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1908 - Buddy Ebsen was born Christian Rudolph Ebsen in Belleville, Illinois.
1911~1986, guitarist, born in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. Mose "Moses" Rager
Kenneth Ray"Thumbs" Carllile, 1931~1987, songwriter, guitarist born St. Louis County, Missouri.
Warner Mack, singer, songwriter, and guitarist was born " " in Nashville, Tennessee. Warner MacPherson Mack's early career included stays at the Louisiana Hayride and the Ozark Jubilee, and his self-penned Decca single "Is It Wrong (For Loving You) was a Top Ten single in 1957. Warneralmost lost his life on November 29, 1964 after he was involved in a serious traffic accident, in a snowstorm in Indiana. It would be six months before Decca released another single for Warner, and it was a dandy. "The Bridge Washed Out" became his first #1 record, and 8 of 's original 9 Decca releases were Top Ten records. Warner Mack
1941 - Sonny Throckmorton, singer, songwriter, born in Carlsbad, New Mexico. Other artists have recorded more than 1,000 songs written by Sonny. He was inducted into the NSHF in 1987.
was born in Lawton, Oklahoma. Leon Russell
was born Emmy Lou Harris in Birmingham, Alabama. Emmylou Harris
's Candy Kisses sat atop the country charts. George Morgan
member of the "Red Clay Ramblers" born in Omaha, Nebraska. Chris Frank
1955 - Cowboy Copas released "Pledging My Love."
recorded "Get Rhythm" and "I Walk The Line" in Memphis, at Sun Studio. Johnny Cash Johnwrote both songs, and produced the session. I Walk The Line went to #1, and has been named a Grammy Hall of Fame recording. The session personnel included: Sam Phillips JohnCash~vocals & guitar; ~guitar; and Marshall Grant~bass. Otherwise known as Luther Perkins and the Tennessee Two. Johnny Cash
member of "Pirates of the Mississippi," born in Battle Creek, Michigan. Dean Townson
1961 - Buddy
Jewellwas born in Lepanto, Arkansas. The former Nashville demo singer won the first Nashville Star competition in 2003.
singer, songwriter, and guitarist was born in Quincy, Florida. Billy Dean
1964 - Lefty Frizzell topped the charts with "Saginaw Michigan."
1896~1969, 1920' s recording artist "It Ain' t Gonna Rain No Mo' ," died at the age of 72. Wendell Hall
Roy Rogers, , Flip Wilson, and the Vogues were featured guests on The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour. Joining the guests were regular cast members Dale Evans , Pat Paulson, and of course The Rhinestone Cowboy. John Hartford
1977 - Grand Ole Opry stage manager
worked his last Opry show. Vito suffered a stroke and died on April 14th. He was the only stage manager the Grand Ole Opry ever had. Vito was 87 years old. Vito Pellettieri
formed the bluegrass group "Quicksilver." The group played their first performance today. Doyle Lawson
1904~1983, age 79, singer, guitarist died in Lexington, Kentucky. Cliff Carlisle
and wife Cindi were married today. Andy Griffith
's Epic album "Windows and Walls" was certified Gold. Dan Fogelberg
1984 - Alabama's RCA Victor album "Roll On" was certified Gold & Platinum by the RIAA.
's MCA "Sweet Dreams" Soundtrack album was certified Gold. Patsy Cline
topped the charts with "Love Will Find Its Way To You." Reba McEntire
1991 - Garth Brooks' Capitol album "No Fences" was certified 3 x Platinum.
1996 - Capitol Records released Rosanne Cash' s album "10 Song Demo."
2003 - PBS' s All-Star Bluegrass Celebration II was taped at the Opry House.
2005 - Jammin' to Beat the Blues with
Vince Gilland was featured at the Ryman Auditorium this evening. Amy Grant
funeral was held at 2:00 p.m. Bakersfield, California, time at Buck Owens Buck's church The Valley Baptist Church in Bakersfield. Buck's good friend Mayf Nutter, who was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame along with Buck at the Crystal Palace a year or so ago, is also a member of Valley Baptist and was present at his friend's funeral. " had flown to Bakersfield from Memphis where he performed last night, arriving just in time for the service at the church. He was the first entertainer to sing during the funeral service, after giving a wonderful heart-felt testimony to Bucks influence and friendship to him. Brad Paisley was laid to rest in the Buck Owens Owensfamily mausoleum in Greenlawn Southwest Mortuary and Cemetery, in Bakersfield, California. One month later Buckand were "Together Again" as Bonnie Owens Bonnie's ashes were placed next to Buckin the mausoleum. Bonniedied on April 25, 2006.
2006 - The Grascals were featured at the Kennedy Center's Celebration of America's Music. A 2006 Grammy nominee, this acclaimed Nashville bluegrass sextet is a continual crowd-pleaser, whether offering original songs, reworking the classic "Teardrops In My Eyes," breathing new life into the Osborne Brothers' "Leavin's Heavy on My Mind" or interpreting
's "Me And John And Paul." The show was presented from the Millennium Stage. Harley Allen
celebrated her 60th birthday today. Emmylou Harris
1905 - Hank
Newman1905~1978, singer, guitar, and bass, member of "The Georgia Crackers," and the " ," born in Cochran, Georgia. Newman Brothers.
producer of music films was born today. Al Gannaway
a one armed fiddle player made his first appearance on the WSM Barn Dance. He was invited to come back for two more broadcasts that same month. Marshall Claiborne
1928~2003, singer, songwriter and guitarist born in Shelby, North Carolina. Don Gibson Donwas inducted into the NSHF in 1973, and the CMHF in 2001.
1942 - Billy Joe Royal was born in Valdosta, Georgia.
1948 - The Louisiana Hayride debuted on KWKH in Shreveport, Louisiana. The Bailes Brothers headlined this debut performance, and Shot Jackson was their steel guitar player. Also appearing on the show was Curly Kinsey and the Four Deacons,
Johnnyand Jackand the Tennessee Boys featuring Miss Kitty Wells, the Tennessee Ridge Runners, and his Ozark Mountaineers, the Mercer Brothers and Tex Grimsley and the Texas Playboys. The master of ceremonies was Harmie Smith . Admission to the show was 60 cents for adults, and 30 cents for children. The price remained the same for eleven years, when on Horace Logan March 28, 1959, the price of admission rose to $1 for adults and 50 cents for children. Shot Jacksonmet Johnnie& Jackat the Hayride, and the following year went with them to Atlanta to record. Shot Jacksonplayed on Kitty Wells first #1 hit "It Wasn' t God Who Made Honky ," and Johnny & Jacks first #1 "Oh Baby Mine," in the early 1950' s. Tonk Angels
's single "Anytime" topped the charts for 9 weeks. Eddy Arnold
bassist for "Highway 101," was born in North Hollywood, California. Curtis Stone Curtisis the son of . Cliffie Stone
appeared on "The Milton Berle Show." Elvis Presley
and his Stoney Mountain Boys became the first Bluegrass group to perform at New York City's Carnegie Hall. Earl Taylor
1960 - The Everly Brothers played the first concert of their debut British tour.
1961 - Spade
Cooleymurdered his wife . He was sentenced to life in California' s Vacaville Prison, and died from a heart attach on Ella Mae November 23, 1969, two months prior to being released on parole.
' s "I Fall To Pieces," hit the charts today. Patsy Cline
, of "The Gibson/Miller Band," was born in West Ipswich, New York. Steve Grossman
1964 - The Statler Brothers debuted their first single "The Wreck of the Old 97."
1969 - Tom T.
Hallrecorded " Margie' s At The Lincoln Park Inn" b/w "Flat-Footin' It.
, session bass player died in Nashville today. Jack Drake
1972 - Capitol Records released
' # 1 single "Made In Japan." Buck Owens
' s "Hot Band," debuted in San Francisco, California. Emmylou Harris
' s first #1, "I' ll Get Over You," charted. Crystal Gayle
1983 - The Oak Ridge Boys MCA album "American Made" was certified Gold.
1992 - Billy Ray Cyrus made his first appearance on
' s Nashville Now. Ralph Emery
Harley"Red" Allen1930~1993, a highly regarded bluegrass singer, songwriter, and guitarist, died from cancer at age 63. Red began his recording career with Kentucky Records in 1954. He partnered with the Osborne Brothers two years later, and they joined the cast of the Wheeling Jamboree. The group signed with MGM Records and toured and recorded at a steady pace. In 1959 in partnership with , Frank Wakefield Allenformed the Kentuckians in Washington D.C. In the mid-sixties they released their classic album "Bluegrass" on the Smithsonian Folkways label. Allenreplaced in Flatt & Scruggs in 1967, while Lester Flatt Lesterrecovered from health problems. Harley"Red" Allenwas on of the finest singers to ever sing a bluegrass song. Eight years after his death, Smithsonian Folkways released "The Folkways Years: 1964~1983." By today's standards this is a compilation album, containing 28 of Red's finest recordings from half a dozen albums, and 6 songs that had never been released before.
, recovering from a three week bout with pneumonia, learned that his older sister, Johnny Cash Louise, age 79, had died earlier in the day at her home in Hendersonville, Tennessee.
2004 - Dolly Parton presided at the 19th season opening ceremony at "Dollywood."
2005 - The Canadian Juno Awards were presented in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
2006 - Country Songwriters in the Round was held at the Kennedy Center. From writing lyrics to performing them, country music songwriters
Guy Clark, Matraca Berg, Shawn Camp, and lead a master class of local songwriters. Jeff Hanna
2008 - The Western Swing Music Society of the Southwest will hold their Jam & Dance at the Clarion Hotel DFW Airport South. April 3rd~April 5th.
, wife of Tex Ritter, was born in Prescott, Arizona. Dorothy Southworth Ritter
1919 - Cy Coben, songwriter, born in Jersey City, New Jersey.
songwriter, producer was born in Scottsville, Kentucky. Norro was inducted into the NSHF in 1996. Norro Wilson
' s first recording session for Decca was held today. Ernest Tubb
legend, was born in Jolo, West Virginia. He was inducted into the SPBGMA Preservation Hall of Greats in 2004. Cliff Waldron Bluegrass
1950 - Hank
Williamstopped the charts with "Long Gone Lonesome Blues."
, of the "Gatlin Brothers" born in Olney, Texas. Steve Gatlin
released "Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young." Faron Young
made his first guest appearance on The Grand Ole Opry. Bill Anderson
released "Loco Weed." Mel Tillis
1960 - The Everly Brothers released "
Cathy' s Clown."
1964 - The Man In Black's single "Understand Your Man" went to #1, and held the spot for 6 weeks.
' self-penned Capitol single "Together Again" charted today and eventually went to #1. Buck Owens
's United Artists single "Honey" was certified Gold by the RIAA. Bobby Goldsboro
1971 - Jason Sellers singer, songwriter was born in Gilmer, Texas.
Jasonrecorded for BNA from 1997~2000. He was married to 1991~1997. Lee Ann Womack
1973 - Conway Twitty 1933~1993, recorded "I'm Not Through Loving You Yet" and "You've Never Been This Far Before" for MCA. You've never been this far was released first, and went to #1. I'm not through, charted the following year and topped out at #3.
ConwayTwitty charted 39 #1 hits on the country charts from 1968~1986. The only awards Nashville's CMA saw fit to present to Conwayduring this time, were for his duet releases with . He did not receive one award from the CMA during his entire career for any of his solo recordings, including his Gold and Platinum albums. Loretta Lynn Conwaylet his music speak for its self. He refused to engage in any of the political goings on that has always dictated who gets the politically motivated recognition, from the $$$ motivated Country Music Association and the Country Music Foundation. The organization has never been about anything other than business, and in Music City that means someone needs to keep an eye on them. In the past, some of the local reporters who have assumed the role of watchdog over the organization, have reported that they were threatened by the attorneys representing the organization with lawsuits for harassment. Many fans have believed over the years that the CMA was an organization that existed for the benefit of the fans, and that's just not the case. Everything they do is aimed at promoting the music produced in Nashville, even if it's no long possible for an honest person to describe that music as being Country. Now there is absolutely nothing wrong with thatunless you attempt to represent yourself as something else from time to time. But don't you dare ask them to account for the money that comes into, or goes out of their bank account. It is true that Conwaywas inducted into the CMHF six years after he died. But he never received one award for any single, or album he released unless was singing with him. Welcome to Music Citywhat's your dream? Loretta Lynn
' s single "Would You Lay With Me" was #1. Tanya Tucker
1980 - Red Sovine 1918 ~1980, age 61, died of a heart attack while driving in Nashville. Red was laid to rest in Woodlawn Memorial Park, Nashville, Tennessee. Red's wife
Normais buried next to her husband. Normadied in 1976.
Sylvia' s first #1 RCA single "Drifter" charted today.
1981 - The Oak Ridge Boys MCA single "
Elvira" charted today.
1985 - The Judds' RCA/Curb album "Why Not Me" was certified Gold. This was their first Gold, but certainly would not be their last.
1962~1987, died today as the result of a car wreck at age 24. She recorded "I'm Little (But I'm Loud)' in 1978 when she was 16 years old. Diane Adams Dianewas a cast member of the Bootheel Jamboree. As her recording stated "I'm countrified and I don't care who knows it." was laid to rest in Morgan Memorial Park Cemetery, in Advance, Missouri. Diane Adams
1988 - Buck Owens & Dwight Yoakam recorded "Streets Of Bakersfield" at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California.
Homer Joywrote the song, and produced the session. Studio personnel included: Buck Owens~vocal; Dwight Yoakam~vocal & guitar; Pete Anderson~lead guitar; Don Reed~fiddle; Flaco Jimenez~accordian; Skip Edwards~piano; Taras Prodaniuk~bass; and Jeff Donovan~drums. The Reprise single was released in Pete Anderson Juneand went to #1. The song also appeared on Dwight's Reprise LP/CD " From A Lonely Room." The album was released in August and went to #1, with four of the cuts making the country charts as singles. The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA. Buenas Noches
1989 - Alabama's RCA album "Southern Star" was certified Gold.
was arrested in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, after he followed a car transporting three teenagers, off I-40 to a residence. Tracy Lawrence Tracyfired two shots from a .357 magnum revolver, and was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, and carrying a weapon without a permit. Lawrencewas placed on probation for one year, and the felony chargers were later dropped.
2000 - Renaissance released
Jim Ed Brown& ' "Anthology." Helen Cornelius
2000 - Buddha Records released
' album "Guitar Legend: The RCA Years". Chet Atkins
was hospitalized for six days at Nashville' s Baptist Hospital. June Carter Cash
won her 12th Shania Twain Junoaward for her album "UP." The CD was named Country Recording of the year in Canada.
2005 - The Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival was held at various locations in Nashville, the 4th~9th.
2006 - String Masters All-star stringed instrument playersincluding
Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, Bela Fleck, Mark Schatz, and performed in an evening that explored country music's roots and progressive trends at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. Bryan Sutton
2006 - Delene Duesler 1957~2006, age 49, star of the Delene Show in Branson, Missouri, died today at the Boswell Memorial Hospital in Sun City, Arizona, as the result of a brain tumor. Delene's stage name was
, and she was in Sun City for a performance. Delene was cremated. Delene Andre
, ex-wife of Garth Brooks was kidnapped at gunpoint from her home today near Tulsa, Oklahoma by a man she employed to work on her farm. Sandy Brooks Sandypermitted a bail bondsman to come on her property for the purpose of arresting her employee on an outstanding warrant. When he approached the man the employee drew a gun and forced Sandyinto a car, and instructed her to drive away. Sandydrove several miles and then stopped the car and ran inside a convenience store. Quintine Cornelius Harper, age 24, was later arrested and charged with kidnapping and weapons charges.
will appear in concert at the Tulsa Convention Center Arena, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Martina McBride
1909 - A. V. Bamford, concert promoter was born in Havana, Cuba. Bamford was the promoter who booked the show in Canton, Ohio, where Hank Williams was headed when he died.
, record producer, label owner, songwriter, and studio engineer was born in Whitehaven, Tennessee. Cowboy Jack Clement is one of the most talented men in the history of American music. Jack Clement Jackwas inducted into the NSHF in 1973, and will inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame someday. Jackleft Sun Records in 1959, moved to Nashville and went to work at RCA Victor as assistant. Chet Atkins Jackwas one of the first independent producers to work for a major label in Music City. During his career Cowboy Jack Clement has worn just about every hat there is in the country music industry, I will just mention a few of the work products created by Jack when he was wearing his songwriters cap: Ballad of a Teenage Queen; Guess Things Happen That Way; Miller's Cave; Does My Ring Hurt Your Finger; I Know One; Just Between You and Me; Everybody Loves a Nut' Lets All Help the Cowboys (Sing the Blues); Dirty Old Egg Sucking Dog: Flushed From the Bathroom of Your Heart; and many more. Jackdiscovered and recorded Jerry Lee Lewiswhen Sam Phillipsof Sun Records was on vacation in Florida, and he produced the sessions of Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, and . Charley Pride is a giant of a man in terms of his contributions to country, and rockabilly music. Jack Clement
, Bluegrass vocals, and guitarist was born "William August Marburg," Riverwood, Maryland. Bill Clifton Billorganized the first ever Bluegrass festival on July 4, 1961, at Oak Leaf Park, in Luray, Virginia.
1939 - Agnes "June" Stearns Columbia and Decca recording artist, born in Albany New York.
, singer, songwriter, and guitarist born in Dyess, Arkansas. Tommy Cash
1941 - Jackie Lee Cochran, Rockabilly singer, born in Dalton, Georgia.
1944 - Bob McDill Hall of Fame songwriter, was born Robert Lee McDill in Beaumont, Texas.
Bob's first hit song, "Happy Man" was recorded in 1967 by . Three years later he moved to Nashville. Perry Como recorded an entire album of McDill's songs, "Me and McDill" in 1977. A few examples of the songs that brought Bob McDill to the dance would have to include: Amanda; Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On; Song of the South; Louisiana Saturday Night; She Don't Know She's Beautiful; Gone Country; Don't Close Your Eyes; Rednecks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer; The Door Is Always Open; Catfish John; We Believe In Happy endings; and many more. Bobby Bare was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985. Bob McDill Bobis quoted as having said, "You Can't write Country music by looking down your nose at it."
1955 - The Stanley Brothers recorded "Orange Blossom Special."
' s single "Springtime In Alaska" topped the charts. Johnny Horton
1959 - Flatt & Scruggs recorded "Cabin On The Hill."
1967 - Troy Gentry of "Montgomery Gentry" born in Lexington, Kentucky.
' Musicor single "Walk Through This World With Me" was at the top of the country charts. This was George Jones George's 4th #1 hit.
of "The Lewis Family" was born in Washington, Georgia. Lewis Phillips
, Hank William' s first manager, died in Nashville, Tennessee. Oscar Davis
went to #1 with "I Just Can' t Get Her Out Of My Mind." Johnny Rodriguez
' s #1 country hit "Thank God I' m A Country Boy" debuted on Billboard' s Top 40 chart. John Denver
1975 - Hi Records released the Bill Black Combo's first country chart single "Boilin' Cabbage."
Bill Blackwas 's first bass player, and played on most of his Sun Records. Elvis Presley Billwas fired by Col., the 50%, illegal immigrant manager of Elvis', after he had the audacity to ask for a raise after Elvis started to make some decent money. Tom Parker
's ABC album "Son of a Son of a Sailor" was certified Gold by the RIAA. Jimmy Buffet
1982 - Record World magazine ceased publishing and filed for bankruptcy.
1983 - The Bellamy Brothers topped the charts with "When I' m Away From You."
was inducted into the Western Swing Hall of Fame. Fred Maddox
1990 - The Mickey Gilley Family Theater presented their first show in Branson, Missouri.
1997 - Stoney
Edwards1929~1997, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist died from diabetes at age 67.
' s daughters filed a $50 million lawsuit against Tammy Wynette Tammy' s husband, and doctor, claiming negligence on their part in the death of their mother.
2003 - The Jamboree USA radio show celebrated its 70th anniversary. The celebration aired on WWVA, Wheeling, West Virginia.
' s "Have You Forgotten," went to #1 on the charts. Darryl Worley
, age 77, founding member of the Jordanaires, died in Springfield, Missouri. Monty Matthews
1941~2006, age 65, singer, songwriter was found dead in his Gene Pitney Hiltonhotel room in Cardiff, Wales. The singer was found at 10:00 a.m., and had died of natural causes while on a 30 day tour of the UK. Inducted into the R&RHOF in 2006, Pitneywrote "Hello Mary Lou" for Rickey Nelson, and two of Gene's hit records were duets with ; "I've Got Five Dollars and It's Saturday Night," and "Louisiana Man." George Jones was laid to rest in Somers Center Cemetery in Somers, Connecticut. Gene Pitney
2006 - Country Thunder USA in Florence, Arizona, featured
, Miranda Lambert, LeAnn Rimes, Big & Rich, Brooks & Dunn, Trace Adkins and Larry The Cable Guy 5th~8th. Carrie Underwood
will appear in concert at the Little Nashville Opry in Nashville, Indiana, this evening at . John Berry
1883 - Vernon Dalhart 1883~1948, singer, songwriter, musician, born "Marion Try Slaughter" in Marion County, Texas. Prior to finding fame in the music industry Dalhart worked as a cowboy, a salesman, and in a hardware store. Vernon became country music' s first million selling recording artist when Victor Records released his "Prisoners Song" in 1924. Inducted NSHF in 1970, the CMHF in 1981, and the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in 1995.
1892~1941, singer, guitarist, rural folk musician pioneer, and member of Henry Whitter
Grayson & Whitter born in Grayson County, Virginia.
1909 - Denver Darling 1909~1981, singer, songwriter, musician and bandleader born Whopock, Illinois.
1913 - Wade Ray, singer, actor, guitar, banjo and fiddler for the Son' s of the Pioneers, Roy Rogers, Ray Price' s Cherokee Cowboys, and bass player for Willie Nelson, was born in Griffin, Indiana.
1937 - Merle Haggard singer, songwriter, and guitarist born in Kern General Hospital, Bakersfield, California. Inducted into the NSHF in 1977, and the CMHF in 1994. Merle has married
Leona Hobbs, Bonnie Owens, , Debora Parret, and Theresa Lane. His children to date include Leona Williams Dana, Marty Ronald, , Noel, Kelli Marie Benny, and Jenessa. Stay tuned!
topped the charts with "Too Late To Worry, To Blue To Try." Al Dexter
quit the Grand Ole Opry, after being refused a raise from Opry management. At the time, the Opry required members to appear every Saturday night of the year. Roy Acuff Roywas being paid $15.00 per night on the Opry, and could make $100.00 per night touring. Mr. Acuffwould later return to the Opry at the request of , and Opry management. Ernest Tubb
singer, drummer, and bandleader born in Bardstown, Kentucky. Joe McCubbins Joewas a road musician for and backed numerous Opry acts that did not have their own band. Bill Morrison Joecurrently is the bandleader at the in Urbana, Illinois. Home of the Fighting Illini. Rose Bowl
1957 - Ferlin Husky's "Gone" had a grip on #1, and refused to let go for 10 weeks.
1957 - Marty
Robbinsand won Golden Guitar Awards in Nashville. Ray Price
debuted on the country charts with "One Step At A Time." Brenda Lee
1958 - Merle Haggard turned twenty-one in California' s
1959 - Johnny Horton 1925~1960, Louisiana Hayride star, nicknamed "The Singing Fisherman" went to #1 with his Columbia single "When It's Springtime In Alaska (It's Forty Below)." Three months later Columbia released "The Battle of New Orleans," another #1 (for 10 weeks). The following year
Johnnywas killed by a drunk driver in Texas, on his way home to Shreveport after a short concert tour. Nine days after his death Horton's "North To Alaska," from the soundtrack of 's movie by the same name, charted and went to #1 where it remained for over a month. Prior to John Wayne Horton's death, every single Columbia released on him made the Top Ten, with the exception of two. He had a #11 in 1957 and a #19 in 1959. has been dead for almost 50 years, and he's still not in the Testosterone Hall of Fame in Cashville. Why? Because when the Grand Ole Opry invited him to become a member, he chose to stay in Shreveport, at the Hayride. By the wayif you're reading this, and can identify the names of the people over the years, who had the final say in who goes into the Hall of Fame, and who doesn't, I would like to have the list. But you see, you don't know, I don't know, and the people who do know, well, their not talking. Can't say as I blame them. No one should take the Country Music Hall of Fame for what it claims to be. There are some great artists there, and a couple of D.J.'s that made huge contributions to the genre, but too many people have been passed over for political, or financial reasons. I'm old enough to remember many of the pioneers of the Hayride's, Barn Dance's, Jubilee's, Town Hall Party, etc. The list of people who deserved the honor and will never receive it, is much longer than the list of current members. I would like to tell you that the problem is a sign of the times. But the truth of the matter is, Music City has always been a snake pit when it comes to the people who make the decisions. Money has always ruled the hearts of the untalented Music Row elite. But I have known a lot of artists who would have played and sang their hearts out for nothing. Because what they had inside of them had to come out, and they loved the music. But the heartless, no talent executives thought of musicians and singers as pieces of meat. Something to be sold at a profit. Is it worse today than it was forty, or fifty years ago? Absolutely. But Washington D.C. has developed the same problem. No one tries to hide their agenda in today's America. Politicians live and scheme for one purpose. To be re-elected, in order to continue to receive the huge dollars that they make from special interest groups. It runs into the millions every year, and they don't even pretend to represent the voters anymore. Nashville decision makers live and scheme for one purpose. To continue to increase the revenues that come with selling their product, to a different demographic, even if it means turning their backs on the fans, and the musicians and artists who made Music City the worlds capital of Country Music. There are no songs recorded today that anyone would want to hear fifty years from now. It currently requires a video to adequately explain what the song is about. Nashville no longer markets great music. Nashville markets sex! There is a name for people who do that. Johnny Horton
recorded "Open Up Your Heart." Buck Owens
1968 - The Grand Ole Opry was cancelled for this evening' s performance for the first time in history. There was rioting in the streets of Nashville, as a result of
having been shot and killed two days earlier. Nashville Police imposed a curfew as the result of the rioting. This was the only time an Opry performance had to be canceled, and WSM broadcast an Opry show that had been taped in the past. Martin Luther King and several other Opry acts put on a show earlier in the day for some very disappointed Opry fans. How ironic that the only thing that could close down the Grand Ole Opry was a group of criminals who never listened to the program, let alone bought a ticket. The 60's changed America forever, and the ACLU says AMEN brother, burn baby burn. And I say to the ACLUyour turn to burn is coming. Roy Acuff
' Columbia album "Modern Sounds in Country & Western Music, Vol. 2" was certified Gold by the RIAA. Ray Charles
1970 - Capitol Records released
' single "We're Gonna Get Together" b/w "Everybody Needs Somebody" w/Susan Raye. Buck Owens
1971 - Judy Collins Elektra album "Whales & Nightingales" was certified Gold by the RIAA.
1976 - Freddy Fender' s "You' ll Lose A Good Thing" topped the charts.
1982 - Marty
Robbinsreleased "Some Memories Just Won' t Die" b/w "Lover, Lover."
1982 - The Oak Ridge Boys' MCA album "
" was certified Gold by the RIAA. Bobby Sue
1984 - Ral Donner, age 41, died of cancer.
Gene Martin, Starday artist, and guitarist for brother Benny Martinand died today. Roy Acuff
debuted as the host of The Nashville Network' s "Melody Ranch Theatre." Along with his sidekick Gene Autry , they presented 65 of Pat Buttram Gene' s Western films.
1987 - Hank
was the Academy of Country Music' s Entertainer of the Year. Williams Jr.
's Columbia album "Half Nelson" was certified Gold. Unlike this years ACM Entertainer of the year, Willie Nelson Willienever drops his pants on stage, or gives the finger to those who are taking his picture. I suppose every artist has to do, what they do best. The apple never falls far from the tree.
Tammy Wynette1942~1998, age 55, singer, songwriter, former wife of , died at home in Nashville. George Jones Tammywas married 5 times and had 6 children. She became the sixth female solo artist to be inducted into the CMHF (1998). was laid to rest in Woodlawn Memorial Park, Nashville, Tennessee. Tammy Wynette
1998 - A group of 27 country music artists filed suit against Los Angeles resident
, who registered the names of the plaintiffs as Website domain names. Jim Solomon
, age 62, died in Danny Gaither Indiana. Dannywas a founding member of "The Gaither Trio," and brother of . Bill Gaither Dannyis a member of the Gospel Music Hall Of Fame.
2001 - Dorothy May Skaggs, age 73, songwriter died in Blaine, Kentucky.
was Mrs. Skaggs Ricky' s mother.
was named "Artist Of The Year," at the Juno Awards. The Shania Twain Junois the Canadian version of America' s Grammys.
2003 - Margaret Louise Cash Garrett, age 79, was buried in Hendersonville Memory Gardens, Hendersonville, Tennessee.
Margaretwas ' s older sister. Johnny Cash Johnwas too ill to attend the services.
, former member of Buddy Holly's band the Crickets, died in his sleep at his home in Sugar Creek, Missouri. Niki Sullivan
Howard Bellamyand were married in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jennifer Wright
is scheduled to appear in concert at the Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Missouri. Martina McBride
Leon"Pappy" Selph, fiddler, bandleader born Houston, Texas.
Roy"Whitey" Grantwas born in Shelby, North Carolina.
Jimmie Rodgersand were married. Carrie Williamson
Cal Smithwas born " ," in Gans, Oklahoma. Calvin Grant Shofner
Bobby Baresinger, songwriter, and guitarist, born in Ironton, Ohio. Robert Joseph Bare
drummer for New Riders of the Purple Sage, and Jefferson Airplane, was born New York City. Spencer Dryden
1945 - Spade
Cooleytopped the charts with "Shame On You."
' s Columbia Records single "Candy Kisses" was #1 on Billboard's chart. This was George Morgan George's first #1 single.
1950 - Slim
Whitmandebuted on the "Louisiana Hayride."
, member of "Restless Heart," was born in New York City. John Dittrich
rode "Blue Suede Shoes" all the way to the top of the country charts. Carl Perkins
1957 - Ferlin Husky, Buddy Knox, and
Jimmy Bowenappeared on the . Ed Sullivan Show
1958 - Capitol Records released
' single "Sweet Thing" b/w " I Only Know That I Love You." Buck Owens
1959 - Marty
Robbinsrecorded the twelve songs that were on his album "Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs" in one session.
1970 - Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" won an Academy Award for Best Original Song.
' s single, "Why Me Lord" charted. Kris Kristofferson
1989 - Clyde Moody 1915~1989, singer, songwriter, and guitarist, died today at age 73. Clyde recorded for several record companies, sang on the Grand Ole Opry in 1944, and played in
's Bluegrass Boys band four a period of four years. Bill Monroe
1990 - The Farm Aid IV concert, was performed at the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1991 - Garth Brooks won ACM Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist, Album of the Year "No Fences," Single "Friends in Low Places," Song, and Video of the Year "The Dance."
, age 79, Sons of the Pioneers, died in Delray Beach, Florida. Ken Carson
made her first guest appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. Tara Lyn Hart
' s "Who I Am," became her first #1 single. Jessica Andrews
2003 - Toby
Keithwon 3 CMT Flameworthy Video Awards.
1923~1957, "The Kentucky Folk Singer, was born in Winchester, Kentucky. Jimmy Osborne Jimmytook his own life in 1957 at age 33.
pioneering super-star of Western Swing, was involved in a car wreck that took the life of his passenger, a sixteen-year-old girl, and critically injured Milton Brown Brown. died five days later. Milton Brown
1942 - Capitol Records was founded in Hollywood, by
. Johnny Mercer
' s single "Guitar Polka" topped the charts. Al Dexter
' s "Slowly" was #1 on the country charts. Webb Pierce
debuted The Jimmy Dean Show. CBS TV
recorded "Guess Things Happen That Way." Johnny Cash
1958 - Jerry Lee Lewis and second wife
were divorced, after "The Killer" had already married his third wife, who happened to be his 13 year old cousin. Jane Mitcham
recorded "I' d Like To Help You Get Out." Wanda Jackson
John Schneider, " ," was born in Mount Kisco, New York. Bo Duke
1970 - The Johnny Cash ABC Network Television Show featured
Tony Joe White, Patti Page, the Carter Family, and regular cast members, the Statler Brothers and . Carl Perkins
Tammy Wynette, and were featured guests on "Hee Haw." George Jones
's Combo version of "Cashin' In" (A Tribute To Luther Perkins) hit the country music charts today. Bill Black Bill Blackwas 's original bass player at Sun Records, and on the road. Elvis Presley
' s "Ready For The Times To Get Better" topped the charts. Crystal Gayle
1985 - George Strait's MCA album "Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind" was certified Gold.
1986 - Garry
Morrishad the #1 single "100% Chance Of Rain."
1991 - Ricky Van Shelton's Columbia album "
" was certified Platinum. RVS III
's Columbia album "Shooting Straight in the Dark" was certified Gold. Mary-Chapin Carpenter
1997 - Little Dog Records released
' s "Dogs In Heaven" album. Pete Anderson
1997 - RCA Records released Alabama' s album "Dancin' On The Boulevard."
1997 - A&M released
' s album "Leave One Bridge Standing." Holly Dunn
Van Stephenson, age 47, former member of "BlackHawk" died from cancer. Van was laid to rest in Woodlawn Memorial Park, Nashville, Tennessee.
2003 - Lisa Marie Presley released her album "To Whom It May Concern."
Chris Cagle' s second album, " ," debuted on Billboard' s Top Country Albums chart at #1. Chris Cagle
2006 - Gene Watson and his Farewell Party Band headlined the Llano Country Opry, at the Lantex Theater in downtown, Llano, Texas.
1932~1998, was born in rural Tiptonville, Tennessee. Carl Perkins
1941 - Kay Adams Tower label recording artist, was born Princetta Kay Adams in Knox City, Texas.
singer, songwriter, and actress, born Dayton, Ohio. Margo Smith
1945 Con Hunley singer, songwriter pianist, born Conrad Logan Hunley, in Fountain City, Tennessee.
Gus Hardin1945~1996, born ,' in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Carolyn Ann Blankenship Guscharted 10 of her RCA country singles on Billboard' s country charts in less than three years. She died in a car wreck in 1996.
singer, songwriter and Grand Ole Opry member, was born in Greenwich, New York. Hal Ketchum
, member of the "Red Clay Ramblers" was born in Wareham, Massachusetts. Mark Roberts
recorded "Guess Things Happen That Way" at Sun Studio in Memphis. Cowboy Jack Clement wrote the song, and produced the session. Session personnel included: Johnny Cash JohnCash~vocals & guitar; Luther Perkins~guitar; Marshall Grant~bass; Jimmy Wilson~piano; J.M. Van Eaton~drums; Ed Bruce, Sara Bruce, and Lee Holt~backing vocals. This recording was a #1 country hit, and topped out at #11 on the pop charts. Nita Smith
, member of "Restless Heart," was born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Dave Innis
' s #1 single "I Fall To Pieces," charted today. Patsy Cline
's RCA album "Loving You" was certified Gold by the RIAA. Elvis Presley
1969 - The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour featured
Ray Charles, Lynn Kellogg, and . Glen Campbell
1981 - The Carl Perkins Museum opened in Jackson, Tennessee, on
Carl' s birthday.
' Columbia single "Footloose" was certified Gold. Kenny Loggins
1987 - The Judds 'RCA/Curb album "Heartland" was certified Gold.
of Dave Prater Sam& Davedied in a car wreck near Sycamore, Georgia.
1990 - Capitol released Lacy J. Dalton' s album "Lacy J."
1935~1990, age 54, died from cancer in Fort Worth, Texas. Darrell Glenn Darrellwas a regular on Bewley' s Barn Dance on WBAP-TV, and recorded for numerous record labels.
Patty Loveless's MCA album "Honky " was certified Gold. Tonk Angel
got his first #1 album "Not A Moment Too Soon." Tim McGraw
1997 - Johnny Hicks, cast member of the Big D Jamboree, died today.
Mae Boren Axton1914~1997, age 82, songwriter, author, and mother of , died in Nashville. Hoyt Axton Maewas laid to rest in Hendersonville Memory Gardens, Hendersonville, Tennessee.
' s Memorial Service was held at the Ryman Auditorium. The two-hour service was televised nationally on CNN. Tammy Wynette Tammywas laid to rest in Woodland Memorial Park, Nashville, Tennessee.
1999 - Faith Hill began her first solo tour in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
2002 - Artemis Records released
' s "Sidetracks." Steve Earl
2006 - Reunion of Professional Entertainers (ROPE) Awards, were held at the Nashville Palace.
2006 - CELEBRATION FINALE AND MILLENNIUM STAGE 9th ANNIVERSARY COUNTRY MUSIC DANCE PARTY: The festivities comes to a thrilling close when nine-time Grammy-winning Texas swing band Asleep at the Wheel, leads an outdoor country music dance party, which also celebrates the ninth anniversary of Millennium Stage. This concert brought to a close the Country: A Celebration of America's Music, presented by the Kennedy Center in co-operation with the Grand Ole Opry.
1898 - Fiddlin'
1898~1971, member of the Grand Ole Opry, and Bluebird recording artist was born in Bold Springs, Tennessee. Arthur Smith
Sheb Wooley1921~2003, singer, songwriter, and actor born , a.k.a. Shelby Wooley BenColder, in Enick, Oklahoma.
1926 - The Southern Serenaders, a string band led by
played their final show on WSM' s Barn Dance. Harry Bailey
UncleHarmonica player, made his debut appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. Will Fitzgerald
, steel guitarist, staff musician at the Grand Ole Opry, was born in Jayton, Texas. Weldon Myrick
debuted the first all-night gospel sing at the Ryman Auditorium. Wally Fowler
1954 - Red Foley released "Pin Ball Boogie" b/w "Jilted."
made her debut appearance on the Ozark Jubilee. Brenda Lee
, member of the "Sons of the San Joaquin" was born in Pasadena, California. Lon Hannah
debuted his singing career on "Ozzie and Ricky Nelson Harriet," his parents network television show.
recorded "Every Time They Play Our Song" b/w "A Date With Jerry." Wanda Jackson
1961 - Capitol Records released
Rose Maddoxand ' duets single "Mental Cruelty" b/w "Loose Talk." Buck Owens
1962 - Marty
Robbinsrecorded "Ruby Ann" in Nashville. Roberta Bellamywrote the song, Don Lawand produced the session. The session personnel included: Marty Robbins~vocals & guitar; Grady Martin~guitar; Frank Jones Jack Pruett~guitar; Bill Pursell~piano; JerryByrd~bass; ~drums. Ruby Louis Dunn Anncharted in December and went to #1. This was Marty's 9th #1 single. Marty became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1953.
topped the charts with "Understand Your Man." Johnny Cash
1967 - Merle Haggard recorded "Branded Man."
' s RCA Victor single "Take Me Home Country Roads" became his first country chart record. The recording only reached #50 on the Country charts. John Denver
Johnnyand Rosanne Cash performed in Prague on the 10th and 11th
1988 - George Strait' s "Famous Last Words Of A Fool" topped the charts.
1989 - The ACM named "Alabama," Artist of the Decade.
's self-titled MCA album was certified Gold. Trisha Yearwood
Emmett Sullivanof the died at age 57. Sullivan Family
1998 - The Bellamy Brothers released "At Their Best."
2002 - The Statler Brothers announced the final tour dates of their career.
2003 - Noel Fox, age 63, Oak Ridge Boys 1969-1972' died from a stroke in Nashville, Tennessee. The former manager of bluegrass star
, Noel sang bass for the Rhonda Vincent
Oaks, and also managed the group' s music publishing companies.
2006 - The 5th Annual Country Music Television Awards were presented live, from The Curb Event Center at Belmont University in Nashville.
hosted. Jeff Foxworthy
2007 - The former lakeside home of
Johnand , in Hendersonville, Tennessee, burned to the ground today, the result of a construction fire. This was the home where June Carter Cash Johnnymade the video for "Hurt." The home was sold by the Cash estate to of the Bee Gees, and his wife Barry Gibb Lindaon January 4, 2006. Johnand Junelived in this house for 35 years.
Paul"Hezzie" Trietsch 1905~1980, of the "Hoosier Hot Shots," was born in Arcadia,
1905 - Harty
Taylor1905~1963, of the Cumberland Ridge Runners, and Karl & Harty was born in
Mount Vernon, Kentucky.
1913 - Mille Good 1913~1993, of "The Girls of the Golden West," was born Mildred Fern Goad in
Mount Carmel, Illinois.
Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanksand , appeared on stage at The Ryman Auditorium during a World War I Bond Drive. Charlie Chaplin
Dorothy Shay, aka " " singer, comedian, actress, and recording artist was born in Jacksonville, Florida. Dorothy Nell Sims
, guitarist, born Burke County, North Carolina. George Shuffler
1953 - Jumpin'
's self-penned Mercury single "Knothole" hit the Country charts today. His previous Mercury release "No Help Wanted" went to #1. Knothole topped out at #3 but Bill Carlisle Billand his group were hot. The Carlisles became members of the Grand Ole Opry this year.
1955 - Marty
Robbinsreleased "Pray For Me Mother Of Mine" b/w "Daddy Loves You."
, Grammy winning singer, songwriter, and guitarist born in Troutman, North Carolina. Jim Lauderdale
1960 - Columbia Records released
's single "Cut Across Shorty." The record charted in Carl Smith Juneand topped out at #28.
singer, songwriter, and guitarist born Greenville, Mississippi. Steve Azar
1968 - Ethel Park Richardson, singer, autoharp, and radio personality, died at age 84.
was born in Freeport, Texas. Prior to finding success in the music business, Chalee worked as a prison guard in Texas. Chalee Tennison
1919~1977, age 83, songwriter, recording artist, and producer died in Nashville. Eddie Miller Eddiewas the co-founder of the NSAI (home of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame), and the founder of the Academy of Country and Western Music (now known as the ACM) in Hollywood. More than 1,000 of Eddie' s songs have been recorded by other artists; over 400 artists recorded his biggest hit "Release Me." He was inducted into the NSHF in 1975. was laid to rest in Harpeth Hills Memorial Gardens, in Nashville. Eddie Miller
1978 - Waylon Jennings and
's RCA Victor album "Waylon & Willie" was certified Platinum by the RIAA. Willie Nelson
1980 - Alabama signed with RCA Records. This turned out to be a very profitable relationship for everyone involved. During their 22 years at RCA, Alabama charted 75 singles, and 32 of those recordings went to #1.
1980 - Cousin Emmy, "Cynthia May Carver," age 76, died in California.
David Frizzelland ' s "You' re The Reason God Made Oklahoma" was #1. Shelly West
's Ricky Van Shelton WarnerBros. album "Storms of Life" was certified 2 x Platinum.
's Columbia album "Never Die James Taylor Young" was certified Gold by the RIAA.
topped the charts with "I' m No Stranger To The Rain." Keith Whitley
's Geffen Records album "Riding The Perfect Beast" was certified 2 x Platinum. Don Henley
's MCA Greatest Hits album was certified Platinum. Lee Greenwood
and Kimberley Payne, former Miss Tennessee, were married. Lee Greenwood
2002 - The International Bluegrass Music Museum re-opened today, after 22 months, and 3 million dollars worth of renovations. The Museum is located in Owensboro, Kentucky.
was admitted to the ICU at Baptist Hospital in Nashville, with congestive heart failure. June Carter Cash
performed his show "My Brother Johnny Cash" at the Opera House in Cork, Ireland. Tommy Cash
2005 - Lightin' Chance 1925~2005, age 79,
Grand Ole Opry staff musician, and legendary session bassist died today. Chance was laid to rest in Love Cemetery, Love, Mississippi. Floyd Taylor Chance
Willis Emory"Tip" Tippin, age 78, father of , was killed today in a traffic accident in North Carolina. Today was Aaron Tippin ' s 78th birthday. Mr. Tippin
1920~2005, age 85, member of the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame, died in Honolulu, Hawaii. Jerry Byrd
1916~1991, the Kentucky Balladeer, was born Ernest Eli Cornelison in Berea, Ernie Lee
, singer, songwriter, guitarist was born Henry Ned Miller in Raines, Utah. Ned Miller
Judy Lynn, singer, songwriter, and yodeler was born in Boise, Idaho. Judy Voiten
1944 - Hank
Williamssigned a songwriter' s agreement with Acuff-Rose.
1953 - Hank
Williams' "Your Cheatin' Heart" sat atop the country charts. This was Hank's 10th #1 hit, and was released by MGM almost two months after his death. The song is now a Grammy Hall of Fame recording.
was born Vincent Grant Gill in Norman, Oklahoma. Vince Gill Vincebecame a member of the Grand Ole Opry August 10, 1991, and was inducted into the CMHF in 2007. Vincewas one of 's favorite singers. Roy Acuff
joined the Grand Ole Opry. His single "Oh Lonesome Me" was #1 on the charts at the time. Don Gibson
1961 - Marty
Robbins' single "El Paso" won a Grammy.
singer, songwriter, musician was born in Dallas, Texas. Deryl Dodd
1972 - Capitol Records released
single "Ruby (Are You Mad)" b/w "Heartbreak Mountain." Buck Owens
1972 - Grand Ole Opry manager
produced the first edition of Nashville' s Fan Fair. The Fair opened April 12th, and ran through the 15th. Bud Wendell
's Asylum album "The Pretender" was certified Platinum. Jackson Browne
Vince Gilland were married on Janis Oliver Vince' s 23rd birthday. They divorced in 1997.
recorded his single "Chicken in Black." The Columbia single was released in July, and charted on July 14th. Johnny Cash
1989 - Garth Brooks released "Garth Brooks" on Liberty.
of "The Oklahoma Playboys" died at age 81. Jimmie Revard
1994 - The first issue of Country Weekly magazine went on sale.
1909~1997, age 87, of The Crook Brothers died in Nashville. The Crook Brothers joined the cast of the WSM Barn Dance on Lewis Crook July 24, 1926, and played on the Grand Ole Opry until 1988. A sixty-two year gig at the greatest venue in the world.
Travisand were married in Theresa Tritt Travis' home near Atlanta, Georgia.
became the first female artist to sell 10 million units with back-to-back albums. Shania Twain
1931~1999, a.k.a. "Boxcar Lecil Travis Martin Willie," age 67, died as the result of leukemia in Branson, Missouri. He was one of the first artists, to open a theatre of his own in Branson (1986). Cast member of the Big D Jamboree at the age of 16, he joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1981. Box was laid to rest in Ozarks Memorial Park, Branson, Missouri.
2000 - Bud Wingard Hee Haw staff writer, died in New Mexico at age 67.
, age 12, released his first album on Skaggs Family Records "New Kid in Town." Ryan Holladay Ryanhas released 3 previous albums on other labels.
2005 - The CMT Music Awards were held in Nashville. Most Traditional Country Music fans didn' t make it through the first five minutes of the show.
2007 - Lonestar appeared on The Morning Show with
Mike& Julietin New York City.
's Flip Flop Summer Tour kicked off this evening in Omaha, Nebraska. Also featured on the tour: Kenny Chesney Pat Green, Sugarland, and guitarist . Joe Walsh
is scheduled to appear in concert at the Halifax Metro Center in Halifax, Canada. George Jones
' William Thomas Tommy' Crank, singer, songwriter, promoter, producer, and disc jockey, was born in the mountainous region of Jackson County, Kentucky.
1936 - Milton Brown 1903~1936, age 32, Western Swing superstar, and band leader of the Musical Brownies, died in Crystal Springs, Texas, as the result of a car wreck he was involved in five days earlier.
1946 - Red Foley debuted as host of the Grand Ole Opry' s Prince Albert show.
1951 - Hank Snow topped the charts with "The Rhumba Boogie."
, Bluegrass master musician, born Bowling Green, Kentucky. Sam Bush
's Columbia single "The Battle of New Orleans," / "All for the Love of a Girl," was released today. The record charted two weeks later, and went to #1 in mid-May and held on for 10 weeks. Johnny Horton is not a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Johnny Horton
topped the charts with "White Lightning." George Jones
' s "Still," went to #1. Bill Anderson
first #1 hit "Act Naturally," charted. Buck Owens
won five Grammys, at the Seventh Annual Grammy Awards. Roger Miller
' single "Walk Through This World With Me" was #1. George Jones
recorded "Cisco Clifton's Fillin' Station" in Nashville. Dow Law produced the session, and Cash wrote the song. Session personnel included: Johnny Cash JohnnyCash~vocals & guitar; Luther Perkins~guitar; Marshall Grant~bass; W.S. Holland~drums; ~banjo; The Bob Johnson Carter Family~backing vocals.
1970 - The Academy of Country Music awarded Marty Robbins, their "Man of the Decade Award."
1975 - Merle Haggard topped the charts with "Always Wanting You."
1915~1981, of The Willis Brothers, died at age 65. The Guy Willis , Willis Brothers Guy, Skeeter, and Vicjoined the Grand Ole Opry in 1946. They were originally called The Oklahoma Wranglers, and backed Hank Williams on his first ever-recording session in Nashville. was laid to rest in the Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, in Nashville. Guy Willis
Sheena Eastonand duet "We' ve Got Tonight" topped the country charts. Kenny Rogers
1985 TNN debuted "Grand Ole Opry Live" on television.
1933~1986, singer, songwriter, and guitarist died at the age of 53. Johnny Dollar
Johnny Cashreleased his debut album with Mercury Records " Is Coming to Town." Dropped by Columbia Records after almost three decades of hits, Johnny Cash Johnwas happy to be back on a major label. This album became The Man In Black' s 50th chart album, remaining on the charts for six months. John' s long time friend Cowboy Jack Clement produced the album.
1992 - Liberty Records released
' self titled album. Linda Davis
1999 - Sire Records released Mandy Barnett' s album "I' ve Got a Right to Cry."
' s "Young" debuted on the charts. Kenny Chesney
2002 - Diamond Rio's Arista Records single "Beautiful Mess" hit the Country chart today. The song went to #1. Diamond Rio was the CMA Vocal Group of the Year in 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1997. This very talented group became members of the Grand Ole Opry in 1998.
won his sixth Dove Award from the Gospel Music Association, when "Passing Through" was named Country Album of the Year. Randy Travis
, guitarist, made his debut appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. Richard Alsup
1932 - D. L. Menard, Cajun singer, songwriter, and guitarist, born Erath, Louisiana.
presented with the prestigious National Heritage Fellowship Award from the National Endowment
for the Arts in 1994.
Loretta Lynnwas born in Butcher Holler, Kentucky. Loretta Webb Loretta Webbage 13, and Oliver" were married Mooney Lynn January 10, 1948. Lorettawas Billboard's Most Promising Female Singer in 1960. Billboard's Top Female Vocalist 1964. Billboard Female Country Vocalist of the Year 1967. CMA Female Vocalist of the Year 1967. National Association of Record Manufactures Female Country Vocalist of the Year 1968. In 1972, Lorettabecame the first female artist, to win the CMA Entertainer of the Year Award. CMA Female Vocalist of the Year 1972. CMA Vocal Duo of the Year with ConwayTwitty 1972. Named one of Tennessee's top five women in 1972. CMA Vocal Duo of the Year with ConwayTwitty 1973. CMA Female Vocalist of the Year 1973. CMA Vocal Duo of the Year with ConwayTwitty 1974. Academy of Country Music Top Female Singer, and Top Duet 1974. Music City News Top Female Vocalist 1974. CMA Vocal Duo of the Year with ConwayTwitty 1975. Inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame 1983. Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988. Loretta's autobiography "Coal Miner's Daughter" became a feature film, and won an Oscarfor actress, and singer Sissy Spacek. Here's a reminder of the songs that took the coal miner's daughter into the land of country music legends: Don't Come Home A Drinkin' (With Lovin' On Your Mind) co-written with her sister Peggy Sue Wells; You Ain't Woman Enough; Fist City; You're Lookin' At Country; Rated X, and more. This quote from Lorettacame from her page in the Songwriters Hall of Fame. "I'd say material is 80 percent of a singer's career. You can have a great voice, but you'd also better have a new song that fits your style. And the best way is to write the songs yourself. People forget that I'm a songwriter. They think of me as just a lady up on the stage, with a band backing her up. Well, let me tell you, I've sat in my room all night, scratching out most of my songs..." Loretta, we thank you for everyone of them. There will never be another artist like . Loretta Lynn
Al Dexter' s "Too Late To Worry, Too Blue To Cry" topped the charts.
1945 - History was made at the Opry, when a trumpet was played on the show for the first time. Taps was played to honor
President, who had died two days earlier. Franklin Roosevelt
' "Smoke On The Water" topped the country charts. Bob Wills
1951 - Lefty Frizzell' s single "I Want To Be With You Always" charted.
's "Oh Lonesome Me." climbed the chart to the top, and didn't climb down for 8 weeks. Don Gibson
Tommy Duncanrejoined in a recording studio. Bob Wills
1962 - Mercury released "She Thinks I Still Care" by
earlier this month, and the single charted today. This was the Possum' s 3rd #1 hit, and is now a Grammy Hall of Fame song. George Jones
' s single "PT109" charted. Jimmy Dean
, of the "Nashville Bluegrass Band," was born in Quantico, Virginia. Stuart Duncan
' s "Till I Can Make It On My Own" topped the charts. Tammy Wynette
1889~1977, age 87, the first stage manager at the Grand Ole Opry, died today. There is no way to overstate the contributions this man made to the success of the Opry. Vito Pellettieri
1978 - The Johnny Cash TV special, "Spring Fever" aired this evening, with guests; Waylon, Jessi,
June Carter, and . Ray Charles
1983 - Kenny Rogers Liberty album "We've Got Tonight" was certified Gold by the RIAA.
1984 - The
Kendalls' single "Thank God For The Radio" topped the charts.
appeared on the TV series, "Paradise." K.T. Oslin
1995 - Burl
Ives1909~1995, age 85, died from cancer in 1995. The Grammy winning singer, Oscarwinning actor, and author, appeared in dozens of movies, several Broadway plays, and recorded hundreds of songs (mostly folk tunes). Between 1949~1967 Burl charted nine singles on the Country Charts: Lavender Blue (Dilly Dilly) with Captain Stubby & The Buccaneers; Riders In The Sky; Wild Side Of Life with Grady Martin; A Little Bitty Tear; Funny Way Of Laughin' (Grammy winning single); Call Me Mister In-Between; Mary Ann Regrets; Evil Off My Mind; and Lonesome 7-7203. Burl was cremated, and his ashes were interred next to his mother's grave in Mound Cemetery, Hunt City, Illinois.
' s body was exhumed and an autopsy performed in Nashville. Tammy Wynette
Brooks& Dunn' s #1 country hit "Ain' t Nothing Bout You" crossed over to Billboard' s Top 40 chart.
2004 - Dolly Parton received the Living Legend award from the Library of Congress. Previous recipients include
Ralph Stanley, Ray Charles, and . Johnny Cash
2007 - Lonestar appeared on the CBS Earl Show this morning.
J.L. 1900~1952, promoter and talent manager, born Limestone County, "Joe" Frank
Joewas Pee Wee King' s father-in-law. Posthumously inducted into the CMHF in
, Hee Haw co-host, was born in Meherrin, Virginia. Roy Clark Roybecame a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1987.
Bob Luman1937~1978, was born " " in Nacogdoches, Texas. Bobby Glenn Luman Bobwas a member of the cast of the KWKH Louisiana Hayride, moved to the west coast and filmed the movie Carnival Rock, and then joined the cast of the TV show Town Hall Party. heard Ricky Nelson Bob's band on Town Hall Party and hired them away. Bob's band, which he brought with him from Louisiana, included on guitar. James Burton Bobjoined the cast of the Grand Ole Opry in 1965, and created a little havoc every time he performed. The younger audience members at the Opry were crazy about him, however, had a different opinion. While in Nashville between 1964 and his death in 1978 Mr. Acuff Bobcharted approximately 40 hits on the country charts. His biggest hit was "Lonely Women Make Good Lovers." Bobleft us much too early at the age of 41, and many of us miss him a lot. Bob's lovely daughter Melissaworks as a home loan officer in one of the Nashville suburbs. She recently told me that Bobwas being inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. Good for you Bob. you were always a winner.
topped the charts with "Smoke On The Water." Bob Wills
1951 - Junior Barnard, guitarist with The Texas Playboys, died as the result of a car wreck.
vocals, fiddle, mandolin, and guitarist born in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Sam Bush Samis one of Music Cities most respected pickers, and was a founding member of New Grass Revival in 1972.
1961 - Marty
Robbins' single "Don' t Worry" topped the charts.
1966 - The mayor of Lynchburg, Virginia proclaimed this as "Ray Pillow Day."
1967 - Bill Nettles1907~1967, age 60, songwriter, recording artist, and label owner died in Monroe, Louisiana.
Billand his brother Normanwere the talent behind the Dixie Blue Boys, and later founded the Nettles Brothers. They became stars while playing their music on KWKH radio in Shreveport, and recorded on Vocation and Bluebird, the low budget division of RCA from 1937~1945. Billwas a disabled veteran of World War I, having served in the Navy. The Nettles penned tune "Have I Waited Too Long?" was debuted at KWKH by Radio Dot and Smoky, and eventually became 's theme song. Later in his career Nettles recorded for Mercury Records, Bullet and Imperial. He recorded for Starday in the mid`1950's and then formed his own label, Nett Records in Monroe, Louisiana. Faron Young
Johnny Cash's ABC-TV Show featured special guest Judy Collins, and duets with . June Carter Cash
recorded "Half As Good A Girl" b/w "I' m Mad At Me." Wanda Jackson
recorded "Rollin' In My Sweet Baby' s Arms." Buck Owens
Tracy Nelson's Plantation single "The Battle Hymn of Lt." was certified Gold. Calley
1974 - Tom T. Hall recorded "That Song Is Driving Me Crazy."
, artist management, promoter, died at age 72. Oscar Davis
' single " Kenny Rogers Lucille" topped the charts.
1983 - Elvis received 5 Gold records today for 5 separate RCA Victor singles. I'm not going to list them, everything he recorded went to some kind of metal. On
March 27, 1992Elvis was posthumously awarded 123 Gold & Platinum records. NoI'm not going to list the titles. Call , she has them. Lisa Marie
recorded "I' m Mad At Me." Wanda Jackson
debuted on the charts with her self-penned Columbia single "How Do." The record made the Top 20, and the future Grammy Award winner was named the CMA Female Vocalist of the Year in 1992 &1993. Mary Chapin Carpenter
's MCA album "Hearts in Armor" was certified Platinum. Trisha Yearwood
1997 - Silver Eagle released "Silver Eagle Cross Country Presents Live:
" 1997. Vern Gosdin
1925~1998, age 72, of "Maddox Brothers & Rose" died in Oregon. Rose Maddox
released "Have You Forgotten." Darryl Worley
2003 - Dream Works released
' album "Now." Jessica Andrews
, age 87, founder of Monitor Records, died in Somers, New York. Michael Stillman
2005 - Miranda Lambert debuted on the Tonight Show.
celebrated his 74th birthday. Roy Clark
1877 - Simeon E. Neill Acuff 1877~1943, father of
was born in Tennessee. Roy Acuff played the fiddle, and was a hard working, intelligent man. He was an ordained Baptist minister, served as postmaster of Maynardville, County Clerk of Union County, worked as a lawyer and member of the Tennessee Bar Association, law partner of Mr. Acuff , and served in Knox County as a General Sessions Judge. Of course he didn' t do all of these things at the same time, but they all represent a portion of this dear man' s resume. He did find the time to teach his son the moral values of a Christian family. The things Judd Acuff learned from his father he applied to his life, and shared with those around him that he cared about. Roy Acuff
Delia Bellsinger, songwriter, and guitarist was born in Bonham Texas. Delia Nowell Deliawas one half of the Bill Grand& duo, one of the best duets in country and bluegrass history. Delia Bell
was born Stanley Robert Vinton in Canonsburg, PN 1935. Bobby Vinton Bobbyhas charted 7 country singles on Billboards country charts.
, record company executive, born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rick Blackburn
' s "Guitar Polka" topped the charts. Al Dexter
' s single "Slowly" topped the charts. Webb Pierce
Kathy Cash, second child of Johnny Cashand , was born in Memphis, Tennessee. Vivian Liberto Cash
1961 - Claude King' s first recording session for Columbia Records.
' s "She' s Got You" topped the Country charts. Patsy Cline
' #1 hit "Together Again" hit the Country charts. Ray Charles
1968 - Dorsey Murdock Dixon 1897~1968, singer, songwriter, guitar, and fiddle player, a member of the "Dixon Brothers," died at age 70.
1969 - The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour featured special guests
Nancy Sinatra, Al Martino, and . Tim Conway
's Capitol album "Galveston" was certified Gold by the RIAA. Glen Campbell
' s Epic Records "Greatest Hits Album" was certified gold. Tammy Wynette
1972 - William Howard "Jesse" James 1916~1972, age 55, of Jesse James & All the Boys, died in Texas.
1977 - Waylon Jennings' #1 single "Lukenbach Texas" charted.
' s "Someone Loves You Honey" topped the charts. Charlie Pride
1983 - Alabama' s album, "The Closer You Get," went to #1.
1993 - Marty
Stuart' s "Hey Baby," charted.
filed for divorce from Janis Gill Vinceafter 17 years of marriage.
became the first female artist to win the "Songwriter, Artist of the Year Award" from the Nashville Songwriters Association. Shania Twain
, age 89, WSM recording engineer, died in Nashville, Tennessee. Aaron Shelton
2002 - The Dixie Chicks were sued by Sony Music for breach of contract.
gave a concert at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. for the military. Darryl Worley Secretary of Defenseintroduced him. The concert was broadcast over Armed Forces Radio and TV, and the Fox News Cable Network. Donald Rumsfeld
was released from Baptist Hospital in Nashville, after treatment for congestive heart failure. June Carter Cash
2007 - The CMT Music Awards were presented in Nashville; however there wasn't much country music to be heard.
was presented with the Johnny Cash Visionary Award by Rosanne Cash. That was certainly the highlight of the evening. Kris Kristofferson
1901 - J. B. Fusilier 1901~1976, Cajun fiddle pioneer, born Jean Batiste Fusilier in Oberlin, Louisiana.
, founding member of the Tenneva Ramblers, born in Bristol, Tennessee. Claude Grant
Uncle, age 55, became the first member of the WSM National Barn Dance who was known from coast to coast. Fiddler Dave Macon made his second appearance on the Barn Dance this evening. Henry Bandy
1926 - The Skillet Lickers first recording session for Columbia Records.
was born in Clayton, New Mexico. Ray Patterson
, a one-armed fiddler made his second appearance on WSM's Barn Dance. Marshall Claiborne
1938~1960, age 21, Rockabilly pioneer, died in a car crash enroute to the London airport. Eddie Cochran was a passenger in the same vehicle and was seriously injured. Gene Vincent Cochranhas been inducted into the R&RHF & the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Eddiewas laid to rest in Forest Lawn~Cyprus, Cyprus, California.
' s single "Theme From Dixie" charted. Duane Eddy
1965 - Marty
Robbins' hit the charts with "Ribbon Of Darkness." The song was recorded March 2, in Nashville. Gordon Lightfoot wrote the song, and the session was produced by . Session players included: Marty Robbins~vocals & guitar; Bob Johnston Ray Edenton~guitar; Jack Pruett~guitar; Joe Zinkan~bass; and ~drums. The song went to #1. Louis Dunn
1968 - Dorsey Dixon 1897~1968, age 70, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and fiddler for the Dixon Brothers died today. The brothers recorded for Bluebird in the 1930' s.
Johnny Cashperformed at the White House for President. Nixon
1973 - Asylum released the Eagles second album "Desperado."
Bobbie Jett, mother of (fathered by Hank Sr.) died in California. Jett Williams
hosted Saturday Night Live. Johnny Cash
1986 - The Everly Brothers'
WarnerBros. album "The Very Best of the Everly Brothers" was certified Gold.
1986 - Little Feat's
WarnerBros. album "Feats Don't Fail Me" was certified Gold.
' s RCA single "There Ain' t Nothin' Wrong With The Radio," went to #1. This was Travelers Rest, South Carolina's favorite son's first #1 single. Aaron Tippin
1992 - Hank
Penny, Western Swing legend, died at the age of 73.
2000 - Murray Nash 1918~2000, age 82, early RCA Records executive, died in Ocala, Florida.
, had both legs amputated below the knees, due to diabetes. Johnny Russell
' s children reached an out of court agreement; with the doctor they had sued for contributing to the singer' s death. Tammy Wynette
, age 65, singer/songwriter/guitar session player, died in Branson, Missouri. Dave Kirby Davewas married to country singer . Leona Williams
2004 - Kenny Chesney & Uncle Kracker' s single "When The Sun Goes Down" topped the charts.
2004 - Shortly after leaving a show,
' s merchandise truck was involved in an accident on an Interstate on-ramp in Little Rock, Arkansas. The truck, and contents were destroyed by fire. No serious injuries were reported. Kenny Chesney
2004 - The Judds, Wynonna, and
Naomi, debuted on the Grand Ole Opry, twelve years after Naomiretired from the duo for health reasons.
1938~2004, age 65, singer, songwriter, and session guitarist died Branson, Missouri-. Dave Kirby Daveand were married in 1985 and lived in Branson. Leona Williams was laid to rest in the Vienna Public Cemetery, Vienna, Missouri. Dave Kirby
1937~2007, age 69, Hall of Fame Songwriter, and Grammy winner died in Nashville from a heart attack. Inducted NSHF in 1999. Glenn wrote, or co-wrote: Almost Persuaded; She Still Comes Around; What A Man My Man Is; Take Me To Your World; I Don't Wanna Play House; Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad; You' re My Man, and many more. Glenn Sutton Glenn's funeral is scheduled for April 20th.
is scheduled to appear in concert at Aitken University Centre in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. George Jones
Leon"Abner" Weaver 1886~1962, of "The Weaver Bros. & Elviry" was born in Ozark, Missouri.
1920~1995, was born Pete Pyle
, session musician, multi-instrumentalist, and conductor born Detroit, Michigan. Billy Liebert
1928 - Emmet Crouch made his only appearance on the Grand Ole Opry as a solo artist.
1939 - Milton Brown 1903~1936, age 32, pioneer Western Swing band leader, and vocalist, died five days after being involved in a fatal car crash. In 1930
Brownmet Bob Willsand a guitar player. The three formed a trio they called the "Aladdin Laddies," and soon after they renamed their band the "Light Crust Doughboys. It was almost two years later that Herman Arnspiger Miltonformed the legendary "Musical Brownies."
recorded his theme song "Back In The Saddle Again." Gene Autry
, "The Tractors," born Tulsa, Oklahoma. Walt Richmond
topped the charts with "Anytime." Eddy Arnold
married Nashville businesswoman Earl Scruggs LouiseCertain, in Gaffney, South Carolina.
, producer, recording industry executive born Cairo, Illinois. Kyle Lehning
1953 - Red Foley hosted his last Prince Albert, Grand Ole Opry show.
covered a hit record by the Drifters "Save The Last Dance For Me." The song was recorded today at the Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California. Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman wrote the song, and Buck Owens produced the record. Session personnel included: Buck Owens~vocals & guitar; Don Rich~lead acoustic guitar; Ralph Mooney~steel guitar; George French Jr.~piano; Bobby Austin~bass; Wayne Stone~drums. The single was released on May 21st, and topped out at #11 on the charts. Ken Nelson
' s "Understand Your Man" topped the charts. Johnny Cash
recorded "Along Came You" b/w "I Wanna Waltz. Wanda Jackson
' s "My Hang-up Is You" topped the charts. Freddie Hart
WarnerBros. released ' single "Play Together Again Again" w/Emmylou Buck Owens Harrisb/w "He Don't Deserve You Anymore."
' s "I Wanna Dance With You" went to # 1. Eddie Rabbitt
filmed his " Johnny Cash Delia' s Gone" video the 18th--21st.
1995 - River North Nashville released
' s "Life and Love and All the Stages." Holly Dunn
1998 - Diamond Rio (Marty Roe,
Jimmy Olander, Gene Johnson, Dan Truman, Dana Williams, and ) became members of the Grand Ole Opry. Brian Prout
, Nashville producer and record company executive, was critically injured in a fall in Los Angeles. Tony Brown Brownwas transported to the UCLA Medical Center in L.A.
, age 51, musician, songwriter, died in Falls Church, Virginia. Harry Dailey
is scheduled to appear in concert at the Germain Arena in Estero, Florida. Martina McBride
, of the "Leake County Revelers" born in Mississippi. Jim Wolverton
1924 - The WLS "National Barn Dance" was aired in
Chicago. Illinois, for the first time. It was the first of many hillbilly shows, to be broadcast live on a weekly basis, and one of the best. The radio station was sold in 1960, and the new owners changed the format to Rock & Roll. Many of the entertainers joined WGN in Chicagoand formed the WGN Barn Dance." Four years later the show was syndicated for TV, and aired into the early 1970's. Some of the artists who worked the National Barn Dance should be in the country music hall of fame. They paved the way for , and Hank Williams, and they were loved by their fans. Lulu Belle & Scotty, and Roy Acuff were very talented and successful artists, just to name a few. Bradley Kincaid
, vocals, guitar, banjo founding member of "The New Lost City Ramblers" born in NYC. Left the band in 1962 and was replaced by Tom Paley . Tracy Schwarz
1939 - Bill Rice Hall of Fame songwriter was born in Datto, Arkansas.
Billand teamed up as songwriters for a period of fifteen years. As a result, both men were inducted into the NSHF in 1994. The following songs were written by Foster and Rice and represent just a few of their creations. The Easy Part's Over; Someone To Give My Love To; The Day The World Stood Still; The Back Side of Dallas; Would You Take Another Chance On Me; When You Say Love; Think About It Darlin'; Here Comes the Hurt again; and many more. At one time Foster & Rice had ten of their songs on the charts at the same time. Jerry Rice
1941~1992, songwriter, born Nashville, Tennessee. Inducted into the NSHF IN 1994. Bobby Russell
, banjo virtuoso, born rural Alabama. Wendy Holcombe
recorded "Waltz Across Texas." Ernest Tubb
Gary"Stretch" Brewer, of the Bluegrass--Kentucky Ramblers was born today.
1965 - Capitol Records released
' single "Before You Go" b/w "(I Want) No One But You." Buck Owens
debuted on the charts with "Too Far Gone." Emmylou Harris
1977 - Gordon Lightfoot's Reprise album "Gord's Gold" was certified Gold by the RIAA.
debuted on the charts with "I' ll Take The Blame." Ricky Skaggs
Crystal Gayle, Dottie West, Debby Boone, Emmylou Harris, and , occupied the top five positions on Billboard' s country charts. It was the first time female artists held all five spots. 20% of the above named female legends have been inducted into the CMHF, a.k.a. The Music City Boys Club. I hope the other 80% are inducted some day, but I won't try to hold my breath that long. Tammy Wynette
's Geffen Records album "Building the Perfect Beast" was certified Platinum. Don Henley
1988 - George Strait's MCA album "Strait Country" was certified Gold by the RIAA.
' s "I' m No Stranger To The Rain" was #1. Keith Whitley
Ronnie Milsap's RCA Victor album "Lost in the Fifties" was certified Gold, along with 's album "Leave The Light On." Lorrie Morgan
1993 - Dolly Parton's Columbia album "Slow Dancing With the Moon" was certified Gold.
1919~1998, member of the "Blue Sky Boys," died at age 78. Earl A. Bolick
, age 77, "The Stonemans," died in Jonesville, Virginia. John Stoneman
2005 - Lee Ann Womack made the cover of Woman's World magazine.
2007 - Funeral services for
were held today at Woodlawn Funeral Home in Nashville. The body was cremated. The Hall of Fame songwriter, and Grammy winner died in his sleep on April 17th, at age 69. Glenn Sutton
is scheduled to appear at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. Martina McBride
Van Buren"Red" Anglin 1910~1975, singer, member of the Anglin Brothers, born in Franklin, Tennessee.
Hylo Brown1922~2003, Bluegrass, vocals born ' in River, Kentucky. Frank Brown
1929 - The Dixie Serenading Band mad their first, and last appearance on the Grand Ole Opry.
born Jacksonville, Florida. Johnny Tillotson
, mandolin, vocalist, Traditional Bluegrass, Country Gospel, born in Ford Town, Tennessee. Doyle Lawson Doylefounded "Quicksilver" in 1979.
1945 - World War II reporter,
Ernie Pylewas buried on Okinawa, by his G.I. buddies while ' s recording of "The Great Speckled Bird" was played in the background. Roy Acuff
1950 - Hank
Williamstopped the charts with "Long Gone Lonesome Blues."
1957 - Cadence Records released The Everly Brothers debut single "Bye Bye Love." The song was written by husband & wife team Boudleaux & Felice Bryant, and it became Don and Phil's first chart record, first #1 hit, first Gold record, and was named a Grammy Hall of Fame recording in 1998. The Everly Brothers became members of the Grand Ole Opry in 1957.
was really overjoyed about that. Almost as overjoyed as he was when Mr. Acuff Bob Lumanjoined the Opry, and when Porter Wagonerinvited to make a guest appearance on the Opry, and he opened with "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag." That's the one I would not have wanted to experienced. James Brown and Mr. Roy Porterhad a brief meeting after the final curtain came down that night.
, master guitarist, born New York City. Steve Kaufman
' s self-penned MGM single "Oh Lonesome Me" topped the charts, and remained at #1 for two months. Don Gibson
1959 - Dolly Parton, age 13, released her first single "Puppy Love."
Rick Nelsonand were married. Kris Harmon
topped the charts with "I Want To Go With You." Eddy Arnold
recorded "Acting Like My Old Self Again." Wanda Jackson
Ernest Tubbs' Decca album " Sings Hank Ernest Tubb Williams" charted today.
born Bethel Acres, Oklahoma. Wade Hayes
' s Playboy Records single "Room Full Of Roses" charted and became his first #1 record. Mickey Gilley
' s Capitol Records single "Southern Nights" was certified Gold. Glenn Campbell
1985 - The Grand Ole Opry was shown on TNN for the first time.
1988 - The Johnny Cash Show toured Germany from the 20th through the 28th.
's MCA album "The Last One to Know" was certified Gold. Reba McEntire
1990 - The Kentucky Headhunters' Mercury album "Pickin' on Nashville" was certified Gold.
1993 - Epic released
' s "Honky Tonk Attitude." Joe Diffie
's Atlantic album "Alibis" was certified Gold. Tracy Lawrence
1999 - Edsel released Freddy Fender' s "Greatest Hits."
released her album "Press On." June Carter Cash
, singer, banjoist and recording artist, born in Buncombe, North Carolina. Leader of the Sons of the Mountaineers, Wade Mainer Wadeentertained Presidentat the White House, and over the years recorded for several labels. Roosevelt
Ira Louvin1924~1965, of The Louvin Brothers was born " ," near Section, Alabama. Inducted CMHF 2001. Ira Lonnie Loudermilk
1928 - Hillous Butrum, "Drifting Cowboys" born in Lafayette, Tennessee.
1931~1990, singer, songwriter cast member of the Louisiana Hayride, born Salina, Oklahoma. Carl Belew Carlwrote, or co-wrote the following songs. Am I That Easy to Forget; What's He Doing in My World; Stop the World and Let Me Off; Help Stamp Out Loneliness; Lonely Street; Don't Squeeze My Sharmon, and more. Carlrecorded for Four Star Records. He was inducted into the NSHF in 1976.
1947 - Hank
Williams& The Drifting Cowboys first recording session for MGM Records was held today at Castle Studios in Nashville. Session personnel included: Hank Williams~vocals & guitar; Zeke Turner~electric guitar; Louis Innis~rhythm guitar; Dayle Lohman~steel guitar; Bronson Reynolds~bass; and ~fiddle. Songs recorded today: "Move It On Over," "I Saw The Light," "Last Night I Heard You Crying In Your Sleep," "Six More Tommy Jackson MilesTo The Graveyard." Move It On Over became Hank's first chart record. The self-penned tune climbed the chart to #4.
, singer, songwriter, and producer, born in Meridian, Mississippi. Paul Davis
' s "Sparrow In The Tree Top" became his first top ten record. Rex Allen
, "Traditional Grass," was born in Middletown, Ohio. Mark Rader
started his first Canadian Tour. Johnny Cash
Bob Willsand recorded for Liberty Records for the first time. Tommy Duncan
released "Big River Bob Luman Rose."
, singer, actor, debuted on Billboard' s Top 40 Chart with "Old Rivers." Walter Brennan
and Dolly Parton recorded "Just Someone I Use To Know." The RCA Victor single topped out at #5 on the charts. Porter Wagoner
1971 - After taking a career break to spend more time with her children,
rejoined the Grand Ole Opry today. Can you imagine one of today's superstar mothers doing the same? Nahneither can I. Connie Smith
and Dolly Parton performed their last concert together in Salina, Kansas. The next sound you heard were Music City attorney's licking their greedy chops. Porter Wagoner
's Myrrh Record label album "My Father's Eyes" was certified Gold. Amy Grant
's MCA album "What Am I Gonna Do About You" was certified Gold. Reba McEntire
Brooksand Dunn' s "Little Miss Honky Tonk," topped the charts.
1998 Collector' s Choice Music released
' s "The RCA Years." Elton Britt
, of "The Jordanaires," died at age 70, in Nashville, Tennessee. Neal Matthews
, age 93, founder of "Guitar Review," died New York City. Rose Augustine
2003 - Grammy winning producer, and engineer,
, was hired as an audio consultant to the Grand Ole Opry. Mossenburg lives in Nashville, and was hired to improve the audio quality of the Opry Radio and TV broadcasts. The corporation could have saved a great deal of money by just hiring some artists that are familiar with what real country music is, and how to dress on stage in something other than ragged ugly jeans, and tops that display more body parts than the artist displays talent. A huge problem, a simple solution. Or so it seems to this old man who longs to hear some real country music. George Mossenburg
2004 - After 18 years as President and CEO of BMI,
announced that she would step down from that position in August. No one person contributed more to Nashville, Tennessee becoming "Music City USA" than this fine lady. Nashville's first BMI office was born in Frances W. Preston 's Nashville home. She dedicated her life to the music, the people who write it, and her community. Mrs. Preston , well done. Frances Preston
and Faith Hill' s Soul2Soul II Tour debuted in Columbus, Ohio. This was Faith' s first road tour in six years. The tour will conclude on September 4th. Tim McGraw
2007 - GAC broadcast Part one of Kenny Chesney Phases & Stages: The Flip Flop Summer Tour. The show was taped in Omaha, Nebraska, on April 12th.
, singer, songwriter, guitarist, TV host and actor, "The Rhinestone Cowboy," was born Delight, Arkansas. Hosted the Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour (1968-1972). "Rhinestone Cowboy: An Autobiography: Glen Campbell Campbelland released in 1994 by Villard Books. Tom Carter
, singer songwriter, guitar, drums, and pianist born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Ray Griff
topped the charts with "Too Late To Worry, Too Blue To Cry." Al Dexter
of the "Nashville Bluegrass Band," born in Huntington, Indiana. Pat Enright
1945 - Cleve
Francis"Cleveland Francis Jr." singer, songwriter, guitarist and cardiologist, born Jennings, Louisiana.
1950 - Hank
Williams' "Long Gone Lonesome Blues" topped the country music charts.
, "Asleep At The Wheel" born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Reuben Gosfield
1967 - Heath Wright, singer, songwriter, of "Ricochet" born in Vian, Oklahoma.
1967 - "The Four Guys" joined the Grand Old Opry.
topped the charts with "Fist City." Loretta Lynn
, age 57, RCA Records executive, died from a heart attack while driving from the RCA studios to the Nashville airport. Steve Sholes Stevewas inducted into the CMFH in 1967.
1970 - The Johnny Cash ABC Network Television Show featured
Lynn Anderson, Burl Ives, , and the regular cast members. June Carter
1971 - Marty
Robbinsreleased "The Chair" b/w "Seventeen Years."
Jerry Lee Lewis' "Think About It Darlin' " topped the country charts.
's Epic album "Very Special Love Songs" was certified Gold by the RIAA. Charlie Rich
' s single "Drinkin My Baby" was #1. Eddie Rabbitt
, born in Moore, Oklahoma. Kellie Coffey
Kenny Rogersand ' s "Every Time Two Fools Collide," went to #1. Dottie West
Johnny Leeand ' s duet "The Yellow Rose" topped the charts 1984. Lane Brody
1988 - George Strait's MCA album "If You Ain't Lovin' (You Ain't Livin')" was certified God.
made his debut appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. Clint Black
recording artist, and DJ died at age 86. Fred Kirby
1997 - Warner Brothers released
' s debut album "Back to You." Anita Cochran
1925~2003, age 77, of the songwriting team of Boudleaux & Bryant, died at her home in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Inducted Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame 1972. Georgia Music Hall of Fame 1982, National Academy of Popular Music Songwriters Hall of Fame 1986, Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame 1985 Country Music Hall of Fame 1991, and Nashville Arts Foundation Living Legend Award 1991. Felice was laid to rest in Woodlawn Memorial Park, in Nashville. Felice Bryant
was named recipient of the PGA' s Distinguished Service Award. It is the Professional Golfers' Association' s highest honor. Vince Gill
2006 - The Renee Grant-Williams 8th Annual Vocal Masters Class, was held in Nashville.
's Second Annual Raindance charity event was opened today in Blake Shelton Blake's hometown of Ada, Oklahoma, and will run through the 24th. Funds raised from this event are for the victims of Oklahoma's drought, and wildfires, that occurred in 2005~2006. The three day event includes team roping, an archery tournament and concert featuring Blake Shelton, Neal McCoy Craig Morganand . Last years event raised just over $133,000. Steve Holy
1900 - The New York Journal printed the word "Hillbilly" for the first time.
, a one-armed fiddler made his final appearance on WSM's Barn Dance. Marshall Claiborne
1936~1988, singer, songwriter, guitarist born Vernon, Texas. Roy Orbison Roywas 's favorite singer. Elvis Presley
Manuel, clothes designer for the stars was born Manuel Arturo Jose Cuevas Martinez in Mexico. Manuelworked for Nudie in California, and marred his daughter in 1960. Barbara Cohn
, of the "Nashville Bluegrass Band," was born in Madawaska, Maine. Roland White
, recording artist, born Denton, Texas. Ray Peterson
topped the charts with "Smoke On The Water." Bob Wills
, Bluegrass bassist, born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mark Schatz
made his debut appearance in Las Vegas, at the New Frontier Hotel. The audience reaction was less than enthusiastic, and the second week of the engagement was cancelled. Elvis would not return to Las Vegas for thirteen years. Elvis Presley
recorded "Red Sweater" for RCA. Dave Rich
1961 - Marty
Robbins"Don' t Worry" went to the top of the country charts.
songwriter, born San Antonio, Texas. Aaron Barker
' s single "Galveston" topped the charts. Glen Campbell
Glen Campbell' s Goodtime Hour featured Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, Bob Newhart, Vicki Carr, , and John Hartford Glen.
1975 - Tom T. Hall recorded "Deal."
' s single "She' s Got You" went to #1. Loretta Lynn
Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewisand recorded their Live album "The Survivors" at a concert in Stuttgart, Germany. Carl Perkins
Mickey Gilley, Lorrie Morgan, , Cliff Dumas and Vickie Rae Von were featured guests on Hee Haw. David Holt served as co-host Jim Stafford
1988 - Ocie Stockard 1909~1988, age 78, Western Swing band leader, multi-instrumentalist, an original member of Milton Brown and His Musical Brownies, and later played for Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, died in Fort Worth, Texas.
's MCA album "Rumor Has It." was certified Platinum. Reba McEntire
1999 - Lee Roy Parnell,
Billy Ray Cyrus, Garth Brooks and Rhett Akinssurprised , and an audience of 13,000 fans, with their surprise appearance at Charley' s ' 99 Volunteer Jam concert in Nashville, Tennessee. Charley Daniels
2000 - The Library of Congress honored
Johnny Cashand with their "Living Legend" award. Ralph Stanley
gave free performances in Nashville and New York to promote the release of "Set This Circus Down." Tim McGraw
2004 - Chuck Reeves, music director at KBUL in Reno, Nevada, married
on Montgomery Gentry' s tour bus after a concert. Debbie Roszelle
2005 - The Juno Awards Show was aired from Winnipeg, Manitoba.
2006 - Today would have been
's 70th birthday. Roy Orbison
born Staunton, Virginia. Bobby Gregory
1916 - Eldon Shamblin, guitarist, arranger, member of the "Texas Playboys," was born in Weatherford, Oklahoma.
member of the "Oakridge Boys," was born in Camden, New Jersey. Richard Sterban
, Bluegrass, mandolin player, member of the Rice Brothers, was born on this date. Larry Rice
's "In The Jailhouse Now" had a 21 week hold on #1. Webb Pierce
Harry"Haywire Mac" McClintock, age 74, died in San Francisco, California.
Johnnie& Jackrecorded "Poison Love" 1958.
1960 - Flatt & Scruggs recorded "Polka On A Banjo."
Brenda Leeand were married at the Radnor Church of Christ in Nashville. Ronnie Shacklett
1970 - Edsel released The Flying Burrito Brothers second album "Burrito Deluxe" featuring Gram Parsons.
1979 - Rebecca Lynn Howard, singer, songwriter, born in Salyersville, Kentucky.
1896~1979, of the "Binkley Brothers Dixie Clodhoppers," died at age 83. Gale Binkley
1984 - Jerry Lee Lewis, age 48, married
, age 22. This was the killer' s fifth marriage. Kerrie McCarver
1986 - Tom T. Hall recorded "Down At The Mall."
1993 - Farm Aid IV was held in Ames, Iowa.
2001 - MCA released "The Best of Freddy Fender."
2001 - Mercury released "The Best of Flatt & Scruggs."
was named Naches River Festival' s "Citizen of the Year," in Beaumont, Texas. Tracy Byrd
1932~2006, age 73, died as the result of Alzheimer' s disease at a Bakersfield hospice. The former wife of Bonnie Owens 1948~1953, and Merle Haggard 1965~1978, enjoyed a recording career of her own with Tally Records, and Capitol between 1963~1969. Buck Owens Bonniecharted six singles on the Billboard country singles chart during that time. Bonnie is the mother of Buck' s son Buddy Alan. Bonnie and Buck are Together Again; her ashes were placed next to Buck, in the Greenlawn Southwest Cemetery, in the Owensfamily Mausoleum in Bakersfield, California.
2007 - The GMA (Gospel Music Association) Music Week presented their Songs of Faith Signature Show at the Ryman Auditorium.
Brenda Lee, Pam Tillis, Diamond Rio, the Del McCoury Band and appeared on the show. Josh Turner
, of the "Sons of the Pioneers," was born in Rochelle, Texas. Karl Marx Farr
1915~2000, Western Swing fiddle pioneer, bandleader, was born in Texas City, Texas. Cliff Bruner Cliffjoined ' s "The Musical Brownies" in 1935, and formed his own band "The Texas Wanderers" after Milton Brown Milton' s death. At one time Cliff's band included: Moon Mullican-piano; Dickie McBride-guitar; Bob Dunn-steelguitar; Hezzie Brock-bass and mandolin. With the decline in popularity of Western Swing in the 1950's Will Raley-electric Brunnerretired from music, and became an insurance salesman in Houston, Texas.
1928~2005, fiddle virtuoso, was born in Kinard, South Carolina. Vassar Clements
Ervin"Vin" Bruce, "King of the Cajuns," was born in Cut Off, Louisiana.
was born in Senatobia, Mississippi. O.B. McClinton
of "Southern Pacific," was born in Oakland, California. Stu Cook
of the Johnson Mountain Boys, was born in Dickerson, Maryland. Larry Robbins
1948 - T. Texas Tyler headlined a country music concert at Carnegie Hall.
, singer, songwriter, was born in Sumpter, South Carolina. Rob Crosby
' s "In The Jailhouse Now" topped the charts. Webb Pierce
1957 - Rev. Andrew Jenkins1885~1957, age 71, Okeh and Bluebird recording artist died today.
Janice Rogersis granted a divorce from . The couple was married in 1958 and have one child Kenny Rogers . Carole Lynne
appears on stage at the Bloch Arena in Hawaii. He would not perform again in person for seven years. Elvis Presley
1966 - Jeffrey Howard Hawkins, member of "Little Texas," was born in Arlington, Texas.
1971 - Sonny
James' "Empty Arms" topped the charts.
Willie Nelsonperformed for Presidentat the White House. Carter
GordonLightfoot's WarnerBros. album "Endless Wire" was certified Gold by the RIAA.
' s musical "Big River" opened on Broadway. It later won the Roger Miller Tonyfor Best Musical of the Year.
's RCA Victor "Greatest Hits" album was certified 2 x Platinum. Ronnie Milsap
' s "80' s Ladies," charted. K.T. Oslin
1989 - TNN debuted their "Viewers Choice Awards."
1997 - The Dukes of Hazzard Reunion TV movie aired.
2000 - The Amazing Rhythm Aces released their album "Absolutely Live."
2003 - Toby
Keith' s "Greatest Hits, Vol. 1," was certified double platinum.
1897 - Fiddlin' Doc
Robertswas born in Madison County, Kentucky.
1927~2001, songwriter, guitarist born in East War, Cecil Null West Virginia.
Johnny Mosby, of " Johnny& " was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Joni Mosby
1937~2005, rockabilly singer, guitarist, born in Boone County, West Virginia. Hasil Adkins
was born in Corning, New York. Duane Eddy
recorded "Walking The Floor Over You," the first time, at Biggs Studio in Dallas Texas. The session was produced by Ernest Tubb Dave Kapp, and the session players included; Ernest Tubb~Vocals & Rhythm guitar; ~Lead, and Steel guitar; and the name of the Bass player has been lost to the ages. Fay Smith Ernestrecorded the song again in 1979.
and the Smokey Mountain Boys, rejoined the Grand Ole Opry, as host of the "Royal Crown Cola Show." The group quit the Opry the previous year in a dispute over salaries. Roy Acuff Royreturned because and Opry management told him the Opry needed him. Ernest Tubb
' s "Anytime" sat at the top of the country music chart. Eddy Arnold
1952 - Hank
Williamsmade his only network television appearance, on the Kate Smith Show. Hank sang, "Hey Good Lookin' ."
became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Martha Carson
' s 28th birthday party was held three days late. The guests included the Roy Orbison Beatlesand they were running a little bit behind schedule.
' s "Understand Your Man" was the #1 song. Johnny Cash
of the Rock--Pop group "Rascal Flatts" was hatched. Jay DeMarcus
's Mega Records single "Help Me Make It Through the Night" was certified Gold. Sammi Smith
1972 - Jerry Lee Lewis' "Chantilly Lace" went to #1.
recorded "Ain' t It Amazing, Buck Owens Gracie."
1974 - Vernon Tim Spencer, age 65, of the "Sons of the Pioneers," died today.
1975 - Jessi Colter' s #1 country hit "I' m Not Lisa" charted on Billboard' s Top 40.
set the record for the longest title of a #1 hit on Billboard's popular music chart. The song was "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song." B.J. Thomas
' s single "A Lesson In Leavin" went to #1. Dotti is not in the CMHF. Dottie West
1988 - K.
' s "I' ll Always Come Back" topped the charts 1988. T. Oslin
, music executive, died at age 72. Inducted into the CMHF in 1986. Wesley Rose
released his album "American Recordings." Johnny Cash
' album "Sweetheart' s Dance" certified platinum by the RIAA. Pam Tillis
Martina McBrideis scheduled to appear in concert at the in Wichita Falls, Texas. Kay Yeager Coliseum
1890~1987, WAS born Leonard Harrison Aleshire in Missouri. Lennie and friend Lennie Aleshire entertained as "Flash and Whistler" when they joined the vaudeville act of "The Weaver Brothers and Elviry" in the 1920' s. They performed as "Lennie and Goo Goo" while cast members of Red Foley' s "Ozark Jubilee" from 1955~1961. Considered by many as pioneers of country music, the duo had influenced many country music performers who would come to stardom in later years. Floyd Rutledge
1903~1968, record company executive, and founder of King Records was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Sydney Nathan
1909 - Jimmie Skinner WAS born in Blue Lick, Kentucky.
1929 Tommy Hill 1929~2002, brother of Goldie Hill, artist, songwriter, A&R man and record label owner, wrote "Slowly" and "Teddy Bear," was born near Coy City, Texas.
and His Orchestra made their final appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. Francis Craig
of "The Browns" and member of the Grand Ole Opry was born in Campti, Louisiana. Maxine Brown
1944 - Herb Pedersen, singer, songwriter, and session-musician, member of the Desert Rose Band was born in Berkley, California. a.k.a. Looney Tunes, California.
recorded "Faded Love." Bob Wills
released "I' m Walkin." Ricky Nelson
1958 - The Everly Brothers appeared on the
. Ed Sullivan Show
' single "Take These Ray Charles Chains From My Heart" hit the Country chart today.
1971 - The Opryland USA theme park opened the gates for the first time in Nashville, Tennessee.
1972 - Tom T. Hall recorded "Willy The Wandering Gypsy And Me."
1974 - Waylon Jennings' single "This Time" hit the country charts.
' s albums "Very Special Love Songs" and "There Won' t Be Anymore," were #1 Charlie Rich
and #2 on the country album charts.
's MCA album "Come on Over" was certified Gold by the RIAA. Olivia Newton-John
Paul"Hezzie" Trietsch 1905~1980, age 75, of the "Hoosier Hot Shots," died today.
1981 Denver Darling 1909~1981, singer, songwriter, musician and bandleader died at age 72. Denver recorded for Decca, Deluxe and MGM records, and was the first country musician to perform at New York City' s Carnegie Hall (1945). His bands were named; the Trail Blazers, the Texas Cowhands, and the
1990 - Garth Brooks released his "No Fences" album.
Brooks& Dunn's Arista album "Hard Workin' Man" was certified Gold & Platinum today.
1996 - Mercury Records released
' s album "Another River." Harley Allen
was on hand as officials in Monticello, Trisha Yearwood Georgiarenamed highway 83N, "Trisha Yearwood Parkway."
2002 - Hillous
, age 74, died in Nashville. Butram was a staff musician at the Grand Ole Opry by the age of 16. Buel Butram
2003 - Edward L. Gaylord, age 83,
chairman of Gaylord Entertainment, died in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
2004 - An unidentified person threw a brick from an Interstate overpass, striking the front windshield of
' s tour bus. The window was shattered, however there were no injuries reported to the police. Joe Diffie
released her album "Van Lear Rose." Loretta Lynn
2006 - The 19th annual Merlefest was held at the Wilkes Community College campus in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, beginning today through the 30th.
2007 - Irving Waugh 1912~2007, WSM executive, and a World War II correspondent reporting from the Pacific Theater of operations, died at the age of 94.
Waughwas executive producer of the CMA Awards Show for twenty-five years.
is scheduled to appear in concert at the ASU Convocation Center in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Martina McBride
John"Dad" Crockettof the "Crockett Mountaineers, was born in West Virginia.
1928 - Mrs. C.R. Cline, a hammer dulcimer player made her second appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. She was accompanied by her husband on guitar.
, fiddler, born in Puxico, Missouri. Dale Potter
, arranger-conductor, born New South Wales, Australia. Bill Walker Billwas Nashville' s busiest arranger-conductor in the 60' s and 70' s.
' s "At Mail Call Today" charted. Gene Autry Geneand wrote the song, which went to #1 and remained on the charts for almost six months. Fred Rose
1949 - The Sons of the Pioneers recorded "Riders In The Sky."
1950 - Hank
Williams' "Long Gone Lonesome Blues" topped the charts.
Bill Haleyand the Comets appeared on the . Ed Sullivan Show
1958 - The Everly Brothers #1 country hit "All I Have To Do Is Dream" charted.
1963 - "Dad"
Carter1889~1963, of "The Chuck Wagon Gang," died at age 73.
' s "Behind Closed Doors" topped the charts. Charlie Rich
1975 - Billie Jo Spears single "Blanket On The Ground" was #1.
1978 - Dolly Parton's RCA Victor album "Here You Come Again" was certified Platinum by the RIAA.
Tommy Caldwell1949~1980, bassist and background vocalist for the died at the age of 30. Marshall Tucker Band
1984 - The Judds first #1 single "Mama He' s Crazy," charted today.
went to #1 with "Crying My Heart Out Over You." Ricky Skaggs
Terri Gibbsand were married. David Daughtry
1990 - George Strait's MCA album "Beyond the Blue Neon" was certified Platinum.
1916~1991, age 74, singer, songwriter, movie & TV actor died in his sleep from natural causes in Fresno, California. Ken Curtis Ken(played Festus on Gunsmoke), and replaced Frank Sinatrain the band in 1941 after Tommy Dorsey quit. In 1981 he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame. Frank Kenwas cremated, and his ashes scattered in Colorado.
1996 - Tennessee Governor Don Sundquist proclaimed today as
in Memphis. Jerry Lee Lewis Day
1997 - Faith Hill and
released their duet "Its Your Love." Tim McGraw
debuted as a host of the Grand Ole Opry. Brad Paisley
's first Warner Records single " Blake Shelton Austin" charted today. The song was written by David Kentand , and climbed the chart to #1 where it remained for 5 weeks. This was Kristi Manna Blake's first chart record, and his first #1.
was hospitalized at Baptist Hospital in Nashville, suffering from acute breathing problems. June Carter Cash
1937~2005, age 68, rockabilly singer was found dead in his home near Madison, West Virginia. The cause of death was unknown. Hasil Adkins
2007 - GAC broadcast Part two of Kenny Chesney Phases & Stages: The Flip Flop Summer Tour. The show was taped in Omaha, Nebraska, on April 12th.
, singer, songwriter, and steel guitarist, born in Arkansas City, Kansas. Billy Mize Billywas the MC of many of the West Coast's best radio and television country music shows including; Cousin Herb Henson's Trading Post Show; his own Chuck Wagon Show; 's Melody Ranch; and he was a cast member of Town Hall Party, as a singer and steel guitarist. The ACM awarded Gene Autry Billytheir Top TV Personality award in 1966.
1930~1978, singer, songwriter born D. Armona Noack Jr. in Houston, Texas. Eddie Noack EddyRecorded for Gold Star, K-Ark, and D Records. When Eddyrecorded Rockabilly songs he used the name . Noack moved to Nashville in 1965 and concentrated on his songwriting. Among those who recorded Noack's tunes were Hank Snow and Tommy Wood . George Jones
1933 - The Delmore Brothers, one of the top brother acts in the history of the Opry, made their debut appearance this evening. The brothers stayed with the Opry until 1938. During their stay at the Grand Ole Opry the brothers had recorded over eighty songs on the Bluebird and
, "The Red Headed Stranger," was born in Abbott, Texas. Inducted into the NSHF in 1973, CMHF in 1993, and the Texas CMHF 1998. Willie Nelson
"The King of Country Music" recorded "Be Honest With Me." Roy Acuff
of the "Jordanaires" (1958~1982) was born in Salisbury, Maryland. Duane West
, member of The Oakridge Boys," was born in Taylortown, Texas. Duane Allen
1943 - Simeon E. Neill Acuff, age 66, father of
died today. Roy Acuff
of "Confederate Railroad," was born in Alton, Illinois. Wayne Secrest
singer, songwriter, was born in Dallas, Texas. Between 1982~1985 Karen Brooks Karencharted 8 country singles on the Billboard chart. Her top seller was the #1 "Faking Love," a duet with T.G. Sheppard
Justin Tubband recorded "Lookin' Back To See." Goldie Hill
, Dobro player, was born today. Mike Auldridge
and his group won the "Arthur Godfrey Talent Search." Bill Carlisle
told the U.S. House of Representatives that he had never taken payola for playing anyone' s records on his show "American Bandstand." Dick Clark
1963 - Capitol Records released
' album "On The Bandstand." Buck Owens
, singer, songwriter, born Thomasville, Georgia. Stephanie Bentley
1965 - Decca records sponsored a party celebrating
twenty-fifth anniversary as a Decca recording artist. In addition to the usual gold watch, Ernest Tubbs Ernestwas surprised to receive a Gold record for his hit "Walking The Floor Over You," which had been recorded in 1941. The party was held in New York City.
Johnny Cash's ABC-TV Show featured special guests Doug Kershaw& . Rick Nelson
singer, songwriter born Winter Park, Florida. James Bonamy
1976 - Conway Twitty's MCA album "You've Never Been This Far Before" was certified Gold by the RIAA.
1982 - Alabama's RCA Victor album "Mountain Music" was certified Gold, and Platinum today by you know who.
1983 - Marty
Robbinsreleased "What If I said I Love you" b/w "Baby That' s Love."
Tammy Wynette, T. Graham Brown, Richard Petty, , and the Million Dollar Band were featured guests on Hee Haw. Waylon Jennings was this weeks co-host. Kyle Petty
1989 - George Strait' s "Beyond The Neon" album was certified Gold.
had quadruple bypass surgery in Nashville, Tennessee. Doug Stone
1928~1992, recording artist, comedian, and impressionist died at age 63. Urel Albert
released her "One Step Ahead" album. Rhonda Vincent
, star of the Carolina Opry, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, mad his debut appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. Calvin Gilmore
Johnny Cashand were honored in Los Angeles at the eighth annual Prism Awards. Reba McEntire
, BMI president and CEO, was honored by the State of Tennessee for service to her community and state. Frances Preston Francesis a member of the CMHF. The Nashville BMI office was first located in 's home. Frances Preston
"The Voice" was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. Vern Gosdin
fell and broke his wrist during a concert in Asheville, North Carolina. Demon whiskey, and wild wild women. Working the road can be such a drag. Eddie Montgomery
1925~1960, known as "The Singing Fisherman" was born in Los Angeles, California. Johnny Horton Johnnywas a cast member of the KWKH Louisiana Hayride. Even though this artist had an amazing recording career, he is not a member of the CMHF. Dead for 48 years, and ignored by Rock-Pop, Tennessee's, Country Music Showcase. The Academy of Country Music should start a Country Music Hall of Fame. Their organization is more fan oriented than the Music Row Publicists who call themselves the Country Music Association. What a joke!
Alvin Condorand his banjo, made their first appearance on WSM's Barn Dance, accompanied by fiddler . Dick Weems
1929 - Fuzzy
Owensinger, songwriter, musician, Bakersfield music pioneer, and label owner was born "Fuzzy" Charles Lee Owenin Conway, Arkansas. Fuzzy managed the career of Merle Haggard for many years.
1932 - The Dixieliners made their debut appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. The band consisted of the McGee Brothers and
. Arthur Smith
singer, songwriter, bass, guitarist and actor born in Abbott, Texas. Willie Nelson Williejoined the Grand Ole Opry in 1964, was inducted into the NSHF in 1973., and the CMHF in 1993. Williewas presented with Grammy's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. He began writing songs when he was 7 years old. His first song to be published was "Pullamo" in 1949 by Sophisticate Music. Willierecorded his first record, "No Place For Me" in Vancouver, Washington, and paid for the session himself. Moved to Nashville in 1960, and the following year recorded "Crazy" and it went to #1. His first success as recording artist came in 1962, when Willie and his second wife Shirley Collie recorded duets "Willingly" #10 on the charts, then "Touch Me" went to #7. Those were Patsy Cline Willie's first two chart records (Liberty Records). Made his first guest appearance on the Grand Ole Opry on November 28, 1964. Returned to Texas in 1970 after his home just outside of Nashville burned to the ground. The only thing Williesaved from the fire was an old guitar case where he stored, hid, or removed from wondering eyeshis smoking material. The first of Willie's Fourth of July Picnic Concerts took place in Austin, Texas in 1972. His first movie role came along with 1980's "Electric Horseman." Later that same year Williestarred in "Honeysuckle Rose." In the late 1950's Willie, like most musicians experience, was having a season of "ain't got no money honey." He sold his song "Family Bible" for $50.00 and "Night Life" for $150.00. When he attempted to sell "Hello Walls" to , Faron asked him what he needed the money for. Faron Young Willietold Faron why he needed the cash, and the exact amount. Faron gave Willieseveral times the amount of cash he needed, but not to purchase Hello Walls. It was a loan to a friend. When Willie received his first royalty check for Hello Walls, he went immediately to Tootsie's Orchid Lounge where he knew Faron would be, walked up to Faron and kissed him on the lips. It was a huge check, and Willienever forgot Faron's kindness. When Waylon Jennings died Williedid not attend the funeral in Arizona, or the Memorial service at the Ryman Auditorium. He was justified in what he did, and should not receive any condemnation from anyone as a result. The fault was all Waylon's and the friendship ended long before the death.
born in New Jasper, Ohio. Darrell McCall
1951 - Hank Snow topped the charts with "The Rhumba Boogie."
' s debut single "If Your Ever Lonely Darling" was released. Ray Price
1957 - Elvis recorded "Jailhouse Rock" 1957.
went to #1 with "White Lightning." George Jones
Chicago' s WLS "National Barn Dance," aired its final show. The show ran for over
Sixteen years, and was broadcast from coast to coast, over the NBC radio network.
1962 - Robert Earl Reynolds of "The Mavericks" was born in Kansas City, Missouri.
Ray Pillowjoined the Grand Ole Opry, and was introduced by . Ernest Tubb
1967 - Sonny
James' "Need You" topped the charts.
Glen Campbell's Goodtime Hour featured special guests the Righteous Brothers, , Waylon Jennings, and Liza Minnelli Glen's parents.
1971 - Carolyn Dawn Johnson was born in Grand Prairie, Alberta, Canada.
's James Taylor WarnerBros. album "Mud Slide Slim & the Blue Horizon" was certified Gold by the RIAA.
1974 - Merle Haggard recorded "Old Man From The Mountain," on the same day his Capitol album "The Best of the Best of Merle Haggard" was certified Gold.
1982 - Everybody's favorite
Williereceived a Gold album today for his Columbia album "Always on My Mind."
of the Tyler Wilkinson Wilkinson' s, born in Canada.
and Rosanne Cash' s "It' s Such A Small World," went to #1. Rodney Crowell
1988 - The Johnny Cash Show toured Britain from the 30th through May 12th.
George Jones, , and Hillbilly Jim were featured guests on Hee Haw. Vince Gill was this weeks co-host. Janie Frickie
1990 DeWitt "Snuffy"
Jenkins1908~1990, age 81, Bluegrass banjo player died today.
1995 - Rosanne Cash and producer
were married. John Leventhal
1998 - The Oak Ridge Boys performed at ceremonies, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the American Red Cross blood service, in
Washington, D. C.
1998 - Curly Chalker 1931~1998, age 66, "
" steel guitarist, died at a nursing home in Nashville. Curly was inducted into the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 1985. Harold Lee Chalker
2004 - The Grand Ole Opry American Road Show debuted at the Toyota Arena in York, Pennsylvania.
Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, the Del McCoury Band, and performed. Rebecca Lynn Howard
celebrated his 40th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Ray Pillow
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