Today In Country Music History – 5/16/2018

• 1969: MERLE HAGGARD recorded Workin’ Man Blues, which would go on to hit number one.

• 1981: GEORGE STRAIT made his chart debut with Unwound.

• 1986: JOHNNY PAYCHECK was convicted in the barroom shooting of a Hillsboro, Ohio, man from the previous December. The man suffered a scalp wound and Johnny claimed it was an accident, but was sentenced to 9½ years in prison. He served five.

• 1987: DOLLY PARTON, EMMYLOU HARRIS and LINDA RONSTADT topped the charts with their tune To Know Him Is To Love Him.

• 2006: JASON ALDEAN scored his first number with Why. His first release, Hicktown, made it only to No. 10.

• 2009: CARRIE UNDERWOOD fell while running in her Nashville neighborhood. She required a ride back home, nursing a minor leg injury.

• 2010: TRACE ADKINS performed during the Miss USA Pageant at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.

• 2010: A guest editorial by EMMYLOU HARRIS appeared in Nashville’s The Tennessean newspaper, opposing mountain removal by coal companies. Emmylou wrote, in part, “More than 500 Appalachian mountains have been dynamited and nearly 2,000 rivers and streams have been choked.”

• 2012: JASON ALDEAN became the first country artist in 24 years to score five consecutive number ones from the same album. He did when Fly Over States, from his album My Kinda Party, topped the chart. RODNEY CROWELL was the last to accomplish the feat from his 1988 album, Diamonds & Dirt.

• 2016: JERROD NIEMANN departed from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland as he began his first USO tour.