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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!

Sunday 25th August 2019

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Aug 25, 2018
Kenny Chesney performs at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, the last of 18 stadiums on his 2018 itinerary. Opening are Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne and Brandon Lay. Unannounced guest David Lee Murphy joins Chesney on "Everything's Gonna Be Alright," "Dust On The Bottle" and "Party Crowd"
Aug 25, 2018
David Ball plays a benefit concert for two local health organizations at the Prairie Players Civic Theatre in Galesburg, Illinois
Aug 25, 2018
Taylor Swift headlines at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, performing "Tim McGraw" with surprise guests Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
Aug 25, 2017
Kenny Chesney plays his only stadium dates of 2017, bringing Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion and Midland along for the first of two concerts at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Chesney opens with "Beer In Mexico" and wraps with "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy"
Aug 25, 2014
"Lucille (You Won't Do Your Daddy's Will)" songwriter Little Richard is a passenger in an SUV that's hit by a car in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Both vehicles sustain major damage, but no one is seriously injured
Aug 25, 2014
Taylor Swift's "You Belong With Me" is certified six-times platinum by the RIAA, while "The Story Of Us" is recognized with a platinum single
Aug 25, 2014
Brad Paisley's single "River Bank" is certified gold by the RIAA
Aug 25, 2012
Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Jake Owen and Grace Potter & The Nocturnals play Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, in the last of the tour's 23 summer stadium dates. Surprise guest Faith Hill joins McGraw on "I Need You." Chesney performs "El Cerrito Place" live for the first time
Aug 25, 2010
Gossip Cop reports "Ready, Set, Don't Go" singer Miley Cyrus has split with boyfriend Liam Hemsworth after a year together
Aug 25, 2010
Jason Aldean shoots his "My Kinda Party" video at the Neuhoff Project in Nashville
Aug 25, 2010
"Johnny B. Goode" author Chuck Berry ranks #30 among's Top 50 Frontmen (And Frontwomen) Of All Time. Also listed nearby: Janis Joplin, #28; AC/DC's Brian Johnson, #27; and AC/DC's Bon Scott, #25
Aug 25, 2009
Sony releases "Now That's What I Call Country Volume 2." Among its 20 artists: Taylor Swift, George Strait, Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, Jamey Johnson, Jake Owen, Gary Allan, Billy Currington, Sugarland and Carrie Underwood
Aug 25, 1998
Vince Gill receives a gold album from the Recording Industry Association of America for the compilation "I Never Knew Lonely"
Aug 25, 1998
MCA releases the double-album "The Essential Lynyrd Skynyrd." It includes "Sweet Home Alabama," cited in the Country Music Foundation's "Heartaches By The Number" among the 500 greatest country singles of all-time
Aug 25, 1998
Rockabilly artist Charlie Feathers is admitted to Memphis' St. Francis Hospital after suffering a stroke. Feathers wrote Elvis Presley's "I Forgot To Remember To Forget"
Aug 25, 1998
Trisha Yearwood collects a gold album from the RIAA for "Where Your Road Leads"
Aug 25, 1972
Junior Samples shows up at the jail in Georgia's Forsyth County to post bail for his manager, James Gibson, and son, Lamar Samples, each incarcerated on alcohol charges. Instead of freeing them, Junior is booked for being intoxicated
Aug 25, 1971
Singer/songwriter Brice Long is born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. He co-writes Gary Allan's "Nothing On But The Radio," Jon Pardi's "Heartache On The Dance Floor" and Randy Houser's "Anything Goes"
Aug 25, 1970
Jo Dee Messina is born in Holliston, Massachusetts. After releasing her first album in 1996, she becomes a significant performer by mining strong, survivor themes, taking the Country Music Association's Horizon Award in 1999
Aug 25, 1970
Elton John makes his American concert debut at The Troubadour in Los Angeles, attended by Leon Russell and future Eagles Don Henley and Glenn Frey. Introduced by Neil Diamond, John's set list includes "Honky Tonk Women"
Aug 25, 1939
Amid signs that Europe is about to break out in a major war, Republic Pictures wires Gene Autry to return immediately to the U.S. The cowboy will, in fact, remain in England; he's in Liverpool when Germany invades Poland one week later
Aug 25, 1928
Fiddler Jerry Rivers is born in Nashville. He joins Hank Williams' Drifting Cowboys from 1949-1951, playing on such classics as "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," "Hey, Good Lookin'" and "Cold, Cold Heart"
Aug 25, 1924
Glenn Wagoner is born in West Plains, Missouri, the older brother of Porter Wagoner
Aug 25, 1913
Jazz bandleader Bob Crosby is born in Spokane, Washington. The younger brother of Bing Crosby, he lands a long list of pop hits and writes Pee Wee King's 1952 country hit "Silver And Gold"

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