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!
Friday 13th December 2019
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Chris Young and Gavin DeGraw cover Paul McCartney's "Maybe I'm Amazed" during an installment of "CMT Crossroads." They also team on Young's songs "Drowning," "I'm Comin' Over," "Raised On Country" and "Hangin' On"
Old Dominion visits patients at the Sanford Children's Hospital in Bismarck, North Dakota, accompanied by Santa Claus
Luke Bryan's "What Makes You Country" video premieres
"Who Says You Can't Go Home" hitmakers Bon Jovi are announced as 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees, along with Dire Straits, The Cars, The Moody Blues, Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Joe Diffie celebrates 20 years on the Grand Ole Opry, joined during his set by Carrie Underwood on "John Deere Green." Brad Paisley also makes a surprise appearance, singing with Underwood on "Remind Me"
Parmalee earns its first RIAA-certified gold single for "Carolina"
Lady Antebellum collects a gold album from the RIAA for "On This Winter's Night"
The Little Big Town album "Tornado" is certified gold by the RIAA
Columbia releases Miranda Lambert's "Heart Like Mine" to radio
"Ready, Set, Don't Go" singer Miley Cyrus kicks off her first tour of the United Kingdom with a concert at The O2 in London
Craig Morgan begins a USO tour to perform for U.S. soldiers in Okinawa and Guam
Sugarland performs for president Barack Obama at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., as TNT tapes "Christmas In Washington." Also on the bill: Usher, Neil Diamond and Rob Thomas
Jan Howard has follow-up surgery at Nashville's Baptist Hospital for cataracts
Dierks Bentley delivers "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Nashville Coliseum when the NFL's Tennessee Titans host the Kansas City Chiefs in a "Monday Night Football" game. K.C. wins, 49-38
Jamie Foxx's portrayal of Ray Charles in the movie "Ray" brings him a Best Actor nomination in the Golden Globes. The film is a finalist for Best Musical or Comedy. Other nominees include Clint Eastwood, Ashley Judd and Mick Jagger
The Eagles' two-CD compilation "The Very Best Of" earns a triple-platinum from the RIAA. Among its tracks is the band's only bona fide country hit, "Lyin' Eyes"
Lisa Hartman, a future Grammy nominee, makes a guest appearance on NBC's "Matlock" alongside series star Andy Griffith
Bruce Springsteen's divorce from Julianne Phillips is finalized. Springsteen wrote "Stand On It," a country hit for Mel McDaniel two years prior
"Reba" becomes Reba McEntire's fifth RIAA-certified gold album
Reba McEntire guests on "Hee Haw" with Loretta Lynn, Keith Stegall and Pat Boone
George Jones leaves Tammy Wynette permanently
George Harrison, the author of Johnny Rodriguez' hit "Something," meets president Gerald Ford on a visit to the White House
Porter Wagoner's mother, Bertha, dies in West Plains, Missouri
Elvis Presley records "Lovin' Arms" and "My Boy" at the Stax Recording Studio on East McLemore Avenue in Memphis
This ‘Today in Country Music’ feature is presented with thanks to Roland Note.