Country Day in History


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On this Country Day in History  

MON, 9/29

2007  Josh Turner is invited to join the Grand Ole Opry.

2005  Trisha Yearwood kicks off her first full tour in three years in Mesa, Arizona.

2004  Randy Travis receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2002  The news emerges of a foiled murder plot against Travis Tritt in Nashville. Travis didn't know the man who was targeting him or the man who had tried to arrange the attack. As the result of a sting operation by state and federal authorities, both were arrested and held without bail.

2000  Faith Hill's Faith CD is certified five-times platinum.

2000  Keith Urban makes his debut on the Grand Ole Opry.

1999  NBC airs the Garth Brooks: In the Life of Chris Gaines special.

1998  Lorrie Morgan's Secret Love, a collection of pop standards, and Martina McBride's White Christmas arrive in stores.

1993  Vince Gill wins five trophies, including Entertainer of the Year, at the 27th annual C-M-A Awards, where Willie Nelson is inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. On the same day, his I Still Believe in You is certified double-platinum. 

1992  John Michael Montgomery releases his debut album, Life's A Dance.

1976  Jerry Lee Lewis, attempting to shoot a soda bottle with a .357 magnum, hits his bass player, Norman Owens, twice in the chest. "The Killer" is charged with discharging a firearm within city limits.

1973  Tanya Tucker scores a number-one hit as "Blood Red and Goin' Down" tops Billboard's country chart.


TUE, 9/30

2008  Faith Hill's long-awaited Christmas C-D lands in stores.

2008  Kellie Pickler releases her self-titled sophomore album.

2007  Dierks Bentley holds his second annual Miles and Music for Kids celebrity motorcycle ride and concert.

2007  Keith Urban is in a minor motorcycle crash in Sydney, Australia, while trying to get away from the paparazzi.

2006  Farm Aid founders Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young -- plus board member Dave Matthews -- headline the annual event at the TweeterCenter in Camden, New Jersey.

2006  Keith Urban plays the first of two special concerts for his online fan club, Monkeyville, at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. Keith debuts several songs from his upcoming C-D, Love, Pain and the Whole Crazy Thing.

2005  Montgomery Gentry's "Something to Be Proud Of" climbs to number one.

2002  The Dixie Chicks' Home is certified gold, platinum and double-platinum.

2002  Word breaks that Travis Tritt was the target of a foiled murder plot. The accused men are arrested in Nashville--one was hired as a "hit man" by the other.

1989  The Judds score their 14th (and final) number-one hit as "Let Me Tell You About Love" tops the Billboard country chart.

1978  Dolly Parton tops Billboard's country chart with "Heartbreaker."

1950  The Grand Ole Opry is televised for the very first time.


WED, 10/01

2005  At 29, Dierks Bentley becomes the youngest member of the Grand Ole Opry.

2005  Montgomery Gentry's "Something to Be Proud Of" climbs to the top spot on Billboard's country chart.

2004  The Dixie Chicks take to the stage for their only scheduled concerts of 2004 as part of the Vote for Change tour, a multi-artist effort staged in the hope of unseating President George W. Bush. Two weeks of shows pair the Chicks with James Taylor.

2002  LeAnn Rimes' Twisted Angel and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's Will the Circle Be Unbroken 3 arrive in stores.

2002  Brad Paisley reveals that he's engaged to actress Kimberly Williams (the Father of the Bride movies, A-B-C's According to Jim).

2001  Toby Keith's Pull My Chain album is certified gold.

1999  The movie Happy, Texas opens nationwide. The soundtrack showcases songs by Pam Tillis, Lee Roy Parnell, Brad Paisley and Emmylou Harris, among others.

1995  Farm Aid VIII takes place at Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky. The bill includes Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Hootie and the Blowfish and Dave Matthews.

1988  Earl Thomas Conley and Emmylou Harris top the country chart with "We Believe in Happy Endings."

1986  Randy Travis' Storms of Life album is certified gold.

1977  Kenny Rogers hits number-one on Billboard's country chart with "Daytime Friends."


THU, 10/02

2007  Faith Hill releases The Hits collection, while pal Martina McBride re-releases her holiday album, White Christmas, with new artwork and four additional songs. Brooks and Dunn also release their new album, CowboyTown.

2002  Elvis Presley's 30 Number-One Hits debuts at the top of the pop and the country charts, dethroning The Dixie Chicks' Home from the number-one spot on the country list.

2001  Aaron Tippin releases a single, "Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly," to benefit the American Red Cross's disaster relief fund in the wake of the terrorist attacks.

1998  Singing cowboy Gene Autry, who also once owned the Anaheim Angels, dies at 91.

1996  Brooks and Dunn are crowned Entertainer of the Year at the 30th annual C-M-A Awards. GeorgeStrait wins three awards (Male Vocalist, Single and Album of the Year), Patty Loveless is named Female Vocalist and Bryan White wins the Horizon Award. As part of the ceremony, Buck Owens, Ray Price and Patsy Montana are inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

1991  Garth Brooks wins the first of his four Entertainer of the Year trophies at the 25th annual C-M-A Awards. It's one of four awards he wins that night -- he also goes home with Album, Single and Video of the Year. Vince Gill is named Male Vocalist, Tanya Tucker is Female Vocalist (though she's in a hospital, having just given birth to her first child), Travis Tritt claims the Horizon Award and The Judds take home their fourth (and final) Vocal Duo award. As part of the ceremony, songwriters Boudleaux and Felice Bryant are inducted to the Country Music Hall of fame.

1985  Sweet Dreams, starring Jessica Lange as country music legend Patsy Cline, opens in theaters.

1984  Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton release their Once Upon a Christmas album.

1977  Elvis Presley's body is moved after an attempt to steal his coffin from a Memphis cemetery. The remains of The King and his mother are interred on the grounds of Graceland.

1970  Merle Haggard's Okie from Muskogee album goes gold.

1954  Elvis Presley makes his debut on the Grand Ole Opry.


FRI, 10/03

2008  Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert kick off their co-headlining tour in Richmond, Virginia.

2008  The movie An American Carol, starring Trace Adkins as the "Angel of Death," hits movie theaters.

2007  Rascal Flatts' Still Feels Good debuts at the top of both the country and pop album charts with sales of more than 546-thousand copies.

2006  GeorgeStrait releases his 34th album, It Just Comes Natural. Other new releases include Chris Young and the Cracker Barrel Songs of the Year compilation, which includes songs that have won a C-M-A, A-C-M or Grammy award.

2003  Faith Hill's much-anticipated "Cry" video makes its broadcast premiere on CMT

2003  "I'm Gonna Getcha Good," the first single from Shania Twain's fourth album, Up, is rush released to radio a day earlier than planned. Within hours, it receives enough airplay to enter the country chart days later.

2000  Travis Tritt releases his Best of Intentions album.

2000  The Dixie Chicks announce that they won't tour in 2001.

1998  The 13th Farm Aid benefit concert is held just outside of Chicago. Performers include event co-founders Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young, along with Martina McBride, Hootie and the Blowfish and Vern Gosdin.

1998  Tim McGraw tops Billboard's country chart with "Where the Green Grass Grows."

1997  Deana Carter's "How Do I Get There" hits the top of Radio & Records' country chart.

1993  Tim Rushlow (then of Little Texas) marries his longtime girlfriend, Mary Jane.

1992  Collin Raye reaches the top of Billboard's country chart with "In This Life."

1987  The Forester Sisters top the Billboard country chart with "You Again"