Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Today in Country Music History...August 16, 2017


2012
Luke Bryan's "Country Girl (Shake It For Me)" is certified double-platinum
2005
Arista releases Brad Paisley's album "Time Well Wasted"
2000
Mary Chapin Carpenter sings "Why Walk When You Can Fly" during the Democratic National Convention at the Staples Center in Los Angeles as the party nominates vice president Al Gore for president
1987
Dan Smyers is born in Pennsylvania. He becomes one-half of Dan + Shay, who earn an Academy of Country Music nomination for Vocal Duo of the Year in 2014 on the heels of their debut single, "19 You + Me"
1980
Alabama registers its first #1 single in Billboard with "Tennessee River"
1977
Elvis Presley dies in his bathroom at Graceland Mansion in Memphis. The most significant pop artist of the 20th century, the beginning and end of his career are grounded in country. He enters the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1998
1972
Emily Robison is born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. She co-founds The Dixie Chicks, who meld pop fashion and twangy country in a quick ascent to Entertainer of the Year, only to see their career unravel after a 2003 comment about the president. She subsequently joins sister Martie Maguire in Court Yard Hounds
1969
Merle Haggard's blue-collar anthem "Workin' Man Blues" goes to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
1939
Singer/songwriter Billy Joe Shaver is born in Corsicana, Texas. His writing credits include Waylon Jennings' "You Ask Me To," Johnny Rodriguez's "I Couldn't Be Me Without You" and John Anderson's "I'm Just An Old Chunk Of Coal (But I'm Gonna Be A Diamond Someday)"
1935
Patsy Montana records "I Wanna Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart" in New York

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