The Boot Staff
Darius Rucker’s First CMA Awards Nominations Helped Him Feel Accepted in Country Music
"That was one of the greatest moments of my musical life."
25 Years Ago: Toby Keith Hits No. 1 With ‘Who’s That Man’
On Oct. 8, 1994, Keith was undoubtedly raising a glass to toast to his success.
96 Years Ago: Hank Williams Is Born
Country legend Williams was born on Sept. 17, 1923.
10 Years Ago: Taylor Swift’s ‘You Belong With Me’ Wins Best Female Video at MTV Music Awar…
On Sept. 13, 2009, Swift's acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards for "You Belong With Me" was infamously interrupted by Kanye West.
16 Years Ago: Johnny Cash Dies
On Sept. 12, 2003, Cash passed away after suffering complications from diabetes.
25 Years Ago: George Jones Undergoes Triple Bypass Surgery, on His 63rd Birthday
On Sept. 12, 1994, Jones had triple bypass surgery, on his 63rd birthday, at Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tenn.
25 Years Ago: Trisha Yearwood Hits No. 1 With ‘XXX’s and OOO’s (An American Girl)’
On Sept. 10, 1994, Yearwood's single "XXX's and OOO's (An American Girl)" became her second No. 1 hit.
30 Years Ago: Keith Whitley Hits No. 1 With ‘I Wonder Do You Think of Me’
Sept. 9, 1989, was a bittersweet day for friends and family of the late Whitley.
40 Years Ago: Waylon Jennings’ ‘Greatest Hits’ Album Certified Platinum
On Sept. 7, 1979, Jennings' 'Greatest Hits' album was certified platinum, for sales in excess of one million units.
10 Years Ago: Jason Aldean Goes Gold With ‘Big Green Tractor’
On Sept. 2, 2009, Aldean's single "Big Green Tractor," from his 'Wide Open' album, earned gold status.
40 Years Ago: Willie Nelson and Leon Russell Share No. 1 Spot With ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ Rema…
On Sept. 1, 1979, Nelson and Russell hit the No. 1 spot with their remake of the Elvis Presley hit "Heartbreak Hotel."
25 Years Ago: Clay Walker Earns First Platinum Record With Self-Titled Debut
On Aug. 31, 1994, Walker earned his first platinum record with his self-titled debut album.