Monday, June 19, 2017

Today in Country Music History...June 19, 2017

Rory Lee Feek, of the duo Joey+Rory, discloses that his wife, Joey Martin Feek, has been diagnosed with stage IV cancer

Loretta Lynn joins the Songwriters Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York. Also added: Desmond Child, John Sebastian, Alan Menken and Albert Hammond. Anne Murray receives the Hitmaker Award

Big Machine releases Taylor Swift's debut single, "Tim McGraw"

Big & Rich are made honorary marshals of Deadwood, South Dakota

Keith Urban's "Raining On Sunday" ranks #1 as CMT presents "40 Sexiest Videos"

Patty Loveless tops the Billboard country chart with "Blame It On Your Heart"

Ricky Van Shelton showcases for CBS executives Rick Blackburn and Steve Buckingham at The Stockyard, singing Ernest Tubb's "Thanks A Lot" and Merle Haggard's "Hungry Eyes"

Jerry Reed lights up the #1 position on the Billboard country chart with "When You're Hot, You're Hot"

Doug Brooks is born in Atlanta, Georgia. After changing his name to Doug Stone--to avoid confusion with Garth Brooks--he reels off more than a dozen consecutive hits in the 1990s, including "I'd Be Better Off (In A Pine Box)" and "Warning Labels"

Lester Flatt is born in Duncan's Chapel, Tennessee. Along with partner Earl Scruggs, he rises out of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys to become a leading figure in the development of bluegrass, joining the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1985

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