Monday, May 1, 2017

Today in Country Music History...May 1, 2017


Arista releases the Carrie Underwood album "Blown Away"

Rascal Flatts sings the national anthem before the Kentucky Derby at Louisville's Churchill Downs. Little Big Town, Smokey Robinson and Terry Bradshaw attend the race, won by Super Saver

George Strait picks up a gold album for "Troubadour"

Charley Pride joins the Grand Ole Opry

Universal Records releases The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band album "Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Vol. 2." Guests include Johnny Cash, Roy Acuff, Levon Helm, John Denver, Chris Hillman, Roger McGuinn, Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby

"Mountain Music" peaks at #1 for Alabama on the Billboard country singles chart

Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan tape the first installment of "The Johnny Cash Show" at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. In the audience: future singer/songwriter John Hiatt

Elvis Presley marries Priscilla Beaulieu at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas

Tim McGraw is born in Delhi, Louisiana. Married to Faith Hill in 1996, his ear for outstanding songs gains him multi-platinum albums and more than 20 years of hits, including "Please Remember Me," "Back When" and "Live Like You Were Dying"

Sonny James is born in Hackleburg, Alabama. Nicknamed the Southern Gentleman, he registers 16 straight #1 singles from 1967-1972, including "Running Bear" and "Heaven Says Hello." He joins the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006

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