Today in Country Music History


Always On My Mind songwriter Mark James and “Midnight Train To Georgia” composer Jim Weatherly join the Songwriters Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel


Severe winds damage buildings in Luck, Texas, a fictitious town built for the Willie Nelson movie “Red Headed Stranger”


Jo Dee Messina hosts the St. Jude Music Fest Road Race, a charity 5k run in Nashville, during the CMA Music Festival


Johnny Rivers, author of Joe Stampley’s country hit “Poor Side Of Town,” is added to the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame


Terri Clark becomes the first Canadian-born female to join the Grand Ole Opry


A three-mile segment of Highway 92 in Paulding County, Georgia, is renamed the Travis Tritt Highway. Signs are also erected billing the county as the “Home of Country Music Star Travis Tritt”


Johnny Cash sends a letter to Billy Ray Cyrus, a target of music industry derision: “Thirty-six years ago I was working with Elvis–and saw him take the same kind of flak you’re taking now. Congratulations on the way you’re handling it all”


Chris Young is born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He wins “Nashville Star” in 2006, earning an Academy of Country Music awards nomination and building a hit list that includes “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song),” “Voices” and “Tomorrow”


Waylon’s Private Collection museum has its grand opening in Nashville. In attendance are Johnny Cash, Mel Tillis, Jessi Colter and 4-year-old Shooter Jennings


The Best Of Dolly Parton becomes the singer’s second gold album


Crystal Gayle notches her first #1 country single in Billboard with “I’ll Get Over You”


Tex Ritter joins the Grand Ole Opry


Ferlin Husky joins the Grand Ole Opry


Jamieson “Junior” Brown is born in Kirksville, Indiana. Hailed for his instrumental work on his self-designed guit-steel, he becomes a critics’ favorite in the 1990s and wins the Country Music Association’s video award for “My Wife Thinks You’re Dead”


George H.W. Bush is born in Milton, Massachusetts. An avowed country music fan, he becomes the first president to attend the CMA Awards, and receives campaign support in 1988 from Moe Bandy, Crystal Gayle, Loretta Lynn and Lee Greenwood

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