Saturday, July 8, 2017

Today in Country Music History...July 8, 2017


2016
Garth Brooks becomes the first country artist to headline at the new Yankee Stadium in New York. He sings two songs written by New Yorker Billy Joel, "Shameless" and "Piano Man." Brooks also joins Trisha Yearwood on "In Another's Eyes"
2014
Republic Nashville releases Florida Georgia Line's "Dirt" to radio
2010
Taylor Swift shoots the wedding scene for her "Mine" video at the Christ Church in Kennebunk, Maine, with British actor Toby Hemingway in the role of the groom
2000
Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance" begins a five-week ride at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
1997
Marty Stuart marries Connie Smith on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Afterward, they drive out into the wilderness and end up dancing on a cliff to Buck Owens' "Your Tender Loving Care"
1996
Keifer Thompson moves to Nashville from Oklahoma. Shortly after, he meets future wife and fellow Thompson Square partner Shawna McIlwain
1972
When a concert date is cancelled, Barbara Mandrell joins the Grand Ole Opry, three weeks earlier than scheduled. Her performances for the night include "Show Me," "Tonight My Baby's Coming Home" and "Satisfied"
1970
Drew Womack is born in Brownwood, Texas. He becomes the lead singer of Sons Of The Desert, which earns two hits in 1997, and writes Kenny Chesney's "She's Got It All." The group also backs Lee Ann Womack on "I Hope You Dance"
1961
Toby Keith is born in Clinton, Oklahoma. The former semi-pro football player emerges in 1993 with "Should've Been A Cowboy," becoming a brash hitmaker, label owner and entrepreneur. He also joins the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2015
1958
Drummer Fred Young is born in Glasgow, Kentucky. He joins The Kentucky HeadHunters, whose energetic, influential blend of country and rock brings them the Country Music Association's Vocal Group of the Year in 1990 and 1991

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