Country Day in History


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MON, 2/23
2008  Carrie Underwood is the musical guest on N-B-C's Saturday Night Live.
2006  Wynonna and Naomi Judd are inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in Lexington, along with John Conlee, bluegrass innovator Sam Bush, Mary Travers (of Peter, Paul and Mary) and gospel legend Dottie Rambo.
2004  Toby Keith's "American Soldier" tops the country charts.
2004  Word surfaces that Jo Dee Messina's engagement to longtime road manager Don Musquiz [pr: MOOS-kees] is off. Days later, the world learns that the singer has checked herself into a Utah rehab center for treatment of alcohol addiction.
2002  LeAnn Rimes marries actor-dancer Dean Sheremet in Dallas.
2001  Toby Keith's "You Shouldn't Kiss Me Like That" reclaims the number-one spot on Radio & Records' country chart after falling to number-two the week before.
2000  A big day for Lonestar: "Amazed" becomes the best-selling single in the nation and their Lonely Grill album is certified double-platinum.
2000  Sara Evans' No Place That Far is certified gold.
2000  Shania Twain wins Best Female Country Vocal Performance (for "Man! I Feel Like a Woman") as well as Best Country Song (for "Come on Over") at the Grammy Awards. George Jones wins Best Male Country Vocal Performance for "Choices," while Dixie Chicks get the group award for "Ready to Run" and the album prize for Fly. With its star, NYPD Blue actor Dennis Franz, in the audience, Dixie Chicks unveil their video for "Goodbye Earl."
1999  Garth Brooks attends spring training camp with the San Diego Padres as a nonroster player. In lieu of salary, the Padres Foundation agrees to contribute to the Touch 'Em All Foundation, a charity Brooks cofounded in collaboration with Major League Baseball players, entertainers and corporate partners.
1999  Tracy Byrd's Keepers is released.
1996  Alan Jackson's "I'll Try" hits number-one.
1996  George Strait's four-CD Strait Out of the Box is certified for sales of three-million copies, making it the best-selling country box set of all time.
1996  Martina McBride's Wild Angels album is certified gold.
1993  Brooks and Dunn release Hard Workin' Man.
1990  Reba McEntire and her husband Narvel Blackstock become the proud parents of a son, Shelby Stephen Blackstock.
1988  Hank Williams Junior's Born to Boogie album is certified platinum.
1985  Mel McDaniel tops the Billboard country chart with "Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On."
1983  Juice Newton, Willie Nelson, Alabama, Roy Clark are the country winners at the 25th annual Grammy Awards.
1980  Barbara Mandrell tops the Billboard country chart with "Years."
1979  Tanya Tucker's TNT album is certified gold.
1978  Kenny Rogers, Crystal Gayle and The Kendalls are the big country winners at the 20th annual Grammy Awards.
1974  Tammy Wynette reaches the top of the Billboard country chart with "Another Lonely Son." (Lorrie Morgan covered the song on her To Get to You greatest hits album in 2000.)
1971  Three Charley Pride albums -- Charley Pride's 10th Album, Charley Pride in Person and Just Plain Charley -- receive gold certifications.
1957  Patsy Cline makes her debut on the pop charts with "Walkin' After Midnight."
1957  Porter Wagoner joins the Grand Ole Opry.

TUE, 2/24
2004  Garth Brooks reports to Arizona for spring training with the Kansas City Royals. The team invited Garth to join them as a "non-roster invitee" to help raise awareness of the superstar's Teammates for Kids foundation.
2002  Martina McBride takes part in the closing day concert at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. That night, Willie Nelson sings "Bridge Over Troubled Water" at the closing ceremonies.
1999  Shania Twain and Vince Gill each win two statues at the 41st annual Grammy Awards. Several artists, including Clint Black, pick up their first awards when "Same Old Train" wins for Best Country Collaboration.
1998  Lee Roy Parnell and Anita Cochran are the country winners at the Gibson Guitar Awards.
1996  Martina McBride's "Wild Angels" hits the top of the Billboard chart. It is her first number-one song.
1993  Vince Gill, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Emmylou Harris & the Nash Ramblers, Travis Tritt & Marty Stuart are the big country winners at the 35th annual Grammy Awards.
1992  The Postal Service unveils two versions of its proposed Elvis stamp for fans to vote on. The younger Elvis design wins and is issued on January 8th, 1993.
1991  Webb Pierce dies of pancreatic cancer at the age of 69 in Nashville, Tennessee.
1987  Reba McEntire, Ronnie Milsap, The Judds and Ricky Skaggs are the big country winners at the 29th annual Grammy Awards.
1982  Dolly Parton, Ronnie Milsap, Oak Ridge Boys and Chet Atkins are the big country winners at the 24th annual Grammy Awards.
1975  Glen Campbell starts recording "Rhinestone Cowboy" at Sound Labs in Hollywood. The song is completed on March 7th.
1973  Loretta Lynn's "Rated X" tops Billboard's country chart. (The title caused some controversy, but a listen revealed it is about divorce being an "ex" not pornography.)
1969  Johnny Cash records Johnny Cash at San Quentin.

WED, 2/25
2006  Brad Paisley's "When I Get Where I'm Going" takes over the top spot Billboard's country singles charts.
2000  Tim McGraw's "My Best Friend" kicks off its second week at number-one on Radio & Records' country chart.
2000  Lonestar's "Amazed" reaches number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
1998  Alison Krauss and Union Station win three awards, while Trisha Yearwood takes home two at the Grammy Awards. Garth Brooks and Vince Gill also win. The night's most anticipated moment pits Trisha's "How Do I Live" against LeAnn Rimes' recording of the same song. Trisha wins.
1995  Andy Griggs marries Stephanie Sullivan, exactly one year after their first meeting.
1995  Wade Hayes tops Billboard's country chart with his first hit, "Old Enough to Know Better."
1993  Clint Black plays himself on the television show, Wings.
1992  Mary Chapin Carpenter, Garth Brooks, The Judds, Steve Wariner, Ricky Skaggs & Vince Gill are the big country winners at the 34th annual Grammy Awards.
1991  KT Oslin earns a gold album for Love In a Small Town.
1989  Dwight Yoakam tops the Billboard country chart with "I Sang Dixie."
1986  Rosanne Cash, Ronnie Milsap, The Judds and Chet Atkins with Mark Knopfler are the big country winners at the 28th annual Grammy Awards.
1981  Anne Murray, George Jones, Willie Nelson and Roy Orbison & Emmylou Harris are the big country winners at the 23rd annual Grammy Awards.

THU, 2/26
2008  Dolly Parton's Backwoods Barbie C-D hits stores.
2008  Miley and Billy Ray Cyrus are tapped to host and perform on the C-M-T Music Awards on April 14th at the Curb Event Center in Nashville.
2007  Little Big Town's The Road to Here is certified platinum.
2002  Johnny Cash marks his 70th birthday with a quiet celebration at his home in Jamaica.
2001  Martina McBride's Evolution is certified triple-platinum. Toby Keith's How Do You Like Me Now?! album goes platinum.
2000  "Amazed" climbs to the number-one spot on the Billboard Hot 100, making Lonestar the first country act to top that chart since "Islands in the Stream" by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton.
2000  Tim McGraw's "My Best Friend" spends its second week atop Billboard's country chart.
1999  Wynonna appears on the 500th episode of the Rosie O'Donnell Show, along with Bette Midler and Today co-host Katie Couric.
1998  Ty England and his wife Shanna welcome their fourth child, Mattie Garrett England, into the world.
1997  14-year-old LeAnn Rimes wins the Best New Artist Grammy as well as Best Female Vocal Performance (for "Blue"). Other country winners at the 39th annual Grammy Awards are Vince Gill, Brooks & Dunn, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Chet Atkins and Lyle Lovett.
1994  The Desert Rose Band give their final concert in Indio, California.
1993  Toby Keith makes his debut on the country charts with "Should've Been a Cowboy," which eventually goes to number-one.
1987  George Strait's Greatest Hits is certified platinum.
1985  Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, The Judds and Ricky Skaggs are the big country winners at the 27th annual Grammy Awards.
1983  Charley Pride reaches the top of the Billboard country chart with "Why Baby Why."
1958  Marty Robbins records the number-one hit "Just Married."
1955  The Louvin Brothers debut on the Grand Ole Opry.
1955  Webb Pierce begins a 21-week run atop the Billboard country chart with "In the Jailhouse Now."

FRI, 2/27
2007  Toby Keith is recognized for reaching 50-million spins on radio. The achievement places Toby among an elite group of entertainers that includes John Lennon and The Bee Gees.
2001  Brad Paisley's debut album, Who Needs Pictures, is certified platinum.
1999  Sara Evans' "No Place That Far" with Vince Gill on harmony tops Billboard's country chart. It is her first number-one.
1998  Jason Sellers gets some unexpected help while entertaining a lunchtime crowd at the 29th annual Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. His former wife, Lee Ann Womack, makes a special appearance as his duet partner. Upon seeing her, Jason exclaims, "Man, you look good. I want you back." Lee Ann, however has no patience for her ex's plea. "Well," she replies, "maybe if you'd-a said that a little earlier."
1996  Diamond Rio's IV album is released.
1996  Emmylou Harris is honored with the lifetime achievement award at the Orville H. Gibson Guitar Awards luncheon.
1996  Faith Hill's It Matters to Me album is certified platinum.
1996  Pam Tillis releases the Top 20 single "I Was Blown Away."
1995  Reba McEntire's Have I Got a Deal for You is certified gold, 10 years after its release.
1993  Lorrie Morgan hits number-one on the Billboard country chart with "What Part of No."
1990  Alan Jackson releases his Here in the Real World album.
1988  Tanya Tucker's "I Won't Take Less Than Your Love" goes to number-one on Billboard's country chart.
1982  Don Williams hits the top of the charts with "Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good."
1980  Emmylou Harris, Kenny Rogers, Charlie Daniels Band and Doc and Merle Watson are the big country winners at the 22nd annual Grammy Awards.
1979  Kenny Rogers gets a platinum award for his album The Gambler.