Country Day in History


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On this Country Day in History  

MON,  4/7

2011 - Shooter Jennings and actress Drea de Mateo have a boy they name Waylon Albert and nickname "Blackjack."

2006 - Tim McGraw's third N-B-C special airs, featuring appearances by wife Faith Hill and Hank Williams Junior.

2002 - Mark McGuinn ("Mrs. Steven Rudy") ties the knot with longtime girlfriend Stacey Mitchell.

1990 - At Farm Aid IV in Indianapolis, Elton John dedicates "Candle in the Wind" to young AIDS patient Ryan White, who dies later that night.

1986 - Hank Williams Junior's High Notes album is certified gold, while his The Pressure Is On goes platinum.

1959 - Marty Robbins records "El Paso."

1956 - Carl Perkins tops the Billboard country chart with "Blue Suede Shoes."

1920 - The Father of Country Music, Jimmie Rodgers, marries Carrie Williamson.


TUE,  4/8

2008 - Trisha Yearwood releases her cookbook, Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen.

2001 - Van Stephenson, former guitarist and singer of BlackHawk, loses his battle with cancer. He was 47.

1994 - Lee Roy Parnell hits the top of Radio & Records' country chart with "I'm Holding My Own."

1989 - Keith Whitley tops Billboard's country chart with "I'm No Stranger to the Rain." He dies of alcohol poisoning a month later.

1957 - The Jimmy Dean Show premieres on C-B-S T-V.


WED,  4/9

2007 - Sara Evans' former nanny, Alison Clinton Lee, files a lawsuit against the singer and her attorneys for defamation. She claims her name was smeared during the course of Sara's divorce case. The complaint follows claims made in the divorce filing in which Evans accused her husband Craig Schelske of an affair with Lee.

2007 - The Nashville Chapter of The Recording Academy honors Rascal Flatts and Loretta Lynn, Jars of Clay and The Fisk Jubilee Singers for their outstanding achievements and contributions that enrich Nashville's music community and the lifestyle of its residents.

2000 - Faith Hill joins Mariah Carey and Donna Summer to pay tribute to Diana Ross as part of V-H-1's Divas 2000: A Tribute to Diana Ross. The show airs two nights later.

1999 - Faith Hill kicks off her first major headlining tour in Minneapolis.

1999 - Lee Ann Womack's "I'll Think of a Reason Later" hits number-one on Radio & Records' country chart.

1998 - A memorial service for Tammy Wynette is held at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium and televised live on C-N-N.

1998 - Pam Tillis' Greatest Hits is certified gold.

1991 - Patty Loveless' Honky Tonk Angel is certified gold.

1987 - The Judds' Heartland album is certified gold.

1983 - The Kenny Rogers-Sheena Easton duet, "We've Got Tonight," hits the top of the Billboard country chart. It had peaked at number-seven on the pop chart a few weeks earlier.


THU,  4/10

2008 - Brad Paisley celebrates 10 years of making records, 10-million albums sold and 10 number-one singles at a lavish party in Nashville.

2007 - Brenda Lee releases Gospel Duets With Treasured Friends. Among the guests are Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Martina McBride, Brooks and Dunn, George Jones, Charlie Daniels, Alison Krauss, Huey Lewis and Emmylou Harris. It's the Country Music and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's first gospel album.

2007 - Johnny and June Carter Cash's Hendersonville, Tennessee home burns to the ground. The property was being renovated by new owner Barry Gibb.

2006 - Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, Bon Jovi with Jennifer Nettles and Billy Currington are the big winners at the C-M-T Music Awards. Hank Williams Junior receives the Johnny Cash Visionary Award.

2004 - A woman posing as Reba McEntire's tour manager is arrested in California. Michelle Greene is charged with defrauding about a dozen people by conning them out of money to become workers on Reba's upcoming tour.

2002 - Martina McBride's Greatest Hits and Lonestar's I'm Already There are certified platinum, while Brad Paisley's Part II is certified gold.

2001 - Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and the Dixie Chicks are winners at the seventh annual Blockbuster Awards.

2001 - Sammy Kershaw's month-long divorce trial ends.

1998 - Kevin Sharp marries Traci Williams (Neal McCoy's sister-in-law).

1996 - Lorrie Morgan's Greatest Hits album is certified platinum.

1993 - Reba McEntire and Vince Gill top Billboard's country chart with "The Heart Won't Lie."

1989 - Alabama is named Artist of the Decade by the Academy of Country Music.

1976 - Tammy Wynette reaches number-one on the Billboard country chart with "'Til I Can Make It on My Own."

1960 - Don Williams marries Joy Bucher.


FRI,  4/11

2008 - Charlie Daniels' Volunteer Jam 2008 tour kicks off in Michigan with the Charlie Daniels Band and guests 38 Special and Shooter Jennings.

2007 - Hank Williams Junior and Lynyrd Skynyrd kick off their co-headlining Rowdy Frynds tour in Huntsville, Alabama.

2007 - Sara Evans' estranged husband Craig Schelske files a 20-million-dollar lawsuit against one of the singer's divorce lawyers and the firm that employs him. Schelske claims that attorney John Hollins Senior slandered him in the media.

2006 - Toby Keith's White Trash With Money C-D hits stores.

2005 - Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Gretchen Wilson and Rascal Flatts are the big winners at C-M-T's Music Awards. Loretta Lynn receives the Johnny Cash Visionary Award. The honor is given annually to an artist who has made extraordinary, innovative and groundbreaking use of music videos.

2001 - Lee Ann Womack's I Hope You Dance is certified double-platinum.

2000 - Clay Davidson releases his debut album, Unconditional.

2000 - The Dixie Chicks' Wide Open Spaces is certified nine-times platinum.

1998 - Jo Dee Messina's "Bye Bye" hits the top of the Billboard country chart.

1996 - Patty Loveless' When Fallen Angels Fly is certified platinum.

1994 - Tim McGraw's first big hit, "Indian Outlaw," is certified gold.

1992 - Wynonna tops the Billboard country chart with "She Is His Only Need."

1987 - Alabama's "(You've Got) The Touch" hits number-one on Billboard's country chart.

1981 - David Frizzell and Shelley West score their first number-one hit-as soloists or a pair-when "You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma" tops Billboard's country chart.

1980 - Alabama sign their first record contract.

1975 - B-J Thomas sings "Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" on The Midnight Special.

1953 - Hank Williams' "Your Cheatin' Heart" hits number-one on Billboard's country chart, just over three months after his death.