Friday, April 7, 2017

Today in Country Music History...April 7, 2017



Carrie Underwood performs "Something In The Water" at the close of FOX's "American Idol." Scotty McCreery, Kellie Pickler, Lauren Alaina, Kelly Clarkson, Danny Gokey, Casey James and Bucky Covington are among the guests on the last edition of the show, where Keith Urban sits on the judges panel

Valory releases Thomas Rhett's "Crash And Burn" to radio

Miranda Lambert wins trophies in three categories in the 48th annual Academy of Country Music awards, aired by CBS from Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena. Lambert takes Female Vocalist of the Year, while "Over You" claims Single Record and Song of the Year

Broken Bow releases Jason Aldean's album "Wide Open"

Toby Keith wins three trophies at the second annual CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards at Nashville's Gaylord Entertainment Center, owing to "Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American)"

Shania Twain's album "Come On Over" is recognized for shipments of 10 million copies, making her the first country female to have two albums reach that mark

Willie Nelson hosts Farm Aid IV in Indianapolis. Elton John dedicates "Candle In The Wind" to AIDS patient Ryan White, who dies that night. Also on hand: Don Henley, Bonnie Raitt, Dwight Yoakam, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Kris Kristofferson, Jackson Browne, John Mellencamp and Neil Young

Marty Robbins records "El Paso" and "Big Iron" in the same recording session at the Bradley Film & Recording Studio in Nashville while cutting the entire "Gunfighter Ballads And Trail Songs" album in a single day

Restless Heart drummer John Dittrich is born in Batavia, New York. He provides harmonies on a string of 1980s hits and sings lead on "When She Cries" in 1992. Dittrich also co-founds the short-lived group The Buffalo Club

Bobby Bare is born near Ironton, Ohio. He earns a reputation as a champion for songwriters and for quality songs, garnering hits with "500 Miles Away From Home," "Marie Laveau" and "Detroit City," which earns him a Grammy in 1963. He joins the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013

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