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This Day in Country Music – July 3rd

  • 2007 Toby Keith’s “Love Me If You Can” video premieres on CMT.com
  • 2001 Trisha Yearwood receives her first quadruple-platinum album, for “(Songbook) A Collection Of Hits”
  • 1993 Garth Brooks checks in at #1 on the Billboard country chart with “That Summer”
  • 1958 Aaron Tippin is born in Pensacola, Florida. His hard-tipped vocals net him a strong 1990s presence behind such hits as “That’s As Close I’ll Get To Loving You,” “You’ve Got To Stand For Something” and “There Ain’t Nothing Wrong With The Radio”

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This Day in Country Music – July 2nd

  • 2012 James Taylor welcomes an unannounced guest, Taylor Swift, during his concert at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts. He provides musical support as she performs “Ours” and “Love Story”
  • 2005 “Fast Cars And Freedom” speeds Rascal Flatts’ name to the top of the Billboard country singles chart
  • 1991 MCA releases Trisha Yearwood’s self-titled debut album
  • 1973 MCA releases Conway Twitty’s “You’ve Never Been This Far Before”

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This Day in Country Music – July 1st

  • 2011 Rascal Flatts’ “Easy” video, featuring Natasha Bedingfield, debuts on CMT
  • 1995 “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)” puts John Michael Montgomery at the top spot on the Billboard country chart
  • 1989 Kathy Mattea’s “Come From The Heart” reaches #1 on the Billboard country chart
  • 1972 Alabama, with the name Wildcountry, gives its first public performance at the Canyon Land theme park in Alabama

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Kelsea Ballerini Spirits Debut Single, “Love Me Like You Mean It,” to No. 1

Kelsea Ballerini Spirits Debut Single, “Love Me Like You Mean It,” to No. 1

It took 38 weeks to do it — somewhat longer than growing a sequoia seedling to maturity — but Kelsea Ballerinihas taken “Love Me Like You Mean It” to the top of Billboard’s country airplay songs chart.In so doing, she becomes the first female breakthrough artist to drive her initial single all the way to No. 1 since Carrie Underwood accomplished that same feat in 2006 with “Jesus Take the Wheel.”Making her achievement all the more sweet is the fact that Ballerini is one of the song’s co-writers.Meanwhile, it’s rebound time for the Zac Brown Band’s Jekyll + Hyde, which — eight weeks after it bowed in as the No. 1 country album — bounces back into that prime slot.Five albums make their first appearance on this week’s chart, including Tim McGraw’s 35 Biggest Hits (No. 8), Big Smo’s Bringin’ It Home EP (No. 12), Hank Williams Jr.‘s 35 Biggest Hits (No. 16). Also, the multi-artist collection Dylan, Cash and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City (No. 28) and Cory Morrow’s The Good Fight (No. 45).Returning are Alabama’s Angels Among Us: Hymns & Gospel Favorites (No. 41) and Tennessee Ernie Ford’s Amazing Grace: 14 Treasured Hymns (No. 44).Only two songs come aboard this week: Miranda Lambert’s “Smokin’ and Drinkin’” featuring Little Big Town (No. 55) and Kenny Chesney’s “Save It for a Rainy Day” (No. 59). By the way, Chesney’s single is not a cover of the Stephen Bishop pop hit from 1976.Steven Tyler’s “Love Is Your Name” comes back in at No. 60.The No. 2 through No. 5 albums, in that order, are the multi-artist Now That’s What I Call Country, Volume 8 (last week’s No. 1), Sam Hunt’s Montevallo, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard’s Django and Jimmie and Little Big Town’s Pain Killer.Completing the Top 5 songs cluster are Blake Shelton’s “Sangria”, Carrie Underwood’s “Little Toy Guns,” Easton Corbin’s “Baby Be My Love Song” and McGraw’s “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools” featuring Catherine Dunn.Last week’s top song, Chesney’s “Wild Child” with Grace Potter, slips to No. 8.As you squint against the merciless sun and gasp at the suffocating humidity, take comfort in the fact that someone somewhere is recording a Christmas album. Yeah, I know. It didn’t work for me either.

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This Day in Country Music – June 30th

  • 2014 Dot releases Maddie & Tae’s debut single, “Girl In A Country Song,” to radio
  • 2005 Rascal Flatts guitarist Joe Don Rooney gets engaged to Tiffany Fallon while aboard a cruise ship in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • 2001 Chet Atkins dies at home after a long bout with cancer. An influential guitarist and producer who helped create “The Nashville Sound,” he entered the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1973 and earned a Lifetime Achievement award from the Grammys
  • 1993 Kenny Chesney signs his first recording contract, with Capricorn Records

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This Day in Country Music – June 29th

  • 2014 Dolly Parton performs for 100,000 people during the multi-format Glastonbury Music Festival in Pilton, England. Her set includes a surprise appearance by guitarist Richie Sambora on Bon Jovi’s “Lay Your Hands On Me”
  • 2012 Arista releases Carrie Underwood’s single “Blown Away” to radio
  • 2008 The Statler Brothers and Tom T. Hall are officially inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame during a medallion ceremony at the museum’s Ford Theater
  • 2005 Joe Nichols sings “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” during the seventh-inning stretch at Chicago’s Wrigley Field. The Cubs edge the Milwaukee Brewers, 3-2

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This Day in Country Music – June 28th

  • 2014 Randy Houser’s “Like A Cowboy” video debuts on CMT
  • 2007 Brad Paisley’s “Online” video, featuring guest appearances by Taylor Swift and Kellie Pickler, debuts on CMT
  • 2003 Joe Don Rooney has the first bare backside displayed on CMT, as Rascal Flatts’ “I Melt” video debuts on “Most Wanted Live”
  • 1985 Gary Morris makes history as the first singer to perform opera on the Grand Ole Opry, with a selection from “La Boheme”

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This Day in Country Music – June 27th

  • 2012 Miranda Lambert shoots the video to “Fastest Girl In Town” in Dickson County, Tennessee, with NASCAR driver Danica Patrick
  • 2005 Ralph Stanley undergoes a triple bypass operation in Virginia
  • 1994 “Common Thread: Songs Of The Eagles” goes triple-platinum. The album’s lineup includes Lorrie Morgan, Alan Jackson, John Anderson, Travis Tritt, Little Texas, Clint Black, Suzy Bogguss, Vince Gill, Billy Dean, Tanya Tucker, Diamond Rio, Trisha Yearwood and Brooks & Dunn
  • 1962 Hank Snow records “I’ve Been Everywhere” at RCA Studio B in Nashville

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This Day in Country Music – June 26th

  • 2014 Zac Brown makes a surprise appearance during a Billy Joel concert at Boston’s Fenway Park, joining in on “You May Be Right”
  • 2012 Carrie Underwood makes her Australian concert debut with a show at the Palais Theatre in Melbourne
  • 2009 Josh and Jennifer Turner have a son, Colby Lynch Turner, in Nashville
  • 1984 George Strait records “The Cowboy Rides Away” in a late-night session at the Sound Stage in Nashville

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This Day in Country Music – June 25th

  • 2014 The video for “Somethin’ Bad,” the Miranda Lambert duet with Carrie Underwood, premieres on CMT, MTV and VH1
  • 1999 Singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams receives her first gold album, for “Car Wheels On A Gravel Road”
  • 1996 Capitol releases Trace Adkins’ debut album, “Dreamin’ Out Loud”
  • 1986 Jenifer Strait, the 13-year-old daughter of George Strait, dies in an auto accident. She is a passenger in a car, driven by a teenage friend, that rolls over during a left turn in San Marcos, Texas

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