Country Day in History


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MON, 3/30
2007  Billy Joe Shaver shoots a man in self-defense at a bar near Waco, Texas. The victim was allegedly drunk and armed with a knife when he followed Shaver into the parking lot of Papa Joe's Saloon in Lorena, Texas.
2006  Little Big Town kicks off a string of dates with classic rocker John Mellencamp in Evansville, Indiana.
2005  Trace Adkins' CD Songs About Me enters the country album chart at number-one.
2001  Jessica Andrews' Who I Am goes gold on the same day the title track claims the number-one spot on Radio & Records' country chart.
2001  “You Are," a song written and recorded by Wynonna, plays over the closing credits of the Ashley Judd - Hugh Jackman movie Someone Like You as it opens in theaters nationwide.
1999  Alabama records "(God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time on You" with the song's originators, the pop group 'N Sync.
1992  Garth Brooks' Ropin' the Wind album is certified seven-times platinum.
1989  Gilley's, the Texas honky-tonk owned by singer Mickey Gilley and made famous in the film Urban Cowboy, closes.
1974  Tanya Tucker's "Would You Lay With Me (in a Field of Stone)" tops the Billboard country chart.
1956  Johnny Cash records "I Walk the Line."

TUE, 3/31
1998  Reba McEntire and Brooks and Dunn film the video for their number-one single, "If You See Him, If You See Her."
1995  Joe Diffie's "So Help Me Girl" tops Radio & Records' country chart.
1986  Alabama's Greatest Hits is certified gold and platinum.
1962  Patsy Cline spends the first of five weeks at the top of the Billboard country chart with "She's Got You."
1956  Elvis Presley makes his final appearance as a regular on the Louisiana Hayride radio show. He'll appear on the program one last time, at a November 1956 benefit concert.

WED, 4/01
2008  George Strait releases his 37th album, Troubadour.
2006  Rascal Flatts' "What Hurts the Most" climbs to number-one on Billboard's country chart.
2002  Ty Herndon is mugged while parking his car outside of an L-A restaurant.
1998  Reba McEntire leaves Nashville for her first tour of Australia, with Kenny Rogers.
1995  Trisha Yearwood tops the Billboard country chart with "Thinkin' About You."
1991  Reba McEntire's Rumor Has It is certified platinum.
1989  George Strait hits number-one on the Billboard country chart with "Baby's Gotten Good at Goodbye."
1985  Alabama's Forty Hour Week album is simultaneously certified gold and platinum.
1979  Drummer Mark Herndon joins Alabama.
1967  The Country Music Hall of Fame opens in Nashville. The six initial inductees are Roy Acuff, Tex Ritter, Jimmie Rodgers, music publisher Fred Rose, Ernest Tubb and Hank Williams.

THU, 4/02
2008  Montgomery Gentry's Eddie Montgomery breaks ground on his 16-thousand-square-foot restaurant in Harrodsburg, Kentucky.
2006  Buck Owens is laid to rest in Bakersfield, California. Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley, Trace Atkins, Dwight Yoakam and John Berry are among those who attend the memorial service.
2006  Craig Morgan breaks his left wrist and suffers a mild concussion while competing in a dirt bike race in Bucksnort, Tennessee.
2002  Marty Stuart is charged with driving under the influence after being pulled over north of Nashville.
1994  Little Texas' "My Love" reaches the top of Billboard's country chart.
1988  Reba McEntire's "Love Will Find Its Way to You" hits number-one on the Billboard country chart.
1984  Alabama's Roll On album is simultaneously certified gold and platinum.
1977  Kenny Rogers hits the top spot on the Billboard country chart with "Lucille." It goes on to be named the C-M-A Single of the Year.
1955  Elvis Presley gets a speeding ticket for "exceeding 80 miles per hour" in his pink Cadillac outside Shreveport, Louisiana, on the way home from a gig in Houston. He pays the $25 bond at the parish jail and is released.
1949  George Morgan's "Candy Kisses" reaches number-one on Billboard's country chart.

FRI, 4/03
2007  Keith Urban announces the ground-breaking for a new building at the W-O Smith Music School in Nashville. The new facility will double the school's capacity, giving more than 700 children the opportunity to explore music.
2007  Live at Texas Stadium, featuring George Strait, Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffet, hits stores.
2007  Martina McBride's Waking Up Laughing album arrives in stores.
2007  Nashville Star winner Angela Hacker releases her debut album -- The Winner Is Angela Hacker: Nashville Star Season Five.
2006  Garth Brooks' ex-wife Sandy is abducted at gunpoint by a man working on her Oklahoma farm.
2005  George Canyon wins Country Recording of the Year for his song "One Good Friend" at the Juno Awards, Canada's equivalent of the Grammys.
2002  Loretta Lynn's second autobiography, Still Woman Enough, is published.
2001  The soundtrack of Bridget Jones' Diary - featuring Jamie O'Neal 's cover of the Eric Carmen '70s hit "All By Myself" - is released.
2000  The New York Mets name Garth Brooks their Spring Training Rookie of the Year.
1999  Wade Hayes marries Danni Boatright in Nashville.
1992  Straight Talk, starring the very odd couple of Dolly Parton and James Woods, opens in theaters.
1987  President Reagan presents Minnie Pearl with the American Cancer Society's annual Courage Award for her personal fight against the disease.
1983  The Oak Ridge Boys' American Made album is certified gold.
1982  The Oak Ridge Boys top Billboard's country chart with "Bobbie Sue."
1975  Emmylou Harris debuts her Hot Band at a show in San Francisco.
1956  Elvis Presley performs "Heartbreak Hotel," "Money, Honey" and "Blue Suede Shoes" on The Milton Berle Show, broadcast from a docked battleship, the U-S-S Hancock.
1948  Eddy Arnold begins a nine-week run at number-one on the Billboard country chart with "Anytime." Ironically, the song ended the 21-week run of Eddy's "I'll Hold You in My Heart."