Sunday, April 9, 2017

Today in Country Music History...April 9, 2017


Margo Price is the musical guest on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" from New York City. She tags the night's first song, "Hurtin' (On The Bottle)," with the guitar riff from "Mama Tried," subtly honoring the passing of Merle Haggard

Arista releases the Brad Paisley album "Wheelhouse"

Capitol releases the Keith Urban single "For You," from the motion picture "Act Of Valor," to radio

Rascal Flatts and Loretta Lynn are celebrated at the Recording Academy Honors at Loews Vanderbilt Plaza in Nashville. Also recognized are non-country acts Jars Of Clay and the Fisk Jubilee Singers

Controversial model Anna Nicole Smith appears on the Grand Ole Opry. She flashes what appear to some fans to be her breasts, though Opry officials insist she was wearing a nude bra. She also meets Joe Nichols, who will sing at her 2007 funeral

Faith Hill launches her first tour as a solo headliner with a performance at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis

Tammy Wynette is eulogized with a public memorial service at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, featuring performances by Lorrie Morgan, Rudy Gatlin, Randy Travis and The Judds, among others. Dolly Parton performs "I Will Always Love You"

George Strait realizes a #1 single in Billboard with "Famous Last Words Of A Fool"

Singer/songwriter Hal Ketchum is born in Greenwich, New York. He joins the Grand Ole Opry in 1994 on the back of such melodic singles as "Small Town Saturday Night," "Past The Point Of Rescue" and "Sure Love"

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Carl Perkins is born in Tiptonville, Tennessee. He becomes a rockabilly pioneer through his single "Blue Suede Shoes." He also writes Johnny Cash's "Daddy Sang Bass," Patsy Cline's "So Wrong" and The Judds' "Let Me Tell You About Love"

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