Monday, August 14, 2017

Today in Country Music History...August 14, 2017

Capitol releases Luke Bryan's debut album, "I'll Stay Me"
Toby Keith and Scotty Emerick perform for 25,000 troops and president George W. Bush at Miramar Marine Air Corps Station near San Diego. Among the day's selections: "Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American)" and "The Fightin' Side Of Me"
When a power outage zaps the electricity for 50 million residents in the Northeast, Jo Dee Messina improvises with a 30-minute acoustic set at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York. Her performance includes the apropos "The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia"
Rounder releases Alison Krauss + Union Station's album "New Favorite"
Garth Brooks' "The Hits" becomes the first best-of album by a country-based artist certified for shipments of 7 million units
Shania Twain is certified double-platinum for the first time in her career, with "The Woman In Me"
Ernest Tubb makes his final appearance on the Grand Ole Opry
Roy Rogers has a nine-hour surgery to repair vertebrae in his back damaged by years of riding his horse, Trigger
Songwriter/producer Brent Maher is born in Great Bend, Kansas. He produces hits for The Judds, Michael Johnson and Dottie West, writing such titles as "Why Not Me," "A Lesson In Leavin'" and "Girls Night Out"
Connie Smith is born in Elkhart, Indiana. The Grand Ole Opry powerhouse debuts with 1964's "Once A Day," making hits consistently for nine years. In 1997, she marries fellow Opry star Marty Stuart. In 2012, she is inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame

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