June 3 – This Day in Country Music

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1966
Born on this day in Sydney, Australia, was Jamie O’Neal, country singer and songwriter. Her 2000 debut album, Shiver featured the back-to-back #1 singles “There Is No Arizona” and “When I Think About Angels”.

1972
The Opryland USA country music theme park opened in Nashville. Opryland USA which was later called Opryland Themepark was an amusement park located in suburban Nashville, Tennessee. During the late 1980s, nearly 2.5 million people visited the park annually. Billed as the ‘Home of American Music,’ Opryland USA featured a large number of musical shows along with amusement park rides.

1996
George Strait released “Carried Away” the second single from his album Blue Clear Sky which would become his 30th US Country chart hit. The song was one of two George Strait songs (the other being “One Night at a Time”) to be nominated for Single of the Year at the 1997 Country Music Association Awards.

1997
Curb Records released Everywhere, the fourth album by Tim McGraw. It was his first release since his marriage to Faith Hill and his collaboration with his wife from the album, “It’s Your Love”, was nominated for Best Country Collaboration and Best Country Song at the 1998 Grammy Awards.

2000
Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw were arrested in Buffalo, New York after Chesney ran away with a Mounted Reserve deputy’s horse, and McGraw attacked deputies that tried to corral him. Chesney asked to sit on the horse outside Ralph Wilson Stadium and the daughter of the deputy gave him permission to do so. Then Chesney mounted the horse and rode away. He was told to stop, but ignored the orders from the other deputies, the deputies were then attacked by McGraw and members of his entourage. Chesney was charged with disorderly conduct and released on $100 bail. McGraw was charged with second-degree assault, obstructing governmental administration, menacing and resisting arrest. He was released on $2,500 bail.

2014
Miranda Lambert released her fifth studio album Platinum. The album received widespread critical acclaim and earned Lambert a Grammy Award for Best Country Album as well as a CMA Award and ACM Award in the same category. It was also her first album to reach the top of the Billboard 200, and marked her fifth consecutive #1 debut on the Top Country Albums, making her the first artist in the history of the chart to start her career with five #1 albums.