Monday, May 8, 2017

Today in Country Music History...May 8, 2017

NFL quarterback Peyton Manning performs "Folsom Prison Blues" with musical guest Dierks Bentley during the eighth annual Celebration of Caring Gala benefit at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown

Lady Antebellum performs "Wanted You More" on the season finale of NBC's "The Voice." One of Blake Shelton's team members, Jermaine Paul, is voted the winner

Mindy McCready is taken to a Nashville hospital after an ex-boyfriend broke into her Bellevue home, where he beat and choked the singer. The ex, William McKnight, is charged with attempted murder

"You'll Think Of Me" takes Keith Urban to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart

Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black have their first baby, a daughter, Lily Pearl Black

Willie Nelson's "Always On My Mind" reaches #1 on the Billboard country chart

The Man in Black dons a black robe: Johnny Cash receives an honorary Doctorate of Human Letters from San Diego's National University. San Diego mayor Pete Wilson declares Johnny Cash Day

Drummer Del Gray is born in Hamilton, Ohio. As a member of Little Texas, he plays a key rhythmic role in "God Blessed Texas," "Kick A Little" and "Life Goes On"

Faron Young's version of the Willie Nelson-penned "Hello Walls" hits #1 in Billboard

Ricky Nelson is born in Teaneck, New Jersey. Carried into the limelight through his role on TV's "The Adventures Of Ozzie And Harriet," he gains success in pop music, but also launches four Top 10 country hits in 1958

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