Sunday, August 20, 2017

Today in Country Music History...August 20, 2017

Arista releases Carrie Underwood's "Smoke Break" to radio
Lady Antebellum earns a gold single for "American Honey" and a quadruple-platinum single for "Need You Now"
Restless Heart's "Bluest Eyes In Texas" rises to #1 on the Billboard country chart
Ricky Skaggs leads with six nominations for the Country Music Association awards. Alabama, George Strait and Lee Greenwood each get four nominations. Those four are finalists for the Entertainer of the Year title, along with Reba McEntire
Elvis Presley's "Way Down" goes to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
David Allan Coe records "the perfect country & western song," "You Never Even Called Me By My Name," at Nashville's Columbia Studio A, namechecking Waylon Jennings, Charley Pride, Merle Haggard and songwriter Steve Goodman
Rudy Gatlin, of The Gatlin Brothers, is born in Olney, Texas. Behind songwriting lead singer Larry Gatlin, the trio receives a Grammy for 1976's "Broken Lady," beginning a 12-year string of harmony-packed successes
Singer/songwriter John Hiatt is born in Indianapolis, Indiana. He writes such country hits as The Desert Rose Band's "She Don't Love Nobody," Suzy Bogguss' "Drive South" and Rosanne Cash's "The Way We Make A Broken Heart"
Rock singer Robert Plant is born in Birmingham, England. The vocalist for hard-rock pioneers Led Zeppelin, he joins Alison Krauss on a Grammy-winning Top 5 country album, 2007's "Raising Sand"
Jim Reeves is born in Panola County, Texas. Combining a warm tone with perfectionist phrasing, he becomes one of country's strongest balladeers. He enters the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1967, three years after a plane crash takes his life

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