Thursday, May 4, 2017

Today in Country Music History...May 4, 2017



2010
Random House publishes Chely Wright's autobiography, "Like Me: Confessions Of A Heartland Country Singer." In the process, she comes out as a lesbian, becoming the first-ever openly gay commercial country artist

2009
Taylor Swift's "You Belong With Me" video premieres on CMT

2004
Warner Bros. releases Big & Rich's debut album, "Horse Of A Different Color"

1999
Curb releases the Tim McGraw album "A Place In The Sun"

1996
Shania Twain races to #1 on the Billboard country chart with "You Win My Love"

1993
Garth Brooks' "No Fences" becomes the first country album certified by the RIAA for shipments of 10 million units

1991
Travis Tritt makes his Grand Ole Opry debut

1987
Warner Bros. releases Randy Travis' second album, "Always And Forever"

1978
Songwriter Luke Laird is born in Greenville, Pennsylvania. He fashions such hits as Little Big Town's "Pontoon," Eric Church's "Talladega," Kenny Chesney's "American Kids," Miranda Lambert's "Baggage Claim" and Carrie Underwood's "Last Name"

1959
Randy Traywick is born at Memorial Hospital in Monroe, North Carolina. As Randy Travis, his rich baritone is a signature sound in the New Traditionalist movement of the late-1980s, earning him a spot in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Among his hits: "On The Other Hand" and "Forever And Ever, Amen"

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