Today In Country Music History -05/17/2019

• 1980: The MERLE HAGGARD-CLINT EASTWOOD duet Barroom Buddies began its chart run. It would become Clint’s first and only number one and Merle’s 25th.
• 1991: DIAMOND RIO scored its first number one with Meet In The Middle.
• 1993: The U.S. Supreme court refused to re-consider a prior ruling by a lower court that granted JETT WILLIAMS, the illegitimate daughter of Hank Williams, partial rights to his songs.
• 2001: The new Country Music Hall of Fame opened in downtown Nashville. Several artists, including VINCE GILL, MARTINA MCBRIDE and GEORGE JONES, were on hand for the opening ceremony.
• 2005: As the final three is pared down to two, CARRIE UNDERWOOD held her own on American Idol with performances of ROY ORBISON’s Crying and SHANIA TWAIN’s Man! I Feel Like A Woman!
• 2005: KENNY CHESNEY was named Entertainer of the Year for what would be the first of three straight years by the Academy of Country Music Awards.
• 2006: People magazine reported on the engagement of KEITH URBAN and Nicole Kidman. The couple would marry in June at a private ceremony in Australia.
• 2017: CARRIE UNDERWOOD made a surprise appearance on stage during a New Kids On The Block concert at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena to lead the crowd in a round of Happy Birthday for Jordan Knight.