Thursday, October 19, 2017

Today in Country Music History...October 19, 2017

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Jason Aldean headlines the historic Hollywood Bowl for the first time, opening the show with "Crazy Town" and closing with "Hicktown." Filling out the bill are Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett

Scotty McCreery performs "The Star-Spangled Banner" before game 1 of the World Series at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The Cardinals win the opener, 3-2, against the Texas Rangers, partially owned by Charley Pride

Keith Urban checks into the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California, to cope with a recurrence of substance abuse. In a statement, he says, "One can never let one's guard down on recovery, and I'm afraid I have"

Keith Urban begins a six-week stay at #1 on the Billboard country chart with "Somebody Like You"

Capitol releases Keith Urban's self-titled debut album as a solo artist

Reba McEntire sings the national anthem prior to the first game of the World Series at Royal Stadium in Kansas City. The Cardinals beat the Royals, 3-1

Bass player Kelby Ray is born in Nashville. He becomes a founding member of The Cadillac Three, mixing blues/rock with country. The trio nabs a 2015 Academy of Country Music nomination for Vocal Event of the Year with "The South"

Buck Owens attains the #1 spot on the Billboard country singles chart with "Love's Gonna Live Here"

Brenda Lee records "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree" at the Bradley Film & Recording Studio in Nashville

Jeannie C. Riley is born in Anson, Texas. She records "Harper Valley P.T.A." as a secretary in 1968 and is immediately launched into public consciousness. The single about suburban hypocrisy sells millions of copies, becoming her signature hit

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