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!
Saturday 30th May 2020
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Devin Dawson signs the papers to buy his first home in Nashville
Cody Johnson receives his first gold single from the RIAA, for "On My Way To You"
Dan + Shay rack up an RIAA-certified gold single for "All To Myself"
Big & Rich headline a benefit for a military charity at Fontanel in Nashville, joined by Thompson Square, Parmalee, Chuck Wicks and RaeLynn
Scotty McCreery performs "I Love You This Big" at Walt Disney World in Orlando
"Surprise Homecoming," a reality TV show with a military theme hosted by Billy Ray Cyrus, debuts on TLC
NPR broadcasts a story about Paul Monti, the father of a soldier who was killed in action. When songwriter Connie Harrington hears the man say he drives his son's pickup to connect with him, she's inspired to write what will become a Lee Brice hit, "I Drive Your Truck"
Brad Paisley plays "Welcome To The Future" and "Then" at PBS' National Memorial Day Concert from the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Also featured: Lionel Richie, Colin Powell and Gary Sinise
The Los Angeles Times reports songwriter Holly Lamar, a co-writer of Faith Hill's "Breathe," has purchased a two-bedroom house in the city for $1.4 million
Lee Ann Womack performs "I Hope You Dance" during pre-race ceremonies at the Indianapolis 500, then takes a celebrity lap around the track, as do The Judds and Jessica Simpson, who sings the national anthem. Buddy Rice wins the race
John Michael Montgomery sings "Letters From Home" at the Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. Jimmie Johnson wins NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600
Lonestar performs for military personnel at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia
Mac Davis joins Judy Collins, Pete Fountain and James Earl Jones in the National Memorial Day Concert, aired from Washington, D.C., on PBS
After a 23-year run, "Hee Haw" airs for the final time in syndication. Guests for the last show include Gary Morris, Hal Ketchum and The Sweethearts Of The Rodeo
Pop singer/songwriter Paul Simon marries musician Edie Brickell in Montauk, New York. Two of his songs became country hits: "Bridge Over Troubled Water," for Buck Owens; and "The Boxer," for Emmylou Harris
Billy Ray Cyrus and "Achy Breaky Heart" begin a five-week stay at the top of the Billboard country chart
The Animals play the Jimmy Reed song "Bright Lights, Big City" on "The Ed Sullivan Show." The song will become a country hit for Sonny James in 1971. Sullivan's entertainment for the evening also includes Wayne Newton and Connie Francis
The western "A Distant Trumpet" debuts in theaters. The film features an acting role for Bobby Bare, alongside Troy Donahue, Suzanne Pleshette and Claude Akins
Jim Reeves begins his only tour of Ireland
Future Curb Records owner Mike Curb is in the stands at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as Parnelli Jones wins the Indianapolis 500
This ‘Today in Country Music’ feature is presented with thanks to Roland Note.