Friday, November 17, 2017

Today in Country Music History...November 17, 2017

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2016
Luke Bryan earns a platinum single from the RIAA for "Huntin', Fishin' And Lovin' Every Day"
2012
"We have to make a new bucket list after tonight": The Zac Brown Band headlines the prestigious Madison Square Garden in New York for the first time
2011
Scotty McCreery picks up a gold album for "Clear As Day"
2007
A "CMT Giants" installment celebrating Hank Williams Jr. debuts. Paying homage are Brad Paisley, Gretchen Wilson, Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kid Rock, Steven Tyler, Toby Keith, Terry Bradshaw and Buddy Guy
2005
Sara Evans' "Cheatin'" video and Jason Aldean's "Why" debut on CMT
2004
Montgomery Gentry and Lynyrd Skynyrd tape an episode of "CMT Crossroads" at The Factory in Franklin, Tennessee. The set list includes "Hillbilly Shoes," "My Town," "Call Me The Breeze" and "Sweet Home Alabama"
1997
"The Woman In Me" makes Shania Twain the first female country artist to have an album certified for shipments of 10 million copies
1989
"Steel Magnolias," starring Dolly Parton, Sally Field, Olympia Dukakis and Julia Roberts, opens in movie theaters. "Jambalaya (On The Bayou)" is performed during an on-screen wedding reception
1988
Bass player Reid Perry is born in Jackson, Mississippi. He becomes one-third of The Band Perry, which earns a triple-platinum single with "If I Die Young" and wins the Country Music Association's New Artist of the Year in 2011
1938
Gordon Lightfoot is born in Orillia, Ontario. The pop singer/songwriter crosses into the country charts with his million-selling 1974 single "Sundown," and writes Marty Robbins' "Ribbon Of Darkness" and George Hamilton IV's "Early Morning Rain" 
 

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