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Today In Country Music History

Every week in the first hour of the show, Ben brings you the feature ‘This Week in Country Music’. On this page you can discover important events from country music history for each day of the year. Be sure to check back regularly to update your country trivia!

Thursday 18th October 2018

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Oct 18, 2018
Anita Cochran performs the national anthem at State Farm Stadium, formerly University of Phoenix Stadium, as the NFL's Arizona Cardinals host the Denver Broncos
Oct 18, 2017
RaeLynn holds a concert at the club inside New York's Madison Square Garden with proceeds earmarked for hurricane relief
Oct 18, 2017
Katy Perry's concert at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena includes a surprise: Billy Ray Cyrus shows up during the opening set of his daughter, Noah Cyrus, joining her for versions of "Rocky Top" and "Achy Breaky Heart"
Oct 18, 2017
Luke Bryan tells The Tennessean it's important to be unique: "If you fall in line with the other cars, you're just going to end up at the same barn"
Oct 18, 2015
Lee Greenwood performs during a dedication for an American flag and a Christian flag posted along Interstate 64 in a private initiative in Frankfort, Kentucky
Oct 18, 2014
Songwriter Paul Craft dies at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital in Nashville. Among his best-known titles were Moe Bandy's "Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life," Mark Chesnutt's "Brother Jukebox" and Bobby Bare's "Dropkick Me, Jesus"
Oct 18, 2014
Angaleena Presley makes her Grand Ole Opry debut as a solo artist. The night's lineup also features Kristian Bush, Lorrie Morgan, Bill Anderson, Jean Shepard and "Nashville" actor Charles Esten
Oct 18, 2014
Blake Shelton's "Bringing Back The Sunshine" debuts in the top spot on the Billboard country albums chart
Oct 18, 2011
Citing illness, Terri Clark postpones a pair of concerts at the McPhillips Station Casino in Winnipeg, Manitoba
Oct 18, 2010
Lady Antebellum and Easton Corbin snare seven nominations apiece, making them the leading contenders in FOX-TV's inaugural American Country Awards
Oct 18, 2010
AOL's The Boot reports Gary Allan has cancelled several year-end shows to recover from upcoming surgery for a polyp on his vocal cords
Oct 18, 2010
Debby Boone performs "You Light Up My Life" during her first appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show"
Oct 18, 2005
Trisha Yearwood's "Jasper County" earns a gold album
Oct 18, 2005
RCA releases Martina McBride's album "Timeless"
Oct 18, 2005
Mercury releases Billy Currington's album "Doin' Somethin' Right"
Oct 18, 2005
Arista releases Carrie Underwood's "Jesus, Take The Wheel"
Oct 18, 1992
"Life Is A Highway" songwriter Tom Cochrane performs the Canadian national anthem at Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta before game 2 of the World Series. The Toronto Blue Jays edge the Braves, 5-4
Oct 18, 1990
Prince tells Rolling Stone that renegotiating a recording contract is easy: "You just go in and say, 'You know, I think my next project will be a country and western album'"
Oct 18, 1990
Capitol releases Garth Brooks' single "Unanswered Prayers"
Oct 18, 1989
Alabama sings "Happy Birthday" as the band's hometown, Fort Payne, turns 100 with a celebration that includes a 128,238-pound cake
Oct 18, 1978
Kenny Rogers records "I Wish That I Could Hurt That Way Again" during an afternoon session at the Jack Clement Studios in Nashville. The song becomes a country hit for T. Graham Brown eight years later
Oct 18, 1977
Songwriters Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman finish writing their first version of the funereal ballad "He Stopped Loving Her Today," then wait more than two years to see it recorded by George Jones
Oct 18, 1976
"Harlan County, U.S.A." debuts at the Toronto Film Festival. A documentary of a violent miners strike in Kentucky, the movie's soundtrack features music by Hazel Dickens and Merle Travis
Oct 18, 1976
MCA releases Olivia Newton-John's album "Don't Stop Believin'"

This ‘Today in Country Music’ feature is presented with thanks to Roland Note.