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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!

Saturday 30th May 2020

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May 30, 2019
Devin Dawson signs the papers to buy his first home in Nashville
May 30, 2019
Cody Johnson receives his first gold single from the RIAA, for "On My Way To You"
May 30, 2019
Dan + Shay rack up an RIAA-certified gold single for "All To Myself"
May 30, 2016
Big & Rich headline a benefit for a military charity at Fontanel in Nashville, joined by Thompson Square, Parmalee, Chuck Wicks and RaeLynn
May 30, 2011
Scotty McCreery performs "I Love You This Big" at Walt Disney World in Orlando
May 30, 2011
"Surprise Homecoming," a reality TV show with a military theme hosted by Billy Ray Cyrus, debuts on TLC
May 30, 2011
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"
May 30, 2010
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
May 30, 2004
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
May 30, 2004
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
May 30, 2004
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
May 30, 2003
Lonestar performs for military personnel at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia
May 30, 1993
Mac Davis joins Judy Collins, Pete Fountain and James Earl Jones in the National Memorial Day Concert, aired from Washington, D.C., on PBS
May 30, 1992
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
May 30, 1992
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
May 30, 1992
Billy Ray Cyrus and "Achy Breaky Heart" begin a five-week stay at the top of the Billboard country chart
May 30, 1965
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
May 30, 1964
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
May 30, 1963
Jim Reeves begins his only tour of Ireland
May 30, 1963
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.