Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Today in Country Music History...January 16, 2018

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Scotty McCreery performs "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, where the New England Patriots defeat the Kansas City Chiefs, 27-20, in an NFL playoff game

The Recording Industry Association of America issues a gold album for "Taylor Swift"

The Johnny Cash biopic "Walk The Line" earns three Golden Globes: Best Musical or Comedy plus trophies for Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon. The "Brokeback Mountain" piece "A Love That Will Never Grow Old" wins Best Original Song

"Unleashed" becomes the first Toby Keith album certified quadruple-platinum, while his album "Shock'n Y'all" reaches triple-platinum status

Patty Loveless performs on the Grand Ole Opry. It's her first Opry appearance since undergoing vocal surgery

RCA releases Alabama's album "Roll On"

Ronnie Milsap sits at #1 on the Billboard country chart with "I Wouldn't Have Missed It For The World"

Guitarist James Young is born in Dallas, Texas. He provides edgy texture to The Eli Young Band, which nets hits with "Crazy Girl," "Drunk Last Night" and "Even If It Breaks Your Heart"

Bill Monroe suffers 19 broken bones in a head-on collision on Highway 31 near White House, Tennessee. He still manages to get out of the car and pull another passenger, Bessie Lee Mauldin, out of the other side. Monroe is unable to tour until May

Ronnie Milsap is born in Robbinsville, North Carolina. The blind keyboard player emerges as one of country's most innovative performers, offsetting traditional fare with pop crossovers, winning six Grammy awards and the CMA's Entertainer honor in 1977. He enters the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2014

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