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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 23rd October 2020

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Oct 23, 2021
Dierks Bentley and Cole Swindell perform at the annual Cattle Baron's Ball, an American Cancer Society benefit at Gilley's Dallas
Oct 23, 2019
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports a judge has dismissed a preservation lawsuit, clearing the way for the demolition of a building at 152 Nassau. It was the site of Fiddlin' John Carson's historic 1922 recording "The Little Old Log Cabin In The Lane"
Oct 23, 2019
Emily Ann Roberts, a former contestant on "The Voice," gets engaged to longtime boyfriend Chris Sasser in Asheville, North Carolina
Oct 23, 2018
Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle and Mary Chapin Carpenter launch the Lantern Tour, a benefit for immigrants and refugees, at Nashville's City Winery. Also appearing are Jackson Browne, Graham Nash, Shawn Colvin and Lila Downs
Oct 23, 2016
Taylor Swift attends a birthday party for hip-hop artist Drake at Delilah on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood. The guest list also includes pop singer Katy Perry and guitarist John Mayer
Oct 23, 2015
Clay Walker sings the national anthem at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, where the Royals defeat the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-3, winning the American League championship and moving on to the World Series
Oct 23, 2015
Thompson Square's Keifer Thompson receives the Outstanding Alumnus Award during a Missouri Southern State University homecoming dinner at the Twin Hills Country Club in Joplin
Oct 23, 2015
Ashley Judd takes in The Judds' Girls Night Out concert at the Venetian in Las Vegas
Oct 23, 2011
Montgomery Gentry performs at the close of the Love Ride charity motorcycle ride at Castaic Lake near Los Angeles, California
Oct 23, 2011
Casey Carlton Chrisman, the 21-year-old son of Riders In The Sky fiddler Woody Paul, dies in Nashville
Oct 23, 2010
Lady Antebellum takes part in a Justin Timberlake & Friends fundraiser at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas for the Shriners Hospital. Also performing: T-Pain, Selena Gomez and Christina Aguilera
Oct 23, 2010
Blake Shelton becomes a member of the Grand Ole Opry. For his big night, he performs "All About Tonight," "She Wouldn't Be Gone" and "Home" and duets with Trace Adkins on "Hillbilly Bone"
Oct 23, 2007
MCA releases Gary Allan's album "Living Hard"
Oct 23, 2005
Songs from "Moody Bluegrass: A Nashville Tribute To The Moody Blues" are performed at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium by John Cowan, Tim O'Brien, Alison Brown, Jon Randall, Stuart Duncan, Harley Allen and Aubrey Haynie with help from The Moody Blues
Oct 23, 2005
Hurricane Wilma forces the postponement of Trisha Yearwood's scheduled show in Fort Myers, Florida. It's made up in December
Oct 23, 2004
George Strait's "I Hate Everything" takes a seat at the top spot on the Billboard country singles chart
Oct 23, 1988
A Grandpa Jones tribute honors the Grand Ole Opry star for 60 years as an entertainer. Guests include Roy Acuff, Minnie Pearl, Ricky Skaggs, Roger Miller, Roy Clark and Porter Wagoner
Oct 23, 1987
Jimmy Wayne is arrested on his 15th birthday in North Carolina, after running away from a group home
Oct 23, 1986
"You've Really Got A Hold On Me" songwriter Smokey Robinson sings the national anthem at Boston's Fenway Park, where the Red Sox beat the New York Mets, 4-2, in a World Series game
Oct 23, 1985
Merle Watson dies in a North Carolina tractor accident. The son of Doc Watson, he played banjo and guitar with his influential father from 1964 until his death
Oct 23, 1975
Billy "Crash" Craddock records "The First Time" and "Walk Softly" at Woodland Sound Studio in Nashville
Oct 23, 1974
Charlie Rich picks up a gold album from the RIAA for "There Won't Be Anymore," a collection of songs he recorded during the 1960s with RCA
Oct 23, 1973
Jimmy Buffett records the pop hit "Come Monday" during an evening session at Nashville's Woodland Sound
Oct 23, 1973
"I Don't Want To Spoil The Party" songwriter John Lennon sues the U.S. government, asserting that his phone has been tapped illegally

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