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This Day in Country Music – July 8th

  • 2013 Capitol releases Darius Rucker’s “Radio” to radio
  • 2000 Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance” begins a five-week ride at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
  • 1996 Keifer Thompson moves to Nashville from Oklahoma. Shortly after, he meets future wife and fellow Thompson Square partner Shawna McIlwain
  • 1972 When a concert date is cancelled, Barbara Mandrell joins the Grand Ole Opry, three weeks earlier than scheduled

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This Day in Country Music – July 7th

  • 2011 Warner Bros. releases Blake Shelton’s “God Gave Me You” to radio
  • 2007 Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood sing “We Shall Be Free” from the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., for the Al Gore-sponsored Live Earth charity concerts
  • 2004 Jimmy Buffett’s “Hey, Good Lookin'” video–featuring appearances by George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Clint Black and Alan Jackson–debuts on CMT
  • 1973 Kris Kristofferson’s “Why Me” reaches #1 on the Billboard country singles chart

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This Day in Country Music – July 6th

  • 2013 Toby Keith raises $2 million for tornado relief with a concert at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, joined by Garth Brooks, Ronnie Dunn, Willie Nelson, Trisha Yearwood, Mel Tillis, Kellie Coffey, John Anderson and Sammy Hagar. “Beer For My Horses” gets played twice
  • 2008 Kix Brooks runs with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain
  • 1991 Alan Jackson begins a three-week run at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with “Don’t Rock The Jukebox”
  • 1974 Anne Murray registers her first #1 country single in Billboard with a remake of “He Thinks I Still Care”

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This Day in Country Music – July 5th

  • 2011 “Drop everything now”: Big Machine releases Taylor Swift’s “Sparks Fly” to radio
  • 2007 Toby Keith’s “Love Me If You Can” video airs on TV for the first time via CMT
  • 1982 Dave Haywood is born in Savannah, Georgia. He becomes a founding member of harmony trio Lady Antebellum, which wins seven Grammy awards from 2010-2012. The band’s hits include “Bartender,” “Compass,” “Downtown” and “Need You Now”
  • 1954 Elvis Presley records “That’s All Right” at Memphis’ Sun Recording Studio

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This Day in Country Music – July 4th

  • 2012 Brad Paisley performs a USO show for the military, and for president Barack Obama, on the south lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., closing his set with “Welcome To The Future”
  • 1986 Lee Greenwood performs “God Bless The U.S.A.” in the New York Harbor as the Queen Elizabeth II arrives from England to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty
  • 1976 Johnny Cash celebrates the Bicentennial by ringing a replica of the Liberty Bell 200 times in Washington, D.C. Also participating in the event are vice president Nelson Rockefeller and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
  • 1973 Willie Nelson holds his first Fourth of July Picnic in Dripping Springs, Texas

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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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