Thursday, May 25, 2017

Today in Country Music History...May 25, 2017



2014
Brad Paisley makes a surprise Memorial Day weekend appearance at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, performing for 3,000 U.S. troops before president Barack Obama delivers a speech. Paisley's set includes "Southern Comfort Zone," "This Is Country Music," "I'm Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin' Song)" and "Alcohol"

2011
Scotty McCreery wins FOX's "American Idol," singing "Live Like You Were Dying" on the episode with Tim McGraw. Runner-up Lauren Alaina duets with Carrie Underwood on "Before He Cheats"

2005
Carrie Underwood wins FOX-TV's "American Idol." She sings the Martina McBride hit "Independence Day" and performs "Bless The Broken Road" with Rascal Flatts at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood

2005
Garth Brooks proposes to Trisha Yearwood on one knee in front of more than 7,000 fans at the Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, California. She says yes. He proceeds to sing "Amarillo By Morning" and "Friends In Low Places"

2002
Alan Jackson starts a four-week ride at #1 in Billboard with "Drive (For Daddy Gene)"

1993
"This Time" nets a gold album for Dwight Yoakam

1976
Singer/guitarist Cody Canada is born in Pampa, Texas. He becomes the frontman for one of Dierks Bentley's favorite alt-country bands, Cross Canadian Ragweed. He goes on to form the red-dirt band The Departed

1973
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band earns its first gold album, for "Will The Circle Be Unbroken." The two-record set features guests Maybelle Carter, Roy Acuff, Jimmy Martin, Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, Merle Travis, Vassar Clements, Norman Blake, Junior Huskey and Bashful Brother Oswald

1943
Mirriam Johnson is born in Phoenix. She's better known as Jessi Colter, the wife of Waylon Jennings and the singer of "I'm Not Lisa"

1936
Singer/songwriter Tom T. Hall is born in Olive Hill, Kentucky. Nicknamed "The Storyteller," he earns a string of plot-thick hits and writes titles such as "Harper Valley P.T.A."Â and "Little Bitty" en route to the Country Music Hall of Fame

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