Saturday, April 8, 2017

Today in Country Music History...April 8, 2017


CBS shoots "ACM Presents: Tim McGraw's Superstar Summer Night" at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena. The lineup boasts Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Faith Hill, The Band Perry, Lady Antebellum and Dierks Bentley, among others

Carrie Underwood makes her movie acting debut, playing a church counselor for a youth group as Tristar's "Soul Surfer" reaches theaters

Rascal Flatts starts a four-week stay at #1 in Billboard with "What Hurts The Most"

Baseball's San Diego Padres play their first game at the new Petco Park. Rhett Akins, Chad Brock and Daryle Singletary perform "Take Me Out To The Ballgame," while former president Jimmy Carter throws out the first pitch. The Padres beat the San Francisco Giants, 4-3

The Mary Chapin Carpenter album "Shooting Straight In The Dark" is certified gold

Keith Whitley picks up a #1 single in Billboard with "I'm No Stranger To The Rain"

Columbia releases Rodney Crowell's album "Diamonds & Dirt"

Kenny Rogers portrays Brady Hawkes for the first time as CBS airs a TV movie built around his signature hit, "The Gambler"

John Schneider is born in Mount Kisco, New York. He portrays Bo Duke on the TV series "The Dukes Of Hazzard," then shifts into a country career that nets 10 Top 10 hits, including "I've Been Around Enough To Know" and "Country Girls"

Liberty Records is formed by Glenn Wallichs and songwriters Johnny Mercer and Buddy DeSylva in Hollywood. The firm is renamed Capitol Records in June as it charts a path that includes hits for Keith Urban, Garth Brooks and Merle Haggard

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