Keith Whitley Born This Day in Country Music – July 1st (Video)
2001 – Rascal Flatts’ “Easy” video, featuring Natasha Bedingfield, debuts on CMT.
2009 – Atlantic releases The Zac Brown Band’s “Toes” to radio.
1995 – “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)” puts John Michael Montgomery at the top spot on the Billboard country chart.
1990 – Hank Williams Jr. marries his fourth wife–Mary Jane Thomas, a former model for Hawaiian Tropic suntan lotion–in Montana. They honeymoon in Tanzania, where they discover their camp is infested with cobras.
1989 – Kathy Mattea’s “Come From The Heart” reaches #1 on the Billboard country chart.
1980 – Warner Bros. releases John Anderson’s self-titled debut album.
1972 – Alabama, with the name Wildcountry, gives its first public performance at the Canyon Land theme park in Alabama.
1972 – Hank Williams Jr. hits #1 on the Billboard chart with “Eleven Roses”.
1956 – Elvis Presley appears on the second airing of “The Steve Allen Show,” wearing a tuxedo and singing “Hound Dog” to a basset hound.
1955 – Keith Whitley born in Sandy Hook, Kentucky. Married to Lorrie Morgan in 1986, his rich vocals dot some of the most expressive singles of the late-1980s, although his career is shortened when he dies from alcohol poisoning in 1989.