Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Today in Country Music History...April 12, 2017



Merle Haggard covers abound as Keith Urban and Vince Gill co-host the All for the Hall benefit at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. Gill does "The Fightin' Side Of Me," Sam Hunt sings "The Way I Am" and Emmylou Harris offers "Kern River." Also appearing: Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Jason Isbell and Maddie & Tae

Hank Williams is honored with a special citation for "craftsmanship as a songwriter" as the Pulitzer Prize winners are announced

Bill Anderson and Jon Randall write "Whiskey Lullaby"

Travis Tritt marries Theresa Nelson at his home in Paulding County, Georgia, with Marty Stuart serving as best man. Tritt sings "More Than You'll Ever Know" to the bride. Also attending: Lari White, Tanya Tucker, Connie Smith and Lynyrd Skynyrd

Curb releases Tim McGraw's self-titled debut album

Capitol releases Garth Brooks' self-titled debut album

Easton Corbin is born in Trenton, Florida. A 2011 nominee for the ACM's Top New Solo Vocalist, he nets such traditionally influenced hits as "A Little More Country Than That," "All Over The Road," "Roll With It" and "Lovin' You Is Fun"

The first Fan Fair begins in Nashville's Municipal Auditorium

The Marty Robbins recording "El Paso" wins Best Country & Western Performance during the third annual Grammy Awards

Vince Gill is born in Norman, Oklahoma. After work with the pop group Pure Prairie League, he becomes a solo country artist, with his songwriting, guitar work and warm voice making him a frequent Grammy winner and Country Music Hall of Famer

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