Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Today in Country Music History...April 18, 2017



"Glen Campbell... I'll Be Me," a documentary hinging on Campbell's battle with Alzheimer's disease, debuts during the Nashville Film Festival. It introduces Campbell's song "I'm Not Gonna Miss You"

Willie Nelson's 80th birthday is celebrated with a "CMT Crossroads" taping at Third Man Records. On hand are Sheryl Crow, Jack White, Neil Young, Leon Russell, Norah Jones, Ashley Monroe and Jamey Johnson

Lady Antebellum wins in three categories--Top Vocal Group and Single Record and Song of the Year, for "Need You Now"--during the 45th Academy of Country Music Awards from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas

Dierks Bentley makes his Grand Ole Opry debut

Diamond Rio joins the cast of the Grand Ole Opry, following an introduction by Little Jimmy Dickens. The first song the band performs as members: "Meet In The Middle"

Aaron Tippin picks up his first #1 country single in Billboard: "There Ain't Nothin' Wrong With The Radio"

Jim Scholten is born in Bay City, Michigan. As bass player for Sawyer Brown, he contributes to such hits as "The Dirt Road," "Six Days On The Road," "All These Years" and "Thank God For You"

Earl Scruggs marries Louise Certain in Gaffney, South Carolina, two months after leaving Bill Monroe's band. She becomes the manager of Flatt & Scruggs

Keyboard player Walt Richmond is born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. As a member of The Tractors, he appears on the hit "Baby Likes To Rock It"

Gene Autry records "Back In The Saddle Again" in Los Angeles for the western movie "Rovin' Tumbleweeds"

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