Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Today in Country Music History...May 17, 2017

The Zac Brown Band's "Jump Right In" video debuts on CMT

Republic Nashville releases The Band Perry's "If I Die Young" to radio

Barbara Mandrell, Roy Clark and session musician Charlie McCoy are officially inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville

Tim McGraw's "Live Like You Were Dying," written by Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman, wins Single Record and Song of the Year during the 40th annual Academy of Country Music awards, telecast on CBS from Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay

A new $37-million Country Music Hall of Fame opens in downtown Nashville. On hand are Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, George Jones, Emmylou Harris, Diamond Rio, Martina McBride, Bill Anderson and ribbon-cutters Charley Pride, Brenda Lee and Kitty Wells

Johnny Cash begins four days of recording in producer Rick Rubin's living room in Los Angeles, backed only by his own guitar. The session marks the start of work on Cash's album "American Recordings"

Bill Monroe is a guest at the White House, along with Frank Sinatra, as president Ronald Reagan recognizes Monroe as the only living American credited with originating an American music form

Pop singer B.J. Thomas finds his way to the top of the Billboard country chart with one of country music's longest song titles: "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song"

Glen Campbell records "Gentle On My Mind," written by John Hartford and arranged by Leon Russell, at the Capitol Recording Studio in Hollywood

Guitarist Pat Flynn is born in Los Angeles, California. He joins the progressive New Grass Revival in 1981, eventually becoming a studio musician and playing on hits by Lee Ann Womack, Kathy Mattea, George Strait and Conway Twitty, among others

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