Thursday, June 15, 2017

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

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

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

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

Tim McGraw's "Live Like You Were Dying" video debuts on

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

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

"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

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

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

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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