Monday, January 8, 2018

Today in Country Music History...January 8, 2018

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Taylor Swift wins Favorite Country Artist during the 40th annual People's Choice Awards, telecast by CBS from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Tim McGraw is named Favorite Country Music Icon

Tim McGraw starts a three-week run at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with "Felt Good On My Lips"

Eric Church marries publishing executive Katherine Blasingame at the Westglow Resort & Spa in Blowing Rock, North Carolina

Craig Morgan collects the first gold album of his career, for "My Kind Of Livin'"

Faith Hill takes three trophies in the American Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Tim McGraw earns Favorite Country Male, The Dixie Chicks are named Favorite Country Band, and Billy Gilman wins Favorite New Country Artist

Elvis Presley receives tribute with a 29-cent U.S. postage stamp, his '50s-era likeness selected in a poll of citizens. Some consumers purposely mail letters to fake addresses so they can get their mail back, stamped with "Return To Sender"

Vince Gill's "Pocket Full Of Gold" turns platinum

Reba McEntire achieves her first #1 single on the Billboard country chart with "Can't Even Get The Blues"

Kenny Rogers and songs he recorded grab seven Grammy nominations, with "The Gambler" up for Record of the Year. Rogers' producer, Larry Butler, is nominated for Producer of the Year

Elvis Presley is born at home in East Tupelo, Mississippi. Before emerging as the "King of Rock & Roll," Presley makes inroads in country, where he returns during his latter years. He is inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1998

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