Friday, September 8, 2017

Today in Country Music History...September 8, 2017


2016
Garth Brooks gives a full concert at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium for the first time as Sirius XM launches the Garth Channel. With Chris Young and Charles Esten in the seats, Brooks' first song on the channel is a cover of "Don't Close Your Eyes." The first of his own hits: "Friends In Low Places"
2014
Frankie Ballard's "Sunshine & Whiskey" video debuts on CMT
2013
Carrie Underwood debuts as the voice of NBC's "Sunday Night Football" theme, "Waiting All Day For Sunday Night." The game has George Strait serving as honorary captain of the Dallas Cowboys, who beat the New York Giants, 36-31
2008
Arista releases Brad Paisley's duet with Keith Urban, "Start A Band," to radio. It pays a lyrical nod to a pair of classic-rock songs: "Free Bird" and "Ramblin Man"
2007
Rodney Atkins climbs to #1 on the Billboard chart with "These Are My People"
1997
LeAnn Rimes' version of "How Do I Live" is certified platinum
1973
He's been this far several times: Conway Twitty reaches #1 in Billboard with "You've Never Been This Far Before"
1963
Songwriter Gary Baker is born in Niagara Falls, New York. His successes include John Michael Montgomery's "I Swear," Reba McEntire's "One Honest Heart," Lonestar's "I'm Already There" and Alabama's "Once Upon A Lifetime"
1932
Virginia Hensley is born in Winchester, Virginia. As Patsy Cline, she becomes one of country's definitive female vocalists behind such pop-tinged hits such as "Crazy" and "I Fall To Pieces." She enters the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1973
1927
Songwriter Harlan Howard is born in Detroit. Added to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1997, his long list of credits includes Patsy Cline's "I Fall To Pieces," The Judds' "Why Not Me" and Buck Owens' "I've Got A Tiger By The Tail"

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