This Day in Country Music: March 2

March 4, 2018

A look back at country music history >>>

1959 - Born on this day, was Larry Stewart, country music singer, best known for his role as lead singer of the country pop band Restless Heart.

1962 - Born on this day in Meridian, Mississippi, was Ty Herndon, country music singer who scored the 1995 US #1 hit single “What Mattered Most”

1980 - The Public Broadcasting Company telecasted the Grand Ole Opry for the third time. The show featured Tom T. Hall, Ronnie Milsap, Roy Acuff, Hank Snow, Minnie Pearl, Porter Wagoner, Billy Grammer, George Hamilton IV, Marty Robbins, and many others. Sissy Spacek also appeared with Loretta Lynn, promoting the new movie Coal Miner’s Daughter, which opened the following week

1987 - Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris released their album Trio

1996 - Martina McBride scored her first number one hit with “Wild Angels”

1997 - Shania Twain released her third studio album Come On Over which became the best-selling country music album, by a female act. To date, the album has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide, shipped over 20 million copies in the United States, and in the UK it has sold over 3.3 million.

1999 - Garth Brooks went to bat for the first time in spring training at the San Diego Padres’ camp in Arizona. He struck out

2002 - Brad Paisley’s video for “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song)” premiered

2006 - Eric Church’s video for “How ’Bout You” debuted

2006 - Former American Idol winner Carrie Underwood returned to the show to sing “Jesus, Take the Wheel”

2007 - Joe Nichols sang “I’ll Wait for You” and “Wings of a Dove” at the funeral of Anna Nicole Smith in the Bahamas

2010 - Kenny Chesney and Steve Miller teamed up to tape an installment of CMT Crossroads at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville

2012 - Dustin Lynch sang “Cowboys and Angels” as he made his Grand Ole Opry debut