Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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

Surprise! Sam Hunt shows up during Taylor Swift's concert at Soldier Field in Chicago. The two duet on "Take Your Time"
Blake Shelton headlines Wrigley Field in Chicago, joined on the bill by The Band Perry, Neal McCoy and Dan + Shay. Shelton's set list includes "All About Tonight," "Doin' What She Likes" and "God Gave Me You"
Gretchen Wilson's album "Here For The Party" is certified double-platinum
The video to "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere," the Alan Jackson collaboration with Jimmy Buffett, makes its debut on CMT's "Most Wanted Live"
George Strait starts a four-week stay at the top of the Billboard chart with "Carrying Your Love With Me"
Liberty releases Garth Brooks' "Ain't Going Down (Til The Sun Comes Up)"
The brakes fail on Dottie West's car on the way to the Grand Ole Opry. She loses control and hits a wall but sustains only minor injuries
Mickey Gilley's version of the Buddy Holly song "True Love Ways" goes to #1 on the Billboard country chart
Bernie Leadon is born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He becomes a founding member of The Eagles, playing on their lone country hit, "Lyin' Eyes," before leaving the group in 1975. He briefly joins The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band during the 1980s
George Hamilton IV is born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Added to the Grand Ole Opry in 1961, he gains a massive #1 single with "Abilene" in 1963 and earns hits with Gordon Lightfoot's "Early Morning Rain" and Joni Mitchell's "Urge For Going"

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