This Day in Country Music History, January 19
2017: Toby Keith sings “American Soldier,” “Made In America,” “Beer For My Horses” and “Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue” at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., during an inaugural concert for president-elect Donald Trump. Lee Greenwood does “God Bless The U.S.A.” with Tim Rushlow, Richie McDonald and Larry Stewart.
2016: Big Machine releases Tim McGraw’s “Humble And Kind” to radio.
2012: Eric Church kicks off his first arena headlining tour in Fort Smith, Arkansas, with opening acts Brantley Gilbert, Sonia Leigh and The Cadillac Black, a band that’s later renamed The Cadillac Three.
2011: Jason Aldean earns a gold single from the RIAA for “My Kinda Party”.
2010: Shania Twain is featured as a guest judge on FOX-TV’s “American Idol” during the season’s third episode.
1993: Kenny Rogers and Trisha Yearwood perform in “The Presidential Inaugural Gala” a day before Bill Clinton takes office. Others on the bill include Fleetwood Mac, Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Chuck Berry and Elton John.
1990: Reba McEntire’s first movie, the sci-fi picture “Tremors,” debuts, with Kevin Bacon in the leading role.
1963: Black gold, Texas tea and Flatt & Scruggs: “The Ballad Of Jed Clampett” goes to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart.
1946: Dolly Parton is born in Sevier County, Tennessee. First gaining attention as a duet partner with Porter Wagoner, she melds a big personality with talents in performing, writing and acting on her way into in the Country Music Hall of Fame.
1939: Phil Everly, of The Everly Brothers, is born in Chicago. Along with older brother Don, The Everlys’ harmonies become an influential sound, gaining them membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.