April 16 – This Day in Country Music

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1962
Patsy Cline made an appearance on Pet Milk Grand Ole Opry which included renditions of “Strange” and “Imagine That.”

1969
Johnny Cash recorded the first of his ABC-TV weekly shows Hello…I’m Johnny Cash at the Ryman Auditorium, kicking off with “Folsom Prison Blues.” The show, which featured guests Glen Campbell, Jeannie C. Riley and Joe Tex, became the fifth episode to be aired.

1983
Alabama was at #1 on the Country singles chart with “Dixieland Delight” which was released as the lead-off single from their latest album The Closer You Get….

1996
Brooks & Dunn released their fourth studio album Borderline which produced five singles on the Hot Country Songs charts for the duo. The album also became their second US #1 album.

1999
Shania Twain became the first woman to be named songwriter, and artist of the year in the Nashville Songwriter Achievement Awards.

2010
Country singer Alan Jackson was awarded his own star at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2012
Lionel Richie was at #1 on the Country charts with Tuskegee which featured 13 of his hit songs performed as duets with country stars including Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Billy Currington, Little Big Town, Shania Twain, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson and Jimmy Buffett.

2019
American country music singer and songwriter Kelsea Ballerini was inducted as the youngest member of the Grand Ole Opry, with Carrie Underwood officiating the induction.