Thursday, June 15, 2017

Today in Country Music History...June 15, 2017



2013
Dwight Yoakam performs "Streets Of Bakersfield," "Fast As You" and "Act Naturally," adding a country thread to the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. The day also features Jack Johnson, The Lumineers and Chris Stapleton

2012
The video for Blake Shelton's "Over" debuts on CMT

2010
Kellie Pickler gets engaged to "More Than A Memory" songwriter Kyle Jacobs on a beach in Florida

2004
Tim McGraw's "Live Like You Were Dying" video debuts on CMT.com

1991
Minnie Pearl performs in Joliet, Illinois, in what turns out to be her final show. She suffers a stroke two days later

1985
Ricky Skaggs reaches #1 in Billboard with "Country Boy," the only chart-topping single to feature the Looney Tunes theme in an instrumental break

1969
"Hee Haw" makes its prime-time debut on CBS-TV, replacing the controversial "Smothers Brothers" show. The cast includes: Buck Owens, Roy Clark, Minnie Pearl and Grandpa Jones, among others. The first guests: Charley Pride and Loretta Lynn

1966
Guitarist Michael Britt is born in Fort Worth, Texas. He joins Lonestar, which claims the Academy of Country Music's Top New Group honor in 1995. The band's single "Amazed" takes a pair of ACM trophies in 2000

1963
Buck Owens collects his first #1 single in Billboard with "Act Naturally"

1937
Waylon Jennings is born in Littlefield, Texas. A protege of Buddy Holly, he becomes a leader in the Outlaw movement of the 1970s alongside his occasional duet partner, Willie Nelson. Jennings joins the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001

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