Country Day in History


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MON, 11/17
2005  Sara Evans' Real Fine Place album goes gold.
2002  Blake Shelton proposes to his longtime girlfriend, Kaynette Williams.
2001  Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance" spends its 52nd week -- a full year -- in the Top 5 on Billboard's adult contemporary chart. The song's run included several weeks at number-one.
2000  Alabama's For the Record: 41 Number-One Hits is certified quadruple-platinum.
2000  Pam Tillis' 1995 album, All of This Love, is certified gold.
1999  Faith Hill's Breathe album debuts at the top of the Billboard pop and country album charts. Only a handful of other country artists had achieved the feat at the time, including Faith's husband Tim McGraw, Garth Brooks, Billy Ray Cyrus, John Michael Montgomery, LeAnn Rimes and the Dixie Chicks.
1998  Garth Brooks releases his Double Live album.
1997  Shania Twain's The Woman in Me album is certified 10-times plaltinum, while LeAnn Rimes' Blue album is certified five-times platinum and LeAnn's "How Do I Live" single is certified double-platinum -- the only country single ever to reach that mark.
1994  Billy Ray Cyrus' Some Gave All album is certified eight-times platinum, while Sammy Kershaw's Haunted Heart album goes platinum and his Feeling Good Train album is certified gold.
1990  Holly Dunn reaches the top of the Billboard chart with "You Really Had Me Going."
1979  Kenny Rogers' "You Decorated My Life" peaks at number-seven on Billboard's pop singles chart.
1968  Glen Campbell's "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" and "Gentle on My Mind" singles are certified gold.
1956  Marty Robbins' "Singing the Blues" begins a 13-week run at number-one on the Billboard country chart.

TUE, 11/18
2007  Former American Idol contestant Carrie Underwood wins three American Music Awards.
2005  Shania Twain receives an Order of Canada designation, which is the highest honor given to Canadian civilians. The ceremony recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.
2005  Walk the Line, the Johnny Cash bio-pic starring Joaquin Phoenix as "The Man in Black" and Reese Witherspoon as June Carter Cash opens in theaters nationwide.
2000  Travis Tritt's "Best of Intentions" tops the country charts.
1998  Garth Brooks stages three live T-V specials, one each in the Eastern, Central and Pacific time zones) on N-B-C.
1998  Reba McEntire is inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.
1997  John Berry undergoes vocal cord surgery.
1994  Patty Loveless' When Fallen Angels Fly album is certified gold.
1989  Eddy Raven tops the Billboard country chart with "Bayou Boys."
1980  The first episode of N-B-C T-V's Barbara Mandrell and The Mandrell Sisters variety series airs with guests Dolly Parton and John Schneider.
1970  Jerry Lee Lewis and his third wife -- his distant cousin, Myra -- divorce.
1968  Glen Campbell's Wichita Lineman album is certified gold.

WED, 11/19
2008  Taylor Swift shatters sales records with the release of her sophomore C-D, Fearless. With almost 600-thousand albums sold in the first week, she's had the biggest-selling opening week of any female artist in any genre this year.
2007  Charlie Daniels is invited -- by Martina McBride -- to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry during his annual Christmas for Kids benefit show at the Ryman Auditorium.
2006  The sixth season of Reba McEntire's sitcom, Reba, begins on the C-W Network.
2002  Shania Twain's Up is released and a week later it has sold nearly 900-thousand copies to top both pop and country album charts. That same day, Dwight Yoakam releases a box set, Reprise Please Baby: The Warner Brothers Years.
2001  The lyrics to Alan Jackson's "Where Were You (When the World Stops Turning)" are read into the Congressional Record by Georgia Representative Mac Collins.
1999  Willie Nelson's crew bus, known as "The Red-Headed Stranger," goes "platinum" as it logs its millionth mile on the road. The bus' odometer rolls over to all zero -- the night before it was reading 999,734 miles.
1997  Mindy McCready undergoes a tonsillectomy.
1994  Mary Chapin Carpenter tops the Billboard country chart with "Shut Up and Kiss Me."
1968  The second annual C-M-A Awards show becomes the first music awards show broadcast on television at it airs on N-B-C T-V. Roy Rogers and Dale Evans are the hosts. Glen Campbell is named Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year...while Tammy Wynette wins the first of her three Female Vocalist trophies. Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton are named Vocal Group (the category at the time still included duos)...and Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison is Album of the Year.
1952  Faron Young enters the Army.

THU, 11/20
2008  Blake Shelton joins the ranks of People's Sexiest Men Alive.
2008  Kenny Chesney wins his fourth Billboard Top Package touring award at the Billboard Touring Awards in New York.
2007  It's announced that Trace Adkins will take part in this year's celebrity edition of N-B-C's The Apprentice. Joining Trace for the competition is Tiffany Fallon -- the wife of Rascal Flatts' Joe Don Rooney -- Gene Simmons from the rock band KISS, The Sopranos' Vincent Pastore, Taxi star Marilu Henner, Olympic gymnast Nadia Comaneci [pr: coh-man-EACH], former heavyweight champ Lennox Lewis and Apprentice villainess Omarosa.
2007  Keith Urban's Greatest: 18 Kids hits stores.
2001  Clint Black releases his second Greatest Hits album.
1998  Lee Ann Womack's "A Little Past Little Rock" hits number-one on Radio & Records' country chart.
1993  Mark Chesnutt scores a number-one hit on Billboard's country chart with "Almost Goodbye."
1982  Mark and Anne Collie get married.
1965  Little Jimmy Dickens hits number-one on the Billboard country chart with his signature song, "May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose."
1961  Jimmy Dean tops Billboard's country chart with "Big Bad John."
1954  Gene Autry makes his first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry.

FRI, 11/21
2007  Garth Brooks' Ultimate Hits lands in the number-one spot on the country chart, edging out The Eagles' Long Road Out of Eden.
2006  Darryl Worley releases the Here and Now album.
2006  Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill and Toby Keith are the country winners at the American Music Awards.
2001  Garth Brooks' Scarecrow debuts at the top of the country and pop album charts.
2001  Garth Brooks stages a T-V concert special live from the deck of the aircraft carrier U-S-S Enterprise, docked in Norfolk, Virginia. It's his second of three such shows in a month's time -- the first was staged a week earlier in Los Angeles, while the third will follow a week later on South Padre Island, Texas. Pop singer-songwriter Jewel is a guest on the televised special, but those on hand for the concert are also treated to appearances by Steve Wariner and Trisha Yearwood.
2001  Sara Evans, SheDaisy, Phil Vassar, Carolyn Dawn Johnson and Craig Morgan perform as President George W. Bush visits with troops at Kentucky's Fort Campbell.
1998  Garth Brooks wraps a three-year world tour with the last of three sold-out shows at Texas A-&-M in College Station, Texas.
1992  Alabama tops the Billboard country chart with "I'm in a Hurry (And Don't Know Why)."
1987  Randy Travis scores a number-one Billboard country hit with "I Won't Need You Anymore (Always and Forever)."
1986  Lynn Anderson's Rose Garden album is certified platinum.
1981  Hank Williams Junior reaches the top of Billboard's country chart with "All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down)."
1955  On her 22nd birthday, Jean Shepard joins the Grand Ole Opry.