Today in Country Music, June 4, featuring Alabama's June Jam.
Monday, June 4
On this day in 2011, Trace Adkins' home south of Nashville burned to the ground even though 16 firefighters, backed up by ten additional men and women, fought the blaze for hours.
Today in 2006, Loretta Lynn broke her left shoulder during a fall at home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, forcing her to cancel nine concerts.
Kenny Chesney's album No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems went gold and platinum the same day in 2002.
And on this day in 1982, Alabama sponsored the first June Jam in ft. Payne, Alabama.
ALABAMA's June Jam, was the annual music festival in Ft. Payne, Alabama, which the band conceived in 1982. Although the June Jam concert was discontinued in 1997, the work of the Alabama June Jam lives on through the Alabama June Jam escrow account and the ongoing June Jam Songwriters Showcase. The band continues to play an integral role in raising millions of dollars for schools, public service organizations, hospitals, youth ranches and scholarships.
In 2001, ALABAMA donated a check for $100,000 to the Fort Payne City School System from June Jam funds. Over $45,000 from the escrow account was donated in 2003 to agencies including Dekalb County Public Library, John Croyle Big Oak Ranch, DeKalb County Children's Advocacy Center, Partnership for a Drug Free Dekalb County and The Chattanooga Speech and Hearing Center. The 2005 June Jam Songwriters Showcase raised $36,857.00 for John Croyle's Big Oak Ranches and ALABAMA's songwriter benefit in Montgomery generated more than $150,000 for victims of Hurricane Katrina. In addition to the humanitarian efforts the group engages in as a whole, each band member is actively involved in his own individual causes which include: the more than $280 million that lead singer Randy Owen has helped raise in partnership with Country Radio for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital through his establishment and leadership role in Country Cares for St. Jude Kids. Additionally, nearly $1 million has been generated through the Randy Owen Alabama Sheriffs' Youth Ranches Golf Tournament since 1985 for ranches throughout the state; the foundation that Mark Herndon has established to benefit hearing-impaired children in conjunction with The Chattanooga Speech and Hearing Center; Teddy Gentry's commitment to fundraising on behalf the DeKalb County Children's Advocacy Center; and Jeff Cook's contributions to the Helen DiStefano Breast Cancer Foundation and Camp Smile-a-Mile, for kids with cancer.