Today in Country Music History – 5/21/2020

• 1994: TRISHA YEARWOOD and MAVERICKS bassist Robert Reynolds were married on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Trisha is now married to GARTH BROOKS.

• 1998: GARTH BROOKS’ album No Fences was certified multi-platinum for sales of 14 million copies. Hits included Friends In Low Places, Unanswered Prayers and The Thunder Rolls.

• 2006: Grand Ole Opry legend BILLY JOE WALKER, along with his wife Betty and two members of his band, were killed in an automobile accident in Alabama. He’d been a member of the Opry since 1960.

• 2007: GARTH BROOKS and TRISHA YEARWOOD took part in a home build in Violet, Louisiana, contributing to the 1,000th Habitat for Humanity construction project in the Gulf Coast since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

• 2008: DARIUS RUCKER’s first country single, Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It, was released to radio.

• 2011: TAYLOR SWIFT raised $750,000 for tornado relief by selling tickets to the final rehearsal for her Speak Now Tour at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

• 2016: At her Grand Ole Opry debut MAREN MORRIS sang My Church.

• 2017: LOCASH threw out the first pitch at Baltimore’s Camden Yards.