2011 - Taylor Swift kicks off an international tour with her first-ever concert in Singapore.

 

2009 - Mercury releases the Sugarland single "It Happens" to radio.

 

2006 - "Alcohol," by Brad Paisley, goes gold.

 

2001 - The T Bone Burnett-produced soundtrack to "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" goes gold. Artists featured include Alison Krauss, The Soggy Bottom Boys, Emmylou Harris, John Hartford, Ralph Stanley, Harry McClintock, The Whites and Norman Blake.

 

1991 - Mark Chesnutt's "Brother Jukebox" fills the #1 slot on the Billboard country singles chart.

 

1980 - The Oak Ridge Boys reach the top of the Billboard country chart with the Rodney Crowell-penned "Leaving Louisiana In The Broad Daylight".

 

1975 - Willie Nelson records "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain" at Autumn Sound in Garland, Texas.  Check out this 1975 performance from the CMA Awards.

1963 - Travis Tritt born in Marietta, Georgia. The soul-tinged singer mixes southern rock and country influences in becoming one of the most consistent acts of the 1990s and early 2000s. He also joins the Grand Ole Opry and takes on several acting roles.

 

1947 - Joe Ely born in Amarillo, Texas. Mixing country and rock, he becomes a fixture on the Texas club circuit and gains critical acclaim nationally.

 

1914 - Ernest Tubb born near Crisp, Texas. A 1965 inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Grand Ole Opry member forms a lengthy career with a rich baritone and ingratiating sincerity, carving his signature "Walkin' The Floor Over You" in 1941.