Sunday, May 21, 2017

Today in Country Music History...May 21, 2017

Luke Bryan and Jason Derulo team up as a new episode of "CMT Crossroads" debuts. The set list includes "Country Girl (Shake It For Me)," "Strip It Down" and "That's My Kind Of Night"

Kellie Pickler wins season 16 of ABC's "Dancing With The Stars." Wynonna, who also competed during the season, sings "I Want To Know What Love Is" on the finale

Gloriana is featured on ABC-TV's "The Bachelorette" performing "(Kissed You) Good Night" as contestant Emily Maynard enjoys a first date

Capitol releases Darius Rucker's first country single, "Don't Think I Don't Think About It," to radio

Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow tape an installment of "CMT Crossroads" on the Sony Pictures lot in Los Angeles. In addition to their own material, they offer a duet on the Johnny Cash & June Carter classic "Jackson"

Garth Brooks' "No Fences" becomes the first country album certified for shipments of 14 million copies

Tracy Lawrence signs a recording contract with Atlantic Records

Kathy Mattea drives to #1 in Billboard with "Eighteen Wheels And A Dozen Roses"

Songwriter Craig Wiseman arrives in Nashville from Mississippi, sleeping in a van for his first week. He ultimately pens such hits as Kenny Chesney's "The Good Stuff," Blake Shelton's "Boys 'Round Here" and Tim McGraw's "Live Like You Were Dying"

Waylon Jennings' "Luckenbach, Texas (Back To The Basics Of Love)," featuring vocal guest Willie Nelson, begins a six-week run at #1 on the Billboard country chart

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