1954  A Slight Miscalculation On Management's Part

Elvis Presley makes his only appearance on the Grand Ole Opry, singing "Blue Moon Of Kentucky" at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. Opry manager Jim Denny allegedly tells him not to give up his day job.

"The King" wasn’t swayed by discouragement, and it’s a good thing. His innovative music and gyrating performance were not received well at the conservative establishment. Presley swore never to return.

The lack of interest from the Grand Ole Opry may have been a blessing in disguise. Presley went to the Opry’s biggest competitor, the live radio show ‘Louisiana Hayride,’ only two weeks later, and signed a contract to make 52 Saturday night appearances on the show, helping launch his legendary career.

Elvis went on to sell what RCA has estimated at more than one billion albums worldwide, with many of those sales occurring after his untimely death in 1977. The RIAA has certified sales of more than 134 million in the U.S. alone. A total of 149 Presley tunes landed in the Billboard Hot 100 chart, with 18 going all the way to #1.

  • 2010

    Sammy Kershaw finishes third with 19% of the vote for lieutenant governor of Louisiana. It was his second attempt to gain the office; he also had an unsucessful run in 2007, when he received 32% of the vote.

    Kershaw signed a pledge to the people of Louisiana, promising not to run or campaign for another office during his entire term if he is elected this fall. He is also challenging every other candidate in the race to sign the same pledge.

    In what he called “A Real Plan for the Real People of Louisiana,” Kershaw's platform includea plans for a program called “Reintroduce Louisiana,” designed to promote all of Louisiana, and establish Louisiana as the entertainment capital of the country and recruit new industry to the state.

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    2001

    Trace Adkins visited rescue and recovery workers at the site of the September 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York.

    Atkins received a request to visit from  Lieutenant Commander David Waterman, a Navy public affairs officer who felt his presence would lift the spirits of the workers.

  • 1996

    George Strait takes three trophies during the 30th annual Country Music Association awards at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville.

    Strait takes Male Vocalist of the Year; Album of the Year for Blue Clear Sky, and Single of the Year for "Check Yes Or No"

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    1991

  • 1955

    Earl Scruggs was seriously injured in an auto accident. Scruggs was hurrying to get to his dying mother's side and lost control of his vehicle sliding off of a road and into a tree.

    The accident caused injuries to both of Scrugg's hips and led to double replacement surgery.

  • #1 On This Date

    Singles

    2010 – Lady Antebellum – “Our Kind Of Love

    2004 – Keith Urban - “Days Go By

    1999 – Tim McGraw – “Something Like That

    1993 – Garth Brooks - “Ain't Goin' Down ('Til the Sun Comes Up)

    1986 – Mickey Gilley - “Put Your Dreams Away

    1976 – Jim Ed Brown w/ Helen Cornelius - “I Don’t Want To Have To Marry You

    1971 – Freddie Hart - “Easy Loving

    1965 – Buck Owens – “Only You (Can Break My Heart)

    1961 – George Jones – “Tender Years

    1954 – Hank Snow – “I Don’t Hurt Anymore

    1948 – Eddy Arnold – “Bouquet of Roses

    Albums

    2010 – Jamey JohnsonThe Guitar Song

    2004 – Tim McGraw – Live Like You Were Dying

    1999 – Dixie ChicksFly

    1993 – Garth Brooks - In Pieces

    1982 – Willie Nelson - Always On My Mind

    1976 – Linda Ronstadt - Hasten Down the Wind

    1971 – Lynn Anderson - You’re My Man

    1965 – Roger Miller – The 3rd Time Around

  • Birthdays

    Singer Jo-El Sonnier is 68.

    Guitarist Greg Jennings (Restless Heart) is 60.

    Singer/Songwriter Gillian Welch is 47.