On This Day in Country Music

  • On this day May 25, 2011

    Scotty McCreery won the tenth-season competition of becoming the second country music-focused artist (behind Carrie Underwood) to win. Runner-up Lauren Alaina is also rooted in country music. Days later, both signed lucrative contracts with Mercury Nashville Records.
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  • On this day May 25, 1968

    Bobby Goldsboro was at #1 on the Country chart with “Honey,” also known as “Honey (I Miss You).” Written by Bobby Russell, who first produced it with former Kingston Trio member Bob Shane. Then he gave it to American singer Bobby Goldsboro who recorded it for his tenth album. “Honey” spent five weeks at #1 on the Hot 100 Singles Chart.
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  • On this day May 23, 2012

    the fourth studio album by Carrie Underwood was at #1 on the With reaching #1, Underwood became the third female to chart at #1 with three country albums, tying her with Linda Ronstadt and Faith Hill.
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  • On this day May 23, 1958

    Born on this day in Cleveland, Ohio, was Shelly West, country music singer. Her mother was the country music star Dottie West, whose career spanned three decades. Shelly is best known for having hit duets with David Frizzell, and for their #1 hit “You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma”. She also was a successful solo artist, having her own #1 hit, “Jose Cuervo” in 1983.
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  • On this day May 22, 2011

    Reba McEntire was inducted into the at a Medallion Ceremony that took place at the in Nashville, Tennessee. She was inducted by one of her musical idols, Dolly Parton.
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  • On this day May 22, 2003

    At the awards ceremony in Las Vegas, there were boos when the Dixie Chicks nomination for Entertainer of the Year award was announced, (after Natalie Maines’ comment about George Bush), however, the broadcast’s host, Vince Gill, reminded the audience that everyone was entitled to freedom of speech.
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  • On this day May 21, 1994

    Trisha Yearwood married Robert “Bobby” Reynolds, the bass player for the country music group The Mavericks. The couple divorced in 1999, (she married her current husband Garth Brooks in 2005).
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  • On this day May 20, 1968

    Charley Pride was at #1 on the Country album charts with Pride went on to score thirty-nine #1 hits on the Hot Country Songs charts. His greatest success came in the early-to mid-1970s, when he became the best-selling performer for RCA Records since Elvis Presley.
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  • On this day May 20, 1990

    Clint Black was at #1 on the country chart with his debut album The album with the success of its first four singles, (“A Better Man”, “Walking Away”, “Nobody’s Home”, and “Killin’ Time”), was a huge hit upon release, and established Black as one of the biggest new stars in country music.
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  • On this day May 18, 2015

    American country music artist Elbert West died aged 47. Initially a session songwriter in Nashville, West saw his first chart success in the 1990s as a co-writer on singles for country singer Tracy Lawrence, including the #1’s “Sticks and Stones” and “Can’t Break It to My Heart”. West co-wrote album tracks for other artists, including tracks for Tim McGraw and John Michael Montgomery.
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  • On this day May 18, 2003

    The funeral for June Carter Cash was held at the First Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tennessee. A wheelchair-bound Johnny Cash sat in the front row, along with Hank Williams Jr., Tom T. Hall, Kris Kristofferson, Rodney Crowell, Marty Stuart, Connie Smith, Trisha Yearwood and Ricky Skaggs. Emmylou Harris, Larry Gatlin, The Oak Ridge Boys and Sheryl Crow all performed at the memorial.
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  • On this day May 17, 1993

    Johnny Cash started four days of recording in producer Rick Rubin’s living room in Los Angeles, backed only by his own guitar. This was the start of sessions for his forthcoming album.
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  • On this day May 17, 2016

    Award winning country musician, songwriter Guy Clark died in Nashville following a lengthy battle with lymphoma. He released more than twenty albums, and his songs have been recorded by other artists including Jerry Jeff Walker, Jimmy Buffett, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Wariner, and Rodney Crowell. Clark won the 2014 Award for Best Folk Album:
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  • On this day May 16, 1985

    Alabama were at #1 on the country album chart with their ninth studio album which included three songs that topped the Hot Country Singles chart. Two of the #1 tracks: “There’s No Way” and the title track, became milestones in Alabama’s recording career when “There’s No Way” became Alabama’s 16th consecutive #1 single. The feat allowed Alabama to tie Sonny James’ 14-year-old record for most #1 songs in as many consecutive single releases. Then, in August of this year, “40 Hour Week (For a Livin’)” topped the chart, becoming Alabama’s 17th-straight chart topper, allowing them to surpass James’ record.
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  • On this day May 14, 1971

    Johnny Cash appeared on the UK TV where he talked about his career as well as performing “Man In Black” and “If I Were A Carpenter.’
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  • On this day May 14, 2011

    Country singer Blake Shelton married Maranda Lambert at Don Strange Ranch in Boerne, Texas. 550 people were in attendance, including many celebrities, such as Reba McEntire, Cee Lo Green, Martina McBride, Kelly Clarkson, Dierks Bentley, Charles Kelley, and the Bellamy Brothers.
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  • On this day May 13, 1914

    Born on this day in Mount Juliet, Tennessee, was Johnnie Wright, the singer-songwriter who worked with Jack Anglin in the duo Johnnie & Jack, who had the 1965 #1 hit Hello Vietnam, which was used as the opening theme in the film He died on Sept 27th 2011.
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  • On this day May 12, 1901

    Born on this day in De Soto, Missouri, was The Duke of Paducah (Benjamin Francis Ford), an American country comedian, radio host and banjo player popular from the 1940s to the 1960s. He was elected to the in February 1986. He died on 20 June 1986.
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  • On this day May 12, 1988

    During a UK tour, Johnny Cash appeared at The Royal Albert Hall in London, England. Glen Campbell joined Cash on stage where they played a selection of each other’s hits.
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  • On this day May 10, 1988

    The final edition of the television variety show hosted by Dolly Parton aired on ABC. Guest stars featured in the series had included Tammy Wynette, Merle Haggard, Tyne Daly, Bruce Willis, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Tom Petty, Tom Selleck, the Neville Brothers, Alabama, Willie Nelson, Glen Campbell, Dudley Moore, and Oprah Winfrey
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