Friday, September 1, 2017

Today in Country Music History...September 1, 2017

Miranda Lambert winds up with a total of nine Country Music Association Awards nominations--the most ever for a female artist--as the CMA wraps two days of finalist announcements for its 44th annual awards
Taylor Swift performs "Tim McGraw" in her first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry
Little Big Town's "Boondocks" video debuts on CMT
Sara Evans performs "Born To Fly" on the third night of the Republican National Convention at New York's Madison Square Garden. Brooks & Dunn sing "Only In America" after a speech by incumbent vice president Dick Cheney
Charlie Worsham is born in Jackson, Mississippi. A singer, songwriter and guitarist, he earns his first hit in 2013 with "Could It Be." He also plays on Dierks Bentley's "I Hold On" and Eric Church's "Like Jesus Does"
The Soviet Union downs Korean Air Lines flight 007, killing 269 people, including a U.S. congressman. The event inspires Lee Greenwood to write "God Bless The U.S.A." Johnny Cash also cancels a Soviet tour in protest
Willie Nelson & Leon Russell share the top spot on the Billboard country chart with their remake of "Heartbreak Hotel"
Singer/songwriter Charlie Robison is born in Bandera, Texas. A noted alternative country act, he first finds an audience in the late-1990s. He will also marry--and later divorce--Dixie Chick Emily Erwin
Drummer Steve Goetzman is born in Louisville, Kentucky. He joins Exile, whose mix of country, rock and gospel nets hook-filled 1980s hits such as "Woke Up In Love," "She's A Miracle" and "Crazy For Your Love"
Harold Jenkins is born in Friars Point, Mississippi. As Conway Twitty, he leaves a pop/rock career in 1965 to pursue country music, racking up hits consistently for more than 20 years. He joins the Country Music Hall of Fame posthumously in 1999

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