Friday, September 9, 2016

Today in Country Music History...September 9, 2016



Eric Church and Little Big Town score five nominations apiece to top the list of finalists in the 49th annual Country Music Association awards

Capitol releases the Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert duet "We Were Us" to radio

Lady Antebellum's "We Owned The Night" video debuts on CMT

Joe Nichols marries Heather Singleton at Whitfield Chapel in Savannah, Georgia

Willie Nelson performs a concert in Plains, Georgia, for an upcoming TV special, "CMT Homecoming: Jimmy Carter In Plains." Nelson threads the set with "Whiskey River," "Beer For My Horses," "Amazing Grace" and "Georgia On My Mind"

Bill Monroe dies at Northcrest Medical Center in Springfield, Tennessee, five months after suffering a stroke. Acknowledged as the "Father of Bluegrass," he joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1939 and entered the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1970

Hunter Hayes is born in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. He plays every instrument, sings every part and co-writes every song on his first major-label album, which debuts in country's Top 10 just weeks after he turns 20

Joey Martin is born in Alexandria, Indiana. She joins husband Rory Lee Feek in Joey+Rory, named Top New Vocal Duo by the Academy of Country Music in 2010

Jerry Lee Lewis takes "Whole Lot Of Shakin' Going On" to the top of the Billboard country singles chart

Elvis Presley makes his first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show." He sings four songs, including "Love Me Tender" and "Don't Be Cruel," shot only from the waist up. Charles Laughton hosts in place of Sullivan, recuperating from an auto accident

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