Saturday, April 29, 2017

Today in Country Music History...April 29, 2017


Republic Nashville releases Florida Georgia Line's "H.O.L.Y." to radio

Hunter Hayes' "I Want Crazy" video debuts on CMT

Toby Keith is forced to take cover in a bunker when four mortars explode nearby just before he is to go on stage to perform for American soldiers in the Middle East

Keith Urban's "Kiss A Girl" video debuts on

Wynonna and the rock band Heart tape an episode of "CMT Crossroads," hosted by Radney Foster, at Belmont University in Nashville. The set list includes "Only Love" and "Girls With Guitars"

When four police officers are acquitted for beating Rodney King in Los Angeles, the city erupts in riots. Garth Brooks is in California, and the event inspires him to write "We Shall Be Free"

RCA releases Clint Black's debut album, "Killin' Time"

Singer/songwriter Michael Ray is born in Florida. After winning the 2012 music competition "The Next," he signs with Atlantic, earning a hit with his 2015 debut "Kiss You In The Morning." He also co-writes the Big & Rich single "Run Away With You"

Songwriter Ashley Gorley is born in Danville, Kentucky. He fashions such hits as Jason Aldean's "Just Gettin' Started," Carrie Underwood's "Good Girl," Luke Bryan's "That's My Kind Of Night" and Brad Paisley's "American Saturday Night"

Duane Allen is born in Taylortown, Texas. In 1966, he joins The Oak Ridge Boys, who successfully convert 11 years later from gospel music to country. Their version of "Elvira" sells 2 million copies, as they register more than 30 Top 10 hits through 1991, joining the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2015

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