THIS DAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY

George Strait

Today in 1986, Dan Seals’ nostalgic “Bop” goes to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart.

Today in 2001, inaugural celebrations for president George W. Bush in Washington, D.C., included performances by Lorrie Morgan, Sammy Kershaw, Lee Ann Womack and Brooks & Dunn, who sang “Only In America.”

Today in 2006, Keith Urban’s “Be Here” album went triple-platinum.




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Today in 2007, Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby taped a new edition of “CMT Crossroads” in Nashville. The set list included “Mandolin Rain” and “Don’t Get Above Your Raising.” They were also joined by John Anderson for a surprise rendition of “Super Freak.”

Today in 2009, Garth Brooks sang “We Shall Be Free” on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during an inaugural event for Barack Obama. Also appearing: James Taylor, Jennifer Nettles, Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and Sheryl Crow.

Today in 2013, George Strait launched the “Cowboy Rides Away Tour,” his last official concert trek, at the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock, Texas, with opener Martina McBride. Strait’s set included “Here For A Good Time,” “The Chair” and “Folsom Prison Blues.”

Today in 2014, Jerrod Niemann joined The Oak Ridge Boys on “Elvira” during a benefit concert for the Make-A-Wish Foundation at the Omni Nashville Hotel. Journey keyboard player Jonathan Cain also took part in the event, which raised $200,000.

Today in 2016, Glenn Frey died in New York with multiple ailments, including colitis. He was 67.

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