March 25 --

Ok...I did it yesterday so here we go.  We're 9 months away from Christmas!  That makes some people feel better.  Others feel more stressed.  Today in country music history, some huge country hits go to #1 on the charts, others are recorded, and a country legend passes away...

1963 – Johnny Cash records what will become one of his most popular songs, “Ring Of Fire.”

1966 – Buck Owens records a live album at Carnegie Hall.  He starts off the show with “Act Naturally.”

1971 – Can you believe that Lynn Anderson only has one gold record in her career.  She collects it today in 1971 for “Rose Garden.”

1981 – “Drivin’ My Life Away” goes gold for Eddie Rabbitt.

1989 – Reba scores another #1 with “New Fool At An Old Game”

2003 – Josh Gracin is still on American Idol.  On this day he performs “Ain’t Goin’ Down (Till The Sun Comes Up)” by Garth Brooks.  He finishes 4th at the competition.

2006 – Mindy McCready has her first baby.  It’s a boy!  Zander Ryan McCready.  Unfortunately it’s all down hill from here for her.

2006 – As mentioned in yesterday’s Country Music Timeline, this is the day that Buck Owens died.  He passed away in his sleep from an apparent heart attack.  He was known not only for being a country hall of famer with a bunch of hits under his belt but also as the host of the TV show “Hee Haw” for 15 years.

For more country music history go to CMT.com .