Brantley Gilbert makes his Grand Ole Opry debut. Comedian Jerry Lewis, currently starring in a production of "The Nutty Professor" in Nashville, also appears on stage at the Opry House
BNA announces the signing of former "American Idol" contestant Kellie Pickler to her first recording contract
Tim McGraw's "Live Like You Were Dying" spends the first of seven weeks at the top of the Billboard country chart
Alan Jackson's "Chattahoochee" kicks off a four-week run at #1 on the Billboard country singles list
Warner Bros. releases Randy Travis' label debut, "On The Other Hand." The single fails, but is re-released the following year and becomes a classic
Singer/songwriter Luke Bryan is born in Leesburg, Georgia. Named Entertainer of the Year by the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association, he gains prominence with the hits "I Don't Want This Night To End," "Drink A Beer" and "That's My Kind Of Night," becoming a stadium headliner in 2014
Guitarist/harmony vocalist Don Rich dies in a motorcycle accident near Morro Beach, California. A member of Buck Owens' Buckaroos, he provided some of the inspiration in the group's sound and co-wrote "Before You Go" and "Waitin' In Your Welfare Line"
Merle Haggard records the studio version of "Okie From Muskogee" at the Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood
Craig Morgan is born at Nashville's General Hospital. A member of the Army reserves, he makes an impact beginning in 2003 with slice-of-life vignettes such as "That's What I Love About Sunday," "Bonfire" and "Redneck Yacht Club"
Elvis Presley makes his first live appearance since holding his inaugural sessions at the Sun Recording Studio. He sings "That's All Right" and "Blue Moon Of Kentucky" during the set at Memphis' Bon Air Club