Thursday, October 12, 2017

Today in Country Music History...October 12, 2017

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Ribbon-cutting is held for the $4-million Taylor Swift Education Center at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville
Thomas Rhett marries Lauren Gregory
Republic Nashville releases The Band Perry's self-titled debut album
Trisha Yearwood pulls down a #1 single in Billboard with "Believe Me Baby (I Lied)"
Giant Records releases "Common Thread: The Songs Of The Eagles," with some of the royalties to benefit the Walden Woods Project. Among the artists contributing: Clint Black, Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill and Trisha Yearwood
Randy Travis takes home three honors during the 21st annual Country Music Association awards at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House: Male Vocalist of the Year; Album, for "Always And Forever"; and Single, for "Forever And Ever, Amen," also named Song of the Year
Marie Osmond and Dan Seals combine to register a #1 single in Billboard with "Meet Me In Montana"
Barbara Mandrell becomes the first act to win consecutive Entertainer of the Year awards from the Country Music Association during its 15th annual show at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House. Mandrell, who co-hosts with Mac Davis, also wins Female Vocalist of the Year
Singer/songwriter Shane McAnally is born in Mineral Wells, Texas. Signed to Curb Records in the 1990s, he writes Lady Antebellum's "Downtown," Kacey Musgraves' "Merry Go 'Round," Kenny Chesney's "American Kids," Sam Hunt's "Take Your Time" and Keith Urban's "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16"
Dixie Chicks fiddler Martie Maguire is born in York, Pennsylvania. The fashionable, harmony-driven female trio earns numerous awards between 1998 and 2003 before an offhand political remark damages its standing in mainstream country 

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