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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!

Friday 13th December 2019

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Dec 13, 2019
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"
Dec 13, 2018
Old Dominion visits patients at the Sanford Children's Hospital in Bismarck, North Dakota, accompanied by Santa Claus
Dec 13, 2018
Luke Bryan's "What Makes You Country" video premieres
Dec 13, 2017
"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
Dec 13, 2013
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"
Dec 13, 2013
Parmalee earns its first RIAA-certified gold single for "Carolina"
Dec 13, 2012
Lady Antebellum collects a gold album from the RIAA for "On This Winter's Night"
Dec 13, 2012
The Little Big Town album "Tornado" is certified gold by the RIAA
Dec 13, 2010
Columbia releases Miranda Lambert's "Heart Like Mine" to radio
Dec 13, 2009
"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
Dec 13, 2009
Craig Morgan begins a USO tour to perform for U.S. soldiers in Okinawa and Guam
Dec 13, 2009
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
Dec 13, 2005
Jan Howard has follow-up surgery at Nashville's Baptist Hospital for cataracts
Dec 13, 2004
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
Dec 13, 2004
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
Dec 13, 2004
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"
Dec 13, 1988
Lisa Hartman, a future Grammy nominee, makes a guest appearance on NBC's "Matlock" alongside series star Andy Griffith
Dec 13, 1988
Bruce Springsteen's divorce from Julianne Phillips is finalized. Springsteen wrote "Stand On It," a country hit for Mel McDaniel two years prior
Dec 13, 1988
"Reba" becomes Reba McEntire's fifth RIAA-certified gold album
Dec 13, 1986
Reba McEntire guests on "Hee Haw" with Loretta Lynn, Keith Stegall and Pat Boone
Dec 13, 1974
George Jones leaves Tammy Wynette permanently
Dec 13, 1974
George Harrison, the author of Johnny Rodriguez' hit "Something," meets president Gerald Ford on a visit to the White House
Dec 13, 1973
Porter Wagoner's mother, Bertha, dies in West Plains, Missouri
Dec 13, 1973
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.