Thursday, April 6, 2017

Today in Country Music History...April 6, 2017



Merle Haggard dies after a battle with pneumonia in California. A smooth singer, adept guitarist, insightful songwriter and Country Music Hall of Fame member, his legacy includes "Okie From Muskogee," "Workin' Man Blues," "Big City" and "Today I Started Loving You Again"

Miranda Lambert wins three trophies during the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards: Female Vocalist of the Year; Single Record, for "Mama's Broken Heart"; and Vocal Event, for the Keith Urban duet "We Were Us." CBS airs the ceremony from Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena

George Jones performs at the Knoxville Coliseum in Tennessee in what turns out to be the last concert of his life. It marks his final public performance of "He Stopped Loving Her Today"

Luke Bryan sings "All My Friends Say" in his Grand Ole Opry debut

Tammy Wynette dies at home in Nashville from a blood clot in her lung. Noted for the classics "Stand By Your Man" and "D-I-V-O-R-C-E," the First Lady of Country Music is inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame five months later

Mercury releases Billy Ray Cyrus' "Achy Breaky Heart"

Garth Brooks hits #1 on the Billboard country chart with "Two Of A Kind, Workin' On A Full House"

Ferlin Husky reaches the top of the Billboard country chart with "Gone"

Capitol Records opens its new Hollywood headquarters, the world's first round office building, at the corner of Hollywood & Vine. Among the artists who record in the studio: Buck Owens, Glen Campbell, Dwight Yoakam and Merle Haggard

Merle Haggard is born in Oildale, California. After imprisonment in San Quentin, he becomes a legendary singer/songwriter with his blue-collar observations and rich vocal style sending him into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994

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