Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Today in Country Music History...May 2, 2017


Maren Morris undergoes a tonsillectomy

Carrie Underwood writes "Something In The Water" with Chris DeStefano and Brett James in a Tennessee cabin, weaving in an "I Saw The Light" reference and a section of "Amazing Grace"

Alan Jackson sings "He Stopped Loving Her Today" to close George Jones' memorial at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House. Other participants include Randy Travis, Brad Paisley, Barbara Mandrell, The Oak Ridge Boys, Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, Ronnie Milsap, Charlie Daniels, Travis Tritt and Kenny Chesney

Dierks Bentley, Alison Krauss and John Hiatt cancel out-of-town concerts when Nashville flooding creates transportation problems

LeAnn Rimes becomes the first major star to sing the national anthem prior to the Kentucky Derby, won by Mine That Bird at Churchill Downs in Louisville

Shania Twain nails down the #1 position in Billboard with "You're Still The One"

Clint Black signs with RCA Records. The relationship leads to more than 10 years of hits, including "A Better Man," "Put Yourself In My Shoes," "Something That We Do" and "Nothin' But The Taillights"

Columbia releases the "Highwayman" album, teaming Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson

Ty Herndon is born in Butler, Alabama. He wins the Male Star of Tomorrow honor in the TNN/Music City News awards in 1996, while fashioning such hits as "What Mattered Most," "Living In A Moment" and "Hands Of A Working Man"

Larry Gatlin is born in Seminole, Texas. Joined by brothers Rudy and Steve in the Gatlin Brothers Band, he writes numerous 1970s and '80s hits marked by strong hooks and loads of harmony. They include "All The Gold In California," "Broken Lady" and "Night Time Magic"

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