Thursday, March 23, 2017

Today in Country Music History...March 23, 2017


Twelve days before the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards, Chris Stapleton is named New Male Vocalist of the Year, Kelsea Ballerini claims New Female, and Old Dominion takes New Vocal Duo or Group

Taylor Swift performs "Mine," "Fifteen" and "Love Story" during an intimate concert at London's Abbey Road Studio for an audience that includes Amy Winehouse

A new episode of "CMT Crossroads" debuts pairing Jamey Johnson and Shooter Jennings. Among their performances: "In Color" and a cover of Waylon Jennings' "Don't You Think This Outlaw Bit's Done Got Out Of Hand"

Naomi, Wynonna and Ashley Judd attend the Oscars in Los Angeles, where Trisha Yearwood performs "How Do I Live," from the movie "Con Air." Ashley presents an award and gets flak for a high, revealing hemline

Bruce Springsteen surprises the audience at Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey, when he rips off his shirt and launches into Billy Ray Cyrus' "Achy Breaky Heart." "Everybody gets a giggle out of it," he says, "but that tune is just damn good"

Brett Eldredge is born in Paris, Illinois. He brings a blue-eyed soul sound to country with his 2013 debut album, "Bring You Back," which garners #1 hits with "Don't Ya," "Beat Of The Music" and "Mean To Me"

Ray Charles and fellow chess player Willie Nelson appear at #1 on the Billboard country chart with "Seven Spanish Angels"

Singer/songwriter Brett Young is born in Anaheim, California. He nabs a Top 5 country single with his 2016 debut, "Sleep Without You"

Maybelle Addington marries Ezra Carter. As a member of The Carter Family, she helps shape country harmony singing and ends up in the Country Music Hall of Fame

Fiddlin' John Carson becomes the first "hillbilly" artist to play on the radio, performing on Atlanta's WSB. His first song: "Little Old Log Cabin In The Lane"

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