Thursday, May 4, 2017

Today in Country Music History...May 4, 2017

Random House publishes Chely Wright's autobiography, "Like Me: Confessions Of A Heartland Country Singer." In the process, she comes out as a lesbian, becoming the first-ever openly gay commercial country artist

Taylor Swift's "You Belong With Me" video premieres on CMT

Warner Bros. releases Big & Rich's debut album, "Horse Of A Different Color"

Curb releases the Tim McGraw album "A Place In The Sun"

Shania Twain races to #1 on the Billboard country chart with "You Win My Love"

Garth Brooks' "No Fences" becomes the first country album certified by the RIAA for shipments of 10 million units

Travis Tritt makes his Grand Ole Opry debut

Warner Bros. releases Randy Travis' second album, "Always And Forever"

Songwriter Luke Laird is born in Greenville, Pennsylvania. He fashions such hits as Little Big Town's "Pontoon," Eric Church's "Talladega," Kenny Chesney's "American Kids," Miranda Lambert's "Baggage Claim" and Carrie Underwood's "Last Name"

Randy Traywick is born at Memorial Hospital in Monroe, North Carolina. As Randy Travis, his rich baritone is a signature sound in the New Traditionalist movement of the late-1980s, earning him a spot in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Among his hits: "On The Other Hand" and "Forever And Ever, Amen"

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