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!
Saturday 19th October 2019
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Former "Nashville" actor Chris Carmack marries Erin Slaver at Mint Springs Farm in Nolensville, Tennessee. Guests include Sam Palladio and Cassadee Pope
Dierks Bentley leads a tribute concert to the late Ralph Stanley at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. Also on the bill are Darryl Worley, Heidi Newfield, Nathan Stanley, Ralph Stanley II, T. Graham Brown, T Bone Burnett and Doug Supernaw
Darius Rucker makes his first appearance at the historic Apollo Theater in New York
Big & Rich, Cam and surprise guests Rascal Flatts play a benefit concert for Route 91 Music Festival shooting victims at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas
Jason Aldean headlines the historic Hollywood Bowl for the first time, opening the show with "Crazy Town" and closing with "Hicktown." Filling out the bill are Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett
John Rich performs during a campaign rally in Daytona Beach, Florida, for the Republican presidential ticket, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan
Former Academy of Country Music awards nominee Justin Timberlake marries actress Jessica Biel in Italy
The Eli Young Band visits injured veterans at the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System's Nashville location
"9 To 5," a theatrical adaptation of the Dolly Parton movie, ends its one-month run at Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theatre
"Bartender's Blues" songwriter James Taylor performs at Ovens Auditorium in Charlotte, the first of five North Carolina campaign stops on behalf of presidential candidate Barack Obama in three days
Rodney Atkins plays a tailgate party at Miami's Dolphins Stadium, where the NFL's Baltimore Ravens win, 27-13
Hank Williams Jr. sings the national anthem in Roswell, New Mexico, on the campaign trail with Republican politician Sarah Palin
Garth Brooks bangs on the door of a house in Collinsville, Oklahoma, to warn residents that a dangerous grass fire is headed their way. Brooks drives two boys to safety; the kids don't recognize him
A life-size bronze sculpture of late record producer Owen Bradley is unveiled at Owen Bradley Park on Nashville's Music Row. Bradley, who produced "Coal Miner's Daughter" and "Crazy," among others, built the first recording studio on the Row
Songwriter Roxie Dean marries Kyle T. Jones. She scores hits with Jamie O'Neal's "When I Think About Angels," Reba McEntire's "My Sister" and Lee Ann Womack's "Why They Call It Falling"
"Billboard's Greatest Christmas Hits (1955-Present)" is certified platinum by the RIAA. The album includes Elvis Presley's "Blue Christmas," Elmo & Patsy's "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer," Brenda Lee's "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree" and Bobby Helms' "Jingle Bell Rock"
Terry Bradshaw quarterbacks the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 34-3 NFL win against the Chicago Bears at Three Rivers Stadium, a day before signing a recording contract with the Nashville division of Mercury Records
Conway Twitty rises to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with "I See The Want To In Your Eyes"
Guitarist Mick Taylor plays his final concert as a member of The Rolling Stones at the Deutschlandhalle in Berlin, Germany. He first recorded with the band on "Honky Tonk Women," ranked in the Country Music Foundation's "Heartaches By The Number" among country's all-time greatest singles
Tom T. Hall performs "I Love" on the NBC series "The Dean Martin Show." Hall and Jeannie C. Riley also team up on Stuart Hamblen's "This Ole House"
Merle Travis records "So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed" and "Three Times Seven" at Hollywood's Radio Recorders
Composer Cole Porter checks into Doctors Hospital in Manhattan, where he has surgery on his left leg nearly seven years after he first broke it. Porter has already written "Don't Fence Me In," which goes on to become a country hit for Gene Autry
Guitarist Roy Lanham begins working on Knoxville radio station WNOX. He is destined to become a member of The Sons Of The Pioneers and to play on Loretta Lynn's "I'm A Honky Tonk Girl" and Ned Miller's "From A Jack To A King"
"Where The Buffalo Roam" debuts in theaters. The film stars Tex Ritter, whose character returns to Santa Fe to discover his mother has been murdered. Ritter performs a number of songs with Louise Massey & The Westerners
This ‘Today in Country Music’ feature is presented with thanks to Roland Note.