Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Today in Country Music History...January 2, 2017

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2017
Surprise! Unannounced guest Carrie Underwood performs "Something In The Water" for 50,000 participants at Passion 2017, a conference for evangelical college students at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta

2013
Republic Nashville releases Florida Georgia Line's "Get Your Shine On" to radio, namechecking the rock band Shinedown in the process

2010
The Eli Young Band performs the national anthem before the Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The Ole Miss Rebels slam the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the NCAA game, 21-7

2006
A shivering LeAnn Rimes performs "Something's Gotta Give" at the rain-soaked Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena, California

1997
Faith Hill goes double-platinum for the second time, with the album "It Matters To Me"

1978
Keyboard player Chris Hartman is born in Grand Prairie, Alberta. He joins Canadian band Emerson Drive, which debuts in the U.S. in 2002. He leaves in March 2003, just two months before the group wins an Academy of Country Music award

1975
"Austin City Limits" premieres on PBS with Willie Nelson as the first featured guest. The set list includes "Good Hearted Woman," "Whiskey River," "Okie From Muskogee" and "Will The Circle Be Unbroken"

1954
John Jarvis is born in Pasadena, California. A session keyboard player who records with George Strait, Wynonna and Mary Chapin Carpenter, he also writes Vince Gill's "I Still Believe In You," Steve Wariner's "Small Town Girl" and Conway Twitty's "Julia"

1936
Roger Miller is born in Fort Worth, Texas. Raised in Erick, Oklahoma, Miller's quirky songwriting and sense of humor lead to such hits as "King Of The Road," "Dang Me" and "Chug-A-Lug," launching him into the Country Music Hall of Fame

1926
Guitarist Harold Bradley is born in Nashville. As a member of Nashville's A-Team of studio musicians, he becomes a Country Music Hall of Fame member after playing on hits by Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley, Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty, among others

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