Monday, May 22, 2017

Today in Country Music History...May 22, 2017

The George Clooney movie "Tomorrowland" debuts in theaters. The picture includes a part for Tim McGraw

Pistol Annies' Angaleena Presley marries Miranda Lambert's tour manager, Jordan Powell, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Reba McEntire, Jean Shepard and songwriter Bobby Braddock are inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame

LeAnn Rimes' "Nothin' Better To Do" video debuts online at

Rascal Flatts' "Mayberry" rises to #1 in Billboard

Brooks & Dunn and Alan Jackson win three times each in the 37th Academy of Country Music awards at Los Angeles' Universal Amphitheatre. Brooks & Dunn take Entertainer of the Year; Top Vocal Duo; and Video of the Year, for "Only In America"

Garth Brooks' "Double Live" sets a new record for country concert albums, as it's certified for shipments of 13 million units

CBS airs "Willie Nelson The Big Six-0: An All-Star Birthday Celebration," with Ray Charles, B.B. King, Paul Simon, Emmylou Harris, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Travis Tritt, Lyle Lovett, Bob Dylan, Marty Stuart, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson. The special closes with a mass rendition of "Whiskey River"

Bass player Dana Williams is born in Dayton, Ohio. He joins Diamond Rio, a band that wins the Country Music Association's Vocal Group award three times. Members of the Grand Ole Opry, the band thrives on tight instrumentation and strong harmonies

Jerry Lee Lewis arrives in London, where he admits he's married his teenage cousin, Myra. He's booed offstage and forced to cancel 34 of his 37 scheduled concerts

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