Tuesday, August 8, 2017

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


2016
Capitol releases Keith Urban's "Blue Ain't Your Color" to radio
2009
Steel Magnolia wins CMT's "Can You Duet," performing "Keep On Lovin' You" on the show in front of judges Big Kenny, Naomi Judd and record executive Scott Borchetta
1987
Reba McEntire ascends to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with "One Promise Too Late"
1975
Hank Williams Jr. has a near-fatal accident while climbing Ajax Mountain in Montana. His head hits several jutting rocks as he falls 500 feet. It takes six hours for medics to reach him and deliver him to Missoula Community Hospital
1973
Mark Wills is born in Cleveland, Tennessee. After winning the Academy of Country Music's Top New Male award in 1999, he earns his signature hit with the nostalgic 2002 single "19 Somethin'"
1950
Jamie O'Hara is born in Toledo, Ohio. He and Kieran Kane form The O'Kanes, a 1980s duo built on strong hooks and spare arrangements. He also writes The Judds' "Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout The Good Old Days)," Gary Allan's "Man To Man" and John Conlee's "As Long As I'm Rockin' With You"
1939
Phil Balsley is born in Staunton, Virginia. He becomes a founding member of The Statler Brothers, whose southern gospel harmonies lead the group to two decades of hits and membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame
1934
The Sons Of The Pioneers record "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" in Los Angeles during the group's first recording session
1932
Mel Tillis is born in Pahokee, Florida. After finding success by writing Bobby Bare's "Detroit City," Patsy Cline's "So Wrong" and Webb Pierce's "I Ain't Never," among others, he turns his stutter into a comedic twist and develops a successful career as an artist, earning a place in the Country Music Hall of Fame
1921
Webb Pierce is born in West Monroe, Louisiana. He gains a reputation for a nasal twang and garish stage persona, but becomes one of the biggest honky-tonk stars of the 1950s, reaching the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001

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