Friday, April 14, 2017

Today in Country Music History...April 14, 2017



Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood marries Kelli Cashiola at Front Porch Farms in Ashland City, Tennessee. Lady A bandmates Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott attend. Singer/songwriter Dave Barnes performs

Kellie Pickler wins three trophies during the CMT Music Awards at Belmont University's Curb Events Center in Nashville

The CMT talent competition "Can You Duet" debuts, launching first-season contestants Joey+Rory. Among the panelists are Naomi Judd and "Amazed" songwriter Aimee Mayo

Shania Twain joins Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Gloria Estefan and Carole King at New York's Beacon Theatre for a taping of "VH1 Divas Live," with all six singers combining talents on "Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like)"

The website is officially launched. It's eventually renamed

Alabama wins Entertainer of the Year for a record fifth straight time at the 21st annual Academy of Country Music awards, aired by NBC from Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. The band also collects its sixth straight Top Vocal Group trophy

Hank Williams Jr. records "A Country Boy Can Survive"

Fiddler Stuart Duncan is born in Quantico, Virginia. He joins The Nashville Bluegrass Band, and plays on numerous country hits, including Faith Hill's "Breathe," The Band Perry's "If I Die Young" and Shania Twain's "Man! I Feel Like A Woman!"

Don Gibson's "Oh Lonesome Me" claims the top spot on the Billboard country chart

Loretta Lynn is born in Butcher Holler, Kentucky. Noted for her honest songwriting, she becomes the first woman to win the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year award in 1972, landing in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988

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