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Leon Chappelear, singer/bandleader, born Tyler, TX 1909.


The Carter Families first recording session was held in Bristol, TN, 1927, for Ralph Peer and Victor Records.


Ramblin' Jack Elliott born New York City 1931.


The American Federation of Musicians "AFM," called a nation wide strike against record labels, 1942.


Charlie & Ira Louvin recorded "My Baby's Gone" 1958.


Johnny Cash left SUN Records, and signed with Columbia in Nashville, 1958.


Buck Owens' released "Excuse Me (I Think I've Got A Heartache)/I've Got A Right To Know" 1960. The record peaked at No. 2 on the charts.


Roy Orbison recorded " Pretty Woman" 1964,


Johnny Burnette, age 29, died in a boating accident in California 1964.


Merle Haggard recorded his first #1 record "The Fugitive," 1966.


George Ducas, singer/songwriter, born Texas City, TX 1966.


Howdy Forrester, age 65, Country fiddle virtuoso, Smokey Mountain Boys, died 1987.


Brooks & Dunn's "Boot Scoot Boogie" was #1 on the charts 1992.


RCA released "The Essential Floyd Cramer" 1995.


Pam Tillis' "Greatest Hits" album certified platinum 2001.


Gary Allan's CD "Alright Guy" certified gold 2002.




John Cohen of "The New Lost City Ramblers" born NYC 1932.


Hank Cochran born "Garland Perry Cochran" Isola, MS 1935. Inducted Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame 1974.


Blake Emmons born Toronto, Canada 1944.


Betty Jack Davis of "The Davis Sisters" died in an auto accident, 1953.


Marty Robbins released "I'm Too Big To Cry/Call Me Up" 1954.


Jimmy Lowe "Pirates of the Mississippi," born Atlanta, GA 1955.


Merle Haggard recorded "Someone Told My Story" 1966.


Razzy Bailey's "Lovin' Up A Storm" charted 1980.


Reprise Records released Dwight Yoakam's album "Buenas Noches From A Lonely Room" in 1988.


Garth Brooks' debut album "Garth Brooks" certified gold 1990.


The Tractors released their album "The Tractors" 1994.


Joe Allison, age 77, recording industry executive, died in Nashville 2002.


Kenny Chesney's "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems" charted on Billboard's Top 40 in 2003.


Redd Stewart, age 80, died in Louisville's Baptist Hospital, 2003.




Dottie Dillard "Anita Kerr Singers" born Springfield, MO 1923.


Gordon Stoker " Jordanaires" born Gleason, TN 1924.


Stuart Hamblin begins his career as a Decca Records recording artist 1934.


Randy Scruggs born Nashville, TN 1953.


Marty Robbins released "Sing Me Something Sentimental" 1953.


The Browns #1 country hit "The Three Bells," charted 1959.


The State of Tennessee registered The Country Music Foundation 1964.


Buck Owens released "I Don't Care/Don't Let Her Know," 1964.


Dean Sams, keyboards/vocals "Lonestar," born Garland, TX 1966.


Bonnie Owens recorded "Consider The Children," 1966.


Glen Campbell's single "Dreams Of The Everyday Housewife" charted 1968.


Buck Owens recorded "Hot Dog" 1988.


Johnny Lee of "Urban Cowboy" fame debuted on the Grand Ole Opry 1991.


Trisha Yearwood's debut single "She's In Love With The Boy" went to #1 1991. Trisha became the first female artist to have a #1 debut since Marie Osmond's "Paper Roses" in 1973.


Ivan Leroy "Little Roy" Wiggins, age 73, steel guitarist for Eddy Arnold/session musician, died in Sevierville, TN 1999.


Reba McEntire's single "Somebody" was # 1 in 2004.


Naomi Judd joined several elected officials in New York City to celebrate the re-opening of the Statue of Liberty in 2004. The statue had been closed to the public since September 11, 2001.


Twin sisters Heather and Jennifer The Kinleys, released their album "All In The Family" 2004.




Carson Robison, singer/songwriter, born Oswego, KS 1890.


Frank Luther, recording artist, born Larkin, KS 1899.


Bill Cox, the "Dixie Songbird" born Kanawha County, WV 1897.


James Blackwood born Ackerman, MS 1919.


Benny Sims bluegrass fiddler/session musician born 1924.


Jimmie Rodgers recorded his first session for Ralph Peer, and Victor Records in Bristol, TN in 1927.


Scotty Stoneman born Galax, VA 1932.


Vicki Hackerman, "Dave & Sugar," born Louisville, KY 1950.


George Jones joined the Grand Ole Opry 1956.


Jimmy C. Newman joined the Grand Ole Opry 1956


Johnny Cash recorded "Doin' My Time" 1957.


Skeeter Davis joined the Grand Ole Opry 1959.


Jack Taylor, age 60, "The Prarie Ramblers," died 1962.


Connie Smith won a talent contest in Columbus, OH, that eventually led to stardom, 1963.


Fiddlin' Doc Roberts died in Madison Country, KY 1978.


Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White were married 1981.


Tex Atchison, age 70, died in Collinsville, IL 1982.


The Judds' single "Mama He's Crazy" became their first #1 hit 1984.


Kenny Price, age 56, the "Round Mound of Sound" died from a heart attack 1987.


Mercury released "The Complete Mercury Sessions" of Flatt & Scruggs 1992.


Dolly Parton's album "Eagle When She Flies" certified platinum 1992.


Roy Carter, bass singer for "The Chuck Wagon Gang" died 1997.


The Notorious Cherry Bombs, Rodney Crowell's road band in the 80's, debuted on The Tonight Show in 2004. The band included original members Rodney Crowell, Tony Brown, Vince Gill, Hank DeVito and Richard Bennett.




Hal Durham, WSM executive, born McMinnville, TN 1931.


Vern Gosdin "The Voice," born Woodland, AL 1934.


Bobby Braddock, singer/songwriter, born Lakeland, FL 1940.


Sammi Smith born Orange, CA 1943.


Justin Tubb recorded his first side for Decca Records 1953.


Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash appeared together at the Overton Park Band Shell in Memphis, TN 1955.


Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues" debuted on the charts 1958.


W. S. Holland joined Johnny Cash's band, as drummer for The Tennessee Three 1960.


Mark O'Connor, fiddle virtuoso, born Seattle, WA 1961.


Terri Clark born Terri Sauson, Montreal, Quebec, Canada 1968.


Luther Perkins, Johnny Cash's guitarist, killed in a house fire in Tennessee, 1968.


Mac Davis' #1 hit "Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me" charted 1972.


Marty Robbins released "Among My Souvenirs/She's Just A Drifter" 1976.


Exile's #1 hit "Kiss You All Over" debuted on Billboard's pop chart 1978.


Rosanne Cash recorded her #1 single "Seven Year Ache" 1980.


Judy Canova, age 66, actress/singer died in Los Angeles, CA 1983.


Dolly Parton's single "Why'd You Come In Here Lookin' Like That" went to #1 1989.


Rhonda Vincent debuted on national television, on the Music City Tonight Show in 1994. As the curtain came up, it hooked the boom mike, and lifted it into the air as if it had wings. Rhonda grabbed the microphone and held on tight. The show was stopped while Crook and Chase came out on stage to see if Rhonda was all right. All in all, it was a memorable debut for a remarkable talent.


Mercury Nashville released Terri Clark's album "Just The Same" 1996.


Ray Wylie Hubbard's album "Dangerous Spirits" was released 1997.


Eldon Shamblin, age 82, Western Swing guitarist, died 1998.


Mindy McCready was arrested at her home in Nashville in 2004. She was charged with presenting a fraudulent prescription for the painkiller OxyContin. The offense allegedly took place at a pharmacy in Brentwood, Tennessee, in February.




Old Joe Clark "Manuel D. Clark" of the Renfro Valley Barn Dance born Erwin, TN 1922.


Herschel Sizemore, bluegrass mandolin/vocalist, born in Alabama 1935.


Myrna Lorrie, Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, born in Canada 1940.


Mark DuFresne "Confederate Railroad," born Green Bay, WI 1953.


Lefty Frizzell headlined, as the Hollywood Bowl presented their first ever country music concert 1955.


Marty Robbins released "Singing The Blues/I Can't Quit" 1956.


The Louvin Brothers recorded "Send Me The Pillow You Dream On" 1958.


Darrell Scott, award winning singer/songwriter/record label owner, born 1959.


Loretta's twin beauties, Patsy and Peggy Lynn, born Nashville, TN 1964.


Tom T. Hall's "Washed My Face In The Morning Dew," was his first chart single, 1967.


Lisa Stewart born Louisville, MS 1968.


The Kendalls' single "Heaven's Just A Sin Away," charted 1977.


Steel guitarist Billy Bowman died 1989.


Wynonna's debut album "Wynonna," reached the three million mark in sales 1993.


Charlie Daniels released his second gospel album "Steel Witness" 1996.


Edsel released "Time for Travelin': The Best of Joe Ely, Vol. 2" 1996.


Colleen Carroll Brooks, age 70, recording artist/regular on The Red Foley Ozark Jubilee/

mother of Garth Brooks, died of throat cancer 1999.


Reba McEntire's single "Somebody" topped the charts 2004.




Dave Kapp, songwriter/publisher/founder of Kapp Records, born Chicago, IL 1904.


Felice Bryant, born "Matilda Genevieve Scaduto," Milwaukee, WI 1925.


B. J. Thomas born Hugo, OK 1942.


Hank Williams joined the Louisiana Hayride 1948, after six months of proving to management that he could stay sober.


Rodney Crowell, singer/songwriter/producer/father of Johnny Cash's grandchildren, born Houston, TX 1950.


Elvis Presley released "Blue Moon of Kentucky," and "That's Alright," 1954.


Johnny Cash and Vivian Liberto were married in San Antonio, TX 1954. The best man was John's brother Roy. Marshall Grant, bass player for the Tennessee Two, loaned John the money to get to San Antonio for the wedding.


The final episode of "The Gene Autry Show," aired on CBS-TV 1956.


Michael Peterson born Tucson, AZ 1959.


Patsy Cline's "I Fall To Pieces," went to #1 1961.


Alison Brown, record label executive/banjoist, born 1962.


Raul Malo of the "Mavericks" born 1965.


Capitol Records released Buck Owens' album "Your Tender Loving Care" 1967.


Buck Owens recorded "I've Got You On My Mind Again" 1968.


Armadillo World Headquarters opened in Austin, TX 1970.


Homer Haynes of "Homer & Jethro" died Hammond, IN 1971.


Marty Robbins released "I've Got A Woman's Love/A Little Spot In Heaven" 1972.


George & Tammy's duet "Golden Ring" topped the charts 1976.


B. J. Thomas joined the Grand Ole Opry 1981.


Ester Phillips recording artist, died 1984.


T. C. Lansford of "The Texas Playboys" died 1989.


Garth Brooks performed a free concert in Central Park in New York City, 1997. The crowd was estimated at 250,000. The mayor of NYC proclaimed this to be "Garth Brooks Day."


"Porter Wagoner Day" was proclaimed by Porter's home state of Missouri 1999.


William Lewis "Billy" Byrd, age 81, "Texas Troubadours," died Nashville, TN 2001.


Bill Anderson released his album "A Lot of Things Different" 2001.


William Lee Golden of the Oak Ridge Boys suffered a heart attack 2004. His son will take his place until Golden is well enough to return to the group.




Charlie Stripling of the "Stripling Brothers" born Pickens County, AL 1896.


Herald Goodman of "The Vagabonds" born 1900.


Webb Pierce "The Wondering Boy" born West Monroe, LA 1921.


Mel Tillis, singer/songwriter/country comedy, born Pahokee, FL 1932.


Joe Tex, born "Joseph Arrington Jr." Baytown, TX 1933.


The Sons of the Pioneers recorded for the first time 1934.


Tommy Jennings, musician/brother of Waylon, born Littlefield, TX 1938.


Phillip Balsley of the "Statler Brothers," born Staunton, VA 1939.


Henry Strzelecki, session bassist, born Birmingham, AL 1939.


Jay David, drummer, born Union City, NJ 1942.


Michael Johnson, singer/songwriter, born Alamosa, CO 1944.


Curly Rhodes (bluegrass) and Mary Jackson were married 1948.


Jamie O'Hara born Toledo, OH 1950.


Johnny Cash recorded "All Over Again" & "Frankie's Man Johnny" 1958.


The Osborne Brothers joined the Grand Ole Opry 1964.


Mark Wills born Cleveland, TN 1973.


Hank Williams Jr. seriously injured in a fall on Montana's Ajax Mountain 1975.


K. T. Oslin's album "80's Ladies" debuted at No. 15 in 1987.


Faith Hill's album "Take Me As I Am" reached the two million mark in sales 1996.


The Dixie Chicks' "There's Your Trouble" became their first #1 in 1998.


Raven Records released Emmylou Harris' "Singin' With Emmylou, Vol. 2" 2003.


Vince Gill and Julie Roberts presented a concert on the grounds of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the morning of the running of the Brickyard 400 in 2004. The concert was held to raise awareness among highway drivers about seatbelt use and prevention of drunk driving.




Wyatt "Merle" Kilgore born Chickasha, OK 1934. Worked as Hank Junior's opening act for twenty-one years, prior to taking over as his manager.


Bonnie Campbell joined Buck Owens band in 1947, when she was fifteen years old. They were married the following year and she became Bonnie Owens.


The "Maumee Valley Jamboree," debuted on WTOD in Toledo, OH 1947.


The Stanley Brothers had their first recording session for Mercury 1953.


Cathy Fink, singer/guitarist/banjoist, born Baltimore, MD 1953.


Jesse Ashlock, age 61, songwriter/fiddle player, "Texas Playboys" died in Austin, TX  1976.


Randy Travis' album "Storms Of Life," went to #1 1986.


The Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe, had double heart bypass surgery 1991.


Bobby McBay, age 60, died Texarkana, Texas, in 1998 following a stroke. McBay was a

former bass player in Bob Wills' Texas Playboys.


Steve Runkle, age 49, singer/songwriter, died in Nashville, TN 2001.


Proper Records released Red Foley's album "Tennessee Saturday Night" 2002.


Hank Cochran inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame 2003.


Sam Hogin, songwriter, twice nominated for the CMA's Song of the Year award, died in Nashville 2004.




Delia "Mom" Upchurch "Den Mother of Nashville Stars" born Gainesboro, TN 1891. Mom ran a rooming "home" for Nashville's financially challenged music community at 620 Boscobel Street, for over two decades. The singers, songwriters, and musicians paid what they could afford for their room. No one paid more than ten dollars a week. The lucky ones who got to work the road never missed a call. Mom was the message taker, and coordinated everyone's calendar. Mom died September 1, 1976. Mom and Tootsie Bess, of Tootsie's Orchid Lounge fame, sustained many careers long enough for them to blossom.


Louise Massey, singer/songwriter of "Louise Massey & the Westerners" born Midland, TX 1902.


Leo Fender designed and manufactured the Telecaster and Stratocaster guitars, born 1909.


Ernest Ray "Jim" Carter, "The Chuck Wagon Gang," born Tioga, TX 1910.


Junior Samples (Hee Haw cast) born Buena Park, CA 1926.


Jimmy Martin born Sneedville, TN 1927. Inducted IBMA Hall of Honor 1995.


Jimmy Dean born "Seth Ward," near Plainview TX 1928.


Jerry Crutchfield born Paducah, KY 1934.


Jerry Kennedy, born Shreveport, LA 1940.


Joni Mosby born "Janice Irene Shields" in Van Nuys, CA 1940.


Jimmy Griffin, singer/songwriter/actor, born Cincinnati, OH 1943.


Gene Johnson "Diamond Rio" born Jamestown, NY 1949.


Hank Williams recorded "Half As Much" 1951.


The Browns joined the Grand Ole Opry 1963.


Roy Acuff and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band recorded "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" 1971.


Dick Foran, singing cowboy/actor/son of a U. S. Senator, died in Panorama City, CA 1979.


Lydia Salnikova of Bering Strait, vocals/keyboards, born in Russia 1980.


Bill Mounce "Sons of the West" died 1984.


Vince Gill joined the Grand Ole Opry 1991.


David Rogers, age 57, died 1993. His recording career produced 37 chart hits between (1968-1984.)


Dixie Chick Martie Seidel married Gareth Maguire in Hawaii in 2001.


The CMA announced that Porter Wagoner and Bill Carlisle would be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame 2002.

Friends and fans celebrated Buck Owens' 75th birthday at his Crystal Palace Steakhouse in Bakersfield, California, 2004.

Faith Hill returned to the stage for the first time in four years, for a four day engagement at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV 2004.



Stan Kesler, songwriter/producer/session musician/engineer, born Abbeville, MS 1928. Kesler wrote five of Elvis Presley's hits, and was a session musician at Sun Studio's in Memphis.


Ronnie Dawson, Ronnie Dee and the D Men, born Waxahachie, TX 1939.


John Conlee, singer/songwriter/DJ/licensed mortician, born Versallies, KY 1946.


Hank William's "Hey Good Lookin" went to #1 1951.           


Opry Manager Jim Denny called Hank Williams at home, and fired him from the Grand Ole Opry 1952. Ernest Tubb was in the room when Denny made the call.


Roy Acuff appeared on the cover of Newsweek 1952.


Webb Pierce recorded "More and More" 1954.


Sanford Clark's hit single "The Fool" charted 1956.


Ernest Tubb recorded "Walking The Floor Over You," 1966.


Marty Robbins released "Jolie Girl/The City" 1970.


Priscilla Presley filed for divorce from Elvis 1972.


Johnny Cash appeared on The Muppet Show 1980.


Sasha Ostrovsky of Bering Strait, Dobro/steel guitar, born in Russia 1980.


Bear Family Records released Eddy Arnold's five CD set "Tennessee Plowboy & His Guitar" 1998.


MCA released Vince Gill's "The Key" album 1998.


Tim McGraw's single "Live Like You Were Dying" remained at #1 in 2004.




Rex Griffin, singer/songwriter, born Gadsden, AL 1912. Elected NSHF 1970.


Smokey Warren of the Warren Brothers, born Phoenix, AZ 1916.


Porter Wagoner born near West Plains, MO 1927.  Member Grand Ole Opry. Inducted CMHF 2002.


Buck Owens "Alvis Edgar Owens" born Sherman, TX 1929.  Elected NSHF 1996, CMHF 1996. Buck was the co-host of Hee Haw.


Linda Parker, age 23, star of the WLS National Barn Dance, became ill during a show in Elkhart, Indiana in 1935. She was hospitalized, and died in the hospital of peritonitis on August 12th, 1935.


Paul Craft, songwriter/publisher, born Memphis, TN 1938.


Rod Bernard, singer/songwriter, born Opelousas, LA 1940.


Danny Shirley "Confederate Railroad" born Chattanooga, TN 1956.


Jim Ed Brown joined the Grand Ole Opry 1963.


Johnny Cash's "Johnny Cash At San Quentin," certified gold 1969.


Marty Robbins released "Early Morning Sunshine/Another Day Has Gone By" 1971.


Donna Fargo topped the charts with her album "Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A." 1972.


John Denver married his second wife, Cassandra Delaney 1988.


Patty Loveless went to #1 with "Timber, I'm Falling In Love" 1989.


The first annual birthday celebration for Buck Owens was held at the Continental Club in Austin, TX 1992.


Jean Chapel, age 70, died in Florida 1995.


Sony released Charlie Daniels' album "Campfire Songs & Cowboy Tunes" 1997.


Maggie Elizabeth McGraw, the second child of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, was born 1998.


Eja Lange, firstborn of Shania Twain, and Mutt Lange was born 2001.




Vernon Dalhart recorded "The Prisoner's Song," country music's first million-seller 1924.   


Merle Travis recorded "John Henry" 1946.


Ernest Tubb recorded "A Woman Has Wrecked Many A Good Man" 1947.


Webb Pierce recorded "Wondering," 1951.


Dan Fogelberg born Peoria, IL 1951.


Johnny Cash recorded "I Still Miss Someone" 1958.


The Stanley Brothers recorded "Stone Walls and Steel Bars" 1963.


Andy Griggs born Monroe, LA 1973.


Glen Campbell's #1 hit "Sunflower" charted 1977.


J. B. Fusilier died in 1975.


Johnny and June Carter Cash renewed their wedding vows in Jamaica 1979.


Joe Tex died in Navasota, TX 1982.


Bill E. "Cousin Wilbur" Wesbrooks, age 73, died 1984.


Keith Whitley went to #1 with "Don't Close Your Eyes" 1988.


Brooks & Dunn's debut album "Brand New Man" released 1991.


Capitol Nashville released "The Deana Carter Collection" 2002.


The Everly Brothers released "A Night at the Royal Albert Hall" 2002.




The Jenkins Family debuted on Atlanta's new radio station WSB 1922.


Connie Smith, "Constance June Meador" born Elkhart, IN 1941.


Brent Maher, record company executive/ producer, born Great Bend, KS 1942.


Clyde Moody's single "Red Roses Tied In Blue" charted 1948.


Ernest Tubb took a leave of absence from the Grand Ole Opry 1954.


Gladys Presley, Elvis' mother, died in Memphis, TN 1958.


Bobby Bare joined the Grand Ole Opry 1965.


Johnny Cash's single "A Boy Name Sue" certified gold 1969.


Buck Owens recorded "I Wouldn't Live In New York City" 1970.


David Frizzell's "I'M Gonna Hire A Wino To Decorate Our Home" hits #1 1982.


Kenny Chesney was presented with the Distinguished Alumnus in the Arts award from East

Tennessee State University, 1998. Kenny was in the Class of 1990.


Jimmy Buffett's album "License To Chill" remained at # 1 in 2004.




Rose Maddox of "Maddox Brothers & Rose" born Boaz, AL 1925.


Rita Robbins recording artist, born Claxton, GA 1932.


Bobby Helms, Jingle Bell Rock/My Special Angel born Bloomington, IN  1933. Inducted Rockabilly Hall of Fame 2003.


Mike Seeger, of "The New Lost City Ramblers" born NYC 1933.


Don Rich, of "The Buckaroos" born Don Ulrich, Olympia, WA 1941.


Hank Williams' single "Jambalaya" charted 1952.


The Davis Sisters "I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know" charted 1953.


Elvis Presley and his parents, signed a contract with Col. Tom Parker in 1955. The agreement named Parker, as an advisor to Elvis for a period of one year. From that day forward, Col. Tom Parker controlled Elvis Presley.


Marty Robbins released "Maybelline/This Broken Heart Of Mine" 1955.


Johnny Burnette's single "Dreamin'," charted 1960.


Capitol Records released Buck Owens' single "Open Up Your Heart" 1966.


Lawrence Walker, age 60, "bandleader," died 1968.


"A Time To Sing" with Hank Williams Jr., debuted in Nashville 1968.


Asa Martin, vocals/guitar, died in Kentucky 1979.


Floyd Ethridge died 1981.


Norman Petty died 1984.


Lewis Calvin DeWitt, age 52, "Statler Brothers," died 1990.


Alabama released their album "In Pictures" 1995.


Merle Haggard filed suit in California, accusing a hospital of performing an unnecessary operation on him 2003.




Paul Warmack, "Gully Jumpers," born Whites Creek, TN 1889.


Emory Martin, banjo, born Hickman County TN 1916.


Phyllis Brown born Chicago, IL 1930.


Patsy Montana recorded "I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart," 1935.


Tandy Rice, Entertainment executive, born Franklin, TN 1938.


Billy Joe Shaver born Corsicana, TX 1941.


Paul Wormack born 1945.


Danny Flowers, guitarist/songwriter, born Henderson, NC 1948.


Elvis Presley appeared on The Steve Allen Show 1956.


Buck Owens released his single "Love's Gonna Live Here/Getting Used To Losing You" 1963.


Merle Haggard's "Workin' Man Blues" went to #1 in 1969.


Capitol Records released Buck Owens' single "Rollin' In My Sweet Baby's Arms" 1971.


Emile Robison "Dixie Chicks" born 1972.


Elvis Presley, age 42, died in Memphis, 1977.  Inducted R&RHF 1986. CMHF 1998.


Ben Rosner RCA died 1985.


John Hurley died 1986.


Dierks Bentley's #1 single "What Was I Thinkin'," debuted on Billboard's Top 40 Chart 2003.


Daryle Singletary took a few days off from touring and married nurse Holly Mercer in 2003.


Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush, Kris Kristofferson, and Lefty Frizzell inducted Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, 2003.




Ola Belle Reed, singer/songwriter/radio performer, born Lansing, NC 1916.


Wayne Raney, singer/songwriter/harmonica player, born Wolf Bayou, AR 1920.


Rita M. Cote Breau, of "Lone Pine & Betty Cody" born Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada 1921.


E. W. Bud Wendell born Akron, OH 1927. Former Opry manager inducted CMHF 1998.


Billy Strickland recorded "To Be With You" 1951.


Ralph Stanley seriously injured in a car wreck 1951.


Clyde Mody & Brown's Ferry Four recorded "I Need The Prayers" 1952.


Kevin Welch, singer/songwriter, born Los Angeles, CA 1955.


Charlie Rich's first SUN recording session in Memphis, 1958.


Jimmy Martin recorded "Hold To God's Unchanging Hand" 1960.


Charlie Walker joined the Grand Ole Opry 1967.


Jan Howard married Dr. Maurice Acree Jr. in Nashville, TN 1990.


Brooks & Dunn's first album, "Brand New Man," certified platinum 1992.


Garth Brooks released his Christmas album "Beyond The Season," 1992.


Koch Records released Johnny Dowd's "Pictures From Life's Other Side" 1999.


Keith Urban's single "Days Go By" was #1 2004.




Hank Penny, born "Herbert Clayton Penny," Birmingham, AL 1918.


Ray Cash married Carrie Rivers in 1920. Son J. R. "Johnny," would become their fourth, of seven children.


Allen Reynolds, record company executive/songwriter/producer, born Little Rock, AR 1938.


Molly Bee born "Molly Beachboard" Oklahoma City, OK  1939.


Johnny Preston born 1939.


Huelyn Duvall born Garner, TX 1939.


Bryan Bowers, Bluegrass/Autoharp, born Yorktown, VA 1940.


Hank Williams topped the charts with "Hey Good Lookin' 1951.


Seven days after being fired from the Opry, at the exact time he should have been singing at the Ryman, Hank Williams was arrested for being drunk & disorderly in Alexander City, AL 1952.


Jody Maphis, "Earl Scruggs Revue," born 1954.


LaDonna Gayle Gatlin, sister of the Gatlin Brothers, born Abilene, TX 1954.


Steve Wilkinson of "The Wilkinson's" born Belleville, Ontario, Canada 1955.


Marty Robbins released "Singin' The Blues," 1956.


Jimmy Dean recorded "Big Bad John" 1961. The record went to #1  on the Pop, and Country charts.


Bobby Bare's single "Shame On Me" debuted on the Billboard Top 40 Chart 1962.


The Louvin Brothers played their last show, as a duo in Watseka, IL 1963.


Jerry Jeff Walker recorded his album "Viva Tarlingua" Live in Luckenbach, TX 1973.


Elvis Presley was buried beside his mother's grave in Forest Hill Cemetery, Memphis, Tennessee in 1977. Both bodies would be moved to Graceland later, after an attempt to steal Elvis' body from his grave. Attending the private ceremony at Graceland were Caroline Kennedy, Ann Margret, Burt Reynolds, John Wayne along with friends and family.


Columbia/Legacy released "The Essential Gene Autry" 1992.


Blue Hat released Fiddle Fire: 25 Years of the Charlie Daniels Band" 1998.


Curb released Junior Brown's "The Long Walk Back" 1998.


Vince Gill celebrated his 10th anniversary as a member the Grand Ole Opry, while hosting his portion of the show 2001.


The Grand Ole Opry TV broadcast moved from TNN to CMT 2001.




Shorty Lavendar born Old Fort, NC 1932.


Al Ferrier, the "King of Louisiana Rockabilly" born Montgomery, LA 1935.


Johnny Nash born 1940.


Eddy Raven "Edward Garvin Futch" born Lafayette, LA  1944.


Merle Travis recorded "Lazy River" 1955.


Gary Chapman singer/songwriter/talk show host born in 1957.


Don Gibson released "Blue Blue Day" 1957.


Capitol Records released Buck Owens' single "Love's Gonna Live Here" in 1963. The record peaked at #1 and became Buck's best selling record.


Lee Ann Womack born Jacksonville, TX 1966.


Clay Walker born Beaumont, TX 1969.


Buck Owens recorded "Big In Vegas" 1969.


Natasha Borzilova of Bering Strait, vocals/guitar born in Russia 1978.


Crystal Gayle's "Talking in Your Sleep" went to #1 in 1978.


Dorsey Burnette, age 46, Rockabilly singer/songwriter, died of a heart attack 1979.


Kenny Baker's "Plays Bill Monroe" album released 1994.


Lonestar debuted on the charts with "Tequila Talkin'" 1995.


Curly Ray Cline, age 74, of the "Lonesome Pine Fiddlers" died 1997.


Dwight Yoakam's album "Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc.," certified double platinum 1995.


Elizabeth Anderson, age 89, mother of Bill Anderson, died in Decatur, GA 2001.


Tim McGraw's twenty-two city tour opened in Baton Rouge, LA 2004.




Jim Reeves "Gentleman Jim" born Panola County, TX 1923


Justin Tubb, Grand Ole Opry member, born San Antonio, TX 1935.


Gene Autry recorded "Be Honest With Me" 1940.


Eddy Arnold "The Tennessee Plowboy" recorded "Anytime," 1947.


Rudy Gatlin of the "Gatlin Brothers" born Olney, TX 1952.


John Hiatt, singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, born Indianapolis, IN 1952.


Capitol Records released Buck Owens' single "Kickin' Our Hearts Around" 1962.


Born to George Hamilton IV and wife Tinky, beautiful daughter "Mary" in 1965.


Johnny Cash and June Carter recorded "If I Were A Carpenter" 1969.


Ralph Stanley II, singer/guitarist/Grammy nominee, born 1978.


Lee Gillette, age 68, record label executive/ publisher, died after falling in his home 1981.


Louis Innis, age 63, guitarist/session player, died 1982.


Zachariah Valentine Morgan died in Barberton, OH 1982.


Deborah Allen's single "Baby I Lied" charted 1983.


Leon McAuliffe, age 71, died in Tulsa, OK 1988.


Ray Wylie Hubbard's album "Crusades of the Restless Nights" released 1999.


Alan Jackson's album "When Somebody Love You" certified platinum 2001.




Luches Kessinger of the Kessinger Brothers, born Kanawha County, WV 1896.


Kenny Rogers, born "Kenneth Donald Rogers," in Houston, TX 1938.


Harold Reid of the "Statler Brothers" born Agusta County, VA  1939.


James Burton, born Dubberly, LA, 1939. Played guitar for Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson, Emmylou Harris and many other top names.


Eddy Arnold's single "Hep Cat Baby" charted in 1954.


Nick Kane of "The Mavericks" born "Nicholas James Kane" in Jerusalem, GA 1954.


Patsy Cline recorded "Crazy" 1961.


Waylon Jennings debuted on the charts with "That's The Chance I'll Have To Take" 1965.


Sam McGee, age 81, long time Grand Ole Opry member, died in a tractor accident on his Tennessee farm 1975.


Hoyle Nix, age 87, fiddler/bandleader/songwriter, died 1985.


Johnny Cash signed with Polygram Records 1986.


Johnny Cash recorded his final song "Engine 143" at Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, TN, three weeks prior to his death 2003.


Tim McGraw's single "Live Like You Were Dying" topped the charts 2004.


Johnny Lee, Mac Davis and J.P. Richardson, "The Big Bopper" were inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, in Carthage, TX 2004.




Rod Brasfield born "Rodney Leon Brasfield" in Smithville, MS 1910.


Doyle Blackwood of "The Blackwood Brothers" born Ackerman, MS 1911.


Connie B. Gray, born Lizard Lick, NC 1914.  Connie was the first President of the CMA. Elected CMHF 1980.


Dale Hawkins, Rockabilly singer/guitarist/songwriter, wrote and recorded "Suzie Q" born Goldmine, LA 1938. Inducted Rockabilly Hall of Fame.


Sam Neely, born Cuero, TX 1948.


Marian Leighton-Levy, one of the founders of Rounder Records, born Harrington, ME 1948.


Pee Wee King recorded "Deck Of Cards" 1953.


Goldie Hill made a guest appearance on the Grand Ole Opry 1953.


Elvis began filming his first movie, "Love Me Tender" 1956.


Holly Dunn born San Antonio, TX 1957.


Collin Raye "Floyd Collin Wray," singer/songwriter/guitarist, born De Queen, AR 1959.


Johnny Bond's single "Hot Rod Lincoln" debuted on Billboard's Top 40 Chart 1960.


Ricky Lynn Gregg, born Longview, TX 1961.


Mila Mason born Murray, KY 1963.


George Jones became Tammy Wynette's third husband 1968.


Johnny Cash played Gdansk, Poland 1987.


Roy Clark joined the Grand Ole Opry 1987.


O.V. "Mooney" Lynn Jr., Loretta Lynn's husband, died 1996. Loretta married Mooney when she was thirteen years old.


Jo Dee Messina's single "I'm Alright" charted 1998.   


LeAnn Rimes released "Can't Fight The Moonlight," 2002.


Floyd Tillman, age 88, died at his home in Bacliff, Texas 2003.




Wendell Hall, 1920's recording artist "It Ain't Gonna Rain No Mo'" born St. George, KS 1896.


Tex Williams singer/actor/guitarist, born Ramsey, IL  1917.


Leslie York of "The York Brothers" born Louisa, KY 1917.


Smiley Wilson "Louisiana Hayride" born Etowah County, AL 1922.


Jack Earls, Sun recording artist, born Woodbury, TN 1932.


Little Jimmy Dempsey born Atlanta, GA 1937.


Rex Allen Jr. singer/songwriter, born Chicago, IL 1947.


Eddy Arnold's single "I'll Hold You In My Heart" charted 1947. This record became the biggest hit of Eddy's career.


"Woody" Paul Chrisman "Riders In The Sky," born Nashville, TN 1949.


The Louvin Brothers recorded "Seven Year Blues" 1949.


Kitty Wells' "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," became the First #1 hit by a female artist in Country Music history 1952. The Grand Ole Opry management refused to let Kitty sing the song on the Opry, and NBC banned the song on their radio network because it was too "suggestive."


Johnny Bond recorded "Let Me Go Devil" 1953.


Milton Estes, age 49, Grand Ole Opry member, died 1963.


Glen Campbell's "True Grit" from the movie sound track, charted 1969.


Donna Fargo received a gold record for "The Happiest Girl In The Whole U.S.A." 1972.


Waylon Jennings' "Theme from The Dukes of Hazzard (Good Ol' Boys)" debuted on the charts 1980.


Garth Brooks released "In Pieces," 1993.


The Bill Monroe Foundation dedicated the newly restored childhood home of the late Bill Monroe, in Rosine, Kentucky in 2001.


Trace Adkins joined the Grand Ole Opry 2003.




Earl Johnson, fiddler/session musician, born Gwinnet County, GA 1886.


Fred Rose music industry executive, born Evansville, IN  1897. Elected CMHF 1961.


Ronee Blakley, singer/songwriter/actress born Stanley, ID 1945.


John Cowan, of "New Grass Revival" born Evansville, IN 1952.


Ed Butler, of the "Red Clay Ramblers" born Baltimore, MD 1953.


Stonewall Jackson's "Waterloo" topped the charts 1959.


Johnny Cash, and Vivian Liberto Cash became parents for the fourth time, when Tara was born in Encino, CA 1961.


Buck Owens recorded "Waitin' In Your Welfare Line" 1965.


Kristyn Osborn "SheDaisy" born Magna, UT 1970.


Clint Daniels, singer/songwriter/guitarist, born Panama City, FL 1974.


Johnny Paycheck recorded "Take This Job and Shove It" 1977. It might not surprise you to known that David Allen Coe wrote the song.


Waylon Jennings arrested for conspiracy, and possession of Cocaine, by Federal Agents 1977.


Nat Stuckey, age 54, died of lung cancer 1988.


 Session drummer Larrie Londin, age 50, died in Nashville 1992.


Curb released Junior Brown's "Guit with It" 1993.


Joe Diffie and wife Debra were divorced 1994.


Jerry Clower, age 71, died in Jackson, MS, five days after heart surgery 1998.


Platinum Records released "Suzy Bogguss" 1999.


Collectables released "The Very Best of Tommy Cash" 1999.


The Amazing Rhythm Aces released their album "Chock Full of Country Goodness" 1999.


Audie Ashworth, age 78, DJ/music publisher, died 2000.


June Carter Cash had pacemaker implant surgery 2001.




Jerry Rivers, fiddler for the Drifting Cowboys, born Miami, FL 1928.


Bill Denny born Nashville, TN 1935.


Rex Allen and Bonita Linder were married 1946.


Henry Paul, "BlackHawk," born Kingston, NY 1949.


The Louvin Brothers first recording session 1949.


Judd Erickson singer/songwriter, born Richfield, MN 1953.


Bill Doggett's #1 single "Honky Tonk (Parts 1 & 2}" debuted on the charts 1956.


Tim Mensy born Mechanicsville, VA 1959.


Billy Ray Cyrus, singer/actor/guitarist, born Flatwoods, KY 1961.


Jeff Tweedy of "Uncle Tupelo" born Belleville, IL 1967.


Jo Dee Messina, born Holliston, MA  1970.


Charlie Daniels topped the charts with "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" 1979.


The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band went to #1 with "Long Hard Road" 1984.


Alabama released their album "For The Record" 1998.


Warner Brothers Records released Bill Anderson's album "Fine Wine" 1998.


Sony released Lynn Anderson's album "Pure Country" 1998.


Intersound Records released T. Graham Brown's "Wine Into Water" 1998.


Cliff Bruner, age 85, Western Swing fiddler/band leader, died 2000.


Billy Joe Shaver suffered a heart attack, after a performance in New Braunfels, TX 2001.




Cecil Surrat, Bluegrass, born Coalwood, WV 1926.


Don Bowman, singer/songwriter/comedian, born Lorinzo, TX 1937.


Ernest Tubb recorded "White Christmas" and "Blue Christmas" 1949.


Carl Smith topped the charts with "Hey Joe" 1953.


Bob Miller, age 59, songwriter/band leader, died in New York 1955.


Bobby Helms released "My Special Angel" 1957.


Marvin Rainwater recorded "The Valley of the Moon" 1959.


Jimmy Olander of "Diamond Rio" born Minneapolis, MN 1961.


George Jones' "Tender Years" went to # 1 in 1961.


Merle Haggard recorded "I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am," 1968.


Charlie Pride recorded "Is Anybody Goin' To San Antone" 1969.


Elvis Presley's "Way Down" topped the charts 1977.


Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers duet "Real Love" went to #1 in 1985.


Cecil Null, age 74, songwriter, died in Bristol, VA 2001.


Jamie O'Neal married recording engineer/songwriter, Rodney Good 2000.


Wilma Burgess, age 64, died in Nashville, TN 2003.




Pete Cassell, a blind country singer-songwriter, born Cobb County, GA 1917.


Carter Stanley of the "Stanley Brothers" born Stratton, VA 1925.


Jimmy C. Newman, born "Jimmy Yves Newman" High Point, LA 1927.


Frances Williams Preston (BMI CEO) born Nashville, TN 1934. Opened the first BMI Nashville office in her home. Inducted CMHF 1992.


J.D. Crowe, Bluegrass/banjo/vocals, born Lexington, KY 1937.


Jeff Cook, vocals/lead guitar/fiddle/key boards, for "Alabama," born Fort Payne, AL 1949.


George Jones released "Why Baby Why"/"Seasons of my Heart," 1955.


The Louisiana Hayride presented its last performance on KWKH in Shreveport, LA, 1960. The very successful program debuted April 3, 1948, and was known as "The Cradle of the Stars."


Homer "Slim" Miller of the "Cumberland Ridge Runners" died 1962.


James R. Denny, age 52, died 1963. Inducted CMHF 1966.


Marty Robbins released "I Walk Alone/Lily of the Valley," 1968.


Crystal Gayle's "Talking In Your Sleep" topped the charts 1978.


The Judd's gave a special concert at the White House for President and Mrs. Reagan 1988.


Stevie Ray Vaughn died in a helicopter crash 1990.


Garth Brooks released "No Fences" 1990.


Kenny Rogers "Greatest Hits" album certified 12 x platinum 1997.


Confederate Railroad's album "Confederate Railroad" certified double platinum 1998.


Tim McGraw appeared on ABC-TV's Good Morning America's Summer Concert Series in 2004. Tim's single "Live Like You Were Dyin'," was #1 at the time.




Billy Grammer, Grand Ole Opry member, born Benton, IL 1925.


Texas Bill Strength, singer/recording artist/DJ, born Bessemer, AL 1928.


Tex Owens wrote and recorded "Cattle Call" 1934. Inducted NSHF 1971.


Gene Autry recorded "Here Comes Santa Clause" 1947.


Brown's Ferry Four recorded "What Shall I Do With Jesus" 1952.


Tex Williams released "This Old House" 1954.


Stringbean left the Opry, and joined the cast of Ramblin' Tommy Scott's Show, 1954.


Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper recorded "There's A Big Wheel" 1959.


Roy Acuff appeared in Las Vegas, for the first time 1960.


Shania Twain "Eileen Edwards" born Windsor, Ontario, Canada 1965.


Buck Owens recorded "How Long Will My Baby Be Gone" 1967.


Tammy Wynette recorded "Stand By Your Man," 1968.  The song went to the top of the charts, and became Tammy's fifth #1.


Sherrie Austin, singer/songwriter, born Ownsville, Queensland, Australia 1970.


Capitol Records released Buck Owens' single "You Ain't Gonna Have Ol' Buck To Kick Around No More" 1972.


Sydney M. Kaye, BMI executive died 1979.


LeAnn Rimes, born Jackson, MS 1982.


George Strait's "Fool Hearted Memory," became his first #1 1982.


Abe Hamza promoter, died 1987.


Bob Boatman, director of Hee Haw, died 1989.


MCA released Joe Ely's "Letter to Laredo" 1995.


Kenny Chesney's #1 hit "You Had Me From Hello" charted 1999.


MTV awarded Johnny Cash's video "Hurt" the award for Best Cinematography 2003.




Buell Kazee singer/banjoist, born Magoffin County, KY 1900.


Grady Cole born Lafayette, GA 1909.


Jimmie Rodgers recorded "Miss The Mississippi And You" 1932.


Don Schlitz award winning songwriter, born Durham, NC 1952.


Cousin Jody re-joined the Grand Ole Opry 1953.


Dan Truman "Diamond Rio," born St. George, UT 1956.


Jim Reeves' "I Guess I'm Crazy," went to #1 three weeks after his death 1964.


Ernie Ashworth and wife Bettye, welcomed son Paul Wesley to the family 1964.


Shawn Camp, singer/songwriter/fiddler/guitarist, born Little Rock, AR 1966.


Jimmy Reed died 1976.


Kathie Baillie and Michael Bonagura of Baillie & The Boys were married 1981.


Jimmie Short, guitarist "Texas Troubadours" died 1986.


Archie Campbell, age 72, died in Knoxville, TN of a heart attack 1987. Joined the Grand Ole Opry 1958. In 1969 he became a writer and cast member of Hee Haw. Archie won the 1969 CMA Award for Comedian of the Year.


Johnny Rodriquez arrested on a murder charge at his home in Uvalde Country Texas, 1998. The arrest came after Rodriquez shot a man he thought was an intruder in his home.


Charlie Feathers, pioneer Rockabilly artist, age 66, died Memphis, TN 1998. Charlie was a favorite Rockabilly songwriter, of the stable of SUN recording artists. Rockabilly Hall of Fame inductee.


Curb Records released "Best Of Deborah Allen" 2000.




Kitty Wells born "Muriel Ellen Deason," Nashville, TN  1919. Inducted CMHF 1976.


Jana Jae, "The First Lady of Country Fiddle," born Jana Margaret Meyer, Great Falls, MT 1942.


The Hager Twins, Jim & Jon (Hee Haw Cast,) born Chicago, IL 1946.


Hank Williams recorded "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," 1949.


Merle Travis recorded "Faithful Fool" 1951.


Slim Whitman and Billy Walker, headlined a show at the Overton Park Shell in Memphis in 1954. The opening act was Elvis Presley and the Blue Moon Boys.


Buck Owens first session for Capitol Records, in Los Angeles 1957.


Jimmy Martin recorded "Shut-in's Prayer" 1962.


Merle Haggard recorded "Daddy Frank" 1971.


John Denver's #1 country hit "I'm Sorry" debuted on Billboard's Top 40 chart 1975.


Ronnie Milsap's "There's No Getting' Over Me" topped the charts 1981.


Bruce Hinton and wife Gale, welcomed son Blake Hinton into the family 1982


Monique Peer, music publisher, widow of Ralph Peer, died 1987.


Dottie West seriously injured in a car wreck en route to the Grand Ole Opry 1991. Dottie died from her injuries on September 4th, 1991.


Alan Jackson's album "Who I Am" reached the One million mark in sales 1994.


Kenny Chesney's single "She's Got It All" was Kenny's first ever No. 1 in 1997.


Billy Joe Shaver underwent angioplasty surgery in Waco, TX 2001


Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett's duet "It's 5 O'clock Somewhere" topped the charts 2003.


Alan Jackson was nominated for seven awards, to be presented at the 38th annual Country Music Association Show 2004. (The CMA did not give him an award for any of his seven nominations.) Kris Kristofferson and Jim Foglesong will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.




George L. Cobb songwriter, born 1886.


Cricket's drummer Jerry Allison, born 1939.


Jimmie Osborne recorded "What A Price To Pay For Love" 1949.


Hank Williams recorded "Moanin' The Blues" 1950.


The last broadcast of the WLS National Barn Dance from Chicago's Eighth Street Theater, was aired in 1957.


Roy Clark and Barbara Joyce Rupard were married 1957.


The Browns went to #1 with "The Three Bells" 1959.


Ernest Tubb recorded "A House of Sorrow" 1962.


Johnny Cash recorded "Ring Of Fire" in Spanish, 1963.


David Houston's "Almost Persuaded" topped the charts 1966.


Jeannie C. Riley debuted on the Grand Ole Opry 1968.


Tom T. Hall recorded "100 Children/I Hope It Rains At My Funeral" 1970.


Dolly Parton went to #1 with "Love Is Like A Butterfly" 1974.


Noel Boggs, age 56, steel guitarist died 1974.


Buell Kazee, age 76, singer/banjoist, died 1976.


Michael Martin Murphy, and wife Mary welcomed Laura Lyn Marie into the family 1983.


Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson's "Pancho & Lefty," certified platinum 1984.


Al Trace, age 93, bandleader, died in 1993.


David Stone, age 93, WSM Grand Ole Opry announcer and head of the Opry Artist's Bureau died 1995.


The Dixie Chicks released the album "Fly" 1999.


Tracy Byrd's #1 country hit "Ten Rounds With Jose Cuervo" debuted on the Billboard Top Forty 2002.


Country artists Brooks & Dunn, Lee Ann Womack, Darryl Worley, Sara Evans and the Gatlin Brothers entertained at the Republican National Convention in NYC between August 30th and September 2nd, 2004.

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