Country Day in History


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MON, 7/21

2007 - Mindy McCready is arrested and charged with battery and resisting arrest following an incident in her hometown of Fort Myers, Florida. She apparently got into a fight with her mother and then fought with police when they tried to arrest her. A few days later, she's arrested after getting off a plane at the Nashville airport and charged with violating her probation.

2006 - Dierks Bentley kicks off his first Dude-Brah-Brew Music Festival in Beaumont, Texas.

2006 - The Dixie Chicks' Accidents and Accusations tour kicks off in Detroit.

2005 - Kenny Chesney's When the Sun Goes Down is certified quadruple-platinum. Brooks and Dunn's Greatest Hits is certified double-platinum.

1992 - Mark and Tracie Chesnutt are married.

1990 - Marty Stuart's "Hillbilly Rock" enters the Top 10 on Billboard's country chart. It's his first Top 10 hit.

1984 - Anne Murray's "Just Another Woman in Love" goes to number-one on Billboard's country chart.

1979 - Anne Murray's "Shadows in the Moonlight" tops the Billboard country chart.

1975 - Michael Martin Murphey's "Wildfire" single is certified gold.

1973 - Jeanne Pruett joins the Grand Ole Opry.

1958 - Faron Young begins a 13-week stay at number-one on Billboard's country chart with "Alone With You."

1956 - Johnny Cash spends the first of six weeks at the top of the Billboard country chart with "I Walk the Line."

1951 - Lefty Frizzell joins the Grand Ole Opry.


Tue 7/22

2008 - Mindy McCready enters an Arizona rehab center.

2007 -  A van carrying half-a-million dollars of Tanya Tucker's clothing and jewelry disappears en route to Nevada. The driver, her former fiance' Jerry Lasseter, later allegedly contacts Tanya via text message, requesting money for gasoline and threatening to sell her stuff if he doesn't get the money. He's later arrested and her belongings are recovered.

2005 - Mindy McCready is found unconscious in the lobby of a hotel in Indian Creek, Florida, after apparently overdosing on large amounts of two unidentified substances and drinking a lot of alcohol. She is accompanied by William McKnight -- the man charged with beating her unconscious in Nashville in May. He introduces himself to authorities as McCready's fiance and then hands them a "four-page suicide note" allegedly written by McCready.

1996 - Garth Brooks is named the "honorary captain" of the U-S Olympic Wrestling Team.

1995 - Shania Twain's "Any Man of Mine" reaches number-one on Billboard's country chart, becoming her first chart-topping single.

1994 - Sammy Kershaw's Don't Go Near the Water album is certified platinum.

1992 - Patsy Cline's Greatest Hits is certified quadruple-platinum, The Judds' Why Not Me is certified double-platinum and Aaron Tippin's Read Between the Lines album is certified gold.

1989 - GeorgeStrait tops Billboard's country chart with "What's Going On in Your World."

1984 - Loretta Lynn's son, Jack Benny Lynn, drowns in Waverly, Tennessee.


WED, 7/23

2007 - The Wreckers' Jessica Harp gets engaged. Fellow Wrecker Michelle Branch makes the announcement to a sold-out crowd at New York's Bowery Ballroom. Jessica is engaged to the duo's fiddle player, Jason Mowery.

2002 - Brooks and Dunn's Hard Workin' Man album is certified five-times platinum.

2002 - Toby Keith's Unleashed, Joe Nichols' Man With a Memory and Charlie Daniels' Redneck Fiddlin' Man are released.

2000 - Faith Hill is profiled on V-H-1's Behind the Music.

1996 - Suzy Bogguss releases her Give Me Some Wheels album.

1994 - Alan Jackson hits number-one on Billboard's country chart with "Summertime Blues."

1993 - Reba McEntire's "It's Your Call" hits number-one on Radio & Records' country chart.

1990 - GeorgeStrait's Livin' It Up album is certified gold.

1983 - Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard take "Pancho and Lefty" to the top of the Billboard country chart.

1981 - The Oak Ridge Boys' Fancy Free album is certified gold.

1977 -  Alabama make their country chart debut with "I Wanna Be With You Tonight." The song peaks at number-33.

1950 - The Gene Autry Show premieres on television. The singing cowboy, his horse "Champion" and sidekick Pat Buttram were on the air for six years.


THU, 7/24

2005 - Keith Urban is spotted with Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman in Woodstock, New York. At the time, Keith's reps deny that they're dating, but within a year they are married

2004 - Toby Keith kicks off his Big Throwdown tour at Foxboro Stadium -- home of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

2002 - Darryl Worley's I Miss My Friend debuts at number-one on Billboard's country album chart.

1998 - Tanya Tucker files a 300-thousand-dollar lawsuit against Capitol Records' Nashville division, contending that the label willfully neglected her career.

1998 - Shania Twain's "From This Moment On," a duet with Bryan White, tops the Billboard country chart.

1991 - Randy Travis' Heroes and Friends album is certified platinum.

1990 - Kathy Mattea's Willow in the Wind album is certified gold.

1989 - Patsy Cline's Greatest Hits is certified double-platinum.

1982 - Alabama tops Billboard's country chart with "Take Me Down."

1969 - Johnny Cash's Greatest Hits album is certified gold.

1952 - The High Noon soundtrack, featuring Tex Ritter, is released.

1948 - Roy Acuff announces his intent to run for governor in Tennessee. He fails to win the election.

1941 - Chet Atkins lands his first job in radio in Columbus, Ohio. He's 17.


FRI, 7/25

2007 - Taylor Swift's self-titled debut album takes the top spot on Billboard's country album chart.

2006 - Jake Owen releases his debut album, Startin' With Me.

2001 - Sara Evans' Born to Fly is certified platinum.

2001 - The O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack goes double-platinum.

2000 - Aaron Tippin releases his People Like Us album, featuring the number-one hit, "Kiss This."

1998 - Alan Jackson's "I'll Go On Loving You," from his High Mileage album, debuts at number-35 on the Billboard country singles chart-the highest debut of his career.

1998 - Garth Brooks' "To Make You Feel My Love," featured in the movie Hope Floats, hits number-one on the Billboard country chart.

1995 - Charlie Rich, known as "The Silver Fox," dies of a blood clot in Louisiana at the age of 62. Rich was 1974's C-M-A Entertainer of the Year.

1992 - Garth Brooks tops Billboard's country chart with "The River."

1989 - Keith Whitley's Don't Close Your Eyes album is certified gold.

1987 - Steve Wariner's "The Weekend" hits number-one on Billboard's country chart.

1970 - Anne Murray makes her country chart debut with "Snowbird."

1950 - Lefty Frizzell enters a recording studio for the first time