2007 - Rodney Atkins' "Watching You" commands the top spot on the Billboard country chart.

 

2005 - Blaine Larsen's first video, "How Do You Get That Lonely," premieres on CMT.

 

2004 - Two songs performed by Alison Krauss in the movie "Cold Mountain" earn Oscar nominations for the songwriters: "You Will Be My Ain True Love," written by Sting; and "The Scarlet Tide," by T Bone Burnett and Elvis Costello.

 

1998 - Monument releases The Dixie Chicks' first major label album, "Wide Open Spaces." It marks the reactivation of the label, dormant since 1983.

 

1992 - Garth Brooks outpaces his country compadres at the American Music Awards, winning three trophies, including favorite country album, for "No Fences." Wynonna makes her debut as a solo artist, singing "She Is His Only Need".

 

1973 - "(Old Dogs-Children And) Watermelon Wine" takes Tom T. Hall to #1 on the Billboard country chart.

1968 - Tracy Lawrence born in Atlanta, Texas. The deep-voiced singer notches a string of 1990s hits that features "Sticks And Stones," "Time Marches On" and "Alibis," extending his string intermittently into the next decade.

 

1959 - Johnny Horton records "The Battle Of New Orleans" during an evening session at the Bradley Film & Recording Studio on Nashville's Music Row.

 

1956 - RCA releases Elvis Presley's first single with the label, "Heartbreak Hotel".

 

1955 - Rhythm guitarist Richard Young, of The Kentucky HeadHunters, born in Glasgow, Kentucky. The rock-influenced band wins the Country Music Association's vocal group of the year honor in 1990 and '91.