Sunday, May 6, 2018

Today in Country Music History...May 6, 2018 (Luke Bryan Tops the Biggest Grossing Country Music Tours + others)

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May 6th: On this day

Born on this day in Taylorsville, Kentucky, was Cliff Carlisle, American country and blues singer. Carlisle was a yodeler and was a pioneer in the use of the Hawaiian steel guitar in country music. He died on April 5th 1983.

Born on this day in Amarillo, Texas, was Jimmie Dale Gilmore, country singer, songwriter. In 1994, Gilmore teamed up with Willie Nelson to contribute "Crazy" to the AIDS benefit album Red Hot + Country produced by the Red Hot Organization.

Marty Robbins was at #1 on the US Country chart with, "My Woman, My Woman, My Wife", his fourteenth #1 hit on the country chart. The song won Robbins a Grammy Award for Best Country Song the following year.

Merle Haggard appeared on the cover of Time Magazine in the US.

Bob Kingsley took over hosting American Country Countdown, a stint that would last for 27 years. He had been a producer of the radio countdown show since 1974.

Winners at the 20th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Glen Campbell, Janie Frickie and Loretta Lynn included: Top Female Vocalist of the Year - Reba McEntire, Top Male Vocalist of the Year - George Strait, Top Vocal Group - Alabama, Top New Female Vocalist of the Year - Nicolette Larson, Top New Male Vocalist of the Year - Vince Gill and Single Record of the Year went to Julio Iglesias & Willie Nelson for "To All The Girls I've Loved Before."

Canadian singer Shania Twain scored her third #1 country hit with "You Win My Love", the fifth single released from her 1995 album The Woman in Me. The song was written solely by producer Mutt Lange, making it one of the very few Shania songs which she did not co-write.

After the controversy regarding Dixie Chicks member Natalie Maines’ comments about President George W. Bush and the Iraq war, a Colorado radio station suspended two of its disc jockeys for playing music by Dixie Chicks.

Mindy McCready was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after being pulled over for speeding in the Belle Meade area of Nashville. The 29-year-old singer was already on three years of supervised probation after pleading guilty to a drug charge in 2004.

Luke Bryan topped a list of the biggest grossing Country Music tours in 2014 published in the Nashville Business Journal with over 1.2m tickets sold, grossing $62.8m. George Strait came in second with $61.8m, and Jason Aldean third with $52.5m.

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