Friday, May 26, 2017

Today in Country Music History...May 26, 2017

Dwight Yoakam performs on "The Tonight Show" becoming the final country artist to appear on the NBC program during Jay Leno's first tenure as host

Billy Currington takes "Good Directions," written by Luke Bryan, to #1 in Billboard

Faith Hill's "Mississippi Girl" video debuts on CMT

Toby Keith wins four times in the Academy of Country Music Awards at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay. Keith claims Entertainer of the Year; Top Male Vocalist; Album, for "Shock'n Y'all"; and Video, for the Willie Nelson duet "Beer For My Horses"

Elton John and Ryan Adams appear on "CMT Crossroads." Their collaborations include a version of Jim Reeves' "He'll Have To Go" and a performance of Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls Of Fire"

Brooks & Dunn net their first gold album, with their debut, "Brand New Man"

Keyboard player Dave Robbins is born in Atlanta, Georgia. A co-writer of Restless Heart's "The Bluest Eyes In Texas," he becomes one-third of the harmony-intensive group BlackHawk, scoring a series of hook-laden hits in the 1990s

Hank Williams Jr. is born in Shreveport, Louisiana. The son of country legend Hank Williams, he develops his own career, taking Entertainer of the Year in 1987 from both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music

Hank and Audrey Williams' first divorce is finalized

Jimmie Rodgers, suffering from tuberculosis, dies of a massive hemorrhage at New York's Taft Hotel. Nicknamed the Singing Brakeman, he became country music's first superstar, and, in 1961, the first person inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame

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