Today In Country Music History
Today in Country Music History is one of the most popular features on the programme and we’ve been delivering back into the history books and give you not only a day but a week of country music trivia. 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!
Each week on the show we feature the biggest events of that week in years gone by, so tune in live or catch up right here on our website to find out more about the history of country music and the biggest events that shaped the music you love!
Saturday 23rd January 2021
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People reports that Tanya Tucker is engaged to fellow singer Craig Dillingham
Carrie Underwood receives 12 awards from the RIAA, including five multi-platinum singles. "Just A Dream" and "Undo It" go double-platinum, "Cowboy Casanova" rises to triple-platinum, "Blown Away" is certified quadruple-platinum, and "Before He Cheats" hits six-times platinum
Blake Shelton delivers a surprise pop-up show at Ole Red in Nashville. His set includes the songs "Ol' Red," "Some Beach" and "Turnin' Me On," plus bonus appearances by two former contestants on "The Voice": Pryor Baird joins Shelton on "Workin' Man Blues" and RaeLynn helps out on "Boys 'Round Here"
Lari White dies of cancer in Nashville. Married to songwriter Chuck Cannon, she earned three Top 10 hits in 1994-1995, had a role in the Tom Hanks movie "Cast Away" and co-produced hits for Billy Dean and Toby Keith
The Tennessean reports Kenny Chesney filed a copyright infringement suit in Nashville against a T-shirt manufacturer for using his name and a guitar-and-palm tree logo without obtaining permission
Willie Nelson's version of "Hello Walls" plays on NBC's "Parks And Recreation" as sitcom character Ron Swanson gets acquainted with his iPod
Contestant Lauren Ogburn, wearing a stars-and-stripes bandana, is sent on to Hollywood after auditioning with "Fancy" on FOX's "American Idol" for a judges panel that includes Keith Urban
Country fashionista Manuel marries Maria Salinas Del Carmen at the Davidson County Courthouse in Nashville
Jason Aldean takes a personal tour of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Macon
LeAnn Rimes and boyfriend Eddie Cibrian surprise guests at Tail Feathers in Henderson, Colorado, when Rimes takes the stage to do a karaoke version of Lady Gaga's "Poker Face"
Dailey & Vincent are named Kentucky Colonels by the governor of the Bluegrass State when they perform at the Shepherdsville Music Palace
Carrie Underwood picks up four nods to lead all artists as the nominees are announced for the second annual CMT Online Awards
Congresswoman Mary Bono, widow of Sonny Bono, has a benign, grapefruit-sized tumor removed from her abdomen at the Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs. She is romantically linked to Diamond Rio drummer Brian Prout
Pre-teen Billy Gilman makes the cover of Country Weekly magazine, braces and all
Razor & Tie releases the album "Goin' South," with The Charlie Daniels Band's "The Devil Went Down To Georgia," Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" and B.W. Stevenson's "My Maria," plus The Allman Brothers Band, The Band and Joe Walsh
Hollywood releases the soundtrack to "The Wedding Planner." Among its tracks are Olivia Newton-John's "I Honestly Love You" and John Denver's "Annie's Song"
Ray Charles sings "You Don't Know Me" on the NBC variety series "Barbara Mandrell & The Mandrell Sisters." Also on the show are Merle Travis and new country artist Sylvia, who delivers "Sweet Yesterday" and "You Light Up My Life"
Conway Twitty's "Red Neckin' Love Makin' Night" arrives at the top of the Billboard country singles chart
RCA releases Alabama's "Old Flame"
Slim Whitman performs his recent hit "When" on "The Midnight Special." He also graces the NBC series with a version of the Gene Autry classic "That Silver-Haired Daddy Of Mine"
Gene Vincent marries Margie Russell at the Dartford Registry Office in England
Decca releases Lewis Pruitt's "Crazy Bullfrog"
The Everly Brothers perform "Let It Be Me" and "('Til) I Kissed You" on ABC's weekly music series "The Dick Clark Saturday Night Beechnut Show." Also featured is Jack Scott performing "What In The World's Come Over You"
Flatt & Scruggs record "Crying My Heart Out Over You" at the Bradley Film & Recording Studio in Nashville. It later becomes a hit for Ricky Skaggs
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