Country Day in History


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On this Country Day in History  

MON, 8/4

2008 - Brooks and Dunn get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2008 - Melissa Lawson is crowned winner of Nashville Star.

2005 - Josh Gracin's wife, Ann Marie, gives birth to their second child, son Landon Joshua Gracin.

2004 - Mindy McCready is arrested for writing a fake prescription for the potent painkiller Oxycontin and having it filled at a Nashville-area pharmacy. She initially pleads innocent to the charges, but later changes her plea to guilty.

2000 - Willie Nelson, Clay Walker, Chad Brock and Mandy Barnett are among the artists featured on the soundtrack of Space Cowboys (Clint Eastwood), which opens nationwide.

1998 - GeorgeStrait leads the field with five nominations as contenders for the 32nd annual CMA Awards are announced.

1996 - Trisha Yearwood and Faith Hill perform at the closing ceremonies of the Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

1995 - Lee Roy Parnell's "A Little Bit of You" hits number-one on the  country chart.

1992 - Dolly Parton's Eagle When She Flies album is certified platinum.

1987 - Hee Haw's Kenny Price dies.

1984 - The Judds score their first number-one with "Mama He's Crazy" .

1981 - Ricky Skaggs marries Sharon White.

1959 - Skeeter Davis joins the Grand Ole Opry.


Tue 8/5

2006 - Rodney Atkins jumps into the number-one spot at Billboard with "If You're Going Through Hell."

2005 - Keith Urban's album Be Here is certified double platinum, while Reba McEntire's Room to Breathe goes platinum.

2005 - The Dukes of Hazzard, starring Willie Nelson, Jessica Simpson, Seann William Scott, Johnny Knoxville and Burt Reynolds, hits theaters.

2001 - Brooks and Dunn's first Neon Circus and Wild West Show tour, featuring Toby Keith, Montgomery Gentry, Keith Urban and Cledus T. Judd, wraps up in Pittsburgh.

2000 - Lonestar's "What About Now" hits number-one on Billboard's country chart.

2000 - Shania Twain surprises former classmates when she shows up at her high school reunion in Timmons, Canada.

1995 - Alan Jackson reaches number-one on Billboard's country chart with "I Don't Even Know Your Name."

1989 - Dolly Parton's "Why'd You Come in Here Lookin' Like That" hits number one.

1978 - Kenny Rogers' "Love or Something Like It" reaches number-one on Billboard's country chart.

1957 - Elvis Presley hits the top of Billboard's country chart with "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear."

WED, 8/6

2005 - Brooks and Dunn kick off their Deuces Wild tour with Big and Rich and The Warren Brothers in Dallas.

2002 - Cledus T. Judd's I Stold This Record is certified gold.

2001 - Trisha Yearwood opens for John Mellencamp at a concert in Denver.

1999 - Lonestar's "Amazed" begins its fifth week at the top of Radio & Records' country chart, breaking the previous record set by a group when Alabama spent four weeks at number-one with "Jukebox on My Mind."

1999 - Garth Brooks' mother, Colleen, dies at 70 after a long bout with cancer.

1988 - GeorgeStrait tops Billboard's country chart with "Baby Blue."

1979 - Kenny Rogers' "She Believes in Me" single is certified gold.

1964 - Loretta Lynn gives birth to twin daughters, Patsy and Peggy.


THU, 8/7

2008 - Jewel and her longtime beau, bull rider Ty Murray, tie the knot in an intimate ceremony on a beach in the Bahamas.

2007 - Barbara Mandrell and Brenda Lee host a press conference at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville to announce the institution's next group of inductees -- Vince Gill, Mel Tillis and Ralph Emery.

2007 - Phil and Julie Wood Vassar announce they're getting divorced. The action had been kept under wrap since papers were filed in March. The singer-songwriters were married in 2002.

2002 - Garth Brooks' Double Live is certified 15-times platinum.

2001 - Carolyn Dawn Johnson releases her debut album, Room With a View.

1998 - Trisha Yearwood's "There Goes My Baby" hits the top of the Radio & Records country chart.

1997 - Garth Brooks plays to his largest audience to date at a landmark concert in New York City's Central Park. The event is broadcast live on H-B-O.

1996 - Randy Travis' Always and Forever album is certified multi-platinum.

1992 - Doug Stone's From the Heart album is released.

1991 - Travis Tritt's It's All About to Change, Reba McEntire's My Kind of Country and Vince Gill's Pocket Full of Gold albums are all certified gold.

1991 - Willie Nelson sells his Colorado ranch for 803-thousand-dollars to help pay off back taxes he owes the I-R-S.

1982 - Hank Williams Junior tops Billboard's country chart with "Honky Tonkin'."

1981 - B-J Thomas becomes a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

1976 - George Jones and Tammy Wynette hit number-one on the Billboard country chart with the duet, "Golden Ring."

1965 - Jimmy Dean tops Billboard's country chart with the Willie Nelson-penned "The First Thing Ev'ry Morning (and the Last Thing Ev'ry Night)."

1961 - Patsy Cline's "I Fall to Pieces" spends the first of two weeks at the top of Billboard's country chart.

1954 - Ferlin Husky joins the Grand Ole Opry.

1954 - Johnny Cash marries Vivian Liberto. They later divorce.

1948 - Hank Williams makes his first appearance on the Louisiana Hayride.


FRI, 8/8

2008 - The Toby Keith movie Beer for My Horses opens in limited release.

2006 - Aaron Tippin's Now and Then compilation and Steve Holy's Brand New Girlfriend arrive in stores.

2002 - Though it isn't scheduled to hit the airwaves until the following week, Faith Hill's new single, "Cry," is leaked to radio stations.

2002 - Word breaks that Dixie Chick Natalie Maines has told the Los Angeles Times that she doesn't like Toby Keith's "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue." She says it makes "country music sound ignorant."

2000 - The soundtrack of the movie Space Cowboys, featuring Clay Walker, Willie Nelson, Chad Brock and Mandy Barnett, among others, hit stores.

1995 - Neal McCoy scores a gold album with You Gotta Love That.

1987 – K T Oslin's 80's Ladies album debuts on Billboard's chart at number-15, at the time the highest entry ever for a female artist.

1987 - Reba McEntire tops Billboard's country chart with "One Promise Too Late."

1981 - Crystal Gayle's "Too Many Lovers" hits number-one on Billboard's country chart.

1975 - Robert Altman's film, Nashville, opens in Nashville.

1975 - While climbing Ajax Mountain in Montana, Hank Williams Junior falls about 500 feet, smashing his head into a boulder. He undergoes nine operations to repair the damage.

1964 - The Osborne Brothers join the Grand Ole Opry.