Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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


2015
Surprise! Sam Hunt shows up during Taylor Swift's concert at Soldier Field in Chicago. The two duet on "Take Your Time"
2014
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"
2004
Gretchen Wilson's album "Here For The Party" is certified double-platinum
2003
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"
1997
George Strait starts a four-week stay at the top of the Billboard chart with "Carrying Your Love With Me"
1993
Liberty releases Garth Brooks' "Ain't Going Down (Til The Sun Comes Up)"
1991
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
1980
Mickey Gilley's version of the Buddy Holly song "True Love Ways" goes to #1 on the Billboard country chart
1947
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
1937
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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