Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Today in Country Music History...March 7, 2017



The Zac Brown Band performs "Homegrown" from New York during NBC-TV's "Saturday Night Live"

Big Machine releases Taylor Swift's "Mean" to radio

Songwriters Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett win the Oscar award for Best Original Song, recognizing "The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart)," at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles

Faith Hill's "Breathe" tops the list when CMT premieres "40 Sexiest Music Videos"

The Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts cite 365 Songs of the Century, including more than 50 country titles. Among them: Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance," featuring Sons Of The Desert

Sara Evans makes her Grand Ole Opry debut, singing "Your Cheatin' Heart"

The "Honeymoon In Vegas" soundtrack goes platinum. The album features remakes of Elvis Presley songs by Trisha Yearwood, Willie Nelson, Billy Joel, Travis Tritt, Ricky Van Shelton, Bono, Dwight Yoakam, Amy Grant and Vince Gill, among others

Randy Travis makes his debut on the Grand Ole Opry. After an introduction from Little Jimmy Dickens, he performs "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry"

Gilley's nightclub opens in Pasadena, Texas. Named for part-owner Mickey Gilley, the home of the mechanical bull provides the inspiration for the 1980 movie "Urban Cowboy," which results in a short-term country trend

Singer/songwriter Townes Van Zandt is born in Fort Worth, Texas. A vivid songwriter and wild personality, he authors a pair of 1980s hits: Merle Haggard & Willie Nelson cover "Pancho And Lefty"; Emmylou Harris & Don Williams do "If I Needed You"

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