Country Day in History


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MON, 7/28

2007 - Faith Hill scolds a fan for jumping onstage and touching husband Tim McGraw during a stop in Lafayette, Louisiana on their Soul 2 Soul 2007 tour. Faith told the fan, "Somebody needs to teach you class, my friend. You don't go grabbing somebody else's, somebody's husband's (groin) -- you understand me? That's very disrespectful." During the same show, Tim's ring was slid off his finger, as well. The ring was returned after the show.

2006 - Carrie Underwood's "Don't Forget to Remember Me" climbs to the top spot on Radio & Records' country chart.

2005 - Nicole Kidman is spotted having lunch in Woodstock, New York with country superstar (and fellow Australian native) Keith Urban.

2002 - Brooks and Dunn wrap their second annual Neon Circus and Wild West Show with the all-star lineup of Kix and Ronnie, Dwight Yoakam, Gary Allan, Trick Pony and Chris Cagle.

1998 - Diamond Rio releases THEIR ALBUM Unbelievable.

1997 - Deana Carter's Did I Shave My Legs for This is certified triple-platinum.

1996 - Garth and Sandy Brooks become parents for the third time with the birth of daughter Allie Colleen.

1984 - Earl Thomas Conley's "Angel in Disguise" hits number-one on Billboard's country chart, making Don't Make It Easy for Me the first country album to produce four number-one singles.

1979 - Dolly Parton tops Billboard's country chart with "You're the Only One."

1971 - Charley Pride records "Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'."


TUE, 7/29

2005 - GeorgeStrait's album Somewhere Down in Texas is certified platinum.

2000 - Faith Hill's "Breathe" returns to the top of Billboard's adult contemporary chart for a 14th week.

1997 - Clint Black's Nothin' but the Taillights and BlackHawk's Love and Gravity albums are released.

1989 - Reba McEntire tops Billboard's country chart with her remake of the Everly Brothers' "Cathy's Clown."

1972 - Barbara Mandrell joins the Grand Ole Opry.

1961 - Patsy Cline uses crutches to walk onstage and sings from a stool in her first performance since being thrown through the windshield in an auto accident weeks earlier (June 14th, 1961).

1955 - Johnny Cash records the original "Folsom Prison Blues" at Sun Studio in Memphis.


WED, 7/30

2008 - The Black Crowes file suit against Gretchen Wilson for copyright infringement. The band claims that the verses of the country star's song "Work Hard, Play Harder" copy their own "Jealous Again."

2005 - Kenny Chesney takes his Somewhere in the Sun tour to Pittsburgh's Heinz Field for his third and final stadium show of the year.

2000 - The Judds wrap up their Reunion Tour in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

199 - Runaway Bride, starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, opens in theaters nationwide. The Dixie Chicks, Martina McBride and Mary Chapin Carpenter are among those featured on the soundtrack of the film.

1997 - Terri Clark's self-titled debut album is certified platinum.

1996 - Brooks and Dunn's Borderline and GeorgeStrait's Blue Clear Sky are both certified gold and platinum simultaneously.

1993 - Brooks and Dunn's "We'll Burn That Bridge" hits the top of Radio & Records' country chart.

1990 - Randy Travis' Always and Forever is certified quadruple-platinum.

1985 - Alabama's Feels So Right and Mountain Music albums are both certified quadruple-platinum...while The Closer You Get is certified triple-platinum.

1975 - The Charlie Daniels Band earns its first gold record, for Fire on the Mountain.

1968 - Johnny Cash records "Daddy Sang Bass."

1957 - Elvis Presley's second movie, Loving You, opens nationally, three weeks after a world premiere in Memphis.

1956 - Brenda Lee, just 11 years old, records "Jambalaya" with two of Hank Williams' sidemen --steel guitarist Don Helms and rhythm guitarist Jack Shook. The song will become her first country-chart hit.

1954 - In his first bigtime concert, Elvis Presley, mistakenly billed in a newspaper ad as "Ellis Presley," opens for country yodeler Slim Whitman at the Overton Park Bandshell in Memphis.


THU, 7/31

2010 - Jimmy Wayne finishes walking halfway across America to raise awareness for teenagers who become homeless after they age out of foster care. The walk started on New Year's Day and took him through six states and 1,700 miles of freezing cold, oppressive heat and many snake encounters. He hobbles the last five miles on a broken foot and crosses the finish line wearing a walking cast.

2008 - Gretchen Wilson, her record label, her publishing company and the cable T-V network T-N-T are served with copyright-infringement notices by lawyers for the rock group The Black Crowes. The band claims that Gretchen copied their song "Jealous Again" for her "Work Hard, Play Harder," which was used in promos for the television show Saving Grace.

2007 - Alan Jackson's wife, Denise, publishes her book, It's All About Him: Finding the Love of My Life.

2006 - Randy Travis's Worship and Faith is certified gold.

2002 - Blake Shelton's self-titled debut album is certified gold.

2002 - The Dixie Chicks tape an episode of C-M-T's Crossroads series with James Taylor in Nashville.

2002 - Toby Keith's Unleashed debuts at the top of Billboard's pop and country album charts by selling just over 338-thousand copies during its first week of release. It's the first time he topped the overall Billboard Top 200 chart.

1998 - The Dixie Chicks scores the first number-one hit of their career as "There's Your Trouble" tops Radio & Records' country chart.

1996 - Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle lose their brother, Jay Lee Webb, to cancer at the age of 59.

1992 - Brooks and Dunn begin a four-week stay at number-one "Boot Scootin' Boogie."

1982 - Ricky Skaggs' "I Don't Care" tops Billboard's country chart.

1964 - Jim Reeves is killed in a plane crash near Brentwood, Tennessee. He was 39.


FRI, 8/01

2008 - Brooks and Dunn welcome Z-Z Top to their Cowboy Town Tour. The classic rockers kick off their 18-date run in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

2002 - Gary Allan's Alright Guy album is certified gold.

2001 - Alan Jackson's Everything I Love album is certified triple-platinum, as is Brooks and Dunn's Greatest Hits, while the duo's If You See Her goes double-platinum.

2000 - Jo Dee Messina's Burn and the Coyote Ugly soundtrack (featuring LeAnn Rimes and Charlie Daniels) are released.

2000 - Nominees for the 34th annual C-M-A Awards are announced. Faith Hill and Brad Paisley lead the list with six nods apiece.

2000 - The most serious charge facing Tim McGraw after a June 3rd, 2000 incident backstage on the George Strait Country Music Festival tour is dropped. He no longer faces a count of felony assault, but lesser charges remain. (Tim will be acquitted of those a year later.) The incident was a scuffle with police that ensued after Kenny Chesney took a security officer horse for a ride--when police tried to pull Kenny from the horse, Tim stepped in to help his friend.

1998 - The Dixie Chicks' "There's Your Trouble" hits number-one on the Billboard country chart.

1996 - Patty Loveless' The Trouble With the Truth album is certified gold.

1995 - John Michael Montgomery's self-titled album is released.

1994 - Vince Gill's I Still Believe in You album is certified triple-platinum.

1992 - Brooks and Dunn begin a four-week run at the top of Billboard's country chart with "Boot Scootin' Boogie."

1992 - Former Little Texas member Dwayne O'Brien marries DeLisa.

1989 - Keith Whitley's I Wonder Do You Think of Me album is released.

1977 - Waylon Jennings' Are You Ready for the Country album is certified gold.

1966 - Merle Haggard records "The Fugitive," which becomes his first number-one single.

1964 - Roger Miller's "Dang Me" peaks at number-seven on the Billboard pop singles chart.

1960 - Elvis Presley is named "Public Enemy Number-One" by the East German newspaper Young World.

1958 - Johnny Cash signs with Columbia Records.