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Academy Of Country Music
Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Music Incorporated--collects and disperses royalties circa (ca) Approximate date
CMDJHF: Country Music D. J. Hall
Country Music Association
CCMAHF: Canadian Country Music
Assoc. Hall of Fame
Country Music Association
Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame
CMF: Country Music Foundation
Country Music Hall of Fame
CMT: Country Music
CRB: Country Radio
CWM: Country Weekly Magazine
GAC: Great American Country
cable TV home of the Grand Ole Opry
IBMA: International Bluegrass
IBMAHF: International Bluegrass
Music Association Hall of Fame
IFCO: International Fan Club
Organization (Nashville based)
NARAS: Music Industry group that
presents the Grammy Awards
NSF: Nashville Songwriters
NSAI: Nashville Songwriters
Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame
RIAA: Recording Industry
Association of America
R.O.P.E: Reunion of Professional
R&RHF: Rock & Roll Hall
SGHF Steel Guitar Hall of
SGMA: Southern Gospel Music
Texas CMHF: Texas Country Music Hall of
WSM: 650 WSM-AM Radio, home
of the Grand Ole Opry
1909 - FrankDelaneyKettering 1909~1973,
of the “The Hoosier Hot Shots,” was born in Monmouth, Illinois.
1924 - EscoHankins 1924~1990, singer,
songwriter, guitarist, and recording artist born in Union Country, Tennessee.
Esco was often referred to as a RoyAcuff sound-alike.
1928 - ErnieChaffin 1928~1997, Sun
Records rockabilly artist, born in Water Valley, Mississippi.
1936 - BennyBarnes
1936~1987, Star Day recording artist, born in Beaumont, Texas.
1939 - Three members of RoyAcuff’s
Smokey Mountain Boys, quit the band today. They were replaced, before the
following weekend’s appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. JakeTindell, LonnieWilson,
and Beecher “Pete” Kirby, who we now know as “Bashful Brother
Oswald,” were the new members.
1950 - JimWolverton 1895~1950, banjo
player for the Leake County Revelers died
on his 55th birthday. The Revelers were one of Mississippi's most
popular string bands in the 1920's.
1951 - R.C. Coin BMG
recording artist was born RichardCareyCoin
in San Antonio, Texas.
1953 - Hank Williams
1923~1953, age 29, died today, or yesterday in the back seat of his baby blue
1952 Cadillac convertible. Hank was pronounced dead at Oak Hill General
Hospital in Virginia, however, the
exact location, or even the state in which he died is unknown. Hank was
inducted into the CMHF in 1961, the NSHF in 1970, and the R&RHF.
Hank Williams was laid to rest in the Oakwood Annex
Cemetery, Montgomery, Alabama. A few years later Hank's children had Audrey's body exhumed, and reburied next to Hank.
1956 - Sun Records released CarlPerkins
self-penned first chart record
“Blue Suede Shoes.” The single went to #1 and remained on the
country charts for 24 weeks. This recording is now a Grammy Hall of Fame song. JohnnyCash
told Carl backstage at a concert that
Blue Suede Shoes would make a great title for a song. Carl
went home and wrote the song before he went to bed.
1957 - Moon
Mullican 1909~1967, died of a heart attack on New Years Day at the age of 57.
He was known as the “King Of The
Hillbilly Piano Players,” and became a member of the Grand Ole
Opry in 1951. It was Hank Williams who first brought Moon to the Opry.
1959 - ElvisPresley
wrecked his car on Germany’s infamous Autobahn. The soldier survived the
crash but his BMW was not so fortunate.
1959 - JohnnyCash
performed for the prisoners at San Quentin for the first time. One of the
prisoners in attendance was Merle Haggard. John
would return to San Quentin in 1963 for another
concert, and in 1969 to record his Columbia album “JohnnyCash
at San Quentin,” and tape a TV documentary.
1960 - BillyWalker
became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. He remained a member until the day he
died in a traffic accident while returning to Nashville after a concert date in
Alabama in 2006.
1961 - The Porter
Wagoner TV Show aired their first
1963 - The Johnny Cash
Show returned to San Quentin for another show.
1964 - Hank WilliamsJr., age 14, released his version
of his father’s hit “Long Gone
Lonesome Blues,” on the 11th anniversary of his
father’s death. (His mother’s idea and Audrey
even scheduled a concert date for the same day at the venue where his father
was traveling to when he died).
1964 - Future “Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame”
moved to Nashville
with a guitar, forty-six dollars, and a dream.
1966 - RalphEmery returned to WSM,
after quitting the station two years earlier. Tex Ritter joined Ralph as co-host of the “Opry Star
Spotlight,” for the next sixteen months.
1967 - Moon Mullican
1909~1967, age 57, “The King Of The
Hillbilly Piano Players” died today in Beaumont, Texas. Moon
became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1951. It was Hank Williams who first brought this very talented man to
the stage of the Opry.
1967 - BuckOwens
was a featured guest at the RoseBowl’s Parade of Roses.
1970 - WandaJackson made her debut
appearance on Hee Haw.
1970 - Floyd “Salty” Holmes
1909~1970, of “The Prarie Ramblers” died at age 60.
1971 - Tom T. Hall joined
the Grand Ole Opry for the first time. He would quit the Opry in 1974 when the
move was made to the new Opry House at Opryland. Tom
rejoined in the Opry in 1980 after ErnestTubb
told him he needed to come back where he belonged.
1971 - Dickie McBride 1914~1971, recording artist, guitarist, and Western
Swing bandleader died at the age of 56.
1972 - CharliePride’s
RCA Victor single "Kiss An AngelGood
Mornin’" was the #1 country song in America. Hall of Fame
songwriter BenPeters wrote the song and it spent
5 weeks at the top of the charts. This was Charlie's
17th country hit on Billboards Country chart.
1974 - The Porter Wagoner TV Show aired their last program.
1992 - DwightYoakam fell off the horse
he was riding in the Rose Bowl Parade, after the saddle strap broke. No
injuries were reported, and horse and rider were continuing down a Pasadena
street within minutes of the mishap.
1996 - William Lee Golden
rejoined the Oak Ridge Boys. The group had fired Golden in 1987.
1997 - TownesVan Zandt 1944~1997, age 52,
singer, songwriter, and guitarist died at his home in Mount Juliet, Tennessee,
today of heart failure. TownesVan Zandt was laid to rest in Dido
Cemetery, Dido, Texas.
2001 - JohnJarrad 1953~2001, age 47,
songwriter, died in a Nashville today as the result of respiratory failure. John had suffered for years from diabetes, and was
blind, lost both kidneys and both legs to the disease prior to his death.
2003 - Alabama began their
American Farewell Tour in Las Vegas.
2005 - JoDeeMessina’s
Curb single “My Give A Damn’s
Busted” hit the Billboard Country chart. JoeDiffie, TonyMartin, and TomShapiro
wrote the song, and it spent 2 weeks at #1, and a total of 25 weeks on the
chart. This was JoDee's 18th chart
single, and her 6th #1.
2007 - Del Reeves
1933~2007, age 73, died at home in Centerville, Tennessee. Del charted 55
country hits on Billboards Country chart, and was a member of the Grand Ole
Opry for 41 Years.
1904 - Country Music fan
dancer SallyRand, was born Harriet Helen Gould Beck, in Elkton,
1926 - HaroldBradley,
session-guitarist, was born today in Nashville.
Harold was a session
guitar player in Nashville for over fifty years, and is
believed to be the most recorded guitar
player in history. Harold
and OwenBradley were brothers. Harold is currently the President of the Nashville
1936 - Roger Dean Miller
1936~1992, singer, songwriter, guitarist and TV host was born today in Fort
Worth, Texas. Roger worked in FaronYoung's
band in 1962 as songwriter, and drummer. His first
chart hit was his self-penned RCA Victor single "You Don't Want My Love" in
1960. Roger was inducted into the NSHF
in 1973 and the CMHF in 1995.
1943 - DickFeller
singer, songwriter and guitarist born in Bronaugh, Missouri.
1954 - JohnBarlowJarvis, songwriter,
pianist, session player, and recording artist born Pasadena, California.
1961 - BuckOwens’
released “Foolin’ Around" b/w "High As The
Mountains” in 1961. This was Buck’s
first #1 record according to Cashbox magazine.
1962 - BuckOwens released
“Nobody’s Fool But Yours,” the single charted the following
month and topped out at #11 on Billboard’s country chart.
1965 - Merle Haggard’s Tally Records single
“My Friends Are Gonna Be Strangers,” written by LizAnderson,
charted today and climbed to #10, remaining on the charts for 22 weeks. This
was Merle's 4th chart hit, and was the song that inspired the name
of Hag’s band, “The Strangers.”
1968 - Capitol Records
released BuckOwens’ album “It Takes
People Like You To Make People Like Me." The album charted two weeks later
and went to #1. Three singles were released from this album; The title track went to #2 on the Singles
chart. "Where Does The Good Times
Go" went to #1, and "Let
The World Keep On A Turnin'" w/Buddy Alantopped out at #7.
1970 - Marty Robbins
recorded “My Woman, My Woman, My Wife” in Nashville. Marty wrote
song and BobJohnston produced the session. The
session players included: Marty Robbins~vocals; RayEdenton~guitar; JackPruett~guitar; CharlieDaniels~guitar; JerryShook~guitar; PeteWade~guitar; BillPursell~piano; NorbertPutnum~bass; RichardMorris~vibes,
mirambas, and bells. The Columbia
single went to #1 on Billboard and became Marty’s 53rd chart
single, and his 14th #1 hit. This record won a Grammy for Best
Country Song of 1970.
1972 - Arthur Lee “Red” Smiley
1925~1972, age 46, guitarist of “Reno & Smiley” (formed 1951)
died from diabetes in 1972.
1974 - WoodwardMaurice ‘Tex’
Ritter 1905~1974, age 68, died in Nashville,
today. Member of the Grand Ole Opry (1965), Tex was inducted into the CMHF in1964,
NSHF in 1971, and the Texas CMHF in 1998. Tex has also been inducted into the Cowboy Hall of Fame. My friend's dream of
“Hillbilly Heaven,” is now reality.
1979 - WayneWalker
1925~1979, age 53, Hall of Fame songwriter, died in Nashville. A few examples
of a WayneWalker penned tune: "Are You Sincere,""All The Time" w/Mel Tillis, "Cut
Across Shorty" w/Marijohn Wilkin, "Leaving On Your Mind,"
"Burning Memories" and many more. A few artists who
recorded Wayne's songs: EddyArnold, RayPrice, PatsyCline, Kitty Wells, WebbPierce, CarlSmith, ErnestTubb, George
MelTillis, Elvis, and many more. Wayne's "All The Time" was named Billboards
Song of the Year in 1967, and he was inducted into the NSHF in 1975.
1994 - Faith Hill’s
debut Warner single “Wild
One” went to #1 on the country charts. PatBunch, JamieKyle, and WillRambeaux
wrote the song, it remained on the chart for 20 weeks, 4 weeks at #1. Faith's
follow-up release "Piece Of My
Heart" also climbed the chart to #1. BertBems and JerryRagovoy
wrote the song. Faith was honored by the CMA as their Female Vocalist of the Year in 2000.
2003 - Macey MarieWills was born to Mark and KellyWills.
2004 - JoshTurner’s debut MCA
Nashville album “Long Black Train” was certified Gold by the RIAA.
2006 - LouiseScruggs
1927~2006, age 78, wife and business manager of EarlScruggs
died at Baptist Hospital in Nashville. Louise
was the recipient of the 25th Annual "IFCO Tex Ritter
Award" in 1999. This prestigious award recognizes the recipients for their
contributions to country music, the music community, and fans everywhere.
1917 - LeonMcAuliffe
1917~1988, Western Swing bandleader, and steel guitarist for BobWills,
born Houston, Texas.
1936 - RayElwoodGoins, of the
“Lonesome Pine Fiddlers” born Bramwell,
1950 - SamPhillips opened the Sun
Recording studio and label in Memphis.
1957 - BrendaLee
recorded the HughAshley penned “One Step at a
Time” for Decca Records. The single became “Little Miss
Dynamite’s” first country
music chart record, topping out at #15. During her career Brenda
charted a total of 35 hits on the country charts.
1959 - RustyGolden, of “The
Goldens” born in Brewton,
1964 - NaomiJudd and
1966 - BuckOwens released his
Capitol single “Waitin’ In Your Welfare Line" b/w "In The
Palm Of Your Hand.” Welfare Line charted 19 days later, went to #1 for 7
and NatStuckey wrote the song, it became Buck's 31st chart single. The B side Palm
Of Your Hand charted in February and topped out at #43. Buck
wrote the song.
1969 - NikkiNelson lead vocals, and
guitarist for “Highway 101,” was born today in San Diego,
1969 - Judy Collins
Elektra album "Wildflowers" was
certified Gold by the RIAA.
1975 - JohnDenver's RCA single "Back Home Again" was certified
Gold by the RIAA. John wrote the song,
it charted in 1974 and went to #1. This was John's
5th chart single.
1981 - FeltonJarvis
1934~1981, age 46, RCA record producer, died in Nashville, from a stroke.
Jarvis produced ElvisPresley’s sessions from
1966~1977. FeltonJarvis was laid to rest in Mount
Hope Cemetery, Franklin, Tennessee.
- Dallas Jones 1889~1985, age 96, of the “Leake County
Revelers” died 1985. The Leake County Revelers were a country music
string band popular in the 1920’s and 1930’s. The members were from
the area of Sebastopol, Mississippi, led by fiddler WillGilmer, with R O.
Mosley on mandolin and banjo-mandolin, JimWolverton
on 5-string banjo, and Dallas Jones on guitar. The band was formed
1985 - JohnHiatt released his album
“Warming Up to the Ice Age.”
1987 - VinceGill, HollyDunn, KennyRogers and RoyAcuff
were the featured guests on Hee Haw.”
1988 - Doc Hopkins
1899~1988, singer, guitarist, banjo, and mandolin player, of the Cumberland Ridge Runners died today at the
age of 87.
1989 - JohnnyCash was released from BaptistHospital in Nashville after having bypass surgery.
1991 - Mercury Records
to his first recording contract. Billy’s first
chart hit for the label came the following year with “Achy Breaky
Heart.” DonVon Tress wrote the song, it
charted in April 1992, went to #1 for five weeks, and remained on the charts
for 20 weeks.
1993 - Rome Johnson
1916~1993, King Records recording artist died at age 77.
1998 - Grandpa Jones suffered a
severe stroke after completing his portion of a Grand Ole Opry Show. When
Grandpa regained consciousness back stage, he looked up at all of the concerned
Opry staff that was surrounding him, as he laid on the floor and said, “Well,
at least it’s good to know I can still draw a crowd.” This would be
his final Opry appearance; LouisMarshallJones
died the following month.
2004 - RebaMcEntire’s MCA album
“Room to Breathe” was certified Gold by the RIAA.
2007 - Talmadge Tubb 1925 ~ 2007, age 81,
songwriter, recording artist a.k.a. (Billy Talmadge) and nephew of Ernest Tubb
died at Providence Hospital in El Paso, Texas.
1923 - WBAP Fort Worth, Texas, aired the first radio Barn Dance show.
1936 - Billboard magazine
published its first music chart
based on record sales.
1937 - LoreneMann singer, songwriter born in
1941 - Don Adams Atlantic
Label recording artist, songwriter, guitarist born Ross County, Ohio.
1945 - Jay Dee Maness,
steel guitarist, born Loma Linda, California.
1953 - Hank Williams’ funeral was held in Montgomery,
Alabama. Police reported 25,000 people were outside the auditorium. Hank was
laid to rest in the Oakwood Annex Cemetery, in Montgomery, Alabama. A few years
after Audrey's death Hank's children
had her body exhumed, and reburied next to Hank.
multi-instrumentalist, artist, and session player, born in Independence,
1955 - KathyForester of the
“Forster Sisters” born Fort
1955 - Tennessee Ernie
Ford aired his first daytime TV
1957 - PattyLoveless,
was born “PatriciaLeeRamey,”
in Pikeville, Kentucky. Patty became a
member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1988, and was honored by the CMA as their
Female Vocalist of the Year in 1996.
1965 - CBS purchased the
Fender Guitar Company from Leo Fender, after he became ill.
1966 - DeannaCarter, singer,
songwriter, “Did I Shave My Legs For
This?” was born in Nashville, Tennessee.
1969 - Dolly Parton joined
the Grand Ole Opry.
1969 - GeorgeJones rejoined the Grand
1900~1970, age 69, champion fiddler, bandleader died in Battletown, Kentucky.
1972 - JohnnyCash’s “Super Hits”
album was released.
1972 - Chris and PeggyLeDoux
1975 - Mac Wiseman, TonyBooth, and GunillaHutton
were featured guests on "Hee Haw."
1982 - AnnieLouDill 1925~1982, age 56, of “AnnieLou & DannyDill”
and former member of the Grand Ole Opry, died in Bradford, Tennessee.
1989 - BuckOwens
released “A-11" b/w "Sweethearts In Heaven.” A-11 charted
3 weeks later however, after 6 weeks on the chart it topped out at #54. I
suppose if GeorgeJones,
Merle Haggard, and Dolly Parton couldn't get air play on the NEW country music
radio, why should BuckOwens expect to be treated any
better. Our legends have all been trashed by the counterfeit radio stations.
How unfortunate it is that we don't have the names, and address, of every
person who contributed to this tragedy.
1991 - Merle Haggard was
presented the “Award of Merit” at the American Music Awards.
2001 - EddyShaver 1962~2000, age 38,
lead guitarist was buried in Waco,
was the much-loved son of BillyJoeShaver.
Eddie died on New Years Eve 2000,
after an accidental drug overdose. JohnEdwinShaver was laid to rest in Waco
Memorial Park South, Waco, Texas.
2002 - TimBuckley, age 47, musician,
songwriter, died in Dallas, Texas.
2003 - Remembering the 50th
anniversary of his death, Hank Williams was honored by the Grand Ole Opry with
a special tribute that featured Hank Jr. and Hank Williams III.
1927~2004, age 76, Gospel music legend, died in the hospital in Opelika, Alabama.
Jake has been inducted into the
Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. JakeHess
was laid to rest in BuckFamilyCemetery,
- SamPhillips 1923~2003, founder
of Sun Records born in Florence, Alabama. Inducted
RHOF and the CMHF 2001.
1923 - Big BillLister,
6’ 7” tall, singer, songwriter born Karnes County, Texas.
Hank WilliamsSr. wrote a song,
and put it on a demo for Bill, called
“There’s A Tear In My Beer.” Bill
gave that demo record to Hank Williams Jr. in 1988. With the assistance of
modern technology, Jr. turned it into a duet with his father, and an award
winning video, of Sr. and Jr. singing the song together.
1940 - The FCC tested FM
radio for the first time today. The static-free system would not be marketed to
the public until the following year.
1950 - SteveRipley,
founder of “The Tractors,” was born today.
1952 - Johnnie
and Jack made their final appearance on the Louisiana Hayride.
They were cast members of the show from 1948~1952.
1952 - WebbPierce debuted on the
Louisiana Hayride. His first #1
single “Wondering” charted that same day.
vocals, guitar and mandolin born Ardmore,
1956 - ElvisPresley
recorded “Heartbreak Hotel.” The RCA single charted in March, and
went to #1 on the Billboard country chart. Elvis' debut RCA single stayed at #1
for 17 weeks, and is now a Grammy Hall of Fame recording. MaeBorenAxton
and ThomasDurden wrote the song. Col Tom Parker
insisted that Elvis received 50% of the songwriting royalties on every song he
recorded so ElvisPresley is listed as one of the
writers, but that's not the case. ElvisPresley
never wrote a song, or a piece of a song, in his entire life. Col. Parker was a
thief, a liar, and an illegal alien. That's why Elvis never played a concert
outside of the U.S. The Col. couldn't get a passport. What he did get was half
of every dollar Elvis ever made, plus all he could steal. Elvis had to call the
IRS every year and ask them how much he owed. The Col. kept the books…how
much do you think the Col. paid the IRS?
1956 - PatsyCline
recorded four songs in Nashville for her first
record label Four Star Records. The Pasadena, California based
company was owned by BillMcCall, who Patsy
claimed was cheating her out of royalties, and forced Patsy
to record only songs belonging to his publishing company. The songs Patsy recorded today: "I Love You Honey" written by EddieMiller; "Come on in (and Make Yourself at Home)" written
"I Cried All the Way to the Altar"
and "I Don't Wanna" by EddieMiller, W.S.Stevenson,
and Durwood Haddock. Owen Bradley produced the session and the session
personnel included: Patsy Cline~vocals; Harold Bradley~acoustic guitar; Owen
Bradley~piano; Farris Coursey~drums; Don Helms~steel guitar; Tommy
Jackson~fiddle; Grady Martin~electric guitar & fiddle; Bob Moore~acoustic
bass. I have found no record of these songs every making the country charts.
1957 - Marty Robbins released “Knee Deep In The Blues.”
1958 - The Everly Brothers
appeared on the EdSullivanShow.
1959 - “Austin”AmbroseAllen 1901~1959,
age 57, of the AllenBrothers, died today.
1959 - Future Country
Music Hall of Famer Mel Tillis'
Columbia single "Finally" hit
the country charts today. Mel and WayneWalker
wrote the song, it topped out at #28. This was Mel's
2nd chart single.
1959 - Coral Records
released Buddy Holly’s last single “It Doesn’t Matter
Anymore” b/w “Raining In My Heart.” Buddy was killed four
weeks later in Iowa.
1961 - IrisDeMent, singer,
songwriter born Paragould, Arkansas.
1961 - MarkNesler singer,
songwriter, and guitarist born in Beaumont, Texas. Mark
records for the Asylum label.
1965 - ConnieSmith’s single
“Once A Day” was still the #1 song. The BillAnderson
penned tune charted in late September last year, and went to the top of the
chart November 28,
1964. This was Connie's first record, her first chart hit, and her first #1. This RCA recording is the song
that brought Connie to the Opry. She
was welcomed into the Opry family on June 13, 1965, and for the past 42 years she
has been an Opry favorite. She did take a few years off to raise her babies
(can you imagine a top Nashville star doing that today?) but when she returned
to the WSM family she was welcomed back with open arms. ConnieSmith a.k.a. Mrs.MartyStuart is a country music treasure, and
she should be in the Country Music Hall of Fame.
1971 - CharleyPride, AmandaBlake, and MickeyMantle
were featured guests on “Hee
1973 - TanyaTucker recorded
“What’s Your Mama’s Name.” Dallas Frazier and EarlMontgomery
wrote the song. The Columbia single charted in March 1973, and became Tanya’s 4th chart country hit, and
her first #1.
1974 - RoyAcuff, JimEdBrown, MarcieCates, and MargieCates were featured guests on “Hee Haw.”
1980 - Waylon
Jennings’ “Ain’t Livin’ Long Like This” charted.
The RodneyCrowell penned tune went to #1. The RCA
single was Waylon’s 58th chart single on Billboard, and his 11th
1981 - Marty Robbins was hospitalized in Nashville, with chest pains.
1990 - William Lee Golden
and BrendaHall were married.
1998 - Collectables
released “The Golden Classics of Bobbie Gentry.”
2002 - AlanJackson’s album
“Drive” was released.
2004 - Tug McGraw,
age 59, father of TimMcGraw, died from brain cancer.
The baseball superstar was being cared for at Tim
and Faith Hill’s home near Nashville.
1913 - Hap
Peedbles, promoter, founding member of the Country Music Association, was born
in Anthony, Kansas.
1924 - EarlScruggs was born in Flint
Hill, North Carolina. Inducted CMHF 1985, IBMAHH 1991.
1929 - AutryInman 1929~1988, singer,
songwriter, and guitarist born Robert Autry
Inman in Florence, Alabama.
1934 - Bobby Lord cast
member of the Ozark Jubilee on ABC--TV was born in Sanford, Florida. Bobby was a member of the Grand Ole Opry from
1934 - FredRose singer, songwriter, and pianist
made his debut appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. Fred
originally came to WSM as the star of his own show “FreddieRose’s Song Shop.”FredRose
and RoyAcuff would eventually go into partnership
forming the world famous Acuff-Rose Publications in 1942 and later, Hickory
Records, a booking agency, and more.
1939 - JerryNaylor
singer, bassist, was born “JerryNaylorJackson” in Stephensville,
1949 - Joey ‘Cow Poka’ Miskulin, of
“Riders In The Sky“ born in Chicago, Illinois.
1950 - Tennessee Ernie
Ford’s “Mule Train” was #1.
1953 - JettWilliams, daughter of Hank Williams Sr. and BobbieJett,
was born in Montgomery, Alabama.
1957 - Elvis made his last appearance on the EdSullivanShow.
1958 - JohnnyCash released “BigRiver”
and “Ballad of a Teenage Queen.”
1958 - Bobby Helms made
his debut as an actor, in “The Case Against Brooklyn.”
1969 - DottieWest lost her home to fire in.
1973 - GeorgeJones
and TammyWynette were featured guests on “Hee Haw.”
1973 - JohnDenver’s single
“Rocky Mountain High” charted.
1977 - KeithColeman, fiddle player for BobWills,
& the Texas Playboys died.
1990 - Mark
Miller of Sawyer Brown and LisaKnight
were married in Los Angeles.
1993 - Sawyer Brown's Curb album "The Dirt Road" was certified
Gold by the RIAA. This was the groups 9th chart album and their first Gold.
1996 - Chubby Wise 1915~1996,
fiddler, age 80, died from a heart attack. One of Music City’s all time
great fiddle players, his career spanned a half century.
1998 - William
“Owen” Bradley, age 82, died. Inducted CMHF 1974.
1998 - For the first time
in Grammy history, two artists were nominated in the same category, for the
same song. The artists were TrishaYearwood and LeeAnn Rimes. The
song was “How Do I Live.” The Grammy can be found at Trisha’s house.
2002 - BobbyAustin “RobertAllenAustin
Sr.” age 68, died in Camas, Washington. The singer, songwriter
co-wrote “Apartment #9.”
2005 - RingoGarza, age 23, drummer
for Los Lonely Boys, was arrested at his home in San Angelo, Texas,
on a charge of possession of marijuana 2005. Garza
was released after posting $1,000 bond. Garza pled
no contest to a similar charge in 2003.
2006 - Rincon,
Georgia’s favorite son BillyCurrington was presented with a
gold album for his “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right.” His
Mercury single by the same name was also a chart hit.
1897 - Bunny
“Jamup” Biggs 1897~1948, of the Grand Ole Opry team “Jamup and Honey”, was born.
His partner was LeeRoyWhite.
1930 - JackGreene,
“The Jolly Green Giant” born in Maryville, Tennessee. Jack joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1967. Prior to that,
he was a vocalist and drummer for ErnestTubb’s
1933 - WWVA’s
Wheeling Jamboree stage show debuted from the Capitol Theater in Wheeling, West
1943 - LeonaWilliams was born
“Leona Belle Helton” in Vienna, Missouri.
1946 - AnnieLou
& DannyDill, The
Sweethearts of The Grand Ole Opry debuted on WSM’s morning
show in1946. The couple remained with WSM for the next eleven years.
1950 - Hank Snow, with
assistance from ErnestTubb joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1950.
Hank was inducted into the CMHF in 1979.
1951 - Lefty
Frizzell’s single “I Love You A Thousand Ways” was #1.
1956 - JohnnyCash released “Folsom Prison
1956 - Elvis’
“Heartbreak Hotel” released by RCA.
1959 - DavidLeeMurphy singer,
songwriter, and guitarist born Herrin, Illinois. David
recorded for MCA until 2004, when he switched to Audium, and then Koch Records.
His first chart record was the
1994 MCA single "Just Once." David and KimTribble
wrote the song.
1961 - FaronYoung,
known as “The Young Sheriff” recorded the WillieNelson
penned “Hello Walls” for Capitol Records. The single charted in
March, went to #1 where it stayed for 9 weeks, spending a total of 23 weeks on
the Billboard charts. The record has been placed in the Grammy Hall of Fame.
When WillieNelson received his first royalty check for writing this
monster hit, he took it to Tootsie’s, showed it to Faron, and then kissed
him on the lips. Songwriters can be so emotional.
1963 - Marty Robbins recorded Columbia single “Cigarettes and
Coffee Blues” in Nashville. Marty wrote the song, and DonLaw and FrankJones
produced the session. Session personnel included: Marty Robbins~vocals &
guitar; Grady Martin~guitar; JackPruett~guitar; BillPursell~piano; HenryStrzelecki~bass; LouisDunn~drums.
The song charted in March and topped out at #14. This was Marty's 31st
1967 -CharliePride made his guest
debut on the Grand Ole Opry.
1967 - JackGreene’s single
“There Goes My Everything” was #1.
1970 - WandaJackson
and HensonCargill were featured guests on “Hee Haw.”
1974 - JohnRich, singer, songwriter of Lonestar, and later Big & Rich was born in Amarillo, Texas.
1977 - Waylon and Willie recorded “Luckenbach Texas.”
1986 - Arthur Edward
Satherley died today. Inducted CMHF 1971.
1988 - OwenBradley 1915~1998, age 82,
died in Nashville. He was inducted into the CMHF 1974. Owen’s funeral was held at the Ryman Auditorium. More than any other individual, Mr.Bradley
was responsible for turning Nashville into the country music recording capital
of the world. OwenBradley was laid to rest in the
Woodlawn Memorial Park, Nashville, Tennessee.
2001 - RandyKohrs signed with
2004 - JoshTurner’s first album “Long Black Train” provided him with his first gold album. The MCA albums title
single hit the Billboard country chart in May 2003, and remained on the charts
for 44 weeks.
2005 - The Grand Ole Opry returned to the
Ryman Auditorium for a two month run.
2006 - Cowboy Crush performed at the
Chevrolet Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge in Lake Placid, New York, the 5th~7th.
NASCAR drivers KenSchrader,
and KennyWallace, and seven other drivers drove the
specialty crafted bobsleds. Funds raised by this project benefit the U.S. Men
and Women's Olympic bobsled teams.
2007 - JackGreene
celebrated his 77th birthday today.
1909 - Hoke Rice 1909~1974,
of “The Rice Brothers” born in Gainesville, Georgia.
1928 - LutherPerkins
1928~1968, guitarist for JohnnyCash’s Tennessee Two, and
Three was born today in Tennessee. Luther
was the man who created the JohnnyCash sound.
1935 - ElvisAaronPresley, born Tupelo, Mississippi.
His twin brother, JesseGaronPresley
was stillborn, and buried in a shoebox, in an unmarked grave. Elvis was
inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1998.
1940 - Christy
Lane, born “EleanorJohnston”
1944 - Billboard published
its first “Country Music
popularity chart.” “Pistol Packin’ Mama” was the first song to make the chart. Prior to
1944 the chart was called the Hillbilly Records Chart.
1944 - ErnestTubb's first
chart record was his self-penned Decca single "Try Me One More Time." The song
topped out at #2, and remained on the chart for 17 weeks. Prior to this Ernest had a hit called "Walking The Floor Over You" in 1941, this was
prior to country music charts. The Texas Troubadour became a member of the Grand
Ole Opry in 1943.
1946 - HollyTashian of
“Barry & Holly,” born ‘HollyPaigeKimball’ in NYC.
1953 - ElvisPresley’s parents
bought their son his first car, a
1942 Lincoln Zephyr coupe for $50.00 on his eighteenth birthday.
1959 - PatsyCline
recorded the following songs today in Nashville, for Four Star Records: "I'm Moving Along" written by JohnnyStarr; "I'm Blue Again" by C.C. Beam, C.L.Jiles, and W.S.Stevenson; "Love, Love, Love Me Honey Do" by
C.C. Beam, C.L.Jiles,
and W.S.Stevenson. (Patsy's
contract with Four Star required her to record only songs written by writers
who published their material through Four Star owner's publishing company. Most
of the material was not very good, and Patsy
had little success until she was released from that contract, and began
recording for Decca). Today's session was produced by Owen Bradley, the session
personnel included: Patsy Cline~vocals; Hank Garland~electric guitar; Grady
Martin~electric guitar; Harold Bradley~6 string electric bass; Bob
Moore~acoustic bass; Buddy Harman~drums; Floyd Cramer ~piano; the
Jordanaires~Gordon Stoker, Hoyt Hawkins, Neal Matthews, Jr., and Ray
1960 - Marty Robbins single “El Paso” topped the charts. The
self-penned Columbia single was recorded in Nashville on April 7, 1959. DonLaw and FrankJones
produced the session (which included "Big
Iron). The session personnel included: Marty Robbins~vocals &
guitar; Grady Martin~guitar; JackPruett~guitar; BobMoore~bass.
El Paso was Marty's 21st
chart record and his 6th #1 hit.
1960 - EddieCochran backed by Buddy
Holly’s Crickets, completed his last
recording session. The session was held at Goldstar Studios in Los Angeles and
the last song recorded was “Three Steps to Heaven.” Eddie was killed in a car wreck on April 17, 1960, while enroute
to an airport in England. His friend GeneVincent
was injured when the Taxi they were riding in crashed.
1968 - Capitol Records released BuckOwens’
self-penned single “How Long Will My Baby Be Gone" b/w "Everybody
Needs Somebody.” How Long topped the charts and became Buck's 39th chart single, and his 16th
1969 - BuckOwens recorded
“Tall Dark Stranger.” The Capitol single charted in August, went to
#1 and remained on the charts for 15 weeks. This was Buck’s
45th hit single, and his 19th #1.
1972 - JohnnyDuncan, DougKershaw, GunillaHutton,
and Buddy Alan were featured guests on “Hee
1972 - Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Would You Take Another Chance on Me” was #1.
1979 - Sara Carter Bayes
1899~1979, age 79, “CarterFamily” died in Lodi, California.
Inducted into the CMHF 1970. Sara was
laid to rest in the Mount VernonMethodistChurchCemetery, in Maces Spring, Virginia.
1981 - Marty Robbins released “Completely Out Of Love.” The
Capitol single became Marty’s 86th chart hit the following month.
1993 - Hap Peebles, age
80, winner of the CMA’s first Talent Buyers and Promoter of the Year
Award, diedin Kansas City, Kansas.
Hap was a founding member of the Country Music Association.
1993 - The U. S. Postal
Service released their ElvisPresley stamps.
1996 - John Michael
Montgomery and wife Crystal were
1997 - WadeHayes the pride of
Bethel Acres, Oklahoma, was presented with a gold album for his Columbia
release ”Old Enough To Know Better.” The title song from the album
went #1 on Billboards Singles chart in 1994.
2001 - Faith Hill was
honored as the Pop/Rock Female Artist of the Year, at the American Music Awards
Show. Favorite Male Artist of the Year in Pop/Rock was Kid Rock. The AMA is
much more honest when associating artists with genres than the CMA is at this
point in country music history. Honesty has never been a strong suit for
Hollywood, or Nashville. The dollar rules in the house of fools, and truth is
an unloved step child.
2002 - MCA released
“The Best of Donna Fargo.”
2003 - Marvin Douglas
Brown, age 53, died in Brushy Mountain State Prison. He was one of two men
sentenced to life in prison, for the murder of Grand Ole Opry star Stringbean,
and his wife Estelle, on November 10, 1973.
2005 - JulieRoberts
was among the stars performing in support of St. Louis Cardinals baseball
manger TonyLaRussa’s Animal Rescue
Foundation’s benefit concert in Walnut
1927 - JackMcFadden 1927~1998, artist
management, and founding member of the Academy of Country Music, was born in
1934 - Jimmy Day1934~1999,
steel guitarist, born Tuscaloosa,
was inducted into the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 1982.
1940 - Big AlDowning
1940~2005, singer, songwriter, recording artist, born in Oklahoma.
1940 - JimmyBoyd,
singer, actor, was born today. Jimmy
recorded “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” when he was 12 years
1940 - BillySanford, session
guitarist, and Louisiana Hayride staff musician, born Natchitoches, Louisiana.
1943 - RoyHead was born in Three Rivers, Texas.
The name of his band was the “Traits.”
1950 - Hank Williams recorded “Long Gone Lonesome Blues.”
This was Hank’s second #1 country hit. Remember his first?
“Lovesick Blues” in 1949.
1951 - CrystalGayle singer, songwriter, and guitarist, born
Paintsville, Kentucky. Crystal is LorettaLynn’s
sister, and she grew up in Wabash,
Indiana. She was named the
CMA’s Female Vocalist of the Year in 1977 and 1978. Between 1970~1990 Crystal
placed 52 country singles on the Billboard charts. Eighteen of those singles
went to #1.
1960 - PatsyCline realized her
dream, and became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
1961 - JohnnyHorton’s single
“North To Alaska” topped the charts. This single charted November 14, 1960.
That was nine days after Johnny was
killed in a car wreck, while returning home to Shreveport, after a personal
appearance in Texas. JohnnyHorton was invited to become a
member of the Grand Ole Opry. He refused the offer, and remained a cast member
of the KWKH Louisiana Hayride. Why? Because he married BillyJeanWilliams, Hank Williams’
wife at the time of his death, and Billy
hated the Grand Ole Opry because they had fired Hank. As a result, this very talented
and likeable man was never inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. During
Horton’s four year recording career he
recorded 14 songs that would eventually hit the country charts. Ten of those
singles made the Top Ten, and three went to #1. Music City politics.
1965 - NormaJean joined the Grand Ole Opry. She
recorded for RCA Victor and was a cast member of the Porter Wagoner Show from
1971 - Elvis’
“I Really Don’t Want to Know” hit the country charts today.
During his career Elvis charted 85 singles on the country charts, and was
inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1998. Elivis made one
appearance on the Grand Ole Opry and was told by Opry manager JimDenny
that he should go back to Memphis, and continue his job as a truck driver. (JimDenny
was fired two years later). Back stage at the Opry, BillMonroe
told Elvis that he liked his version of Bill’s
song “Blue Moon of Kentucky.” Immediately after leaving the Opry
that night, Elvis went to ErnestTubb’s Record Shop and
appeared on the
Jamboree. E.T. told Elvis what to
1979 -KrisKristofferson, RitaCoolidge, OliviaNewton-John, and JohnDenver
were among the artists who performed at the United Nations building in New York
1982 - A portion of
Gallatin Road in Hendersonville, Tennessee, was renamed Johnny Cash Parkway.
1994 - RickySkaggs’ Epic single
“Country Boy” was certified Gold by the RIAA.
1998 - TonyBrown
and AnastasiaPruitt announced their engagement.
1999 - MCA released MarkChesnutt’s
single “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.” DianeWarren
wrote the song, and it topped the charts for two weeks. This was Mark's 28th chart single and his 8th
2000 - The People’s
Choice Awards were broadcast from Pasadena, California, on CBS-TV. ShaniaTwain
won the Favorite Female Musical Performer award.
2004 -LoreneAllen, age 78,
songwriter, died today.
2004 - The band Rushlow makes their debut appearance on
the Grand Ole Opry.
2005 - WillieNelson
headlined a benefit concert at the AustinMusic Hall, for the
Tsunami relief fund. Other performers included JoeEly, RayPrice, and PattyGriffin.
2007 - The People’s Choice Awards
were broadcast by CBS-TV from California.
1905 - GarleyFoster
1905~1968, of “The Carolina Tarheels” born Wilkes County, North Carolina.
1923 - Curly RayCline,
of the “Lonesome Pine Fiddlers” born Baisden, West Virginia.
Rockabilly singer, guitarist born Huntsville, Arkansas.
1948 - LorettaWebb age 13 married Oliver “Mooney” Lynn.
1950 - Hank WilliamsSr. recorded his first record as “Luke The
record executive, born Clarksville,
1952 - AudreyWilliams filed for divorce
from Hank (for the second time).
1955 - MartyRobbins released “God Understands" b/w "Have
Thine Own Way Lord.”
1956 - Elvis recorded, “Heartbreak
Hotel,” at his first RCA
Nashville recording session. D.J. Fontana, ChetAtkins, and FloydCramer
were among the session musicians that day. Three months later, the record
became the first #1 of
1965 - JohnnyCash appeared on Shindig.
1969 - GlenCampbell's Capitol album "Hey Little One" was certified
Gold by the RIAA.
1973 - Decca Records
released Marty Robbins single “Laura (What's He Got That I Ain't Got)"LeonAshley
and MargieSingleton wrote the song. The record
charted in February and climbed all the way up to #60. Well...they can't all be
"I'll Go On Alone," "Singing
The Blues," "A White Sport Coat," "Devil Woman,"
"Ruby Ann," Begging To You," "Ribbon Of Darkness,"
"Tonight Carmen," "I Walk Alone," "My Woman, My Woman,
My Wife," "El Paso City," and "Among My Souvenirs!!!" They
all went to #1. Give the NASCAR driver a break. Marty's popularity grew to the
point where he was the last artist to appear on the Saturday night Opry every
week. I believe that was the reason. Of course during racing season at the
Nashville Fair Grounds you could see Marty driving his stock car, and if you
could drive fast enough, you could get to the Opry and watch as he received his
standing ovations. Those were the days my friends, when Country Music really
1976 - Tom T. Hall's self-penned Mercury
single "Fast Horses" charted
today. The song went to #1 and became Tom's
29th chart single, and his 7th #1 hit.
1978 - ZebTurner
1915~1978, a.k.a. WilliamEdwardGrishaw, singer,
songwriter, and guitarist age 62, of “Zeb and ZekeTurner”
died today from cancer.
1981 - WillieNelson's
self-penned Columbia single “AngelFlying
Too Close To The Ground" hit the country chart. The song was
taken from the soundtrack of Willie's
movie "Honeysuckle Rose"
From 1962~2004 Willie
has placed 122 records on Billboards Country charts, not including his albums.
1989 - Sony Music
purchased Tree Publishing for $40,000.000.
1991 - ClintBlack became the 66th
member of the Grand Ole Opry.
1995 - JohnnyRodriguez
and LanaNelson (Willie’s
daughter) were married. Willie walked Lana down the isle.
1995 - The Kentucky Head
Hunters debut album “Pickin’ on Nashville” was certified double
2001 - Willie Neal
Johnson, age 65, died Tyler,
was a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and the American Gospel Quartet
Hall of Fame.
2003 - GeorgeStrait
was inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas.
2003 - DarrylWorley sang his freshly
penned “Have You Forgotten” on the Friday and Saturday night Opry.
He received a standing ovation from the patriotic Opry audience each time he
sang the song. His record company began pressing large numbers of the song the
following week, and the single went to #1 five weeks later.
2005 - SpencerDryden formerly of New
Riders of the Purple Sage died from cancer, in Petaluma, California.
Dryden was CharlieChaplin’s
age 69, steel guitarist for WynnStewart, and many others, died at
his home in La Habra, California, from cancer.
2006 - The Peoples Choice
Awards were presented at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. TimMcGraw
received the Favorite Male Performer Award.
1911 - TommyDuncan
1911~1967, featured vocalist with BobWills’
Texas Playboys, born Hillsboro,
1933 - GoldieHill
1933~2005, born “ArgoldaVoncile” Kanes County, Texas. Goldie was knows as the “Golden
Hillbilly.” Joined the Grand Ole Opry in1953. Goldie
and CarlSmith were married in 1957.
1946 - NaomiJudd, born “DianaEllenJudd” in Ashland, Kentucky.
1951 - Lefty Frizzell
recorded “I Want To Be With You Always” his first #1 single.
1952 - TeddyWilburn was sworn into the
U. S. Army.
1956 - RobertEarlKeen, singer,
songwriter, and guitarist born Houston,
1964 - RogerMiller recorded
“Dang Me” and “Chug-A-Lug” in Nashville at the same
session. “Dang Me” was released on the Smash Label, and charted in June, climbing to #1 for 6 weeks. The RogerMiller
penned tune remained on the country charts for a total of 25 weeks, and won
Roger 3 Grammy Awards. The song is now in the Grammy Hall of Fame. Smash
released Chug-A-Lug” in September 1964. This song, also written by Roger became his 5th country chart hit and
topped out at #3. RogerMiller was inducted into the NSHF
in 1973 and the CMHF in 1995.
1964 - JohnnyCash’s
album “Ring of Fire” became the first
country music album to go to #1 on Billboard’s Pop chart.
1967 - JohnnyCash and
JuneCarter recorded “Jackson” in Nashville. The session
was produced by DonLaw
and FrankJones. Session players; JohnnyCash~Vocals; JuneCarter~Vocals; LutherPerkins~Guitar; MarshallGrant~Bass;
W.S.Halland~Drums; CarlPerkins~Guitar. The Columbia single topped
out at #2, and John and June won a Grammy for Vocal Duo.
1971 - Capitol Records
released BuckOwens’ single “Bridge
Over Troubled Waters.”
1972 - The Glen Campbell
“Goodtime Hour” featured guests, Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, and
1975 - JohnDenver’s #1 hit
“Sweet Surrender” debuted on Billboard’s Top 40 chart.
1975 - MollyBee, Charley McCoy, and Buddy Alan were
featured guests on "Hee Haw."
“Tulsa Time” topped the charts.
1982 - The soundtrack for
“Coal Miners Daughter” certified Gold.
1986 - MelMcDaniel joined the Grand
1986 - KennyRogers’ album
“Heart of the Matter” certified gold.
1989 - RalphEmery
conducted an interview with KeithWhitley 1955~1989, on Ralph’s syndicated radio show. Keith died a few weeks later as a result of a cocaine
and alcohol overdose.
1991 - Garth Brooks’
single “Unanswered Prayers” topped the charts, becoming his fourth
1997 - Wade Hays made his
debut appearance on the Grand Ole Opry.
2004 - Max D. Barnes
1936~2004, age 67, singer, Hall of Fame songwriter, died today. Inducted NSHF
in 1992. Max was laid to rest in HendersonvilleMemoryGardens, Hendersonville, Tennessee.
2004 - Toby Keith’s
album “Shock ‘N Y’all” was certified 3 x platinum.
2004 - The People’s Choice Award for Favorite Male Musical Performer went to TimMcGraw.
2005 - James Arthur
“Jimmy” Griffin, age 61, singer, songwriter and guitarist died at
home in Nashville.
Jimmy was a founding member of Bread,
and country group The Remingtons.
2005 - SpencerDryden,
age 66, drummer for New Riders of the Purple Sage, and Jefferson Airplane, died
2005 - Chad Cameron Brock was
born to singer Chad
and wife Natalie.
2005 - AndyGriggs and wife Renee were married in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee.
2005 - JamesArthur
1943~2005, age 61, singer, songwriter and guitarist died at home in Nashville from cancer. Jimmy was a founding member of TheRemingtons.
2007 - Stonewall
Jackson age 74, and member of the Grand Ole Opry for 50 years, filed suit
against the Opry, in the amount of $10,000,000. The legal documents charge
breach of contract, and age discrimination. The Opry has been removing as much
gray hair from the show as they can for several years now, including staff band
members. I believe that you will see some new gray headed folks appearing on
the Opry before this lawsuit comes to trial. Without a doubt that would be one
of a defense lawyers first tactics in addressing the age discrimination
charges. We’ll see what happens. After the Opry and WSM were sold a few
years ago, things like loyalty, and tradition went flying out the back door,
right along with some of the greatest country music artists and musicians the
world has ever seen. Welcome to the new Music City U.S.A., what’s your
2008 - PhilVassar
kicked off his first ever acoustic tour in Tucson, Arizona Jennifer Hanson was
billed as the opening act.
1905 - WoodwardMaurice ‘Tex’ Ritter 1905~1974, born
Panola Country, Texas. Joined the cast of the Grand Ole Opry in 1965, Tex was
inducted into the CMHF 1964, NSHF 1971, and the Texas CMHF 1998. Tex has also been
inducted into the Cowboy Hall of Fame.
1926 - RayPrice was born in
Perryville, Texas. During Ray’s
recording years he charted 109 country music hit singles on Billboards Country
charts, and 34 albums Ray joined the Grand
Ole Opry in 1952, and was inducted into the CMHF 1996. Ray
was one of Hank Williams best friends. You can still see RayPrice
in concert. He is 81 years young and just appeared down the street from my
house two weeks ago with Willie, and
of the “Oakridge Boys,” born in Brewton, Alabama.
1949 - TommyDuncan
recorded his first session for Capitol Records.
1952 - RickyVan Shelton singer,
songwriter, and guitarist was born in Danville, Virginia, and raised in Grit, Virginia. Ricky’s
first chart record was on the
Columbia Label “Wild-Eyed Dream”
in 1986. Ricky became a
member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1988. That same year he was honored by the CMA
as their Horizon Award Winner, The following year He was the CMA Male Vocalist of
the year. Ricky’s last chart
record was “The Decision” released
on Audium in 2000.
1953 - LaWandaLindsey recording artist
was born in Tampa, Florida. During her career she recorded for Chart, Capitol,
and Mercury Records.
1953 - Kitty Wells
recorded “Paying For That Back Street Affair.”
1953 - Johnny & Jack
recorded “Hank Williams Will Live Forever.”
1957 - WilmaLee and Stoney Cooper joined the Grand
Ole Opry 1957.
1959 - Marty Robbins released “The Hanging Tree" b/w/ "The
Blues Country Style.”
1959 - Ferlin Husky
released “My Reason For Living.”
1962 - ClaudiaChurch singer,
songwriter, born in Lenoir, North Carolina. Claudia
recorded for Reprise Records, and married RodneyCrowell
1965 - NBC-TV’s musical variety show
“Hullabaloo” aired for the first
1971 - RogerMiller, Peggy
Little, and BobbyMurcer were featured guests on “Hee Haw.”
1972 - Jerry Lee Lewis’ single
“Would You Take Another Chance On Me” topped the charts.
1974 - Tex Ritter, CatherineMcKinnon, GunillaHutton and DonRich
were featured guest on Hee Haw.
1976 - “Wanted! The
Outlaws” the first country album to sell a million units was released
1978 - PaulWarren,
age 59, fiddler, for Flatt and Scruggs, died in Nashville.
1980 - WillieNelson’s “My
Hero’s Have Always Been Cowboys,” charted.
1991 - JohnnyPaycheck
was released from an Ohio
prison, after serving two years of a seven-year sentence for shooting a man in
a tavern. The Governor of Ohio commuted the singer's sentence.
1993 - Marty Stuart
is presented with his first gold
album for “This One’s Gonna Hurt You.”
1998 - GeneVincent inducted into the
1999 - MikeHenderson released his album
“Thicker Than Water.”
2001 - The very popular movie
"O Brother, Where Art Thou” opens in theaters across the nation. As
a result of this film and the soundtrack, bluegrass music gets a real shot in
2003 - The 29th
Annual Peoples Choice Awards in Pasadena, California presented Faith Hill with
their “Favorite Female Musical Performer” award.
2006 - Sugarland was among
the featured guests on the NBC Tonight Show with JayLeno.
2006 - BradPaisley’s
Time Well Wasted Tour, featuring SaraEvans and BillyCurrington,
played their first concert in Sioux Falls, South
2007 - Wilma Lee Cooper
joined the Grand Ole Opry 50 years ago today. After suffering a career ending
stroke in 2001 while on the Opry stage, this very talented lady was greeted
with a standing ovation when she walked on the stage in 2005 to say hello to
1884 - StephenFoster 1826~1864, age 37,
songwriter, died today. Stephen wrote
many songs that were recorded by the early pioneers of country music. Stephen’s health was ruined by a long time
addiction to alcohol.
1907 - Ezra Cline of the
“Lonesome Pine Fiddlers,” born Baisden, West Virginia.
1915 - JennyLouCarson 1915~1978,
a.k.a. “Lucille Overstake,” singer, songwriter, cowgirl, born Decatur, Illinois.
Cast member of the WLS National Barn Dance, along with her sisters Eva and Evelyn as The Three Little Maids. Inducted NSHF
1926 - WallyVarner 1926~2004, pianist
for The Blackwood Brothers was born today.
1930 - H.S. “Buck”White founder of “The Whites” born in Oklahoma.
1930 - Rual Yarbrough,
Bluegrass singer, banjoist, born Lawrence
1944 - ErnestTubb recorded his #1 single
“Soldier’s Last Letter.”
1948 - BuckOwens
married fifteen-year-old BonnieCampbell.
1948 - WLW’s
Midwestern Hayride debuted their TV broadcasts from Cincinnati.
1957 - Marty Robbins’ “Singing The Blues” topped the charts.
1957 - EdBruce debuted on the
charts with “Walkers Woods.”
1962 - ShebWooley's first chart song was his self-penned MGM
single "That's My Pa." The
song went to #1 for this singer, songwriter, and actor. Sheb also recorded
under the name BenColder.
1962 - Trace Adkins,
recording artist, member of the Grand Ole Opry, born in Springhill, Louisiana.
Trace played football for Louisiana Tech.
1963 - BrendaLee
appeared on the EdSullivanShow.
1964 - JohnnyCash’s single “Ring of
Fire” became the first
country song to go to #1 on the Pop charts.
1966 - ShayneMorrison, of “Perfect
Stranger” born Athens, Texas.
1968 - Farris Coursey
1911~1968, age 56, session musician, and WSM staff drummer, died as the result
of a heart attack.
1968 - JohnnyCash recorded his Columbia album
“Live at Folsom Prison.” The show included the Tennessee Three, JuneCarter, CarlPerkins,
The Carter Family, and the Statler Brothers.
The live session was produced by BobJohnston.
One of the songs recorded that day was "Cocaine
Blues" a song written by T.J.Arnall.
Session players included: Johnny Cash~vocals & guitar; Luther Perkins~lead
guitar; Marshall Grant~bass; W.S. Holland~drums; Carl Perkins~lead guitar; The
Carter Family~backing vocals. The album went to #1 on the Billboard chart, and
remained on the chart for 92 weeks. The only single released from this album
was "Folsom Prison Blues" penned
by the singer. This recording also brought John
another #1 single, as well as a Grammy for Best Male Vocal. The album sold over
2 million copies, and was named the CMA Album of the Year.
1971 - Tommy Overstreet
recorded “Girl You Came and Eased My
Mind” at Clement’s Studio. The song was Hall of Fame
songwriter CharlieBlack’s, first song to be recorded.
1973 - Tennessee Ernie
CharlieMcCoy, and the Nashville Edition were
featured guests on “Hee Haw.”
1974 - BradHawkins, singer, actor,
born Dallas, Texas.
1994 - TammyWynette released from a
hospital in Pittsburgh,
following treatment for infection.
1996 - TerriClark made her debut
appearance as a guest on the Grand Ole Opry. Eight years later on June 12, 2004
she became a cast member of the show.
1998 -MarkCollie released his album
“Even the Man in the Moon is Cryin’.”
2002 - People’s
Choice Awards were presented to RebaMcEntire (TV role in “Reba”), Garth Brooks (Favorite Male
Entertainer) and Faith Hill (Favorite Female Entertainer) 2002.
received the “Favorite Male Country Artist,” award at the 30th
Annual American Music Awards 2003. MartinaMcBride
received the award for “Favorite Female Country Artist.”
2003 - Odell
‘Mac’ McLeod, age 86, singer, songwriter died Benton Harbor, Michigan.
2005 - Brothers Donnie and JohnnyVan Zant
signed a recording contract with Columbia Records.
2007 - DoyleHolly
1936~2007, age 70, member of Buck Owens' Buckaroos died as the result of prostate
1913 - LuderinDarbone of the “The
Hackberry Ramblers,” born Evangeline,
1922 - AlTerry
country, rockabilly singer born “AllisonJosephTheroit” in Kaplan, Louisiana.
1929 - “Billy”MarvinWalker 1929~2006,
singer, songwriter, and guitarist born Ralls,
was a cast member of the Big D Jamboree, before joining the Grand Ole Opry in
1937 - Billie Jo Spears
born Beaumont, Texas. Billie was a
cast member of the Louisiana Hayride in 1950, and made her first recordings in 1953 on the Abbott label under the name BillieJeanMoore. During her career BillieJo
placed 34 country hits on Billboards Country singles chart, and ten of her
1938 - AllenToussaint
singer, songwriter, and producer were born in New Orleans.
1948 - T-Bone Burnett, ‘JosephHenryBurnett’
singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer born St. Louis, Missouri.
1950 - The Delmore Brothers’ single
“Blues Stay Away From Me” topped the charts, and became their last #1 hit.
1950 - Little JimmyDickens'
Columbia single "A-Sleeping At The Foot
Of The Bed" charted today. LutherPatrick and GeneWilson
wrote the song, it topped out at #6, and was Jimmy's
5th chart hit in the past nine months. In 2007 Little Jimmy Dickens
continues to be one of the most popular artists on the Grand Ole Opry. Jimmy will celebrate his 60th anniversary as a member
of the Grand Ole Opry on November 6, 2008. JimmyDickens
is one of the nicest people to ever set foot in Music City U.S.A.
1959 - JesseHunter singer,
songwriter, born today.
1970 - Hank Thompson,
LynnAnderson, and Buddy Alan were featured
guests on “Hee Haw.”
1973 - An estimated one
Billion people tuned in as Elvis’ TV special “Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii,” was
1984 -The KendallsMercury
single "Thank God For The Radio" hit
the charts. Hall of Fame songwriter MaxD.Barnes,
and RobertJones wrote the song, it went to #1, and
remained on the singles chart for 23 weeks. This was the Kendalls
(Royce and Jeannie)
a father & daughter duo's 24th chart single, and their 3rd
#1 hit. From 1970~1989 the Kendalls charted 37 singles
on the country charts.
1986 - RebaMcEntire joined the Grand
1986 - TheGrand Ole Opry’s “60th
Anniversary” Show was broadcast.
1989 - HubertGregory, Grand Ole Opry
musician died today. Played with “The
Fruit Jar Drinkers” and with “Sam & Kirk McGee.”
1992 - Charles
“Gabe” Ward 1904~1992, age 87, of the “Hoosier Hot Shots”
1992 - Epic released JoeDiffie’s
second album “Regular Joe.”
1997 - The Amazing Rhythm
Aces released their album “Ride Again.”
1999 - Garth Brooks
appeared on Sesame Street.
2000 - The Music City
News, a country music magazine based in Nashville, went out of business after
37 years. FaronYoung founded the magazine.
2003 - Mercury Nashville
released TerriClark’s album “Pain to
2003 - CMH released
“Essential Lester Flatt and the Nashville Grass” 2003.
2004 - The Recording Academy announced that
recordings by JohnnyCash,
FloydCramer and the Everly Brothers are among
the new additions to the Grammy Hall of Fame.
2005 - DonHelms,
former steel guitarist for Hank Williams Sr. was hospitalized with a stroke.
2005 - TimMcGraw
presented a concert in Nashville,
for season ticket holders of the Nashville Kats, arena league football team. McGraw is part owner of the team. The WarrenBrothers
opened the show.
1915 - Happy Fats, was
born “LeroyLeBlanc,” Rayne, Louisiana.
1948 - Jack Guthrie 1915~1948,
age 32, Capitol recording artist, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist,
cousin of Woody Guthrie, died in Livermore, California from tuberculosis. Jack’s friend ErnestTubb
helped him get a part in the movie “Hollywood
1949 - Flatt and Scruggs
released their single “I’m Going To Make My Home In Heaven.”
1949 - Tommy Magness played fiddle
on “Black Mountain Rag” with RoyAcuff’s
Smokey Mountain Boys at today’s recording session.
1950 - David Lynn Jones,
singer, songwriter was born in Bexar, Arkansas.
1952 - Hank Williams
wrote “Your Cheatin’ Heart” today. The MGM single charted the
following month, and spent 6 weeks at #1. This song is now a Grammy Hall of
1958 - KurtHowell keyboards, member
of Southern Pacific, born today in Winter Haven, Florida.
1959 - RayPrice’s
“City Lights” was the #1 song on the country charts. The Columbia
single charted in July 1958, topped the charts for 13 weeks, spending a total
of 34 weeks on the charts. BillAnderson wrote the song.
1966 - RayCharles’ #1 hit
“Crying Time” charted.
1967 - RoyOrbison and ShebWooley’s
movie “The Fastest Guitar Alive” premiered in New York City.
1972 - Merle Haggard’s “Carolyn” was Billboard’s #1 record.
1972 - Sonny James
and JodyMiller were featured guests on “Hee Haw.”
1976 - The Roy Clark Show featuring BuckTrent,
and the Oakridge Boys began a two week tour of the Soviet Union.
1983 - JohnAnderson
charted his second #1 single “Swingin’.” The song was the CMA
Single Of The Year.
1983 - The Wheeling
unveiled its “Walkway of Stars.”
1992 - JohnnyCash was inducted into the Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame.
1922~1995, age 72, of “The Willis Brothers,” died in a car wreck in
Hohenwald, Tennessee. The WillisBrothers joined the Grand Ole Opry
1999 - For the first time in a
quarter of a century, the Grand Ole Opry was performed on the stage of the
Ryman Auditorium this weekend. TrishaYearwood was invited to become a
member, she said yes, and joined the cast in March.
became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
2002 - The Statler Brothers
announced their intention to retire from the road, at the completion of this
2002 - Chad Brock and wife
Natalie announced that they were
expecting a child.
2002 - Robert Lee
Castleman, writer of AllisonKrauss’ “The Lucky
One,” learned of the songs Grammy nomination, while at work on his full
time job as a truck driver.
2003 - JoeZinkan 1918~2003,
multi-instrumentalist, back-up singer, and session player, died in Hendersonville, Tennessee.
Joe played in the bands of Pee Wee
King, Kitty Wells and Johnny & Jack. He joined RoyAcuff’s
Smokey Mountain Boys in 1943 and remained with the group for a decade. Joe played on RoyAcuff’s
1947 version of “Wabash Cannonball.”
2004 - TimMcGraw’s
album “Greatest Hits” was certified 4-x platinum.
2005 - LeslieWilburn,
age 79, brother of Teddy & Doyle, and a member of the Wilburn Family Band,
2005 - Tootsie’s Lounge customers had
a special treat on this night, when Grand Ole Opry stars (and guest artists)
entertained the customers at the world’s most famous country music
watering hole. Between Opry shows at the Ryman Auditorium, EmmylouHarris, GillianWelch & DavidRawlings, Buddy
Miller, and PattyGriffin all performed. TerriClark
and Mindy Smith were just a few of the Opry entertainers seen sitting in
Tootsie’s upper room enjoying the show, just a few steps from the
Ryman’s stage door.
1923 - RoyLanham “Sons Of The
Pioneers,” born Corbin,
1943 - ErnestTubb sang on the Grand Ole Opry for the
first time. That night E.T. played JimmieRodgers
guitar, a gift from Jimmie’s
widow Carrie. Mrs.Rodgers
was E.T.’s strongest supporter, and was responsible for getting Ernest’s first two recording contracts. RCA,
and shortly after Ernest found out
they had no intention of releasing any of the songs he had recorded for RCA, Carrie contacted the new country division at Decca
Records. They signed Ernest, and the
rest is history. The songs that Ernest
recorded for RCA were all released by that label after he had become a star.
1943 - RonnieMilsap born in
Robbinsville, North Carolina. Ronnie
joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1976. Three years earlier, Ronnie
and his group were the house band at RogerMiller’s
King of the Road, a favorite hangout of Music City’s artists.
1944 - James Wayne
“Jim” Stafford singer, songwriter, and guitarist born Eloise, Florida.
Jim and Bobbie Gentry were married at
1946 - RubyFalls
1946~1986, singer, songwriter, recording artist born in Jackson, Tennessee.
Ruby was one of the most successful black female country singers in the
genre’s history. She traveled as a part of JustinTubb’s
road show, and was a huge success in Las
Vegas. Although she was never able to obtain a major
label recording contract, Ruby placed 9 country singles on the Billboard
country charts between 1975~1979. All of her hits were on the 50 States label.
1947 - James Sanford
“Sandy” Pinkard Jr., of “Pinkard & Bowden,” born Abbeville, Louisiana.
1949 - Little JimmyDickens
began his recording career at Columbia Records.
1949 - GeorgeMorgan recorded his #1
country hit “Candy Kisses” today in Nashville. This Columbia single
was hit first #1 record, and his first chart hit. George
became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1948 (replacing EddyArnold).
The very talented singer, songwriter, and guitarist was inducted into the CMHF
1953 - BillMonroe was injured in a
car wreck in Tennessee. He received numerous injuries and required four months
of healing before he would appear on stage again.
1959 - Corky Owens steel guitarist, born today.
1961 - BuckOwens
recorded “Loose Talk/Mental Cruelty” with RoseMaddox.
1968 - JanHoward
and BillAnderson’s duet “For Loving
You,” topped the charts.
1973 - Merle Haggard
recorded “If We Make It Through December.”
1974 - John and DougBrown
were arrested for the murder of Stringbean, and wife Estelle.
1976 - ABC-TV aired their musical variety
show “Donny & Marie” for the first time.
1978 - GlenCampbell
co-hosted the broadcast of the fifth annual American Music Awards this evening.
Country artist winners included Dolly Parton, LorettaLynn, KennyRogers,
and Conway Twitty.
1982 - Alabama’s #1 single “Love in
the First Degree” debuted on Billboards Top 40 Chart.
1984 - WillieNelson, BarbaraMandrell, Alabama,
Dolly Parton and KennyRogers were all honored at the
eleventh annual American Music Awards. Alabama was awarded three trophies.
1993 - TanyaTucker’s “It’s
a Little Too Late” hit the country singles chart today. RogerMurrah and PatTerry
wrote the song, and watched it top out at #2. This was Tanya’s
55th chart single.
1996 - Jamaican drug
enforcement officers fired on JimmyBuffett’s private plane.
Police reports indicate they believed the plane belonged to drug traffickers.
Buffett and his passenger Bono, of U2 were not injured.
requested his release from Arista Records. Arista complied with his request.
2001 - TammyWynette’s
widower, record producer GeorgeRichey, married SheilaSlaughter
in College Grove, Tennessee. The 34-year-old bride is a former
Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader.
2001 - Bloodshot Records
released Johnny Bonds’ “Country & Western.”
2002 - EmilHofner, age 83, steel
guitarist, died from a stroke.
2005 - BradPaisley's
Mudstock in the Valley concert in Wheeling, West Virginia, raised over $102,000 for flood victims in
2005 - LeslieWilburn,
age 79, brother of Teddy & Doyle, member of the Wilburn Family Band, died
- WalterBailes 1920~2000, of
“The Bailes Brothers,” born Kanawha
County, West Virginia.
With the assistance
of RoyAcuff, the Bailes Brothers joined the
Grand Ole Opry in 1944.
1921 - Si Siman, producer,
promoter, and entertainment executive born in Springfield, Missouri.
1929 - Thomas “Grady” Martin 1929~2001, session guitarist, born Marshall
1936 - Bill and CharlieMonroe
began their recording career for Bluebird Records.
1955 - SteveEarle
singer, songwriter, and producer born in Fort
1956 - Blind AlfredReed
1880~1956, age 75, singer, songwriter, fiddler, and recording artist, died. RalphPeer
discovered Reed during his legendary recordings
sessions in Bristol, Tennessee, in 1927.
1964 - Flatt & Scruggs
recorded “Petticoat Junction.”
1966 - Marty Robbins released “Private WilsonWhite/Count
1972 - Bellevue Street
a.k.a. Hwy 51 South in Memphis
was re-named Elvis Presley Boulevard.
1972 - Capitol Records
released BuckOwens’ single
“I’ll Still Be Waiting For You.”
1973 - Epic Records
released CharlieRich’s monster hit
“Behind Closed Doors.” The KennyO’Dell
penned tune charted the following month, and went to #1. This was Charlie’s first
#1 record, and his 10th hit single. The recording won Grammy’s
for Song of the Year, Male Vocal Performance, and is now a Grammy Hall of Fame
song. The CMA honored the song as their Single of the Year. The “Silver
Fox” began his music career in 1958 at Sun Records in Memphis as a
1976 - Merle
Haggard’s “Roots Of My Raising” charted.
1979 - LorettaLynn brought actress Sissy Spacek to the
Grand Ole Opry. Sissy was doing research for her upcoming role in the movie “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”
1981 - EddieRabbit’s #1 single
“I Love A Rainy Night” charted. This was Eddie’s
18th chart single, and his 8th #1. Eddie
died of cancer at the age of 56. His family did not announce his passing until
after he had been buried.
1981 - ElvisPresley's version of "Guitar Man" charted today. JerryReed
wrote the song, and played guitar on the session. The song went to #1 on the
country chart, and was Elvis' 77th country chart single.
1982 - AmandaWilkinson of The Wilkinsons was born today in
1983 - Waylon Jennings
1983 - The 10th
annual American Music Awards were presented this evening. Country artist
winners included Kenny Rogers, Alabama, BarbaraMandrell, and WillieNelson.
1986 - RebaMcEntire joined the Grand
1995 - ShaniaTwain’s single
“Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under” was released by the Mercury
label. The song was written by Shania’s husband Mutt Lange, with a little
help from the Mrs.
1998 - CliffieStone 1917~1998, age 80,
media personality, musician, artist manager, and songwriter died in his
California home from a heart attack. Cliffe was inducted into the CMHF in 1989.
2003 - HyloBrown 1922~2003, age 81,
Bluegrass vocalist, died today in Mechanicsville,
was laid to rest in RoseHillCemetery,
in Springfield, Ohio.
2004 - MartinaMcBride’s
album “Martina” was
2006 - Sugarland announced that KristenHall
was leaving the group, and would now focus on her songwriting career.
2007 - Hank WilliamsJr.
filed for divorce for his fourth wife Mary Jane. The couple were married in
1990. If Junior lives long enough he's going to have more ex-wives than JerryLee.
1912 - LindaParker 1912~1935, cast
member of the WLS National Barn Dance as a part of the Cumberland Ridge Runners, was born Covington, Kentucky.
Parker was the first female
artist to have a successful solo career in country music.
1926 - BobbyEdwards
singer, songwriter was born” RobertMoncrief”
in Anniston, Alabama. Bobby
has been inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.
1938 - Hargus
“Pig” Robbins, session pianist, born in
Rhea County, Tennessee.
1941 - BobbyGoldsboro singer,
songwriter, guitarist and TV host, born Marianna,
Florida. Between 1968~1982 Bobby charted 24 country singles on Billboards chart,
including “Honey” which
went to #1 in 1968 and provides Bobby
with a gold record.
1954 - Jim Reeves’
single “Bimbo” topped the charts. The Rod Morris penned tune
remained at #1 for 3 weeks, and on the charts for 21 weeks. At this point in
his career at Abbott records Jim
was batting 1,000. His first song for Abbott was
“Mexican Joe” a #1 hit for 9 weeks, and Bimbo was his second
release. His next hit came on Fabor Records “I Love You” a duet
with Ginny Wright in 1954 that only made it to #3. During Jim’s
lifetime he charted 48 hit singles 1953-1964. After his death he charted
another 34 hit singles, all on RCA 1964-1984. As you can see, RCA had some very
creative employees working for ChetAtkins.
1956 - George
“Mark” Collie singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor was born in Waynesboro,
1960 - Columbia released JohnnyHorton’s
“Sink The Bismarck.” TillmanFranks and JohnnyHorton
wrote the song, and it topped out at #6, remaining on the charts for 15 weeks.
This was “The Singing Fisherman’s” 10th chart
single. TillmanFranks was Johnny’s
manager, and played in his band. He was in the car when Johnny
was killed in a car wreck while returning home from a gig in Texas. JohnnyHorton
died in 1964. He should have been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame
forty years ago. He had the talent, but no political connections on Music Row.
1960 - The Louvin Brothers
released “Nellie Moved To Town.”
1972 - LorettaLynn's
Decca album "LorettaLynn's
Greatest Hits" was certified Gold by the RIAA. This album was
released in 1968, and topped out at #6, remaining on the charts for 40 weeks.
One single from this album, "Don't Come
Home A 'Drinkin' (With Lovin' On Your Mind)" went to #1 on the
1975 - BobLuman,
Boots Randolph, Lulu Roman, and BarbiBenton were featured guests on "Hee Haw."
1978 - RoyOrbison had open heart surgery on
multiple blocked arteries in Nashville. Roy
died as the result of a heart attack in 1988, at age 52. RoyOrbison
was laid to rest in Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles, California. The RoyOrbison
story is one of pain and heartbreak. His first wife Claudette was killed
while riding her motorcycle a short distance in front of Roy,
when a truck ran over her. Roy wrote a
song about Claudette, and it was
recorded by the Everly Brothers. He lost two of his children in a house fire,
while he was on tour in Europe. At that time he lived next door to John and JuneCarterCash at Old Hickory Lake. His
faith carried him through a lot of hard times, but I believe Roy was ready move on. RoyOrbison was ElvisPresley’s
favorite singer. I believe that was an excellent choice.
1978 - JohnnyPaycheck’s
“Take This Job and Shove It” topped the charts. John charted 60 hit singles on Billboards Country
charts over the years, but this DavidAllanCoe
penned tune was his only #1. Johnny
Paycheck died broke in 2003 from emphysema, at the age of 64. George and NancyJones
provided a gravesite for their friend in Nashville’s Memorial Park
1980 - Capricorn Records
filed for bankruptcy.
1980 - The 7th
annual American Music Awards show was broadcast from California. Country music
artists winning trophies included CrystalGayle, BarbaraMandrell, KennyRogers,
and the Statler Brothers.
1993 - Capitol Records
released HoytAxton’s album
1994 - Atlantic Records
single “I Swear.” The song had charted in December 1993, after disc
jockeys had discovered the song on John’s
album “Kickin’ It Up.” The single and the album both went to
1994 - EddieHill 1921~1994, age 74, singer,
songwriter, musician, DJ, and TV host, died today. Eddie
was inducted into the CMDJHF 1975.
1996 - Lisa Marie Presley
filed for divorce from MichaelJackson.
single “Awful Beautiful Life” topped the charts.
2008 - MartinaMcBride continued her Waking Up Laughing tour with a string of
nationwide arena dates starting tonight in Evansville, Indiana. JackIngram
and Lady Antebellum are opening the shows.
1904 - LeoSoileauCajun fiddler,
born Ville Platte, Louisiana.
1911 - KenNelson, Capitol Records
producer, author, radio announcer and founding member of the Country Music
Association was born in Caledonia, Minnesota. Ken
was inducted into the CMHF 2001.
1919 - Rollin “Oscar”Sullivan, of “Lonzo and Oscar,” born Edmonton, Kentucky.
1933 - StuPhillips of the Grand Ole Opry
was born Montreal, Quebec,
1939 - PhilEverly was born PhilipEverly
in Chicago, Illinois. Along with brother Don,
the Everly’s found fame in multiple genres. They became members of the
Grand Ole Opry in 1957. They were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of
Fame in 1986, the NSHF 2001, the CMHF in 2001, and finally the RHOF. The
brothers were presented with the Grammy’s Lifetime Achievement Award in
1946 - Dolly Parton, born
Locast Ridge, Tennessee. Dolly became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1969,
Inducted into the NSHF 1986, and the CMHF 1999.
Dolly was presented with The National Medal of Arts by President
Bush in 2005.
1953 - Marty Robbins moved to Nashville,
and joined the Grand Ole Opry.
1954 - GeorgeJones,
age 22, recorded his first
session for Starday Records.
1957 - PatBoone, son-in-law of Red Foley, and father of DebbieBoone,
sang at President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Inaugural Ball.
1957 - JohnnyCash made his network TV debut on The
Jackie Gleason Show on CBS.
1958 - StephanieDavis
singer, songwriter, born in Bridger,
1958 - CarlPerkins
left Sun Records and signed with Columbia.
Carl became Columbia Record’s
first Rockabilly artist.
1959 - JohnnyCash self-penned Columbia single “Don’t Take Your Guns To Town." hit
the country chart today. The song went to #1 where it remained for 6 weeks.
This was John's 20th chart
hit, and his 4th #1. The Man In Black joined the Grand Ole Opry in
1956. He met his second wife JuneCarter backstage at the Ryman
1960 - RalphPeer 1892~1960, age 67, recording
pioneer, talent scout, publisher, and industry executive died in Hollywood. Ralph was the first to record JimmyRodgers, the CarterFamily,
Pop Stoneman and many others. Inducted CMHF 1984.
1966 - CharlieStripling 1896~1966, age 69,
of the “Stripling Brothers” died.
1967 - Dennis Crouch of the Nashville Bluegrass
Band, born Strawberry, Arkansas.
1970 - CharleyPride's
RCA Victor album "The Best of CharleyPride"
was certified Gold by the RIAA.
1971 - Marty Robbins and ConnieSmith were featured guests on “Hee Haw.”
1974 - LorettaLynn, KennyStarr, Stoney
Edwards and JerryClower were featured guests on "Hee Haw."
1977 - CharlieDaniels
and The Marshall Tucker Band performed at JimmyCarter’s
1980 - VicMcAlpin, songwriter, died
in Nashville. Vic served on the first CMA board of directors, and
was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.
1990 - RebaMcEntire’s
first movie "Tremors”
opens in theaters across America.
1993 - One day before BillClinton is sworn into office as President of the
United States, for his second term, the Presidential Inaugural Gala was held in
Washington D.C. Entertainers hired to perform for the Gala included BarbaraStreisand, MichaelJackson, EltonJohn, Fleetwood Mac,
1998 - CarlPerkins 1932~1998, age 65,
singer, songwriter, and guitarist, died following a series of strokes at County
General Hospital in Jackson, Tennessee. Elected into the NSHF 1985, the R&RHF
in 1987. He was a member of the Johnny Cash Show for ten years. Carl was laid to rest in Ridgecrest Cemetery, in
Jackson, Tennessee. His wife Valda died November 15, 2005, and now rests
next to her darling Carl. After Carl’s death, Valda placed a pair of Carl’s pajamas on the bed next to her, every
night before going to sleep.
1998 - The National
Association of Chiefs of Police awarded PatBoone
their first annual “Michael
The Angel Award.”
2001 - TravisTritt performed at the Republican Texas Senators
Ball in WashingtonDC, as part of President
2005 - SaraEvans performed at the
Black Tie & Boots Texas presidential inaugural event in WashingtonD.C.
Also appearing at the Black Tie & Boots event were LyleLovett, Asleep at the Wheel, RobertEarlKeen,
GaryP.Nunn, ClayWalker and gospel singer YolandaAdams.
1924 - OtisDewey “Slim”
Whitman, singer, guitarist, born in Tampa, Florida.
Nicknamed “The Smilin’ Star Duster,” Slim was a cast member
of the Louisiana Hayride.
1957 - Sonny James made a guest appearance on the very popular “EdSullivanShow” on the
CBS-TV network. Over the years many popular country music acts were invited as
guests of the show, which was based in New York City. The first broadcast of
the variety show was presented on June 20, 1948, and the last on June 6, 1971.
1958 - ElvisPresley was ordered to
report for duty with the U. S. Army. The Pentagon allowed him a sixty-day
deferment so that he could finish the movie “King Creole.”
1960 - The U.S. Army
promoted ElvisPresley to the rank of Sergeant.
1962 - PatsyCline released
“She’s Got You,” on Decca.
1965 - JohnMichaelMontgomery singer,
songwriter, and guitarist born Danville, Kentucky. John
is the younger brother of EddieMontgomery of Montgomery Gentry.
He recorded for Atlantic from 1992~2001. In 2002 he was signed by Warner
Records. John has placed 34 country
hits on the charts, including 6 #1’s.
1968 - HensonCargill’s
#1 country hit “SkipARope”
1969 - Flat & Scruggs
played at RichardNixon’s inauguration.
1972 - Merle
was #1 on the charts.
1973 - Jerry
Lee Lewis made his debut guest appearance on the
Grand Ole Opry.
1973 - LorettaLynn, Conway Twitty, and JohnnyBench
were featured guests on “Hee
1979 - TanyaTucker’s “Not
Fade Away” hit the Pop charts.
1979 - KennyRogers’ album
“The Gambler” went to #1.
1984 - MikeSnider debuted on the
Grand Ole Opry.
1989 - LorettaLynn, CrystalGale, LeeGreenwood, The Oak
Ridge Boys, and RandyTravis were among the country
music artists performing at the George Bush Inauguration.
1990 - ClintBlack’s single
“Nobody’s Home” became his first
1995 - The Americana
Record Chart debuted, with less than fifty radio stations reporting.
1998 - Checkered Past
Records released JohnnyDowd’s “Wrong Side of
2001 - SaraEvans single “Born
To Fly” topped the charts.
2001 - Another GeorgeBush
is sworn in as President of the United States. George
and LauraBush danced at each of the inauguration
balls to “Waltz Across Texas.”
2001 - MarkMcGuinn debuted on the charts with “Mrs.StevenRudy.”
2004 -Toby Keith’s
album “Unleashed” was certified 4 x platinum.
2005 - JohnConlee hosted the Patriot Ball in Washington, D.C.
following President GeorgeW.Bush’s
1889 - Huddy Ledbetter a.k.a. “Leadbelly” was born in rural Louisiana.
1919~1982, singer, songwriter, and guitarist was born in Seymour, Indiana.
1942 - Mac Davis, singer,
songwriter, record label executive, publishing company executive and actor was
born in Lubbock, Texas.
1947 - JimIbbottson, of the
“Nitty Gritty Dirt Band,” was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1949 - Tennessee Ernie Ford’s
first session for Capitol Records
was held at their Hollywood recording studios. Ernie
recorded his first hit record at
this session “Tennessee Border.” The song was written by JimmyWork
and it hit the Billboard charts in April.
The song topped out at #8.
1950 - Red Foley’s
single “Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy” topped the charts. This was Nashville’s first million-selling record.
1956 - Sun Records released CarlPerkins
“Blue Suede Shoes.” The song climbed the country charts to #1, and
remained on the charts for 24 weeks. The record is now a Grammy Hall of Fame
1957 - PatsyCline
made her debut on national TV, and sang ‘Walking After Midnight’ on
ArthurGodfrey’s Talent Scouts. Patsy won the competition, and was hired as a regular
on the TV show for the next 18 months.
1961 - PatsyCline appeared on the
Grand Ole Opry, and gave birth to son Randy
two weeks later.
1967 - Dolly Parton
debuted on the Billboard country charts with “Dumb Blonde” #24 and “Something
Fishy” #17, both released on the Monument label.
1967 - Jim Reeves’ RCA Victor single “I Won’t Come In While He’s
There” hit the charts. GeneDavis
wrote the song, it went to #1, and remained on the chart for 16 weeks. This was
#1 record, and it came two and a half years after he died in a plane
crash. Jim Reeves charted 46 single hits during his career, and another 34,
after his death.
1970 - HowardWatts
1913~1970, a.k.a. Cedric Rainwater,
age 56, former bass player in Hank Williams Driftin’
Cowboy’s band, died today in Nashville. Watts
also played for BillMonroe and Flat & Scruggs.
1970 - Sonny James
and TammyWynette were featured guests on “Hee Haw.”
1973 - DonnaFargo
received 3 Grammy nominations, and two of her songs are in the running for Song
of the Year.
1981 - EddieRabbit’s single
“I Love A Rainy Night” topped the charts. This was Eddie’s 18th chart hit, and his 8th
#1 country single.
1987 - CarlPerkins, RickNelson, BillHaley, and RoyOrbison
were among the artists inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
1987 - JimAnglin, age 73, of the
“Anglin Brothers” died on this day.
1987 - DwightYoakam’s
“Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc.” was certified
Gold. This was Dwight’s first gold album.
1995 - Bashful Brother Oswald joined the
Grand Ole Opry as a single act.
1996 - WynonnaJudd and Arch Kelley III were married
1996. Wynonna would file for divorce two years later.
1997 - Colonel TomParker, age 87, ElvisPresley’s
50% manager and illegal immigrant, died in Las Vegas. When Parker went to
Graceland to attend Elvis’ funeral, he was wearing a flowered short
sleeve shirt, and did not approach the casket to look at Elvis. He was the only
man present at the funeral who was not wearing a black suit and tie.
1997 - RayCampi
& RosieFlores released their duet album “A
Little Bit Of Heartache.”
2000 - BrianProut rejoined Diamond
Rio on the road, after a 3 month absence. Brian
was not on vacation, he had been recovering from surgery.
2002 - PeggyLee, age 81, died in Bel Air,
California, as the result of a heart attack. Peggy
was laid to rest in Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles, California.
2003 - Jasmine Records
released JohnnyBond’s “I Like My
Chicken Fryin’ Size.”
2004 - VinceGill told the Country Music Foundation
that he would not host the CMA Awards Show this year. Gill had hosted the
program for the past 12 years.
2006 - Kix Brooks replaced
BobKingsley as host of American Country
2007 - DarrylWorley, an American
patriot, entertained during halftime at the AFC Championship football game in
Indianapolis, and received a standing ovation.
1914 - Dickie McBride 1914~1971, recording artist, Western Swing bandleader,
born New Baden, Texas. Married to LauraLeeOwens,
BobWills’ first female vocalist, daughter of Tex Owens, and Texas Ruby
was her aunt.
1938 - BillEmerson, banjo player,
born Washington D.C.
1941 - BennieFields of “The
Fields Brothers” born Kermit,
1949 - J. P. Pennington,
singer, songwriter, founder of “Exile” born Berea, Kentucky.
1950 - Red Foley’s
single “Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy” topped the charts.
1952 - Teddy Gentry
vocals, bassist, and member of “Alabama,”
born Teddy Wayne Gentry in Fort Payne,
Alabama. Inducted CMHF 2005.
1954 - Little JimmyDickens
recorded “Out Behind The Barn,” for Columbia.
1955 - The Ozark Jubilee debuted on ABC
television with Red Foley as host. The final one-hour show was broadcast September 22, 1961.
By that time the name had changed
to Jubilee U.S.A.
1955 - PorterWagoner debuted as a guest
on the Grand Ole Opry.
1958 - The Killer’s
“Great Balls of Fire” topped the charts.
1965 -Regina Nicks of
“Regina Regina” was born today.
1966 - Red Sovine’s
“Giddyup Go” was at the top of the charts.
1969 - GlenCampbell’s Capitol single
“Wichita Lineman” was
certified Gold by the RIAA. This was Glen's
first gold record.
1969 - Elvis recorded “Suspicious
Minds” at American Studios in Memphis.
1972 - TammyWynette and GeorgeJones
were featured guests on “Hee
1975 - Ezra “Eck” Carter,
Maybelle’s husband, and JuneCarterCash’s
1978 - “Fifty Years
of Country Music,” a three-hour TV special was broadcast on NBC.
1988 - PaulRice, age 68, of “The Rice
1988 - DonnaFargo’s house was
heavily damaged by fire.
1990 - The American Music
Awards presented trophies to country music artists RebaMcEntire, ClintBlack, Alabama, and RandyTravis
1991 - The RIAA certified
Shenandoah’s Columbia album “The Road Not Taken” as a Gold
album. This was the groups first.
1994 - HalKetchum became a member of
the Grand Ole Opry.
1999 - Hal B. Cook, age
80, former publisher of Billboard Magazine died in Palm Desert, California.
1999 - JimmyDay 1934~1999, age 65, died in Houston,
Texas. Jimmy was a member of the
International Steel Guitar Hall of Fame, the Texas Steel Guitar Hall of Fame,
and the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame.
2003 - SaraEvans welcomed her
second child Olivia into the world. Olivia was born in Sara’s
hometown Franklin, Missouri.
2005 - The “2005
Grand Ole Opry Caribbean Cruise” set sail today. Featured artists on this
years cruise were; Trace Adkins, TerriClark, and Hall of Fame members Little Jimmy Dickens
2006 - JanetteCarter,
age 82, daughter of A.P. and SaraCarter (of the CarterFamily),
died at HolstonValleyMedicalCenter
in Kingsport, Tennessee.
1911 - Fields Ward
1911~1987, fiddler, born in Buck Mountain, Virginia.
Fields was the son of fiddler DavyCrockettWard, and recorded with his band
in the late 1920's and later for the Library of Congress as a member of the Bog
1920 - Herman Barrier
1920~1988, of the Barrier Brothers, a Bluegrass Band was born in Harden County,
1932 - The first dressing room was constructed
backstage at the Ryman Auditorium.
1937 - PollyLewisCopsey, of
“The Lewis Family” was born in Lincoln County, Georgia.
1940 - JohnnyRussell 1940~2001, singer,
songwriter, guitarist and TV actor, born in Sunflower County, Mississippi, and
raised in Fresno, California. Johnny
became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1985. He was billed as “The
Biggest Act in Country Music.” He recorded for RCA Victor and Mercury,
and charted 28 country single hits on Billboard’s Country Chart.
1940 - JoeDowell, recording artist,
born in Bloomington, Indiana.
1947 - Merle Travis recorded “Steel Guitar Rag.”
1949 - ErnestTubb
recorded the VaughnHorton penned "Till The End Of The World" and
the Troy Martin-Ernest Tubb penned "Daddy,
When is Mommy Coming Home" at Castle Studios, in Nashville. PaulCohen
produced the session, which required adding a second day (January 24th)
to complete the project. The session personnel included ErnestTubb~Vocals; JackDrake~Bass; BillDrake~Rhythm guitar; Hal Smith~Fiddle; DonDavis~Steel guitar; TommyPaige~Lead
guitar; Banjo Murphy~Banjo. Till The End Of
The World charted in March, topped out at #4, and remained on the
chart for 9 weeks. This was Ernest's
20th chart hit. Daddy, When is
Mommy Coming Home charted in May, topped out at #15, and was on the
chart for 1 week. This was Ernest's 23
1956 - HarleyAllen, son of Red Allen,
singer, songwriter born today in Dayton, Ohio.
1957 - GeraldCline, PatsyCline’s
first husband, filed for divorce.
1959 - Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, RitchieValens,
and Dion began their ill-fated “Winter
Dance Party” tour. Less than two weeks later (February 3,
1959) all but Dion would be dead, the result of a plane crash.
1969 - ElvisPresley recorded
“Suspicious Minds” in Memphis at the American Studios, for his
album “From Memphis To Vegas/From
Vegas To Memphis.” The two record
album hit the Billboard Country Album chart in December, and topped out at #5.
1972 - T. Texas Tyler
1916~1971, age 55, a.k.a. DavidLukeMyrick
died from cancer in Springfield, Missouri. Tyler
was known as “The Man with a Million Friends.”
1976 - Donny and MarieOsmond debuted their “Donny & MarieShow”
on the ABC network.
1982 - RickySkaggs’
“Cryin’ My Heart Out Over You” charted, and became Ricky’s first
1986 - ElvisPresley was inducted into
the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at their first ever ceremony.
1987 - RebaMcEntire’s MCA album
“Whoever’s in New England” was certified Gold by the R.I.A.A.
This was Reba’s first Gold album.
1990 - Texas Jim Lewis
1909~1990, singer, songwriter, guitarist and actor, leader of the “Lone
Star Cowboys” died at the age of 80.
1990 - ClintBlack’s RCA album
“Killin’ Time” was certified Platinum by the RIAA This was Clint’s first
1991 - The IRS auctioned
off WillieNelson’s property, to satisfy his
tax debt. Most of the items that Willie
cared about were purchased by friends and returned to him.
1920~1993, disc jockey, recording artist, and sideman, known as “The Harmonica Wizard,” died
at the age of 72. Wayne was inducted into the
Country Music D.J. Hall of Fame 1993.
1993 - Thomas A. Dorsey,
age 93, writer of “Take My Hand Precious Lord” and “Peace In
The Valley” died in Chicago from Alzheimer’s
1995 - AlanJackson’s single
“Gone Country” went to #1 on Billboard’s country chart. The
song charted 23 weeks earlier. No song in Billboard history ever took that long
to reach the top.
2004 - JoshGracin signed his first recording contract with the Lyric
2005 - BillSimmons,
age 80, keyboardist with the Light Crust Doughboys died in Texas. Inducted Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame,
Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame, and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
2005 - KennyAlphin,
the ‘Big’ of “Big & Rich,” and ChristievCarothers
were married in Deadwood, South Dakota.
2005 - JohnnyCarson, age 79, host of
NBC’s Tonight Show died in a California hospital from emphysema.
2005 - Art Stamper former fiddle player for
RalphStanley’s Clinch Mountain Boys died
in a Louisville, Kentucky hospital.
1936 - DougKershaw, singer, and
fiddler known as “The Ragin’ Cajun,” was born in Tiel Ridge, Louisiana.
Doug wrote “Louisiana
Man,” which has been recorded over 800 times.
1936 - JackScott born Windsor, Ontario.
1939 - RayStevens,
singer, songwriter, pianist, and record producer was born “HaroldRayRagsdale”
in Clarksdale, Georgia. Inducted NSHF 1980.
1941 - NeilDiamond singer,
songwriter, and actor, born today.
1945 - CurtisBurch, “New Grass
Revival,” born Montgomery,
1950 - BeckyHobbs, the
“Beckaroo,” born Bartlesville,
1953 - Hank Williams’ MGM single “I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive”
went to #1 on Billboards country chart today (3 weeks after Hank died.) This
was the last record released by Hank prior to his death.
1953 - CarlPerkins
and ValdaCrider were married.
1953 - EddyArnold’s #1 single
1954 - GlennWorf, bassist, session musician, born
Dayton, Ohio. Glenn was named Bass
Player of the Year, by the Academy of Country Music in 1992 & 1993.
1955 - BobWills’ first Decca
1957 - MelTillis’
1963 - KeechRainwater, drummer, for “Lonestar”
was born in Plano, Texas.
1980 - The People’s
Choice Awards were broadcast on the CBS-TV network. KennyRogers
and Dolly Parton were both winners.
1991 - Shot Jackson 1920~1991, age
70, a.k.a. HaroldBradleyJackson,
multi-instrumentalist, and session musician, died in Nashville. Inducted into
the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 1986.
1992 - KenDarby, songwriter
“Love Me Tender,” died in California.
1998 - JustinTubb 1935~1998, age 62, died following
surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm. Justin
was a member of the Grand Ole Opry for forty-three years, and recorded for
Decca and RCA.
2002 - Freddy Fender
underwent successful kidney transplant surgery at a hospital in San Antonio,
Texas. Step daughter Maria, donated
2003 - TerriClark’s Mercury
album “How I Feel” was certified Gold by the RIAA
2005 - “True
Country” from the Jones Radio Network debuted today.
2005 - LynnAnderson was arrested in
Taos, New Mexico, and charged with shoplifting and assaulting a police officer.
2006 - MCA Records
released JoshTurner’s album “Your
1923 - RustyDraper
1923~2003, singer, and guitarist was born FarrellDraper,
1924 - WesleyWebb “Speedy” West 1924~2003,
pedal steel guitar pioneer, born in Springfield, Missouri. Inducted SGHF 1980.
1932 - ClaudeGray singer, songwriter, and guitarist
nicknamed “The Tall Texan” born
Henderson, Texas. Claude’s
first chart single was “Family
Bible” written by WillieNelson,
and released on Mercury in March 1960.
1938 - The Dixon Brothers recorded
“Wreck On The Highway.”
1945 - Tex Ritter’s
“I’m Wastin’ My Tears On You” topped the charts.
1950 - Lazy JimDay
recorded “When I Worked On The Farm.”
1954 - Marty Robbins released “My Isle Of Golden Dreams"
1955 - MikeBurch drummer for
“River Road” was born on this date.
1956 - RCA released ElvisPresley’s
debut single on their label. Three months later the kid from Memphis had his first #1 record.
1963 - Disc jockey
“Cactus Jack Call,” was killed in a car wreck. On March 3rd,
a fund raising show for his family was held in Kansas City. It was on the trip back to Nashville on March 5th, that PatsyCline, HawkshawHawkins, Cowboy
Copas and RandyHughes, were killed in a plane
crash, near Camden, TN.
1969 - JohnnyCash’s single “Daddy Sang
Bass” w/Jan Howard topped the
1970 - The Glen Campbell
Goodtime Hour on CBS-TV included guests RayCharles, GeorgeGobel, and GloriaLoring.
1975 - GeneWatson made his chart
debut with “Bad Water.”
1975 - JohnnyRussell
and LawandaLindsey were featured guests on "Hee Haw."
1982 - The American Music
Awards were presented this evening. Winners in the country category included WillieNelson, AnneMurray, The Oak Ridge
and KennyRogers who took home three trophies.
1985 - RebaMcEntire’s “How
Blue” topped the charts.
1989 - LauraLeeMcBride 1920~1989, age 68, recording artist, and BobWills’
first female vocalist, died in
Bryan, Texas from cancer. LauraLee was the daughter of Tex Owens,
and her aunt was Texas Ruby. LauraLee was known as “The Queen
of Western Swing.” She was inducted into the Western Swing Hall of Fame
1989 - The Judds RCA/Curb
album “Heartland” was certified Platinum by the RIAA
1992 - EmmylouHarris joined the Grand
1992 - TracyLawrence’s single
“Sticks and Stones” became his first #1 hit.
2000 - Rebel Records
released MikeAuldridge’s album
“This Old Town.”
2000 - King released
“David Frizzell Sings Lefty’s Greatest Hits.”
2003 - Emerson
Drives’ “Fall Into Me” debuted on Billboard’s Top 40 Chart.
2003 - Gabe Tucker
1915-2003, recording artist, musician, artist manager and author, friend of Col. TomParker,
died at the age of 87.
2003 - TerriClark’s single
“I Just Wanna Be Mad” crossed over to Billboard’s Top 40
2005 - RayPeterson, age 65, recording
artist, “Tell Laura I Love Her” died from cancer in Smyrna, Tennessee.
2006 - BradPaisley's Arista Nashville
album "Time Well Wasted" was
certified Platinum by the RIAA. Brad's
#1 single "Alcohol" was
one of the songs on the album.
2006 - CarrieUnderwood's Arista single "Jesus
Take The Wheel" was certified Gold by the RIAA.
2007 - EmmylouHarris celebrated her 15th
anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
1893 - DennisMcGee 1893~1989, Cajun
fiddler, and recording artist born Bayou Marron, Louisiana.
1899 - Howard Doc Hopkins
1899~1988, singer, banjo, and guitarist of the “Cumberland Ridge
Runners” born in Wallins Creek, Harlan County, Kentucky.
1900 - ClaytonMcMichen 1900~1970,
champion fiddler, bandleader, born Allatoona,
1928 - JamesO’Gwynn, “The
Smilin’ Irishman of Country Music,” born Winchester, Minnesota.
1937 - PatsyMontana recorded “I
Wanna Be A Cowboy’s Sweetheart.”
1937 - TeddyLundy born Galax, Virginia.
1942 - DaveRowland “Dave &
Sugar,” born Sanger, California.
1945 - BobWillis recorded his hit
1953 - Grammy winner LucindaWilliams
born Lake Charles, Louisiana.
1958 - Buddy Holly & The Crickets appeared on the EdSullivanShow.
1958 - B. James Lowry,
session guitarist was born on this date.
1959 - Goebel Reeves, age
59, died in Long Beach, California.
1960 - JaniceRogers
files for divorce from KennyRogers. They were married in 1958,
and have one child CaroleLynne.
1962 - Leroy Van
Dyke’s single “Just Walk On By,” topped the charts.
1963 - Skeeter Davis’
biggest hit of her career “The End of
the World” made Billboard’s Top 100.
1971 - TammyWynette,
GeorgeJones, and Billy Jo Spears were featured
guests on “Hee Haw.”
1974 - Tennessee Ernie
Tommy Overstreet, and LarryScott were featured guests on "Hee Haw."
1979 - The CBS-TV series
“Dukes of Hazard” debuted, featuring the hands and voice of Waylon
Jennings. The final show aired July 26, 1985.
1980 - KristineOliver
of “Sweethearts of the Rodeo,” married LeonardArnold.
1981 - BarbaraMandrell’s ABC album
“The Best of Barbara Mandrell” was certified Gold by the RIAA
1992 - HillaryClinton,
appearing on CBS-TV during the presidential campaign, made a comment about TammyWynette
that caused the country music super-star to fight back. Hillary
later apologized to Tammy, for the
1997 - Super Bowl XXXI
during the pregame show in the Voodoo Capital of America. a.k.a. New Orleans.
2001 - RebaMcEntire
made her Broadway debut with the starring role in “AnnieGet You Gun.”
announced that he will be taking a medical leave of absence during the first
six months of the year, to recuperate from hip surgery scheduled in February.
1904 - FrankieMarvin, singer-songwriter
and guitarist, born in Butler, Indian Territory, Oklahoma.
1910 - JoeCallahan
1910~1971, of “The Callahan Brothers” born MadisonCountry,
1911 - JoeAttlesey, of “The
Shelton Brothers” born in Reilly
1925 - Doc Pomus 1925~1991,
songwriter, recording artist, bornJeromeFelder in Brooklyn, New
1937 - Buddy Emmons,
session musician, vocals, steel guitar, piano, bass born Mishawaka, Indiana.
Buddy has played in the bands of Jimmy
Dickens (brought Buddy to Nashville),
RayPrice and many others. Inducted into the
Steel Guitar Hall of Fame 1981.
1947 - ErnestTubb’s “Rainbow At Midnight”
topped the charts.
1949 - Cowboy Copas
recorded “It’s Wrong To Love You But I do.”
1953 - LeeCarroll
of “Exile” born in Glasgow,
1955 - CherylWhite of “The Whites,” born in Wichita Falls, Texas.
1955 - Richard
Headhunters born Glasgow, Kentucky.
1968 - Waylon’s
“Walk On Out Of My Mind” charted 1968.
1968 - TracyLawrence singer,
songwriter, and guitarist was born in Atlanta, Texas, and raised in Foreman,
Arkansas. From 1991~2004 he charted 30 singles on the country charts, and was
only shot one time during that period. Tracy
was shot in Nashville in 1991.
1970 - Marty Robbins underwent successful heart by pass surgery.
1971 - LynnAnderson’s
“RoseGarden” topped the charts.
1973 - JohnnyPaycheck,
Ruby Davis, and GeorgeLindsey were featured guests on “Hee Haw” 1973.
1976 - Marty Robbins recorded “El PasoCity.”
1976 - KevinDunney,
recording artist, was born on this date.
1979 - AnnMurray's Capitol single "I Just Fall In Love Again" hit
the Billboard Country chart. The record went to #1 for 3 weeks, and remained on
the char for a total of 15 weeks. This was Anne's
22nd American country chart record, and her 2nd #1.
1979 - LorettaLynn introduced actress Sissy Spacek to the
Grand Ole Opry audience. Spacek was researching her upcoming role in “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”
1992 - Wynonna made her
solo debut performance at an award show. Her mother, and singing partner, Naomi, had retired the previous year.
1997 - The American Music
Awards were broadcast from Los Angeles. Winners in the country music category
were George Strait, Brooks & Dunn, Shania, Garth, and LeAnn Rimes.
1998 - Columbia Records
released JimmyDean’s “Greatest
2003 - MikeOatman, co-founder of
Great Empire Broadcasting died in Houston,
has been inducted into the Country Radio Broadcasters DJ Hall of Fame.
2004 - GaryAllan’s debut
album “Used Heart For Sale” was certified gold by the RIAA.
1929 - Acker Bilk musician
and composer born today.
1936 - BillPhillips born in Canton, North Carolinas.
1938 - JimRooneyGrammy winning producer
was born in Boston, Massachusetts.
1947 - RoyAcuff recorded
“Wabash Cannonball” in Hollywood. Tommy Magness played fiddle on
1949 - Eddie Bayers, top
studio drummer, born Pautaxant, Maryland. Eddie
won the ACM’s top Drummer award, five consecutive years.
1950 - Red Foley released
“Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy.”
1956 - Elvis debuted on
National Television, on the Dorsey Brothers “Stage Show,” along
1964 - BuckOwens
recorded “Together Again,” and “My Heart Skips A beat”
1964. Both sides of this single went to #1.
1965 - GregCook of Ricochet was born today.
1970 - LorettaLynn and Merle Haggard were featured
guests on “Hee Haw.
1972 - Merle
topped the charts.
1974 - JohnnyCash recorded “Ragged Old Flag.”.
1976 - Skeeter Willis 1917~1976, age 58, of “The Willis
Brothers” died. The WillisBrothers joined the Grand Ole Opry
1982 - JimmyFortune debuted with the
1984 - AlDexter 1905~1984, age 78,
Okeh and Columbia recording artist, died from a
heart attack in Lewisville,
1984 - EarlTaylor, age 54, singer, songwriter,
and musician died today.
1985 - The American Music
Awards were broadcast from Los Angeles. Winners in the Country music category
who won the Merit Award, BarbaraMandrell, Dolly Parton, KennyRogers,
and the Oak Ridge Boys. Double winners included AnneMurray, and WillieNelson
1985 - TommyJarrell 1901~1985, singer,
fiddler, and banjo player, died on this date. In the 1960's AlanJabbour
director of the Library of Congress' American Folklife Division, recorded Jarrell's music while visiting Tommy
at his home. Jarrell was awarded a National
Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for The Arts in 1982.
1991 - RebaMcEntire won two American
1993 - MCA released RebaMcEntire's duet with VinceGill"The Heart Won't Lie." The
record charted the following month and went to #1. KimCarnes and DonnaWeiss
wrote the song, and it was Reba's 51st
1997 - CliveDavis president of
Arista Records became the first active president of a record label to be
honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame 1997.
1998 - TracyLawrence was convicted of
spousal abuse in a Las Vegas Court.
The court ordered Lawrence
to pay a shelter for battered women $500. His record label suspended any
further recording, and his wife Stacie,
a former Dallas Cowboy cheerleader, filed for divorce.
1999 - PatBoone opened his new
record label “Gold Records” 1999. Only artists 45 years old, and
older, will be offered contracts.
2003 - Capitol released GlenCampbell’s
“All the Best” 2003.
2005 - CarlSauceman
1922~2005, age 82, of the Sauceman Brothers
died in Gonzales, Louisiana. Carl was
a singer, guitarist, and bass player who, along with his brother JohnPaulSauceman were known as the Sauceman Brothers. They were early
pioneers of Bluegrass music.
2006 - Country
In The Rockies opened in Crested Butte, Colorado, and ran through
1908 - AlStricklin, piano player
with BobWills’ Texas Playboys, was born in Antioch, Texas.
1917 - LloydWilsonPerryman,
“Sons of the Pioneers,” born Ruth,
1928 - Little JimmySizemore
born Paintsville, Kentucky. Little Jimmy
became a cast member of the Grand Ole Opry at age five, working with his father
1943 - Tanya
Tuckers parents, Beau Tucker and JuanitaCunningham,
were both 15 years old when they married in 1943.
1944 - JohnnyWakley, singer, guitarist,
born Hollywood, California.
1944 - PatsySledd
singer, and pianist, was born PatriciaRandolph
in Falcon, Missouri. Patsy's first chart single was on the Mega label,
and it charted in September 1972. "I'm
Still Your Fool" was written by GeorgeJones, and RogerMiller.
1954 - Theron E. Hale, age
70, Grand Ole Opry member died today.
1957 - IrleneMandrell was born in Corpus Christi, Texas.
1959 - RayPrice
recorded "Heartaches By The
Number" at OwenBradley's Studio in Nashville. HarlanHoward
wrote the song, and the Columbia single topped out at #2, remaining on the
charts for 40 weeks. This was Ray's 19th
chart single for Columbia.
1965 - Sonny James’ “You’re The Only World I
Know,” topped the charts.
1969 - Bobby Gentry & Glen Campbell's
Capitol album "Gentry/Campbell" was
certified Gold by the RIAA.
1969 - “The Glen
Campbell Goodtime Hour,” debuted on CBS-TV. The final show was aired June 13, 1972.
1972 - BobbyGoldsboro
and SusanRaye were featured guests on “Hee Haw.”
1973 - DonnaFargo's Dot album "The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A." was
certified Gold by the RIAA.
1977 - KennyRogers
“Lucile” debuted on the
1986 - TNN’s Talk
Show “Crook and Chase,”
1988 - RandyTravis’ Warner
Bros. album “Always & Forever,” was certified double platinum
by the RIAA
1990 - EMI America
released “Legendary Masters: EddieCochran.”
1996 - Garth Brooks
refused to accept an American Music Award naming him Favorite Overall Artist.
Garth felt that Hootie and the Blowfish deserved the award.
2002 - JeffBates gave a showcase
for RCA executives, and was offered a contract.
2004 - MartinaMcBride
and AlanJackson opened their joint tour in Moline, Illinois.
2005 - ChristySutherland appeared on the
Grand Ole Opry 2005. This was the first time she appeared on the Opry when it
was being broadcast from the Ryman Auditorium.
2006 - The Telestra
Country Music Festival in Tamworth, Australia, was held the 20th~29th.
1931 - Harold Ralph
Morrison, bluegrass musician, comedian, born Highlonseome, Missouri.
1934 - MelvinEndsley 1934~2004, singer,
songwriter, guitarist, and recording artist born Drasco, Arkansas.
1937 - JeannePruett was born “NormaJeanBowman,” in Pell City, Alabama.
Joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1973.
1938 - NormaJean,
rural Wellston, Oklahoma.
1940 - JerryBradley, music executive,
born Nashville, Tennessee.
1956 - DougKahan of “The
Gibson Miller Band,” was born in Detroit, Michigan.
1956 - Sun Records session
played on BillyLeeRiley’s
single “Red Hot.”
1958 - Merle Haggard
was found guilty on a burglary charge in California.
1966 - Red Sovine’s
“Giddyup Go” topped the charts.
1970 - TammyCochran singer,
songwriter, and Epic recording artist born in Austinburg, Ohio.
1981 - The American Music
Awards were broadcast from Los Angeles. Winners in the Country music category
included BarbaraMandrell, The Eagles, The Statler
Brothers, The Gambler, Kenny Rogers
took home four trophies.
1985 - RandyTravis recorded his first #1 record for Warner Records today. "On The Other Hand" hit the
charts in August, climbed all the way to the top and remained on the chart for
35 weeks. Paul Overstreet and DonSchlitz, two of Music City's
finest wrote the song.
1988 - KathyMattea’s first #1
Mercury single “Goin’ Gone” charted. PatAlger, BillDale, and FredKoller
wrote the song, and it remained on the chart for 24 weeks.
1989 - WillieNelson received the Award
of Merit from the American Music Awards this evening.
1994 - Ott Devine
1910~1994, WSM executive, Grand Ole Opry manager, died at age 83.
1996 - BNA released JohnAnderson’s
album “Paradise.” The album topped out at #6 on the chart.
1996 - RCA released
“The Essential Jim Ed Brown & The Browns.”
performed at the Super Bowl pre-game show, and Faith Hill sang the National
2002 - Freddy Fender was
released from a San Antonio Hospital, after successful kidney transplant
2005 - Connie Sue
Landers, recording artist with Mercury, and Roulette Records died at age 60.
2006 - Giantslayer
debut single "MartinLeedy."
1931 - JimmyRodgers recorded
1949 - Kitty Wells recorded
her first record for RCA. "The Queen of
Country Music" began her career with Decca in 1952 when she
released her career song "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels." JoeMiller
wrote the song, it climbed the chart to #1 were it remained for 6 weeks. Prior
to joining the Grand Ole Opry in 1952, Kitty was a cast member of the Louisiana
Hayride. She married JohnnyWright in 1937.
1949 - Johnny and Jack
began their RCA Victor recording career. "Poison
Love" became their first chart hit in 1951. ElmerLaird
wrote the song, it topped out at #4. The Duo joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1947.
1949 - The Blue Sky Boys
1959 - Jim Reeves topped
the charts with “BillyBayou.” The song was
recorded and released in 1958, charting in November. RogerMiller
wrote the song which was the flip side of Jim’s
hit single “Blue Boy” in 1958.” Blue Boy” topped out at
#2, and the flip side spent 5 weeks at #1. Both sides of the single spent a
total of 47 weeks on the Billboard charts.
1962 - Lynwood Lunsford of
“Lost and Found” born in Roxboro, North Carolina.
1966 - JackGreene’s
single “There Goes My Everything” topped the charts. The Dallas
Frazier penned tune was Jack’s 2nd
hit single, and his 1st #1. The CMA named this Decca release The
Single of the Year in 1967, and honored Jack
as their Male Vocalist of the Year. It was at the top of the chart for 7 weeks,
and brought The Jolly Green Giant a membership in the Grand Ole Opry that same
year. ErnestTubb had to talk Jack into leaving the Texas Troubadours, and pursuing
his solo career. That’s how much Jack
cared about E.T.
1968 - Merle Haggard
recorded “The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde.” The session was produced
by KenNelson at Capitol Recording Studios in
Hollywood. Merle wrote the song; it charted in March and became The Hag's 4th
1970 - StephenParker of “South
Sixty-Five,” was born today.
1970 - GlenCampbell’s single
“Honey Come Back” charted 1970. This was Glen’s
17th chart single, and it topped out at #2 on Billboards Country
chart. Hall of Fame songwriter JimmyWebb wrote the song. You know
folks, everything in country music starts with a song. God bless our great
1977 - The American Music
Awards were presented in Los Angeles. JohnnyCash
became the first artist in the
Country music category to win the Award of Merit.
1981 - Scotty Wiseman 1909~1981, age 71
of “Lulu Belle & Scotty”,
a.k.a “Skyland Scotty,” husband of LuLu Belle, died from a heart
attack. Inducted NSHF 1971. Two of the top country music entertainers in the
history of the genre. Will they ever be inducted into the Country Music Hall of
Fame? Not a chance. They weren’t a part of Music City’s money
1981 - WarrenSmith, age 47, Sun
recording pioneer, died of a heart attack 1981.
1984 - JohnnyCash was released from the Betty Ford
Center today. John checked himself in
last month after undergoing a series of operations for ulcers, and a serious
cut on his hand. In addition to his surgery related pain, John
has been taking pain killers for back spasms, and his stay at the Center is a
precautionary measure. John is not now
addicted to the pain medication, and he wants to make sure that doesn't happen
1990 - BuckOwens released “Tijuana Lady/Brooklyn Bridge”
in 1990. The songs didn’t chart, but that’s okay. It was BuckOwens, and he left us
90 chart hit singles, and 45 albums that lit up the Billboard Charts the way BuckOwens
music lit up our hearts. BuckOwens…Thanks for the
memories. By the way, in case you didn’t know, Buck
and BonnieOwens are Together
Again in the Owens Family Mausoleum, in Greenlawn Southwest
Cemetery, in Bakersfield, California.
1997 - Ricochet's Columbia
album "Ricochet" was
certified Gold by the RIAA. This was the group's first album. It charted in March 1996, went to #14 and
remained on the chart for 69 weeks. Ricochet's members include: Heath
Wright~singer, guitarist; Junior Bryant~fiddle; EddieKilgallon~keyboards; TeddyCarr~guitarist; GregCook~bass; and JeffBryant~drums.
1998 - The Kinleys made
their first guest appearance on
the Grand Ole Opry.
1999 - RebaMcEntire
played the last concert of her first European tour in Munich, Germany.
2000 - JimmyHaggettRockabilly singer,
guitarist died in Poplar Bluff, Missouri.
2003 - LeAnn Rimes was
injured as the result of a motor vehicle accident in Hollywood, California.