This Day in Country Music - May 25

May 26, 2018 GMT

Today’s look at what happened in country music history >>>

1936 - Born on this day in Olive Hill, Kentucky, was Tom T. Hall, country music singer-songwriter. Hall has written 11 #1 hit songs, with 26 more that reached the Top 10, including “Harper Valley PTA” a hit for Jeannie C. Riley in 1968. He became known as ‘The Storyteller,’ due to his storytelling skills in his songwriting

1943 - Born on this day in Phoenix, Arizona, was Jessi Colter country music artist who is best known for her collaboration with her husband, Waylon Jennings and for her 1975 country-pop crossover hit “I’m Not Lisa”


1971 - Hag the thirteenth studio album by Merle Haggard was at #1 on the country chart, becoming his fifth album to top the Billboard country album charts

1973 - The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band earned their first gold album for Will the Circle Be Unbroken

1975 - Freddy Fender had the number one song with “Before the Next Teardrop Falls”

1991 - Randy Travis and Lib Hatcher were married

1991 - Doug Stone took “In a Different Light” to number one

1993 - Dwight Yoakam’s album This Time went gold

2002 - Alan Jackson began a four-week stay at number one with “Drive (For Daddy Gene)”

2005 - Garth Brooks proposed to Trisha Yearwood on bended knee in front of seven thousand fans at the Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, California

2005 - Carrie Underwood was crowned the winner of the fourth season of American Idol. She remains the singing competition’s most successful winner

2011 - Scotty McCreery was crowned winner of season 10 of American Idol, while Lauren Alaina was named the runner-up