2/19/18 Day in the Country

This Day in Country Music History, February 19

Tim McGraw becomes the first country artist to appear on NBC’s “The Tonight Show” after Jimmy Fallon took over as host. McGraw premieres “Shotgun Rider”
Carrie Underwood performs at halftime of the NBA All-Star Game, a 122-120 victory for the Eastern Conference at the Toyota Center in Houston
An episode of “CMT Crossroads” featuring Keith Urban and John Fogerty debuts. Besides Urban’s “Days Go By,” “Somebody Like Me” and “You’ll Think Of Me,” the show also features a rendition of Carl Perkins’ “Blue Suede Shoes”
Garth Brooks signs a contract to join the New York Mets during spring training at Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Mets will contribute to his Touch ‘Em All Foundation for kids
Reba McEntire’s album “It’s Your Call” is certified gold and platinum by the RIAA
Willie Nelson’s movie “Red Headed Stranger” premieres in Austin. Among those attending: Morgan Fairchild, Floyd Tillman and football coach Darrell Royal
Dolly Parton’s single “9 To 5” is certified gold by the RIAA
Elvis Presley hits #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with “Moody Blue”
Dolly Parton announces she’s ending her duet partnership with Porter Wagoner
Elvis Presley records Eddie Rabbitt’s “Kentucky Rain” at Memphis’ American Studios, with Ronnie Milsap on backing vocals