On this Country Day in History
2006 Montgomery Gentry's Great Hits: Something to Be Proud Of is certified gold.
2005 Patsy Cline's Greatest Hits receives a Diamond Award for 10-million copies sold, while Keith Urban's Golden Road is certified triple platinum.
2005 Vince Gill is inducted into the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame.
1999 Shania Twain is named Entertainer of the Year...Martina McBride Female Vocalist...Tim McGraw Male Vocalist (and his A Place in the Sun is named Album of the Year)... The Dixie Chicks are Vocal Group of the Year...and Jo Dee Messina wins the Horizon Award at the 33rd annual C-M-A Awards. Partway through his performance of "Pop-a-Top" Alan Jackson segues into George Jones' "Choices"--he does so after Jones refused to perform on the show when producers asked him to trim his song by a couple of minutes.
1998 Garth Brooks performs for the first time in Latin America. He does a concert at the world's largest rodeo in Barretos, Brazil.
1998 Lee Ann Womack's Some Things I Know album is released.
1969 Buck Owens is one of the featured performers on the premiere of a new ABC-TV series, The Music Scene, hosted by comedian David Steinberg. Owens performs "Tall Dark Stranger" on the show, which will be cancelled after a 17 week run.
2008 Chris Cagle stands trial in Tucson, Arizona for allegedly punching fan Mark Barry after a benefit concert last December. Charges will be dropped when the country star agrees to enroll in a diversion program that includes anger management classes.
2008 Darius Rucker's debut country single, "Don't Think I Don't Think About It," goes to number-one on the country charts.
2008 Tim McGraw's Greatest Hits Volume Two C-D hits stores.
2007 Linda Ronstadt, Buck Owens, Steven Spielberg and Stevie Nicks are inducted into the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame at the Dodge Theater in Phoenix.
2006 GeorgeStrait's "Give It Away" tops Billboard's country chart.
2005 Amy Grant's N-B-C reality show, Three Wishes, premieres.
2005 Brad Paisley launches his Time Well Wasted tour with Sara Evans and Sugarland in Portland, Oregon.
2005 Mindy McCready has a drug overdose at her home in Nashville. Paramedics are summoned at 3:00 a-m for what turns out to be a false alarm, but are called back about an hour later and find the singer has actually overdosed.
2005 Reba McEntire joins American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson--who says Reba is her idol--to perform the country star's 1993 hit "Does He Love You" on a FOX T-V concert special.
1998 Garth Brooks is named Entertainer of the Year...Trisha Yearwood Female Vocalist...George Strait Male Vocalist...and Tim McGraw's Everywhere is Album of the Year at the 32nd annual C-M-A Awards. The Dixie Chicks win the Horizon and Vocal Group awards.
1952 Hank Williams' final recording session is held at the Castle Studios in Nashville. He records "Your Cheatin' Heart," "Kaw-Liga" and "Take These Chains From My Heart," all of which are released posthumously.
1935 Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys hold their first recording session.
2008 Darius Rucker's debut country album, Learn to Live, tops the country album chart in its first week.
2007 Tim McGraw is the only country music artist to make the annual Forbes magazine's Celebrity 100 list of the most powerful people in entertainment. The Louisiana native ranks at number-37, earning 37-million dollars over the past year.
2005 Keith Urban becomes the first male country artist to score a Top 10 single on Billboard's Adult Top 40 singles chart with "You'll Think of Me," which hit number-one on the country charts last year.
2002 Clint Black and Dixie Chick Martie Maguire are on hand at a California State Senate hearing on aritsts' rights and record label accounting practices. The Eagles' Don Henley (co-founder of the Recording Artists Coalition) testifies.
2002 Reba McEntire and Charlie Daniels are inducted into the Cheyenne Frontier Days Hall of Fame in Wyoming.
2002 Travis Tritt's Strong Enough and Tanya Tucker's Tanya albums are released.
1996 Clint Black's The Greatest Hits and Gary Allan's self-titled debut album are released.
1994 Joe Diffie tops the Billboard country chart with "Third Rock From the Sun."
1991 Mark Chesnutt's Too Cold at Home is certified gold.
1989 Christmas Time With The Judds is certified gold.
2007 Shooter Jennings makes his Grand Ole Opry debut.
2006 Tennessee's Supreme Court declares Hank Williams Junior and Jett Williams the sole owners of Hank Williams' 1952 performances on the Mother's Best Radio Show -- featuring numerous previously unreleased Hank Senior performances.
2004 Lonestar drummer Keech Rainwater marries Elissa Lansdell, a T-V personality for C-M-T Canada.
2002 Diamond Rio's Brian Prout becomes a first-time father as his wife, songwriter Stephanie Bentley, gives birth to a daughter Lily Arlina Kay Prout.
2002 Dwight Yoakam's Bakersfield Biscuits go on sale at several supermarket chains nationwide.
1998 Tim McGraw's "Where the Green Grass Grows" tops the country chart.
1997 Garth Brooks is named Entertainer of the Year (for the third time in his career)...Trisha Yearwood is Female Vocalist...George Strait Male Vocalist (and his Carrying Your Love With Me is Album of the Year)...Diamond Rio Vocal Group...and LeAnn Rimes wins the Horizon Award at the 31st annual C-M-A Awards.
1993 Tracy Byrd hits number-one on Billboard's country chart with "Holdin' Heaven," his debut hit.
1982 Michael Martin Murphey tops the Billboard country chart with "What's Forever For."
1965 The Statler Brothers enter the charts with their first single, "Flowers on the Wall."
1962 Loretta Lynn joins the Grand Ole Opry.
1954 Elvis Presley makes his one and only appearance at the Grand Ole Opry, singing "Blue Moon of Kentucky". His performance is not well received and the booking agent suggests he go back to driving a truck.
2007 Reba McEntire's Reba Duets album debuts at the top of both the country and pop album charts.
2006 Kenny Chesney is honored for sales of more than 25 million albums at the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville.
2001 Lorrie Morgan and Sammy Kershaw tie the knot in Nashville.
2000 Kenny Chesney's Greatest Hits, John Michael Montgomery's Brand New Me, and SheDaisy's Brand New Year albums are released.
2000 Chris LeDoux announces he is suffering from a potentially fatal form of liver disease. He undergoes a transplant a few weeks later.
1989 Randy Travis' No Holdin' Back album is released.
1986 Exile's "It'll Be Me" goes to number-one on Radio & Records' country chart.
1981 Conway Twitty tops Billboard's country chart with "Tight Fittin' Jeans."
1978 Waylon Jennings' I've Always Been Crazy album is certified gold.
1956 Elvis Presley Day is held in his hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi.
1953 Skeeter Davis makes her debut on the Grand Ole Opry.