy Night" and "Do You Hear What I Hear."
2008   Tim McGraw publishes his first children's book, "My Little Girl."
2007  Jo Dee Messina marries Chris Deffenbaugh.
2007  Kid Rock is arrested after he and members of his crew get into a fight at a Waffle House restaurant in Atlanta.
2007  Tanya Tucker's Malibu, California home is evacuated because of fires along the Pacific Coast Highway.
2005  Keith Urban's "Better Life" climbs into the number-one spot on the Radio & Records' country chart. It will top Billboard's chart for a second week on October 22nd.
2001  Billy Gilman takes part in the all-star post-9-11 United We Stand concert event in Washington,
2001  The Country Freedom Concert, an all-star post-9-11 event benefiting the Salvation Army's Disaster Relief Fund, is held in Nashville. George Strait, Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, Brooks and Dunn, Trisha Yearwood, Clint Black, Martina McBride, Vince Gill, Lee Ann Womack, Sara Evans, Diamond Rio, Montgomery Gentry, Hank Williams Junior, Charlie Daniels, Earl Scruggs and Keith Urban perform at the event, which is televised live on C-M-T. Clint leaves after his performance to fly overseas where he spends the next week entertaining U-S troops.
2001  Clint Black embarks on a one-week trip to entertain U-S troops stationed in Europe.
1998  The Country Music Association (C-M-A) celebrates its 40th anniversary (though it was technically founded on September 28th, 1958) with an all-star concert in Nashville. The event features Reba McEntire, Alabama, Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Clint Black, to name a few. It's broadcast a month later as a two-hour C-B-S T-V special.
1995  Garth Brooks tops Billboard's country chart with "She's Every Woman."

WED, 10/22
2008  A wax figure of Carrie Underwood is unveiled at Madam Tussaud's museum in New York.
2008  Kenny Chesney's Lucky Old Sun debuts at number-one on both the overall and country album charts.
2002  The U-S-A Network holds the first auditions for its upcoming Nashville Star talent search series in Nashville. Ronnie Dunn of Brooks and Dunn and Trace Adkins are both on hand, as is Jon Brennan, the shy, aspiring country singer from the second season of M-T-V's Real World. Nashville-based demo singer Buddy Jewell goes on to win the competition in May 2003.
2001  Alan Jackson is inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.
1999  Martina McBride's "I Love You" tops Radio & Records' country chart.
1992  Mark Chesnutt's Longnecks and Short Stories album goes gold.
1988  Tanya Tucker reaches number-one on the country chart with "Strong Enough to Bend."
1983  Alabama tops Billboard's country chart with "Lady Down on Love."
1966  Eddy Arnold, George D. Hay and Uncle Dave Macon are inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
1965  Ernest Tubb is inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
1963  Buck Owens records the number-one single "Act Naturally."

THU, 10/23
2007  Carrie Underwood's sophomore album, Carnival Ride, arrives in stores. Also in stores is Tracy Lawrence's All Wrapped Up in Christmas, Dwight Yoakam's Dwight Sings Buck, Shooter Jennings' The Wolf, Alison Krauss's collaboration with Robert Plant, Raising Sand, Rissi Palmer's self-titled debut and Gary Allan's Living Hard.
2005  Keith Urban wins Best Country Album for Be Here at this year's ARIA Awards -- Australia's equivalent to The Grammys.
2002  Faith Hill's Cry sells more than 472-thousand copies to debut at the top of both the country and pop album charts.
1999  Garth Brooks participates in what is billed as the Concert of the Century, held on the White House lawn in Washington, D-C. The event also features Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, Aretha Franklin, Lenny Kravitz, John Mellencamp, and 'N Sync, among others.
1999  Martina McBride tops Billboard's country chart with "I Love You."
1998  Alabama's "How Do You Fall in Love" hits the top of the country chart, making it the group's 42nd number-one song.
1997  Barbara Mandrell stages what she says is the final concert of her career.
1996  Tracy Lawrence's Time Marches On album is certified platinum.
1993  George Strait tops Billboard's country chart with "Easy Come, Easy Go."
1985  Merle Watson dies in a tractor accident on his farm. He is 36.
1982  Ronnie Milsap scores a number-one hit on the country chart with "He Got You."
1978  Maybelle Carter, matriarch of the musical Carter Family, dies at age 69.

FRI, 10/24
2006  Montgomery Gentry's fifth album, Some People Change, arrives in stores, as does Alabama's Songs of Inspiration and Kickin' Out the Footlights...Again by George Jones and Merle Haggard.
2005  Montgomery Gentry's You Do Your Thing is certified platinum. SheDaisy's Sweet Right Here is certified gold.
1998  Sawyer Brown plays the three-thousandth show of their career in front of 15-thousand fans in Salt Lake City, Utah -- the site of their first gig as a headline act in the mid-'80s.
1998  Shania Twain's "Honey, I'm Home" hits the top of Billboard's country chart.
1997  The Garth Brooks - Trisha Yearwood duet "In Another's Eyes" climbs into the top spot on the country chart.
1995  Alan Jackson's Greatest Hits Collection is released.
1992  Clay and Lori Walker are married.
1992  Wynonna begins a four-week run at number-one on with "No One Else on Earth."