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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!

Thursday 20th June 2019

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Jun 20, 2018
Paul Simon brings his farewell tour to Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, welcoming surprise guest Don Everly to the stage during the encore for a duet on "Bye Bye Love"
Jun 20, 2018
Jason Aldean's Kitchen + Roof Top Bar has its grand opening in downtown Nashville
Jun 20, 2018
Ashley McBryde's brother, William McBryde Jr., a veteran who was previously stationed in Iraq, dies at his home in Russellville, Arkansas
Jun 20, 2017
Canaan Smith's rental car is broken into while he's on tour in San Jose. Thieves make off with a guitar, a computer and concert equipment
Jun 20, 2014
Lionel Richie turns 65 with a concert at Detroit's DTE Energy Music Theatre, where Kid Rock makes a surprise appearance with a birthday cake. The celebration also includes video congrats from Jimmy Buffett, Barbra Streisand, Luke Bryan, Quincy Jones and Tim McGraw
Jun 20, 2014
Lady Antebellum attends the opening of the Seacrest Studios at Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora
Jun 20, 2014
Joey Feek, of the duo Joey+Rory, undergoes a radical hysterectomy to eradicate cervical cancer at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville
Jun 20, 2014
Jimmy Buffett performs at the Coyote Drive-In Theatre in Fort Worth, Texas. The concert is screened live at a total of 87 drive-ins across the U.S.
Jun 20, 2010
A tornado hits the Rimrock Auto Arena in Billings, Montana. The disaster forces the cancellation of scheduled Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood concerts
Jun 20, 2010
Shelby Lynne's "I'm Alive" is heard over the closing credits during the HBO vampire series "True Blood"
Jun 20, 2010
Steve Earle sings "The City," produced by T Bone Burnett, to close the season finale of the HBO series "Treme"
Jun 20, 2009
Miley Cyrus is a surprise guest at The Jonas Brothers' concert at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, singing a duet with Nick Jonas during the band's encore
Jun 20, 2000
Epic releases Billy Gilman's debut album, "One Voice"
Jun 20, 2000
Whitney Houston's "The Greatest Hits" earns gold, platinum and double-platinum album awards from the RIAA, bringing royalties to Dolly Parton for her song "I Will Always Love You"
Jun 20, 1999
Victory Shaver, the mother of singer/songwriter Billy Joe Shaver, dies of cancer
Jun 20, 1998
Alan Jackson's free concert for boaters on Tennessee's Center Hill Lake with Trisha Yearwood and Deana Carter is cancelled when a storm damages the stage and sinks seven boats with fans waiting for the show to start
Jun 20, 1978
Epic releases Joe Stampley's "If You've Got Ten Minutes (Let's Fall In Love)"
Jun 20, 1978
Pop singer/songwriter Dave Barnes is born in South Carolina. He authors Blake Shelton's 2011 ballad "God Gave Me You" and Thomas Rhett's 2017 collaboration with Maren Morris, "Craving You"
Jun 20, 1977
Jimmy Buffett's album "Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes," featuring "Margaritaville," is certified gold by the RIAA
Jun 20, 1977
MCA releases Merle Haggard's "Ramblin' Fever"
Jun 20, 1959
The final episode of the syndicated TV show "Frontier Doctor" airs, with Rex Allen portraying Dr. Bill Baxter
Jun 20, 1959
Stonewall Jackson sings "Waterloo" on an ABC telecast of "The Dick Clark Show"
Jun 20, 1955
The movie "Webb Pierce And His Wonderin' Boys" debuts in theaters. Hank Penny, Sue Thompson, Red Sovine and Johnny Burnette also appear in the film, which includes renditions of "Slowly" and "In The Jailhouse Now"
Jun 20, 1954
"Corral Cuties" makes its debut. The short western film features Tennessee Ernie Ford--who sings "Anytime"--plus Molly Bee, Billy Strange and Cliffie Stone

This ‘Today in Country Music’ feature is presented with thanks to Roland Note.