Welcome To The World And Welcome To The Opry This Day In Country Music – October 17th
2009 – Steel Magnolia performs “Keep On Lovin’ You” and “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” as the duo makes its Grand Ole Opry debut.
2006 – MCA releases Vince Gill’s “These Days,” an unprecedented box set featuring four discs of entirely new material. Guests include Sheryl Crow, Rodney Crowell, Phil Everly, Gretchen Wilson, LeAnn Rimes, John Anderson, Emmylou Harris, Guy Clark and Amy Grant.
2006 – Tim McGraw receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His honor is located at 6901 Hollywood Boulevard, located in front of the Virgin Records store.
1997 – SHeDAISY’s Kelsi Osborn marries Steve Simpson.
1992 – Billy Ray Cyrus performs the national anthem at the World Series as the Braves beat the Blue Jays 3-1. The Atlanta Journal says: “Unofficially, it was the first time the pelvic thrust was brought into ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ for a World Series game”.
1990 – Naomi Judd tells reporters she has hepatitis, and will have to give up performing. She and Wynonna hold the press conference in the same room in which they auditioned for RCA in 1983.
1989 – As Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers prepare to sing the national anthem before the third game of the World Series in San Francisco, a major earthquake rocks the city, postponing their performance, and the game.
1989 – Mercury releases The Kentucky HeadHunters’ “Pickin’ On Nashville” album.
1987 – The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band hooks a #1 record in Billboard with “Fishin’ In The Dark”.
1958 – Alan Jackson born in Newnan, Georgia. The first artist signed to Arista Records’ country division in 1989, he becomes a traditional icon thanks to such hits as “Don’t Rock The Jukebox,” “Gone Country” and “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)”.
1941 – Earl Thomas Conley born in Portsmouth, Ohio. After writing Conway Twitty’s “This Time I’ve Hurt Her More Than She Loves Me” and Mel Street’s “Smokey Mountain Memories,” he specializes in introspective-but-tuneful recordings in the 1980s.