Thursday, May 18, 2017

Today in Country Music History...May 18, 2017

MCA releases Sam Hunt's "House Party" to radio

Sugarland's "Stay" is a double-winner, claiming Single Record and Song of the Year during the 43rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards on CBS from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas

Gretchen Wilson earns a gold single with "Here For The Party" and a platinum one with "Redneck Woman"

A wheelchair-bound Johnny Cash sits in the front row at the funeral for June Carter at the First Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Emmylou Harris, Larry Gatlin, The Oak Ridge Boys and Sheryl Crow all perform at the memorial

Brooks & Dunn begin a three-week stay at #1 on the Billboard country chart with their remake of "My Maria"

Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings appear in a CBS remake of the western movie "Stagecoach," along with June Carter, John Schneider, John Carter Cash, Jessi Colter, David Allan Coe and Billy Swan

David Nail is born in Kennett, Missouri. The soulful vocalist collects his first hit single in 2009 with "Red Light," adding further hits with 2011's "Let It Rain" and 2013's "Whatever She's Got"

A history lesson makes history as Johnny Horton's recording of "The Battle Of New Orleans" goes to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart

George Strait is born in Poteet, Texas. The authentic cowboy becomes a voice for traditional country beginning in 1981, accruing more than 25 gold albums and membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame

Joe Bonsall is born in Philadelphia. In 1973, the ex-gang member becomes a tenor singer in the gospel quartet The Oak Ridge Boys, who soon shift into country music, using him as a lead voice on such hits as "Elvira," "Bobbie Sue" and "Love Song." The Oaks join the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2015

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