Saturday, January 6, 2018

Today in Country Music History...January 6, 2018

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2016
"Blue" is the first song performed during auditions as the final season of "American Idol" launches on FOX. Judge Keith Urban offers critiques as contestants perform "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way," "(Ghost) Riders In The Sky," "Chainsaw," "Leavin' On Your Mind," "Follow Your Arrow" and "Last Name"

2007
Brad Paisley makes a move to #1 in the Billboard chart with "She's Everything"

2005
Lee Ann Womack's "I May Hate Myself In The Morning" video, featuring Jack Ingram, debuts on CMT

1998
Trisha Yearwood and LeAnn Rimes are each nominated for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Female for their versions of "How Do I Live." It's the first time in Grammy history that two renditions of the same song compete against each other

1990
Sawyer Brown lead singer Mark Miller marries makeup artist Lisa Knight, the sister of former "Brady Bunch" star Christopher Knight, in Los Angeles

1983
Rosanne Cash reels in her first gold album, for "Seven Year Ache"

1979
Don Williams reaches #1 on the Billboard country chart with "Tulsa Time"

1958
Jerry Lee Lewis sews up the #1 spot on the Billboard country singles chart with "Great Balls Of Fire"

1957
Elvis Presley makes his final appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," singing seven songs: "Hound Dog," "Love Me Tender," "When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again," "Heartbreak Hotel," "Peace In The Valley," "Too Much" and "Don't Be Cruel"

1924
Earl Scruggs is born in Shelby, North Carolina. The innovative banjo man joins Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys in the 1940s, then forms a duo with Lester Flatt on the way to the Country Music Hall of Fame as one of bluegrass' pillars

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