March 8th -- Carrie Underwood finds herself back on the American Idol Stage but this time as a guest and not a contestant.  Charley Pride and the Judds both find gold and the Oak Ridge Boys go platinum.  It all happens today in country music history...

1950 -- The VW Bus goes into production.  Hippies everywhere rejoice and a bunch of meddling kids start solving mysteries. ( History Channel)

1972 -- For five weeks Charley Pride's "Kiss An Angel Good Morning" stayed at the top of the country singles chart.   It was his eighth #1 and was certified gold on March 8, 1972.  It was also his first hit to reach the pop charts.  (Wikipedia )

1980 -- Ever see the movie The Electric Horseman? Robert Redford...Jane Fonda... I have to admit, I haven't. But Willie Nelson's song "My Heros Have Always Been Cowboys" was on the soundtrack and it was #1 on this date in 1980.

1982 -- Elvira goes platinum for the Oak Ridge Boys.  That's right...2 million copies of Oom-popa-oom-popa-oom-popa-mowmow.

1991 -- The Judds go gold with their album "Love Can Build A Bridge."

1999 -- Baseball legend and 3 time MVP New York Yankee "Joltin" Joe Dimaggio passes away.

2007 -- Carrie Underwood finds herself in a much more comfortable position on the other side of the competition as she performs "Wasted" on the American Idol Stage.

For more country music history check out CMT.com