Sunday, April 30, 2017

Today in Country Music History...April 30, 2017


Dierks Bentley touches down at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with "Somewhere On A Beach"

Keith Urban records "Little Bit Of Everything" with producer Nathan Chapman at Nashville's Blackbird Studio

Big & Rich perform at a rally sponsored by human rights agencies in Washington, D.C., to call attention to genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan

The third George Strait stadium festival tour becomes the first concert held at Nashville's Adelphia Coliseum. On the bill: Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Kenny Chesney, Lee Ann Womack, Mark Chesnutt, Asleep At The Wheel and Billy Gilman

Dwight Yoakam plays a grocery-store employee in the "coming out" episode of ABC's "Ellen," which also features Demi Moore, Oprah Winfrey and k.d. lang

George Jones wins three times in the 16th Academy Of Country Music awards at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium. Jones takes Top Male Vocalist, and "He Stopped Loving Her Today"--written by Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman--is Song and Single Record of the Year

Singer/songwriter Carolyn Dawn Johnson is born in Grande Prairie, Alberta. Her 2001 debut yields a hit with "Complicated." She also writes Chely Wright's "Single White Female" and Jo Dee Messina's "Downtime"

Bass player Robert Reynolds is born in Kansas City, Missouri. He's a founding member of The Mavericks, who gain the Country Music Association's Vocal Group of the Year twice in the mid-'90s. He marries Trisha Yearwood for five years

Willie Nelson is born in Abbott, Texas, though some relatives insist the birth was April 29. After writing "Crazy" and "Hello Walls," he becomes a major figure in the '70s outlaw movement, earning a plaque in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993

Johnny Horton is born in Los Angeles. Married to Hank Williams' widow, Billie Jean Jones, he finds a niche in the late-1950s and 1960 with historically based singles, including "North To Alaska," "Sink The Bismarck" and "The Battle Of New Orleans"

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