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
Choose a date:
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
RaeLynn holds a concert at the club inside New York's Madison Square Garden with proceeds earmarked for hurricane relief
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"
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"
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
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"
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
Blake Shelton's "Bringing Back The Sunshine" debuts in the top spot on the Billboard country albums chart
Citing illness, Terri Clark postpones a pair of concerts at the McPhillips Station Casino in Winnipeg, Manitoba
Lady Antebellum and Easton Corbin snare seven nominations apiece, making them the leading contenders in FOX-TV's inaugural American Country Awards
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
Debby Boone performs "You Light Up My Life" during her first appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show"
Trisha Yearwood's "Jasper County" earns a gold album
RCA releases Martina McBride's album "Timeless"
Mercury releases Billy Currington's album "Doin' Somethin' Right"
Arista releases Carrie Underwood's "Jesus, Take The Wheel"
"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
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'"
Capitol releases Garth Brooks' single "Unanswered Prayers"
Alabama sings "Happy Birthday" as the band's hometown, Fort Payne, turns 100 with a celebration that includes a 128,238-pound cake
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
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
"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
MCA releases Olivia Newton-John's album "Don't Stop Believin'"
This ‘Today in Country Music’ feature is presented with thanks to Roland Note.