Monday, July 31, 2017

Today in Country Music History...July 31, 2017

Jason Aldean's "Why" earns a gold single
Faith Hill records "Mississippi Girl" at Emerald Entertainment in Nashville
The Dixie Chicks record an episode of "CMT Crossroads" with James Taylor in Nashville. The set list includes "Some Days You Gotta Dance," "Shower The People" and "Wide Open Spaces"
Warner Bros. releases Blake Shelton's self-titled debut album
Singer/songwriter Zac Brown is born in Atlanta's Piedmont Hospital. The Zac Brown Band becomes a major country act, mixing jam-band tendencies and well-crafted ballads while nabbing multiple gold and platinum albums following the act's 2008 debut with "Chicken Fried"
Elvis Presley begins a historic four-week run at Las Vegas' International Hotel in his first live show since 1961. In the audience are Liberace, Herb Alpert, Dick Clark, Cary Grant, Fats Domino, Burt Bacharach, Pat Boone and Paul Anka
Jim Reeves and pianist Dean Manuel die in a plane crash during a thunderstorm in Brentwood, Tennessee. Numerous locals--including Eddy Arnold, Chet Atkins and Ernest Tubb--search for three days before discovering the wreckage
Chad Brock is born in Ocala, Florida. He has fewer than 20 matches as a professional wrestler before embarking on a singing career in the 1990s. His most successful single comes with an autobiographical love song, "Yes!"
Country music appears on national television for the first time, with a show taped at Washington, D.C.'s Constitution Hall. Kitty Wells, Eddy Arnold and Johnny & Jack are beamed to five cities
Bonnie Brown is born in Sparkman, Arkansas. She joins older siblings Maxine and Jim Ed in forming The Browns, whose million-selling crossover hit "The Three Bells" precedes their 1963 induction into the Grand Ole Opry and their 2015 entry in the Country Music Hall of Fame

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