Sunday, January 7, 2018

Today in Country Music History...January 7, 2018

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Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood and Hunter Hayes win country trophies on CBS' telecast of the People's Choice Awards. Taylor Swift claims three pop honors

The Zac Brown Band sings the national anthem before college football's BCS Championship Game at Sun Life Stadium in Miami. The Alabama Crimson Tide dominates the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 42-14

Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott marries drummer Chris Tyrell in upstate New York. Music is provided at the ceremony by Christian singer Steven Curtis Chapman and Scott's sister, Kylee Scott

The Dixie Chicks and Alan Jackson each receive four nods when the Grammy nominations are announced

Johnny Paycheck's "Take This Job And Shove It" works its way to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart

John Rich is born in Amarillo, Texas. After a stint with Lonestar, he re-emerges in 2004 as one-half of Big & Rich and as a solo artist. He also writes hits for other acts, including Gretchen Wilson's "Redneck Woman," Faith Hill's "Mississippi Girl" and Jason Aldean's "Hicktown"

Charley Pride becomes the first African-American solo singer to perform on the Grand Ole Opry, following an introduction from Ernest Tubb. Pride sings "The Snakes Crawl At Night" and "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)"

Faron Young records "Hello Walls" at the Bradley Film & Recording Studio on Nashville's Music Row

David Lee Murphy is born in Herrin, Illinois. He earns outlaw-influenced hits during the 1990s with "Dust On The Bottle," "Party Crowd" and "Every Time I Get Around You." As a songwriter, he pens several hits for other acts, including "Big Green Tractor," "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not" and "Living In Fast Forward"

Jack Greene is born in Maryville, Tennessee. The "Jolly Green Giant" plays drums for Ernest Tubb before launching a solo career that leads to Grand Ole Opry membership. "There Goes My Everything" nets Greene three honors from the Country Music Association in 1967

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