Friday, June 16, 2017

Today in Country Music History...June 16, 2017

Arista releases Cam's "Burning House" to radio

Garth Brooks is added to the Songwriters Hall of Fame during an event at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York along with Leon Russell, "Southern Nights" author Allen Toussaint and "Slow Hand" composer John Bettis

Brad Paisley wins three trophies during the CMT Music Awards at Nashville's Sommet Center. Taylor Swift claims two

Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow appear on "CMT Crossroads," taped the previous month on the Sony Pictures lot in Los Angeles. In addition to their own material, they offer a duet on the Johnny Cash & June Carter classic "Jackson"

Tim McGraw's "Grown Men Don't Cry" moves in to the top spot on the Billboard country singles list

The Country Music Association announces Charley Pride and Faron Young as the 2000 inductees in the Country Music Hall of Fame. They are the final members to be installed before the Hall moves into a new building in downtown Nashville

The Country Music Association announces Dolly Parton, Conway Twitty and Johnny Bond will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame

The Oak Ridge Boys are awarded a gold single for "Elvira"


Kenny Rogers records "The Gambler" in a morning session at Nashville's Jack Clement Studios. Rogers returns in the late-afternoon to cut "All I Ever Need Is You" with Dottie West

Billy "Crash" Craddock is born in Greensboro, North Carolina. Employing a sound and style influenced by Elvis Presley and rockabilly, he becomes a key 1970s figure behind such hits as "Rub It In," "Ruby, Baby" and "Sweet Magnolia Blossom"

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