Today In Country Music History

5/15/2012 Legacy releases the Willie Nelson album “Heroes,” with guest appearances by Jamey Johnson, Merle Haggard, Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson, Ray Price, Sheryl Crow and Billy Joe Shaver
5/15/2012 The Nashville Business Journal reports Restless Heart has filed suit against Tuniverse Entertainment, which allegedly failed to release a dozen masters the band delivered to the company for sale
5/15/2012 Vince Gill sings “Go Rest High On That Mountain” at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., for presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush as $2 million is raised for a national monument to flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania
5/15/2012 Ricky Skaggs celebrates 30 years as a Grand Ole Opry member. He sings “Me And God” with Josh Turner and “Amen” with Edens Edge. Skaggs also performs with Alison Krauss and The Whites
5/15/2012 Glen Campbell joins Massachusetts congressman Edward Markey in Washington, D.C., in a call for legislative action to address research on Alzheimer’s disease
5/15/2011 Keith Urban and Bill Anderson are inducted in the Music City Walk of Fame
5/15/2005 Songwriter Wayne Perry dies of throat cancer in Hamilton, Ohio. He wrote such hits as Tim McGraw’s “Not A Moment Too Soon,” Collin Raye’s “Every Second” and Lorrie Morgan’s “What Part Of No”
5/15/2003 June Carter Cash dies in Nashville’s Baptist Hospital from complications following heart surgery. Best known for her duets with husband Johnny Cash, she was the daughter of Maybelle Carter and mother of Carlene Carter
5/15/2003 The Tennessee State Senate reads a resolution proclaiming songwriting an “official state art form.” Songwriters Mark D. Sanders and Tia Sillers, co-writers of “I Hope You Dance,” perform for the assembly
5/15/1999 Tim McGraw’s “Please Remember Me,” written by Rodney Crowell, begins a five-week stay at #1 in Billboard
5/15/1998 Johnny Paycheck performs at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House in what proves to be the final Opry appearance of his life
5/15/1998 The RIAA awards a platinum album for Martina McBride’s “Evolution”
5/15/1997 Bill Monroe is inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Cleveland, alongside The Bee Gees, Joni Mitchell, The Young Rascals, The Jackson 5, King Records founder Syd Nathan, Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills & Nash
5/15/1995 Martina McBride’s “The Way That I Am” album is certified gold
5/15/1995 Aaron Tippin’s “Lookin’ Back At Myself” album is certified gold
5/15/1995 Lari White earns a gold album for “Wishes”
5/15/1993 John Michael Montgomery earns the first #1 single of his career with “I Love The Way You Love Me”
5/15/1989 George and Nancy Jones move back to Nashville from Texas
5/15/1988 Following her marriage to John McBride in Wichita, Kansas, Martina Schiff becomes Martina McBride
5/15/1986 Johnny Paycheck is found guilty of two charges stemming from a shooting in an Ohio barroom in December
5/15/1984 John Anderson accrues his first gold album, for “Wild And Blue”
5/15/1982 Ricky Skaggs joins the Grand Ole Opry
5/15/1976 Nine months after Hank Williams Jr. nearly died in a 500-foot fall on a Montana mountain, he returns to the concert stage with a show in Clayton, Delaware
5/15/1972 Glen Campbell earns a gold album with his “Greatest Hits”
5/15/1972 Conway Twitty snaps up his first gold album with “Hello Darlin'”
5/15/1942 K.T. Oslin is born in Crossett, Arkansas. Songs such as “80’s Ladies,” “Hold Me” and “Come Next Monday” make her a voice for serious women’s issues in the 20th century’s final two decades
5/15/1918 Eddy Arnold is born in Henderson, Tennessee. Originally touted as the Tennessee Plowboy in his solid country recordings, he shifts into string-laden recordings in the 1960s on his way to membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame

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