The Boot Staff
Before They Were Famous: Country Stars’ Worst Jobs
They may be stars now, but some of country music's most popular performers really paid their dues in their early days.
10 Years Ago: Jason Aldean Goes Gold With ‘Big Green Tractor’
On Sept. 2, 2009, Aldean's single "Big Green Tractor," from his 'Wide Open' album, earned gold status.
40 Years Ago: Willie Nelson and Leon Russell Share No. 1 Spot With ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ Rema…
On Sept. 1, 1979, Nelson and Russell hit the No. 1 spot with their remake of the Elvis Presley hit "Heartbreak Hotel."
25 Years Ago: Clay Walker Earns First Platinum Record With Self-Titled Debut
On Aug. 31, 1994, Walker earned his first platinum record with his self-titled debut album.
45 Years Ago: George Jones Earns No. 1 Hit With ‘The Grand Tour’
On Aug. 31, 1974, Jones earned a No. 1 hit with his song "The Grand Tour," which was the title track of his 41st studio album.
40 Years Ago: Charlie Daniels Hits No. 1 With ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia’
On Aug. 25, 1979, Daniels earned his first No. 1 hit, with his single "The Devil Went Down to Georgia."
16 Years Ago: Trace Adkins Is Inducted Into the Grand Ole Opry
On Aug. 23, 2003, Adkins was officially inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.
40 Years Ago: Charlie Daniels Earns Gold Single for ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia’
On Aug. 21, 1979, Daniels earned a gold single for "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," from his 'Million Mile Reflections' album.
15 Years Ago: Reba McEntire Reaches No. 1 With ‘Somebody’
On Aug. 7, 2004, McEntire earned her 22nd No. 1 hit with "Somebody," from her 'Room to Breathe' album.
30 Years Ago: Dolly Parton Reaches No. 1 With ‘Why’d You Come in Here Lookin’ Like That’
On Aug. 5, 1989, Parton soared to the top of the charts with her single "Why'd You Come in Here Lookin' Like That."
20 Years Ago: Patsy Cline Receives a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
On Aug. 3, 1999, Cline was posthumously awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
30 Years Ago: Alan Jackson Signs His First Recording Contract
On June 26, 1989, the struggling young country singer signed his first recording contract.