Thursday, August 17, 2017

Today in Country Music History...August 17, 2017

2012
Florida Georgia Line performs "Cruise" in its Grand Ole Opry debut
2011
Martina McBride's "I'm Gonna Love You Through It" video debuts on CMT.com
2009
Brad Paisley's "Welcome To The Future" video debuts on CMT
2006
Jason Aldean's "Amarillo Sky" video has its world premiere on CMT
1991
George Strait's "You Know Me Better Than That" begins a three-week stay at #1 on the Billboard country chart
1989
Ricky Van Shelton, Rodney Crowell and Hank Williams Jr. lead with four nominations apiece as finalists are announced for the Country Music Association awards
1988
Colton Swon is born in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He sings high harmonies for The Swon Brothers, a duo that signs with Arista following a season on the NBC music series "The Voice." They earn their first hit in 2014 with "Later On"
1985
"Highwayman" appears at the top of the Billboard chart, teaming Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson
1977
Steve Wariner has his first recording session, cutting "I'm Already Taken" at RCA Studio B. The studio is filled with reporters, but they are uninterested in Steve. Elvis Presley had died the day prior, and they want to interview producer Chet Atkins
1955
Singer/songwriter Kevin Welch is born in Los Angeles. He pens such hits as Gary Morris' "Velvet Chains," Moe Bandy's "Till I'm Too Old To Die Young," Don Williams' "Desperately" and Ricky Skaggs' "Let It Be You"

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