A Big Day For The King Of The Road This Day In Country Music – March 15th (Video)
2007 – Richie McDonald tells Baton Rouge radio station WYNK he’s leaving Lonestar to pursue a solo career. The singer intends to perform his final show with the band in November.
2006 – Faith Hill tops all artists with four nominations for the CMT Music Awards. Eight acts collect three nominations apiece: Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, Trace Adkins, Miranda Lambert, Brooks & Dunn, Keith Urban, Toby Keith and Kenny Chesney.
2005 – Dierks Bentley’s self-titled debut becomes his first platinum album.
2003 – Brad Paisley marries “According To Jim” star Kimberly Williams in Malibu, California.
1999 – Diamond Rio records “One More Day”.
1997 – Deana Carter waltzes to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with “We Danced Anyway”.
1996 – Bluegrass legend Bill Monroe makes what becomes his final appearance on the Grand Ole Opry.
1975 – Freddy Fender makes his first appearance at #1 on the Billboard chart with “Before The Next Teardrop Falls”.
1968 – The Byrds, including Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman, play the Grand Ole Opry with steel guitarist Lloyd Green. Some fans hoot and call for them to get haircuts. Their set list includes Merle Haggard’s “Sing Me Back Home” and their own “Hickory Wind”.
1966 – Roger Miller wins six times at the eighth annual Grammy Awards. “King Of The Road” takes Best Contemporary Male, Contemporary Single, Country & Western Male, C&W Single and C&W Song, and “The Return Of Roger Miller” snags C&W Album .
1927 – Carl Smith born in Maynardville, Tennessee. He piles up more than 30 hits during the 1950s, including “Loose Talk,” “Hey Joe!” and “It’s A Lovely, Lovely World,” eventually landing in the Country Music Hall of Fame.