A Blue Day In Country Music – March 16th (Video)
2011 – Sara Evans’ single “A Little Bit Stronger” is certified gold.
2006 – Carrie Underwood’s video for “Don’t Forget To Remember Me” debuts on CMT.
2005 – Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw and Big & Rich snag four nominations apiece for the CMT Music Awards. Keith Urban and Gretchen Wilson are triple nominees.
2005 – Kenny Rogers and Lionel Richie tape an installment of “CMT Crossroads” at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.
2002 – Tim McGraw’s “The Cowboy In Me” rides to #1 on the Billboard country chart.
1998 – LeAnn Rimes’ debut single, “Blue,” is certified gold.
1996 – Garth Brooks gains a #1 single in Billboard with “The Beaches Of Cheyenne”.
1991 – A plane crash outside of San Diego kills eight members of Reba McEntire’s band and crew, including singer-songwriter Chris Austin, whose “Same Ol’ Love” becomes a hit for Ricky Skaggs.
1974 – The Grand Ole Opry gives its first performance at the new Grand Ole Opry House. President Richard Nixon appears at the event. Roy Acuff, who gives Nixon a yo-yo demonstration, is the first performer; the rest of the Opry cast appears alphabetically.
1951 – Hank Williams records “Hey, Good Lookin’,” “I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still In Love With You),” “Howlin’ At The Moon” and “My Heart Would Know” in an afternoon session at Nashville’s Castle Recording Studio.
1951 – Ray Benson born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He forms Asleep At The Wheel, which emerges as the strongest modern advocate for western swing. The group wins multiple Grammys but earns just one hit, “The Letter That Johnny Walker Read”