Blake Shelton reaches the top of the Billboard country singles chart with "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking"
Taylor Swift makes her TV acting debut, stabbed in the heart with scissors on CBS' "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"
George Strait racks up eight nominations to top the ballot in the Academy of Country Music Awards, unveiled at Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame. Brooks & Dunn collects seven, and Ronnie Dunn garners another on his own
Epic releases Gretchen Wilson's debut single, "Redneck Woman," to radio. Along the way, Wilson namechecks redneck inspirations Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kid Rock, George Strait, Charlie Daniels, Tanya Tucker and Hank Williams Jr.
MCA releases Vince Gill's album "Pocket Full Of Gold"
MCA releases Steve Earle's album "Guitar Town"
Johnny Cash records "One Piece At A Time" in Hendersonville at the House of Cash
Alabama, billed as Wildcountry, makes its debut at The Bowery in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The band remains regulars at the club for the next seven years
A plane crash in Camden, Tennessee, claims the lives of Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins and pilot Randy Hughes as they return to Nashville from a charity concert in Kansas City
Elvis Presley is discharged from the Army