Country Day in History


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On this Country Day in History  


Mon,  4/21

2006 Tim McGraw and Faith Hill kick off their Soul 2 Soul 2 tour in Columbus, Ohio

2004 Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney, Shania Twain, Rascal Flatts and Dierks Bentley are the big winners at the C-M-T Flame Worthy Video Music Awards, hosted by Dolly Parton in Nashville. Reba McEntire receives the Johnny Cash Video Visionary Award. 

2001 Brooks and Dunn's "Ain't Nothing 'Bout You" tops Billboard's country chart. 

1998 Faith Hill's Faith, Steve Wariner's Burnin' the Roadhouse Down, Randy Travis' You and You Alone and GeorgeStrait's One Step at a Time are released.  

1995 Brooks and Dunn's "Little Miss Honky Tonk" hits the top of Radio & Records' country chart.  

1988 Hank Williams Junior is named Entertainer of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards 

1987 Reba McEntire's What Am I Gonna Do About You album is certified gold.  

1973 Donna Fargo tops Billboard's country chart with "Superman."


Tue,  4/22 

2011 - LeAnn Rimes marries actor Eddie Cibrian.  

2006 - Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts marries his longtime girlfriend, 2005 Playboy Playmate of the Year Tiffany Fallon, in a small ceremony in front of family and friends on the beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico 

2005 - Kenny Chesney's "Anything but Mine" climbs to the top of Radio & Records' country chart. It will top the Billboard chart for a second week on April 23rd.  

1999 - Jo Dee Messina is the big winner at the twelfth annual Boston Music Awards. She's crowned Act of the Year, Outstanding Female Vocalist and Outstanding Country Artist.  

1998 - GarthBrooks, GeorgeStrait, Trisha Yearwood and Brooks and Dunn are among the winners at the Academy of Country Music Awards 

1995 - John Michael Montgomery hits number-one on Billboard's country chart with "I Can Love You Like That."  

1994 - Faith Hill tops Radio & Records' country chart with "Piece of My Heart."  

1989 - Shenandoah score their first number-one hit as "The Church on Cumberland Road" tops Billboard's country chart.  

1978 - "Every Time Two Fools Collide" hits the top of Billboard's country chart. It's Kenny Rogers and Dottie West's first duet - and her first chart-topper.  

1972 - As Jerry Lee Lewis hits number-one on Billboard's country chart with "Chantilly Lace," he performs at the London Palladium. Ringo and Maureen Starr attend. 


Wed, 4/23 

2002 - Kenny Chesney releases his No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems album.  

1999 - Mark Wills' "Wish You Were Here" tops the Radio & Records country chart.  

1996 - GeorgeStrait releases Blue Clear Sky.  

1993 - Reba McEntire's Rumor Has It album is certified platinum.  

1983 - The Oak Ridge Boys top the Billboard country chart with "American Made."  

1977 - Loretta Lynn's "She's Got You" reaches number-one on Billboard's country chart.  

1900 - The term "hillbilly" is first used in The New York Journal. 


Thu,  4/24
2007 - Big and Rich's Big Kenny gives a total of 100-thousand dollars to three different charities at a party celebrating his success as a chart-topping songwriter for Tim McGraw's "Last Dollar." 

2007 - Billy Currington's Doin' Somethin' Right is certified platinum. 

2007 - Willie Nelson and tour manager David Anderson avoid doing time after pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges of marijuana possession. The charges stem from a stop last September when police found pot and hallucinogenic mushrooms in Nelson's tour bus in Louisiana 

2006 - Singer Bonnie Owens dies of Alzheimer's in Bakersfield, California 

2001 - Tim McGraw releases Set This Circus Down in style. He gives two free concerts open to the public -- the first in New York and another, hours later, in Nashville 

1999 - Jessica Andrews makes her Grand Ole Opry debut.  

1998 - LeAnn Rimes' Sittin' on Top of the World album is released.  

1996 - Brooks and Dunn, Alan Jackson, Patty Loveless, The Mavericks, Shania Twain, GeorgeStrait, Bryan White, Lonestar and Jeff Foxworthy are winners at the Academy of Country Music Awards 

1993 - Sammy Kershaw's "She Don't Know She's Beautiful" tops Billboard's country chart.  

1993 - Willie Nelson, John Cougar Mellencamp and Neil Young are among the 40 artists playing Farm Aid Six in Ames, Iowa 

1992 - Brooks and Dunn's "Neon Moon" hits number-one on Radio & Records' country chart.  

1991 - Garth Brooks sweeps the Academy of Country Music Awards, winning in all six of the categories he was nominated, including Entertainer of the Year.  

1963 - Brenda Lee marries Ronnie Shacklett, who she met at a Jackie Wilson concert. The couple's two daughters will be born in 1964 and '69.  

1956 - Elvis Presley buys out the remainder of his contract with the Louisiana Hayride radio show for ten thousand dollars. 


Fri,  4/25 

2007 - Bucky Covington's self-titled debut album opens at number-one on the country album chart.  

2005 - Lonestar guitarist Michael Britt and his wife Rene welcome new daughter Hillary Quinn.  

2001 - Brooks and Dunn's Steers and Stripes debuts at number-one on Billboard's country album chart. 

2000 - Dixie Chicks' Fly is certified five-times platinum.  

1997 - Kenny Chesney's Me and You is certified gold. 

1986 - The Judds' Why Not Me is certified platinum.  

1985 - Roger Miller's musical BigRiver opens on Broadway. The production would earn the "King of the Road" guy several Tony Awards, including Best Score.   

1981 - Mickey Gilley tops the Billboard country chart with "A Headache Tomorrow (or a Heartache Tonight)."