Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Today in Country Music History...May 9, 2017

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani perform a duet, "Go Ahead And Break My Heart," during the night's episode of "The Voice" on NBC

Little Big Town's "Girl Crush" kicks off a 13-week ride at the top of the Billboard country singles chart

Tim McGraw signs a recording contract with Big Machine Records

Sara Evans' collaboration with Maroon 5 on "CMT Crossroads" premieres. The installment includes performances of the Stevie Nicks & Don Henley hit "Leather And Lace" and Evans' "I Could Not Ask For More"

"I Hope You Dance" wins three honors--Single Record, Song and Vocal Event of the Year--for Lee Ann Womack and Sons of the Desert during the 36th annual Academy of Country Music awards on CBS from Los Angeles' Universal Amphitheatre

Brooks & Dunn's "Neon Moon" hits #1 on the Billboard country singles chart

After dropping out of Northeast Louisiana University, Tim McGraw moves to Nashville. On his first day in town, he hears "Indian Outlaw," destined to become his first hit. He also meets songwriter Craig Wiseman, who will write McGraw's hits "Everywhere" and "Live Like You Were Dying"

Keith Whitley dies from alcohol poisoning at his home in Nashville. The rich-voiced husband of Lorrie Morgan was on a career upswing behind the singles "Don't Close Your Eyes," "When You Say Nothing At All" and "I'm No Stranger To The Rain"

Merle Haggard records "Mama Tried" at the Capitol Recording Studio in Hollywood, with Glen Campbell joining the band on the session

The Carter Family holds its third recording session, cutting its theme song, "Keep On The Sunny Side," plus "Little Darling, Pal Of Mine" and "Anchored In Love" at the Victor Studio in Camden, New Jersey

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