Thursday, March 16, 2017

Today in Country Music History...March 16, 2017



Elektra releases Jana Kramer's "I Got The Boy" to radio

Jason Aldean's "Fly Over States" video premieres on CMT

Carrie Underwood's video for "Don't Forget To Remember Me" debuts on CMT

Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw and Big & Rich snag four nominations apiece for the CMT Music Awards. Keith Urban and Gretchen Wilson earn three

Tim McGraw's "The Cowboy In Me" rides to #1 on the Billboard country chart

LeAnn Rimes' debut single, "Blue," is certified gold

A plane crash outside of San Diego kills eight members of Reba McEntire's band and crew, including singer/songwriter Chris Austin, whose "Same Ol' Love" becomes a hit for Ricky Skaggs

The Grand Ole Opry gives its first performance at the new Grand Ole Opry House. President Richard Nixon appears at the event. Roy Acuff, who gives Nixon a yo-yo demonstration, is the first performer, doing "Wabash Cannonball." The rest of the Opry cast appears alphabetically, beginning with Bill Anderson

Hank Williams records "Hey, Good Lookin'," "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)," "Howlin' At The Moon" and "My Heart Would Know" in an afternoon session at Nashville's Castle Recording Studio

Ray Benson is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He forms Asleep At The Wheel, which emerges as the strongest modern advocate for western swing. The group wins multiple Grammys but earns just one hit, "The Letter That Johnny Walker Read"

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