This Day in Country Music: March 9

March 10, 2017

Today’s look back at country music >>>

1964 - The Statler Brothers show up at a Johnny Cash show in Canton, Ohio, and open the concert when the Man in Black is late. Cash subsequently adds them to his touring cast for the next eight years

1980 - At the age of 84, comedian George Burns became the oldest performer to have a single in the top 40 of Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart when “I Wish I Was 18 Again” peaked at #15

1991 - Alan Jackson tops the Billboard country singles chart for the first time in his career with “I’d Love You All Over Again”

1998 - LeAnn Rimes’ single “How Do I Live” is certified triple-platinum

2002 - Jo Dee Messina and Tim McGraw tag-team the #1 position on the Billboard country singles chart with “Bring On The Rain”

2005 - Singer-songwriter (and rodeo champion), Chris LeDoux died. During his career LeDoux recorded 36 albums (many self-released) which have sold more than six million copies in the US. Ledoux was nominated for a Grammy Award and the Academy of Country Music Music Pioneer Award.

2006 - Worlds collide! The Rolling Stones tab Merle Haggard as their opening act when the band plays the Alltel Arena in Little Rock, Arkansas

2008 - Taylor Swift was at #1 on the US Country music album chart with her eponymous debut studio album, which topped the Country Albums Chart for twenty-four non-consecutive weeks.

2011 - The Barnstormer opened at Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, The $5.5 million giant swing features two pendulum arms with seating for 32 riders. Seated back to back, riders travel progressively higher on each swing of the Barnstormer’s massive arms, reaching a maximum speed of 65 miles per hour and 230 degrees of rotation. At its peak, The Barnstormer reaches 89 feet (27 m) in the air, taking riders high above the barn’s rooftop and the area’s treetops.

2016 - Elle King records her vocal for the Dierks Bentley single “Different For Girls” at Arlyn Studios in Austin with Bentley and producer Ross Copperman overseeing