“The Music Just Ain’t What it Used to be” This Day in Country Music – August 11th (Video)
“Ain’t what it used to Be” is a phrase I’m sure you have heard before. Don’t think today’s Country music sounds like it used to? Maybe not but that doesn’t mean twin fiddles and a steel guitar.
Well check out the number one Country song this day in 1979!
1979 – Eddie Rabbitt’s “Suspicions” reigns at #1 on the Billboard country chart.
2006 – “CMT Cross Country” debuts, demonstrating the parallels between a pair of country performers. The debut episode matches Josh Turner with one of his biggest influences, Randy Travis.
2005 – Billy Currington’s “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right” video debuts on CMT.
2005 – Steve Earle and Allison Moorer are married at the Hermitage Hotel in downtown Nashville. It’s his seventh wedding, her second.
2001 – Blake Shelton picks up his first #1 single in Billboard with “Austin,” which remains at the top for five weeks.
1998 – MCA releases Vince Gill’s “The Key” album.
1992 – Epic releases the soundtrack to “Honeymoon In Vegas,” featuring Elvis Presley remakes by Trisha Yearwood, Ricky Van Shelton, Dwight Yoakam, Travis Tritt, Willie Nelson, Amy Grant, Billy Joel, Vince Gill, Bono and John Mellencamp, among others.
1984 – Gary Morris makes his Grand Ole Opry debut, singing “Velvet Chains,” “Wind Beneath My Wings” and–following an encore–“The Love She Found In Me”.
1972 – Elvis Presley files for divorce from Priscilla in Santa Monica, California.
1951 – Hank Williams hits #1 in Billboard’s country chart with “Hey, Good Lookin'”.
1946 – John Conlee born in Versailles, Kentucky. After careers as a mortician and a disc jockey, his 1978 recording “Rose Colored Glasses” starts a 10-year string of blue-collar singles. He joins the Grand Ole Opry in 1981.