singer, songwriter, and guitarist was born James Loden in Hackleburg, Alabama. Sonny
joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1965, and was inducted into the CMHF in 2006.
Jimmy Gately was
born in Springfield, Missouri.
the first country
artist to sell a million copies of a record, ("The Prisoner's
the Victor label in 1924, recorded his last recording session today.
- Andy Griffin
the pride of Mt. Airy, North Carolina, debuted on the Grand Ole Opry.
- Don King
singer, songwriter was born in Fremont, Nebraska.
appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show.
1965 - Wayne
“The Train” Hancock, was born in Dallas, Texas.
Elvis Presley and
Priscilla Beaulieu were married in Las Vegas, Nevada. Priscilla filed for
divorce on August 11, 1972, and the divorce became final on October 11, 1973.
Tim McGraw was
born in Delhi, Louisiana. He grew up as “Tim Smith,” not knowing
who his father was until he was twelve years old.
1973 - Tammy Cochran was born in Geneva, Ohio.
1973 - Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame member Max D.
Barnes moved to Nashville.
1976 - Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter's RCA duet single "Suspicious
Minds" charted today for the second time in their career. The song
was first released by RCA in 1970, and it topped out at # 25. Six
years later the duo had become a little more famous, and the 1976 release
topped out at #2 on the Billboard charts.
1979 - Wynonna and Naomi Judd moved to Nashville. Their
first residence was at the Music City Motor Inn.
Loretta Lynn was
named “Artist of the Decade,” by the Academy of Country Music.
Larry Gatlin won three awards; Male Vocalist, Top Album "Straight Ahead," and
Top Single "All
The Gold In California."
Randy Parton's RCA
single "Oh, No" hit the country charts today. The song was written by
Lionel Richie. Randy is the brother of Dolly, and Stella Parton. He charted
five songs for RCA between 1981-1983.
- Charley Pride
became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Lawrence’s Atlantic single “Alibis” went to # 1.
1999 - Charlie and
Emily Robison were married.
2001 - Nashville
police arrested Terri Clark for DUI. Clark was released after posting a $2,000
Tony Brown, was flown from UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, to
Nashville’s Centennial Medical Center. Tony was recovering from a head
injury received in a fall on April 11th in Los Angeles.
McGraw’s new movie “Black Cloud,” debuted at the Nashville
Film Festival. This was Tim’s first acting role.
2004 - Joe Diffie,
age 45, and wife Theresa welcomed daughter Kylie Tarissa Diffie into the world.
Brad Cotter, age
33, was selected as the winner of the USA Network’s Nashville Star,
Season 2, contest. Prior to the contest, Brad was a demo singer in
Nashville…sound familiar? Last year’s winner Buddy Jewel, also came
from the ranks of Nashville Demo Singers.
celebrated his 15th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Jim Hager 1946 -
2008, one half of the Hager Twins, was found dead in a Nashville coffeehouse
parking lot. He was pronounced dead at Vanderbilt University Medical Center
from natural causes. Jim and his twin brother Jon joined the cast of Hee Haw
in 1969, and remained
with the show until 1988. A Memorial Service was held for Jim Hager at the
Ryman Auditorium, and his body was cremated.
“Uncle Bud” Landress 1881~1966, of “The Georgia Yellow
Hammers,” was born in Gwinnett County, Georgia.
“Sally” Waters, of “Sarie and Sally,” was born in
Ton” Baker 1916-1975, pianist, bandleader, and disc jockey (WGN Chicago),
was born Richard Baker in Chicago, Illinois. Baker’s recording of “Sioux City
the Hoosier Hot Shots hit the country charts in 1946. The Decca single topped
out at #2, and remained on the charts for 16 weeks.
Rockabilly artist, was born in Belzoni, Mississippi.
1945 - R.C. Bannon
singer, songwriter, and guitarist was born Daniel H. Shipley in Dallas,
Texas. R.C. recorded for Columbia, Epic, and RCA, and was married to Louise
Mandrell from 1979-1991.
Larry Gatlin of
the Gatlin Brothers, was born in Seminole, Texas. The brothers joined the Grand
Ole Opry in 1976. Between 1973-1989 Larry charted over 40 country singles.
Decca single "Slowly" topped the charts, and remained at #1 on Billboard
magazines chart for 17 weeks. This was Webb's 6th #1 record in the
past two years.
1956 - Sam Phillips, owner of Sun
Records, signed Sonny Burgess to a recording contract, and recorded Sonny and
his band “The Pacers,” on the same day. Sonny was a singer,
songwriter, lead guitarist, and went on to become a Rockabilly legend.
Brothers recorded “Cash On The Barrelhead." The Top Ten Capitol single was
written by the brothers, and remained on the country charts for 11 weeks.
- Merle Haggard
watched smoke rising from a smoke stack inside San Quentin prison.
This was a signal that an inmate on death row had been executed. On this day,
it was Caryl
- WLS Radio
changed from its 36-year farm and country format, which featured some of
the best live country and western music in America, to a Top 40 Rock & Pop
station in 1960. With the growth of Rock music since 1955, WLS targeted a
new and younger audience. Program Director Sam Holman and station owners made
the decision, and thus began the demise of country music in the Windy City, and
the WLS National Barn Dance became just another memory.
singer, guitarist, was born Boyd Tyrone Herndon, in Meridian, Mississippi.
released Buck Owens’ album “Dust On Mother’s Bible.”
Roy Lee Centers,
age 29, of the Clinch Mountain Boys, was shot and killed in a fight.
Tucker Band's Capricorn album "Together Forever" was certified Gold.
Amy Grant's Myrrh
album "Straight Ahead" was certified Gold.
Murray’s Capitol single “Now and Forever” topped the charts.
signed a recording contract with RCA records. His first RCA single hit the charts in
February 1989. Clint's first nine singles included one #7, one #4, One #3, and
six #1's. RCA knows how to pick'em.
Brenda Lee, Jim & Jesse and Exile made
guest appearances on Hee Haw.
a.k.a. Mildred Fern Goad 1913~1993, of the “Girls of the Golden West,” died at age
- Robert M.
Douglas, age 101, died in Dayton, Tennessee. Douglas was a past winner of the
Smithsonian Institutions national fiddling contest.
age 54, died in Nashville. Brewington was an attorney, specializing in
The front cover
of Entertainment Weekly displayed a nude photo of the very classy Dixie Chicks.
cleaned house on “Black Friday.” Terminating President & CEO
Allen Butler, VP & producer Blake Chancey and VP & General Manager Mike
Kraski. Sony hired John Grady to replace Butler, a short time later.
George Wyle, age
87, writer of the theme for “Gilligan’s Island,” and music
director for the “Andy Williams Show,” died in California.
Gordon, age 73, RCA recording artist, died in Moultrie, Georgia.
has surgery in a Lexington, Kentucky, hospital after injuring his left wrist
during a concert.
celebrated his 60th birthday.
1910~1991, of “Louise Massey & the Westerners” was born in
1928~2003, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and disc jockey was born David
singer, songwriter, was born in Harlan County, Kentucky.
Travis’s “So Round, So firm, So Fully Packed” topped the charts.
- Kitty wells recorded
“It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels,” at her first session for Decca.
The session was held at Castle Studio, in the Tulane Hotel in Nashville. Owen
Bradley produced the session, Jack Anglin played rhythm guitar, Shot Jackson
played steel guitar, Johnnie Wright played bass, and Paul Warren played fiddle
on the session. Joe Miller wrote the song, it charted two months later, went to
#1, and is now a Grammy Hall of Fame song.
1954 - Marty Robbins released “Your Hearts Turn To
Break" b/w "Pretty Words."
Pierce’s Decca single “In The Jailhouse Now” topped the country music charts.
The record stayed at #1 for 21 weeks. The song was written by Jimmie Rodgers.
This was Webb's 9th #1 hit in the past four years.
1916~1956, age 39, owner, operator of Beck’s Recording Studio in Dallas,
Texas, died of exposure to carbon tetrachloride.
1957 Scott “Cactus” Moser,
drummer for “Highway 101” was born in Montrose, Colorado.
- Less than two
months after dying in a plane crash with Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, and pilot
Randy Hughes, Hawkshaw Hawkins topped the charts with “Lonesome
Hawkshaw was married to Grand Ole Opry star Jean Shepard.
Shane Minor was
born in Modesto, California. He charted three singles for Mercury Records in
Stampley’s Epic single “Roll On Big Mama” was # 1 on Billboard magazines
chart. The song was written by Dan Darst. This was Joe's second #1 single.
singer, songwriter was born in Granite Falls, North Carolina. Eric Church and
music publisher Katherine Blasingame were married January 8, 2008 in a private
ceremony at the Westglow Spa & Resort in Blowing Rock, North Carolina.
Pride’s RCA single “Where Do I Put Her Memory” sat atop the charts. The song was
written by Jim Weatherly, and was Charlie's 21st #1 single. Charlie
Pride was inducted into the CMHF in 2000.
RCA Victor album “The Closer You Get” was certified Gold & Platinum
for the first time.
fiddler, former member of the Blue Grass Boys died today.
T. Graham Brown
topped the charts with “Don’t Go To Strangers."
1920~1989, Texas Swing bandleader, and multi-instrumentalist, Dave died today
at the age of 68. Dave Stogner has been inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of
Tubb’s Midnight Jamboree celebrated its 50th Anniversary, with
a street party in downtown Nashville.
1908~1996, age 87, died in 1996. Patsy was the first major female recording artist (I
Wanna Be A Cowboys Sweetheart.) Patsy Montana was inducted into the CMHF in 1996. She is
one of seven female solo artists to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of
Fame in the past 46 years.
Buddy Jewel, age
42, won the “Nashville Star” talent show, broadcast on the USA
Cable TV network. The Grand Prize: Recording contract with Sony Music
2006 - Lynn Anderson
was arrested for DWI in New Mexico after causing a traffic accident. She was
released on bond the following day.
Stagecoach Festival, was held the 3rd & 4th, in
University honored Charlie Daniels and wife Hazel, at the University's
Commencement ceremony. The Daniels' were presented with the University's
Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, for selfless community service.
guitarist for the East Texas Serenaders was born today.
1905~1984, singer, songwriter, and guitarist was born Clarence Albert
Poindexter, in Jacksonville, Texas.
Nelle Poe of the
“Poe Sisters” was born in Mississippi.
chief engineer of Owen Bradley’s Quonset Hut Studio, was born in
– Bob Money
founding member of the “Jordanaires” (1948~1951) was the
groups’ first piano player. Bob was born today in Mount Vernon, Missouri.
He was replaced by Gordon Stoker in 1951.
singer, songwriter, was born in Wenatchee, Washington.
songwriter, producer, record company executive, was born in Grove, Oklahoma.
Stella Parton was
born in Sevierville, Tennessee.
J.L. Joe Frank
1900~1952, promoter and talent manager, died at age 52. Inducted into the CMHF
Orrall, singer, songwriter, born Winthrop, Massachusetts.
recorded “Be Bop A Lula,” in Nashville.
topped the country charts with “Blue Suede Shoes."
Randy Travis was
born Randy Bruce Traywick in Marshville, North Carolina.
1959 - The 1st
Annual Grammy Awards were presented this evening. The Kingston Trio won the
first ever Country Music Grammy for “Tom Dooley,” NOTE: Music
awards presented in 1959, honor the music of 1958 etc. That applies to all
music awards, and if you think about it you will understand that it has to be
presented in that manner, so as to give the music released late in any given
year, an opportunity to be considered. If you have any questions…ask your
Brothers nationally syndicated television show debuted.
Ray Pillow joined
the Grand Ole Opry.
1974 - Merle Haggard's self-penned Capitol single “Things
Aren’t Funny Anymore" sat atop the Billboard magazine
wrecked his racecar in the Winston 500 at Talladega, Alabama.
Ton” Baker 1916-1975, pianist, bandleader, and disc jockey (WGN Chicago),
died at age 59.
released Randy Travis' second album "Always & Forever." The album charted on May 30th,
and climbed the chart to #1 where it remained for 43 weeks. The album contained
four #1 singles "Forever And Ever, Amen" "Too Gone Too
Long," "I Won't Need You Anymore" and "I Told You So."
This was Randy's
biggest selling ablum.
& Rosanne Cash went to # 1 with “It’s Such A Small World."
Travis Tritt made
his debut appearance on the Grand Ole Opry.
Banjo player, died today.
The Country Music
Foundation’s annual medallion ceremony, which honors new Hall of Fame
inductees, saluted Porter Wagoner and Bill Carlisle at the Hall of Fame in
2004 - Erv Woolsey’s “The
Trap” nightclub in Nashville, hosted a benefit concert for Grand Ole Opry
fiddler Greg Perkins in 2004. Erv Woolsey is George Strait’s long time
celebrated his 40th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Tim McGraw is
scheduled to appear in concert at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, California.
1911 - Bill E. “Cousin Wilbur” Wesbrooks,
country comedy, and bassist born Gibson County, Tennessee.
1922 - J. D. Miller, record company owner, songwriter, and
producer was born in Iota, Louisiana. Miller wrote Kitty Wells’ first # 1
single, “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels.” Alice
“Al” Montgomery originally released the song on Miller’s
Feature Records label.
1926 - Thurston Moore, publisher, was born in Kentucky.
1934 - Ace Cannon, of Bill Black’s Combo, saxophone,
songwriter, and session musician, was born in Grenada, Mississippi.
The Carter Family
recorded their first sides for ARC.
member of the Stoneman Family and cast member of Hee Haw, was born in Washington, D.C.
1938 - Samuel Morris Allred of the “Geezinslaw
Brothers” was born in Austin, Texas.
1942 - Tammy Wynette 1942~1998, singer,
songwriter, was born Virginia Wynette Pugh in Itawamba County,
Mississippi. Tammy became the sixth female solo artist to be inducted into
the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1998.
1942 - Wayne Carson, songwriter, was born Wayne
Carson Thompson in Denver, Colorado. Inducted NSHF 1997.
1949 - Hank Williams’ MGM single “Lovesick
Blues” topped the charts. This was Hanks first #1 record.
member of “Lonesome Standard Time,” was born in Columbus, Indiana.
Capitol Records single “Gone," climbed the charts to #1. This was Ferlin's second
King’s Columbia single “Wolverton Mountain” charted and went to #1. This was
King's first #1
record, and his first million seller.
Jim Reeves RCA
Victor single "This Is It" went to #1 on the country charts. This was Jim's second
release to hit #1 after his death in a plane crash in 1964, and the seventh #1
of his career.
released Buck Owens’ single “Johnny B. Goode."
finished 15th at the NASCAR Winston 500, at Talladega, Alabama.
Loretta Lynn was
featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
Columbia album "The Sound in Your Mind" was certified Gold.
Conlee’s ABC Records single “Backside Of Thirty” topped the charts. This was
Conlee's second consecutive #1 release.
Columbia album "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" was certified Gold.
Columbia album "Dad Loves His Work" was certified Gold.
only child of Vince and Janis Gill, was born on this date in Los Angeles.
RCA Victor "Greatest Hits Volume 2" was certified Platinum.
toured Australia and New Zeland from the 5th through the 23rd.
McGraw debuted in the lives of mom and dad, Faith and Tim. The beautiful child
is the couple's first.
2001 - Wilson Chavis 1930~2001, age 70 “Rounder
Records Artist,” died in Austin, Texas.
1917~2001, age 83, a.k.a. Norman Messner, singer, founder of Bud Messner & His Sky Line
Boys died today.
made his debut appearance on the Grand Ole Opry.
The Third annual
Golden Voice Awards were held in Nashville.
Hot Apple Pie
made their debut appearance on the Grand Ole Opry.
1904~1983, recording artist, guitarist was born in Taylorville, Kentucky.
1931~2004, Bluegrass-fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin and bass, was born in
Baisden, West Virginia.
The Carter Family
recorded “Will The Circle Be Unbroken," on their second straight day of
recording at ARC studios in New York.
of the Kessinger Brothers, died at age 37.
Gilmore, singer, songwriter, and guitarist was born in Tulia, Texas.
1949 - The Delmore Brothers recorded “Blues Stay
Away From Me."
1950 - Hank Williams’ “Long Gone Lonesome
Blues” was # 1 on the country charts.
1959 - Don Gibson topped the charts with “Oh
1966 - Eddy Arnold’s RCA Victor single “I
Want To Go With You” went to # 1. The song was written by Hank Cochran.
1970 - The Johnny Cash ABC-TV show featured Merle Haggard,
Brenda Lee, Charlie Pride, June Carter Cash, the Carter Family and the Statler
1982 - Alabama’s RCA single “Mountain
Music” topped the country charts. This was the group's sixth #1
single in a row, and has been chosen as a Grammy Hall of Fame recording.
The Academy of
Country Music celebrated it's 20th anniversary, at this evening
awards show at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. The program was
aired on NBC-TV and Alabama was the evening's big winner; Entertainer of the
Year; Album of the Year; and Top Vocal Group of the Year. Twenty years later, this very
talented group of young men would be inducted into the Country Music Hall of
Blackwell 1931~2002, was inducted into he Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
appeared in concert for the last time in Brazoria, Texas. Keith died three days later at
the age of 33.
Naomi Judd and
Larry Strickland were married in Nashville, Tennessee.
co-hosted Hee Haw. Kitty Wells, Lyle Lovett, Louis Nye and the San Diego Chicken made
Capitol single “Love On Arrival” was his tenth # 1 single out of
his last eleven releases.
1908~1995, age 86, fiddler, songwriter, died today.
2002 Otis Blackwell 1931~2002, age 71,
songwriter, died in Nashville, Tennessee. Inducted NSHF 1986, and the National
Academy of Popular Music Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1991. A few samples of
Otis Blackwell's songs: Don't Be Cruel; Return To Sender; Great Balls Of
Fire; Breathless, and many more. Otis Blackwell was laid to rest in Woodlawn Memorial
Park, Nashville, Tennessee.
2004 Country Music Hall of Famer
Charlie Pride, age 66, was hospitalized in Dallas and will undergo brain
Underwood, the winner of last year's American Idol, received her degree Saturday
during a ceremony at Northeastern State University. Carrie graduated magna cum
laude, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in mass communications
with an emphasis in journalism.
1984~1946, founding member of “The Skillet Lickers,” was born in
Gale Binkley of
the "Binkley Brothers Dixie Clodhoppers," was born in Cheatham
1915~1996, of the Bailes Brothers, was born in Kanawha County, West Virginia.
1922~1984, singer, pianist and Rockabilly pioneer, was born James Faye Hall in Big Stone Gap, Virginia.
Nicknamed "the Hound."
Jim Lowe was born
in Springfield, Missouri.
Tom Andrews, a
left hand guitarist, and singer made his debut appearance on the WSM Barn
singer, songwriter, and guitarist, was born in Loyall, Kentucky. Jerry joined
the Hee Haw cast
in 1971, and was inducted into the NSHF 1996.
1940 - Hollywood
columnist Louella Parsons reported in her column today: “Roy Acuff, young
hill-billy brought here by Republic Pictures from Nashville, is suffering from
appendicitis and will be operated on as soon as the picture is finished.”
The film, “Grand Ole Opry” was finished a short time later, but Roy
had seen all of Hollywood that he cared to. He loaded the Smokey Mountain Boys
into their touring car, and headed back to his beloved Tennessee. Upon arriving
in Nashville, Roy was immediately admitted to St. Thomas Hospital, and the
appendix was removed.
Lorie Collins of
the “Collins Kids,” was born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
singer, keyboards, born in Wichita, Kansas.
Williams’ MGM recording of “Lovesick Blues” went to # 1. This was
# 1 record.
Bill Haley &
The Comets released “Rock Around The Clock."
joined the cast of the Louisiana Hayride.
The R.J. Reynolds
Company sponsored its final Grand Ole Opry segment.
James’ “Need You” went to # 1.
The Glen Campbell
Goodtime Hour featured guests Pat Paulsen, John Hartford, Roy Clark, Goldie
Hawn, The Association and Jerry Inman.
Columbia album "Nashville Skyline" was certified Gold by the RIAA.
Chenier, age 69, died in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Stampley’s Epic single “Roll On Big Mama” topped the charts. The song was
written by Dan Darst, and was Joe's 2nd #1 single.
West’s Warner Records single “Jose Cuervo” topped the charts. Shelly was
Dottie West's daughter. The record was Shelly's first solo release, after charting six
singles as David Frizzell's duet partner. The song was written by Cindy Jordan.
Shelly was married to Allen Frizzell from 1977-1985. Allen and David Frizzell
Pete Drake was
presented with the Nashville Entertainment Masters Award.
co-hosted Hee Haw; Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, T. Graham Brown and Jim DePaiva
Black’s RCA single “A Good Run of Bad Luck” topped the charts. The song was
written by Clint, and Hayden Nicholas. This was Clint's 8th #1
single. Clint Black and Lisa Hartman were married on October 20, 1991.
“Eddie” Rabbitt 1941~1998, age 56, singer, songwriter, and
guitarist, died from lung cancer. The family did not notify the press of his
death until after his funeral. Eddie was Inducted into the NSHF in 1998. Eddie
Rabbitt was laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery, Nashville, Tennessee.
age 76, died in Nashville, Tennessee. Woltering was the former manager of
“The Music City News.”
June Carter Cash
underwent open-heart surgery, at Baptist Hospital in Nashville.
2004 - Scotty Emerick debuted on the Grand Ole Opry.
2005 - Billy Dean and Stephanie Paisley were married in
1892 - Jimmie Tarlton of Darby &
Tarlton, was born in Cheraw, South Carolina.
Homer Bailes Jr.
of the “Bailes Brothers,” was born in Kanawha County, West
Bluegrass fiddler, was born Benjamin Edward Martin in Sparta, Tennessee.
1940~1985, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor was born, Eric Hilliard Nelson in Teaneck, New Jersey. Rick
married Kristin Harmon in 1963, they were divorced in 1982. Rick was inducted
into the R&RHF 1987.
- Jack Blanchard
saxophone, keyboards, singer, and songwriter, of “Jack Blanchard &
Misty Morgan,” was born in Buffalo, New York.
1912~1952, age 39, known as “The Texas Songbird” died today. During his career
Leon sang with the Light Crust Doughboys, Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys,
and Johnnie Lee Wills & His Boys.
singer, songwriter, was born in Memphis, Tennessee.
recorded her first Decca session with her new producer Owen Bradley. The two songs
recorded that day were “Ring-A-My-Phone” and “The Golden
appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show.
The Solemn Old
Judge “George D. Hay” 1895~1968, age 72, died in Virginia Beach,
Virginia. Inducted into the CMHF in 1966. George was laid to rest in Forest
Lawn Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia. His contribution to the success of WSM's
Grand Ole Opry is immeasurable.
Del Anthony Gray,
member of “Little Texas” was born in Hamilton, Ohio.
made her chart debut with her Mercury single “I Don’t Want To Be
A One Night Stand.” Layng Martine Jr. wrote the song, and the record topped out at #88.
George Jones was
arrested by Nashville Police for DUI. The arrest was caught on film by a local
TV cameraman, and broadcast around the world.
Nelson’s Columbia single “Always On My Mind,” went to # 1, and was later named
the CMA Song of the Year; and received two Grammy Awards, Song of the Year,
and Male Vocal.
released “An Introduction to Steve Earle."
Lily Pearl Black,
daughter of Clint and Lisa Hartman Black was born. The birth was announced at
the ACM award show.
released Rosie Flores’ album “Speed of Sound."
Jackson’s album “Drive,” was certified Platinum X 4 (4 million sales.)
Darryl Worley was
honored at the Tennessee State Capitol, for his support of U.S. troops all over
the world. Later in the day Darryl was honored on Music Row with some # 1
party’s for “Have You Forgotten.”
underwent brain surgery in a Dallas hospital. Pride is expected to make a full
appeared in concert at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow, United
1918~2008, "The Tennessee Plowboy" died today, two weeks short of his
90th birthday. His beloved wife Sally Gayhart Arnold died earlier
this year on March 11th. A public viewing was held in the Country
Music Hall of Fame rotunda on the 13th and 14th. An
afternoon funeral service was held at the Ryman Auditorium on the 14th,
and Eddy Arnold was laid to rest in Woodlawn Memorial Park, Nashville.
1914~1999, was born in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Canada. The Grand Ole Opry
member was inducted into the CMHF in 1979.
1914~1963, Grand Ole Opry Member, recording artist and multi-instrumentalist
was born in Arthur, Tennessee.
Bluegrass recording artist, and multi-instrumentalist born Old Fort, North
singer, songwriter musician, and recording artist was born in Meadow, Texas.
Sonny was a member of the “Crickets” and numerous other bands.
founder of “Poco” was born in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
Jimmie Davis was
elected governor of Louisiana. Jimmie wrote “You Are My
Bobby Lewis was
born in Hodgenville, Kentucky.
third son, Johnny Dale Owens, was born in California.
released “Oh Yeah,” and What’s The Use,” on Hickory
appeared on the Mike Wallace show.
Brothers' Verve single "Soul & Inspiration" was certified Gold.
recorded “Mama Tried" at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood.
single “Oh Happy Day” charted.
Buck Owens and
Susan Raye's Capitol single "Togetherness" hit the Billboard chart today.
The Freddie Hart penned tune Topped out at #12. This recording was taken from
Buck and Susan's 1970 album "We're Gonna Get Together"
guitarist, and founder of Heartland, was born in Nacogdoches, Texas.
The Little River
Band's Harvest album "Sleep Catcher" was certified Platinum.
Bob Neal, country
music promoter, died at the age of 65.
1902~1984, age 81, clothing designer for the stars, died in North Hollywood,
age 33, died from alcohol poisoning at his home in Goodlettsville, Tennessee.
At the time of his death, Keith had a blood alcohol content of .47%. Keith was
laid to rest in Nashville's Spring Hill Cemetery.
Tim McGraw moved
to Nashville, the same day that Keith Whitley died.
Steve Wariner and Donna Ulisse made guest appearances on Hee Haw.
James Myers, age 81, died in Nashville. James wrote “Rock Around The
- LeAnn Rimes
hosts the Academy of Country Music Awards.
The family of
June Carter Cash was asked to gather at Baptist Hospital in Nashville, where
June had undergone open-heart surgery two days earlier.
Chapter of the Recording Academy hosted it's 8th Annual Grammy Block
Party. Featured entertainers for this years event included: Jo Dee Messina,
Take 6, Eric Church, Alana Grace, and Hootie & The Blowfish.
Carl T. Sprague
1895~1979, the “Original Singing Cowboy” was born outside Houston,
Carter 1909~1978, was born Maybelle Addington in Nicklesville, Virginia. She was
inducted into the CMHF in 1970 as a member of the Carter Family.
singer, guitarist, songwriter, and deejay, was born at St. Paul Hospital,
Bob Wills topped
the charts with “New Spanish Two Step."
1952 - Hank Thompson’s “The Wild Side of Life” went to the
top of the charts.
Harlan and Jan
Howard were married in Las Vegas.
Johnny Cash gave
performance at Carnegie Hall.
recorded his first hit “Just Between You and Me."
Campbell’s Capitol Records single “Where’s The Playground
Mercury single “The Pool Shark" sat atop the charts.
ABC album "Son of a Son of a Sailor" was certified Platinum.
Harris’ “Beneath Still Waters,” went to # 1.
Yoakam’s Reprise album “Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc. Etc.” was certified platinum.
1993 - Garth Brooks, John Anderson, and Ralph Emery
appeared together at the Crazy Horse Saloon, in Santa Ana, California.
1995 - Willie Nelson was arrested in Texas, for possession
of marijuana. A judge threw out the evidence and dropped the charge on March
“Shel” Silverstein, age 68, died in Key West, Florida. Shel was
inducted into the NSHF in 2002.
debuted on the Grand Ole Opry. Vince Gill was her back-up singer.
Lightfoot appeared at Toronto’s Massey Hall, after a two-year absence
from performing due to illness.
- Miko Marks
opened for Billy Currington this evening, at Club Rodeo in San Jose,
California. Miko records for Mirrome Records.
- Rhonda Vincent
and the Rage appeared in concert at the Little Nashville Opry in Nashville, Indiana, this
evening at 8:00 PM.
Underwood was inducted as the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry on this
evenings show. The invitation was extended to the ’American Idol"
winner on March 15th, by Randy Travis.
1901 - Chick Hurt 1901~1967, member of
“The Prarie Ramblers,” was born in Willowshade, Kentucky.
1909~1988, Western Swing, banjo, guitar, and fiddle player was born Ocie Blanton Stockard in Crafton, Texas. Ocie was an
original member of Milton Brown & His Musical Brownies. He also played for
Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys, and Tommy Duncan's Western All-Stars.
During his career Ocie recorded for Bluebird, Okeh, and King Records.
1914~1993, was born today in Hardin County, Kentucky. The singing cowboy,
starred on the WLS National Barn Dance from 1948~1970 when the show closed.
After his career in music was over Bob became the mayor of Schaumburg,
“Alabama’s” drummer, was born Mark Joel Herndon in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Mark was inducted into the CMHF as a member of Alabama in 2005.
Elvis bought his
first home at 1034 Audubon Drive, in Memphis, Tennessee. Elvis paid $40,000.00
in cash for the home, which he shared with Gladys and Vernon.
Brothers debuted on the Grand Ole Opry. Their hit “Bye Bye Love”
hit the country
charts two days later. Their record “Bye Bye Love” was named a
Grammy Hall of Fame recording.
1957 - Buddy Holly & the Crickets audition for Arthur
Godfrey's "Talent Scouts" TV program, they were rejected.
“Second Fiddle,” became his first chart song.
Anderson’s # 1 single “Still” debuted on Billboards Top 40
The Grand Ole
Opry honored the memory of “The Solemn Old Judge” George D. Hay
1895~1968, age 72, who passed away in Virginia earlier in the week. Grant
Turner represented WSM and all of the Opry members as spokesman for the
recorded “A Man And A Train."
died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Gonzales, California. Glenn is the
man John Cash helped parole from prison, and employed until 1973 when Glenn
quit the House of Cash and moved back to California.
1915~1979, of the Free State Ramblers, cast members of Connie B. Gay's Gay
Time on WRAL in
Washington D.C. died at age 63.
- Lester Raymond
Flatt 1914~1979, age 64, died in Nashville. Lester Flatt was laid to rest in
Oaklawn Memorial Cemetery, Sparta, Tennessee. Inducted CMHF 1985. IBMAHH 1991.
Ronstadt's Asylum album "Made Love" was certified Gold & Platinum
Valens received a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Richie's star
is located at 6733 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, California.
Nelson’s album “Honeysuckle Rose” was certified multi-platinum by
joined the Grand Ole Opry.
Walter Hyatt, age
47, founder of Uncle Walt’s Band, was killed in the crash of ValuJet
flight 592 into the Everglades swamp in Florida.
married wife Rhonda at Nashville’s Belle Meade Mansion.
announced his retirement.
- Minnie Snow,
age 89, widow of Hank Snow, died in Nashville, on Mothers Day. Minnie was laid
to rest next to Hank in Spring Hill Cemetery, in Nashville.
Born to Jamie
O’Neal and husband Rodney Good, a beautiful daughter “Aliyah."
age 68, pled guilty to ‘Extreme Drunken Driving,’ and
‘Leaving The Scene of an Accident. Charges of Aggravated Assault on a
Police Officer were dropped in the plea agreement. The Rhinestone Cowboy
served ten days in jail, and 75 hours of community service.
singer, and songwriter Dottie Rambo 1934~2008, age 74, was killed today when
her tour bus ran off the road and crashed into a ditch near Mount Vernon, Missouri.
Dottie, her husband Buck, and daughter Reba toured as the Singing Rambo's in
the '60s and '70s. Dottie was inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in
2006, and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2007, and inducted twice
into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Dottie has over 2,500 songs copyrighted.
The funeral service is scheduled for the 19th, at Christ Church in
Nashville, with private burial services to follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park,
“Whitey” Ford 1901~1986, The Duke of Paducah was born in Desoto, Missouri. Whitey joined the Grand Ole Opry
in 1942, and was inducted into the CMHF in 1986.
- Tiny Moore
1920~1987, electric mandolin, born in Hamilton County, Texas; raised in Port
Arthur. Became famous with his instrument as a result of high exposure to the
fans during his years with Bob Wills. In the 70's Tiny recorded and toured with
Joe Maphis, of
“Joe & Rose Lee Maphis,” born Suffolk, Virginia.
Bill Woods 1924~2000,
a.k.a. the “Father of the Bakersfield Sound” was born in Denison,
songwriter, producer, and publisher was born Bobby Leroy Montgomery in Lampasas, Texas. Early in his
career Bob teamed with Buddy Holly as “Buddy & Bob.”
Billy Swan born
Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
Arnold’s RCA Victor single “Anytime” topped the charts. This
was Eddy's 4th #1 hit. Eddy was the CMA Entertainer of the Year in
1967. Arnold's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is located at 6225 Hollywood
Blvd., in Hollywood, California.
1951 - Hank
Williams' MGM recording "Cold, Cold Heart" sat atop the charts. This was
Hank's fifth #1 hit.
1955 - Leon Eric “Kix” Brooks III, of Brooks
& Dunn was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. Kix moved to Nashville in 1979.
- The Frank
Sinatra Timex TV special, stars Elvis Presley.
Walker’s Columbia single “Charlie’s Shoes” topped the
country charts. This was Walker's first #1 hit. Billy joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1960.
appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show.
- Buck Owens'
Columbia single “My Heart Skips A Beat” topped the country charts. This
was Owens' 3rd #1 hit. Owen's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is
located at 6667 Hollywood Blvd., in Hollywood, California.
1964 - Bobby Bare's RCA Victor single "Detroit
City," won a Grammy Award for single of the year.
1965 - Edward James Kilgallon, member of
“Ricochet,” was born in East Greenbush, New York.
1966 - Eddy Arnold's RCA Victor album "My
World" was certified Gold.
1969 - W. Lee “Pappy” O’Daniel
1890~1969, founder of the “Light Crust Doughboys” died at age 79.
1971 - Jerry Lee Lewis was granted a divorce from cousin
1977 - The Eagles Asylum single "Hotel
California" was certified Gold.
1978 - John Denver's
RCA Victor album "I Want to Live" was certified
1980 - Emmylou Harris’ “Beneath Still
Waters” topped the country charts.
1982 - Johnny Lee's Full Moon label album "Lookin'
for Love" was certified Gold.
1989 - Keith Whitley's funeral was held today in Madison,
Tennessee. Keith's best friend Ricky Skaggs sang during the service. Keith was
laid to rest in Nashville's Spring Hill Cemetery. Keith's wife Lorrie Morgan's
future gravesite is located next to Keith's.
1990 - Travis Tritt’s first #1 single, “Help
Me Hold On” became reality. Travis was one of Waylon Jennings' favorite
1999 - George Jones pled guilty in Franklin, Tennessee, to
Driving While Impaired, and having an open container of liquor in his vehicle.
The charges were the result of his near fatal traffic accident on March 6th,
when he drove off a bridge. George was fined $550.00 and allowed to keep his
2001 - Darryl Worley and Beverly Dean Irvin were married
in Darryl’s hometown of Savannah, Tennessee.
Johnny Wright of
“Johnny & Jack” was honored on the eve of his 90th
birthday. Family and friends gathered at the Texas Troubadour Theater in
Nashville for the celebration.
appeared in concert at the Ryman Auditorium the 12th & 13th.
and Sugarland made their debut appearance on NBC's Las Vegas.
Kathy Mattea was
presented an honorary Doctorate in the Arts, by West Virginia University
President David C. Hardesty Jr. Kathy left the University two decades earlier
to pursue a career in music.
- Ray Cash,
father of Johnny Cash was born in Rison, Arkansas.
Curtis Massey was
born in Midland, Texas.
Johnny Wright, of
Johnny & Jack, and husband of Kitty Wells, was born in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee.
Joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1947.
1916~1963, of Johnny & Jack, was born in Franklin, Tennessee. Jack married
Johnny Wright’s sister Louise in 1938. Johnny & Jack were not
brothers, they were brothers-in-law. They joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1947.
Jack was killed in a traffic accident while driving to Patsy Cline's memorial
singer, songwriter was born in Dora, Alabama. Terry wrote “Truck
Memphis disc jockey, was born in Adamsville, Tennessee. Dewey was Elvis
Presley's first manager.
Mrs. C.R. Cline a
hammer-dulcimer player appeared on the Grand Ole Opry this evening.
appeared on the Grand Ole Opry this evening.
Marlon Hargis of
“Exile” was born in Somerset, Kentucky.
singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, arranger, and recording
engineer was born in Buffalo, New York.
released “Case of the Blues."
The Everly Brothers
debuted on the charts with “Bye Bye Love."
Jerry Lee Lewis
divorced his second wife, six months after marrying Myra, his 13-year-old
cousin. Laws aren't made for Super-flakes…just ask the Killer.
1885~1960, singer, songwriter, fiddle and banjo player of the “Skillet
Lickers, died at age 74. Gid Tanner & the Skillet Lickers were posthumously
inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 1988.
Freddy Fender was
arrested in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for possession of cannabis. Freddy was
sentenced to five years in prison for possession for a very small amount of
marijuana. The Governor of Louisiana pardoned Freddy, about half-way through
the sentence. If Willie had to serve 2 1/2 years for every ounce of weed he
ever had in his possession, he would have to live to be 1,726,000 years old
just to be eligible for parole. However, as far as I know Willie has not served
5 minutes in jail for possession of drugs, or drug paraphernalia.
Lari White was
born in Dunedin, Florida.
1967 - Merle Haggard made his debut appearance on the
Grand Ole Opry.
1967 - Buck Owens’ Capitol single “Sam’s Place” sat atop the
country music charts. Buck and Red Simpson wrote the song. This was Buck's 14th
#1 hit single.
The Johnny Cash
ABC-TV Show featured Marty Robins, Roy Acuff, Tex Ritter, June Carter Cash, the
Carter Family, the Statler Brothers, and special guest Carrie Cash singing a
duet (Uncloudy Day) with her son John.
debuted on the charts with “Delta Dawn."
Haggard’s Capitol single “Grandma Harp” was Country's #1 record.
Merle wrote the song.
1905-1975, age 70, The King of Western Swing died of pneumonia in Fort Worth,
Texas. Bob had six #1 singles to his credit, and five wives. He was inducted into the CMHF in
1968, the NSHF in 1970, The R&RHF in 1999, and the Texas CMHF in 2000. Bob
Wills was laid to rest in Memorial Park Cemetery, Tulsa, Oklahoma. His
headstone includes the words "Deep Within My Heart Lies A Melody."
1913-1981, age 67, fiddle, accordion, singer and Bluebird Records recording
artist died in Basile, Louisiana.
co-hosted Hee Haw, and Ace Cannon, the Burch Sisters and Alabama made guest appearances.
MCA released “Jerry
Clower Live at Dollywood."
Rosa Lola Lee
“Rose” Carter 1914~1997, gospel music pioneer and member of
“The Chuck Wagon Gang,” died at age 82.
Rogers’ “Buy Me A Rose,” went to #1 on the Country charts.
Joe Nichols “Man
With A Memory,”
was certified Gold by the RIAA.
Jason Aldean made
his debut appearance on the Grand Ole Opry.
Days were held at Key Park, in Lafayette, Tennessee.
Daniel Lee Martin
and his band performed at The Rockin' RibFest in Iredell County, North
Carolina. The annual fund raiser for Dove House Children's Advocacy Center,
raises money to assist sexually abused children throughout the county.
Unfortunately, the need for this kind of assistance, grows with each passing
year, throughout America.
The Fourth Annual
Motorcycle Ride benefiting the Academy of Country Music's Charitable Fund was
held today in Las Vegas. For the fourth time, Montgomery Gentry hosted the
Johnny Wright, of
Johnny & Jack, and husband of Kitty Wells celebrated his 93rd
birthday in Nashville.
1903 - Jenks “Tex” Carman
1903~1968, vocalist, and steel guitarist was
born in Hardinsburg, Kentucky.
1914 - Foy Willing 1914~1978, singer,
songwriter, guitarist, bandleader and
actor was born Foy Willingham in Bosque County, Texas. After
Hollywood, Foy became a member of
Jimmy Wakley's Saddle Pals, appearing
in Western movies, and on the
Hollywood Barn Dance. Foy later formed the
"Riders of the Purple
Auditorium played host to their first “Old-Time Fiddlers Contest."
producer, and Capitol Records executive was born in Hillsboro, Texas.
The Light Crust
Doughboys recorded twenty-one songs on this date.
session steel guitarist, was born in Fairplay, Maryland.
Arnold’s #1 single “One Kiss Too Many” charted.
topped the charts with “Long Gone Lonesome Blues."
recorded “High Noon,” for the Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly movie of the same name.
The song became Ritter’s signature song.
1956 - Buddy Holly's optometrist gave him contact lenses
for his 20/800 eyesight. Buddy was not comfortable wearing them, so he wore
the trademark black glasses the rest of his life.
1958 - Don Gibson’s “Oh Lonesome Me” was #1 on the
country chart in 1958. The self-penned RCA Victor single was Don's second chart
record, and his first #1 hit.
1966 - George Oscar “Uncle Bud” Landress
1881~1966, member of The Georgia Yellow Hammers, died at age
1966 - Eddy Arnold sat atop the charts with his RCA Victor
recording of “I Want To Go With You." The Hank
Cochran penned tune remained on the Billboard chart for nineteen weeks, six
weeks at #1. This was Eddy's 91st country chart hit.
1968 - Beasley Smith, songwriter, orchestra leader, died
in Nashville, Tennessee.
1969 - The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour featured John
Hartford, Marty Paich Orchestra, Pat Paulsen, Bell Medley, Merilee Rush, George
Lindsey, the Earl Brown Singers and the George LeFave Dancers.
topped the charts with “Is It Wrong For Loving You."
Willie Nelson and
Julio Inglesias' Columbia album “To All The Girls I’ve Loved
“Mose” Rager 1911~1986, Muhlenberg Country, Kentucky guitarist,
died today at age 75.
co-hosted; and Porter Wagoner, Lyle Lovett and the San Diego Chicken appeared
on Hee Haw.
Twitty’s album “The Very Best Of Conway Twitty” was certified Platinum.
“If Bubba Can Dance,” went to #1 on the country charts.
Faith Hill was
listed as one of People magazines "50 Most Beautiful People In The
- Old Hat
Productions released Ed Bruce’s “This Old Hat".
reported that June Carter Cash was near death at Baptist Hospital in Nashville,
after having open-heart surgery on May 7, 2003.
- Jimmy Martin
1927~2005, age 77, The King of Bluegrass, died in a Nashville hospice. Jimmy was laid to
rest in Nashville's Spring Hill Cemetery.
1918~2008, was born Richard Edward Arnold, in Henderson, Tennessee. Inducted
into the CMHF in 1966. Eddy was the all-time best selling Classic Country
recording artist in history.
1920~1989, Western Swing bandleader and multi-instrumentalist was born in
Gainesville, Texas. Stogner recorded for Four Star, Morgan, and Decca Records.
Arnold’s father died on Eddy's eleventh birthday. A short time later the
bank foreclosed on the farm, and Eddy grew up in poverty. After a few years in
the music business, Eddy was one of the richest men in Tennessee.
K.T. Oslin was
born Kay Toinette Oslin in Crossett, Arkansas.
Buck Owens moved
his family from Phoenix, Arizona to Bakersfield, California. From September 1951 through May 1958, Buck played at the Blackboard,
Bakersfield’s top Country Music nightclub.
1953 - Marty Robbins released “A Castle In The Sky”
b/w ”A Half-Way Chance With You."
1957 - Elvis Presley inhaled the cap on one of his teeth,
and was taken to a Los Angeles hospital to have it removed from his lung.
1958 - Brenda Lee recorded “Little Jonah” for Decca on
her second recording session with Owen Bradley as her producer. Bradley would
produce most of Brenda’s recordings for the next eighteen years.
1958 - Kenny Rogers and Janice Gordon were married. This
was Kenny’s first marriage.
1959 - George Jones topped the charts with “White
Lightning." The song was written for George by his friend disc jockey
J.P. "Big Bopper" Richardson. Richardson died in a plane crash with
Buddy Holly, and never knew that he had written his friend's first #1 hit.
1962 - Brenda Lee made a guest appearance on CBS
TV’s “Make Room For Daddy."
1963 - The 5th Annual Grammy Awards were
presented this evening in California. Burl Ives' Decca recording of "Funny
Way of Laughin'" won the Grammy for Best Country & Western
1972 - Glenn Campbell’s Capitol “Greatest
Hits” album was certified Gold.
1972 - Conway Twitty's Decca album "Hello
Darlin'" was certified Gold.
1973 - Tom T. Hall recorded “Watergate
1975 - Gary Stewart went to #1 with “She’s
Actin’ Single (I’m Drinkin’ Doubles.)"
1977 - Johnny Cash performed at Billy Graham’s
Crusade in South Bend, Indiana.
1982 - Ricky Skaggs, age 27, joined the Grand Ole Opry.
1983 - Bashful Brother Oswald a.k.a. Beecher Ray Kirby and Eunita
Orene Adams were married today.
1984 - John Anderson's Warner Bros. album "Wild
& Blue" was certified Gold by the RIAA.
1988 - John and Martina McBride were married in Wichita,
1991 - George Strait’s “If I Know Me”
topped the charts.
1993 - John Michael Montgomery's Atlantic single "I
Love The Way You Love Me" became his first #1 hit today.
The song charted in March.
1997 - Bill Monroe was inducted into the Rock & Roll
Hall of Fame this evening. Don't ask…I have no idea why.
1998 - Martina McBride’s album “Evolution”
1999 - Tim McGraw's "Please Remember Me" went to #1. The
song was written by Rodney Crowell.
2001 - Rebel Records released Mike Auldridge’s album
“Blue Lonesome Wind."
2001 - Dualtone released Radney Foster’s album “Are
You Ready for the Big Show."
2003 - Eddy Arnold
celebrated his 85th birthday.
2003 - June Carter Cash 1929~2003, age 73, died at 5:04
PM, in Baptist Hospital, Nashville, Tennessee. The singer, songwriter,
producer, author and actress was laid to rest in Hendersonville Memorial
Gardens, Hendersonville, Tennessee.
2004 - Jay DeMarcus member of Rascal Flatts married
Allison Alderson in Nashville. Vince Gill sang at the ceremony.
2004 - Gretchen Wilson made her debut appearance on the
Grand Ole Opry. That same evening
Terri Clark became the first Canadian female artist to be invited to join the
Grand Ole Opry. Terri was inducted on June 12, 2004.
2007 - The 42nd
Annual Academy of Country Music Awards were presented in Las Vegas. "Give
It Away" written by Bill Anderson, Buddy Cannon, and Jamey Johnson
won "Song of the Year." George Strait's recording of "Give It
Away" won "Single of the Year." Brad Paisley was named
Male Vocalist of the Year, and Carrie Underwood's album "Some
Hearts" was named Album of the Year, and Underwood was also named
Top Female Vocalist.
2007 - Ricky Skaggs celebrated his 25th
anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Laura Lee Owens
McBride 1920~1989, was born in Kansas City, Missouri. Known as “The Queen
of Western Swing” Laura Lee was the daughter of Tex Owens, and her aunt
was Texas Ruby. In 1943 Laura Lee became Bob Wills’ first female vocalist. Laura Lee died
from cancer in 1989, and was inducted into the Western Swing Hall of Fame the
Wendy Lee Bagwell
1925~1996, was born in Chamblee, Georgia. The Gospel music singer, and
comedian, served in the Marines during World War II.
Jack Strange bass
guitarist, and mandolin player was born in Flora, Illinois. Jack was a road
musician for Bill Morrison's band, and played for numerous Opry artists that
did not have their own road band. Jack is now semi-retired and living in
Autry’s “At Mail Call Today” topped the charts.
Nick Forster a
member of “Hot Rize,” was born in Beirut, Lebanon.
Wilma Lee &
Stoney Cooper and The Clinch Mountain Clan's Hickory single "Johnny, My
the country music chart today.
Young’s Capitol single “Hello Walls” went to #1. The Willie Nelson
penned song became The Sheriff's 4th #1 hit. Faron had 5 #1 singles during his
36 year recording career. He joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1954.
released Marty Robbins single “I Told My Heart" b/w "Is There
recorded his #1 single “Workin’ Man Blues."
Capitol Records single "My Love" climbed to the top of the charts. This was Sonny's
15th #1 hit single. Sonny became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in
1965, and the CMHF in 2006.
recording artist Rick Trevino was born in Austin, Texas.
Williams’ ABC/Dot single “Some Broken Hearts Never Mend” was #1 in 1977. This was The
Gentle Giant's 6th
1979 - Waylon
Jennings RCA Victor album "Greatest Hits" was certified Gold.
Dr. George C.
Nichopoulous was arrested in Memphis on 14 counts of over-prescribing drugs for
Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and numerous other patients.
their first RCA single “Tennessee River." There first RCA release went to #1, as did
thirty of their next thirty-two RCA singles. This very talented group now
belongs to the ages, as members of the CMHF.
debuted on the charts with his MCA single “Unwound.” Poteet, Texas' favorite son was on
T. G. Sheppard's
Warner/Curb single “I Loved ‘Em Every One" topped the Billboard magazine
chart. Phil Sampson wrote the song, this record was Sheppard's 20th
chart record, and his 7th #1 hit.
became ill with an irregular heartbeat during a concert.
MCA "Greatest Hits" album was certified Platinum.
Ray Charles was
inducted into the Atlanta Celebrity Walk.
Asleep At The
Wheel, Shelby Lynne and Dude Mowrey made guest appearances on Hee Haw.
Paul Brandt and
Claudia Church left for Bosnia to entertain U.S. troops.
Records released Lacy J. Dalton’s “Anthology."
Joe Ely released
his “Live at the Cambridge Folk Festival."
Grand Ole Opry announcer for 49 years, was born in Abilene, Texas. Grant was
inducted into the CMHF in1982, and the CMDJHF in 1975.
Warren, Bluegrass fiddler, was born in Lyles, Tennessee.
Industry executive, founder of Mega Records and record producer, was born in
New York City.
Henson, was born in East St. Louis, Illinois.
“Red” Smiley 1925~1972, guitarist for “Reno &
Smiley” (formed in 1951) was born today in Marshall, North Carolina.
founder of The Stoney Mountain Cloggers” was born in Hendersonville,
father, Will C. Arnold, age 58, was buried on the grounds of Friendship Baptist
Church, in Chester County, Tennessee.
recorded “Blue Yodel No 12" b/w I’m Free from the Chain Gang
songwriter, singer, was born in Shreveport, Louisiana.
recording "New Jolie Blonde" was Billboard magazine's #1 record.
singer, actress was born Charlotte DeHaven in Winchester, Virginia.
Eddy Arnold's RCA
recordings of "Bouquet of Roses," and "Texarkana Baby" both hit Billboard's Best Sellers
chart today, and both songs went to #1. Bouquet of Roses for 19 weeks, and
Texarkana Baby for 3 weeks.
1925~1960, The Singing Fisherman debuted on the Louisiana Hayride. John was invited to
join the Grand Ole Opry, however, for personal reasons he chose to remain in
Shreveport. John was married to Hank Williams widow Billie Jean, who hated the
Opry because they fired Hank. As a result, this very talented country music
ambassador of country music, is not a member of the CMHF.
Ray Price debuted
on the charts with his Columbia single “Talk To Your Heart." The
song climbed the charts to the #3 position, and Ray joined the Grand Ole Opry
later that year.
vocals, guitar, mandolin, and banjo founding member of “New Grass
Revival,” was born in Los Angeles, California.
emceed four performances of a huge Country Music show held at Madison Square
Garden. The show featured Buck Owens, Ernest Tubb, Bill Monroe, Webb Pierce,
Bill Anderson, Stonewall Jackson, Skeeter Davis, Porter Wagoner and Leon
McAuliffe. The show was a huge success.
Wiley Walker, of
“Wiley & Gene” died at age 54.
“Before The Next Teardrop Falls,” went to #1.
Merle Haggard and
Clint Eastwood’s “Bar Room Buddies,” charted.
Merle Haggard and
George Jones recorded “Yesterday’s Wine."
recorded his album "Def American" in Hollywood, California, between
the 17th and the 20th.
2001 - The New “Country Music Hall Of Fame and
Museum,” opened for business in downtown Nashville. This magnificent $37
million facility is the Crown Jewel of Music City USA. Having said that, the
jewels in this crown would shine much brighter if more honesty, and less
politics were involved in the selection process, regarding who gets inducted
into this elite body. Do you know the names of the Music Row geniuses, who have
had the final say in deciding who goes in, and who stays out of the Hall of
Fame? Of course you don't. Who would admit to being responsible for inducting
only seven female solo artists into the Hall of Fame since 1961.
1933 - Jimmie Rodgers recorded “Last
Blue Yodel (The Women Make A Fool
Out of Me.)"
Leon Ashley was
born Leon Walton
in rural Newton County, Georgia. Leon was the first artist to write, publish, record,
and distribute his own songs.
Rodney Dillard of
“The Dillards,” was born in East St. Louis, Illinois. The Dillards
appeared frequently on the Andy Griffith Show as the Darling Family.
Bob Wills topped
the charts with “New Spanish Two Step."
member of the “Oakridge Boys,” was born in Philadelphia,
member of the “Earl Scruggs Revue,” was born in Knoxville,
a.k.a. “King George” was born in Poteet, Texas. He was inducted
into the CMHF in 2006.
topped the charts with “I Really Don’t Want To Know."
Rusty and Doug
Kershaw made their debut on the Grand Ole Opry.
released “When Sin Stops,” on Brunswick Records.
Horton’s Columbia single “The Battle of New Orleans,” went to #1. The record remained
at the top of the chart for 10 weeks. Johnny Horton is not a member of the
Country Music Hall of Fame.
Liberty single "Another time, Another Place, Another World" charted today. The song was
written by Eddie Dean and Buddy Landon. This was Mr. Smooth's 6th single to make the
Billboard magazine chart.
released Buck Owens’ single “The Kansas City Song."
Thomas’ “Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song,” topped the charts.
Holly Story,” premiered in Dallas, Texas.
George Bush and First Lady Barbara, visited with the artists backstage at the
Grand Ole Opry.
movie “Stagecoach,” starring Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kris
Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, and John Schneider, debuted on CBS.
Tennessee Ford’s “Best Sacred Memories."
Radney Foster’s album “See What You Want To See."
Azar’s single “I Don’t Have To Be Me (Till Monday)” debuted on Billboard’s Top
2002 - George
Strait celebrated his 50th birthday.
- The funeral for
June Carter Cash was held at First Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tennessee.
June was laid to rest in Hendersonville Memory Gardens next to her mother
Maybelle, her father, Ezra, and her sister, Anita. 1800 people attended the
ceremony. Rosanne Cash was the only family member to speak at the funeral. John
Carter Cash’s wife Laura played the fiddle during the service.
Cash’s new authorized biography “Cash, An American Man,” was released.
Vince Gill's 16th
Annual "Vinny Pro-Celebrity Invitational" golf tournament was held at the
Golf Club of Tennessee in Kingston Springs.
2008 - The ACM
presented this evening on CBS-TV, from Las Vegas, Nevada.
1921~2004, “The First Lady of Gospel Music,” singer, and guitarist was born
“Irene Ethel Amburgey,” in Neon, Kentucky.
guitarist, songwriter, session musician, producer and studio owner born Jerry
in Atlanta, Georgia.
1938~1983, singer, songwriter, and guitarist, brother of Vern Gosdin, was born
in Woodland, Alabama.
was born Milton Sim Newbury Jr. in Houston, Texas.
1945 - Gene
Autry's "At Mail Call Today" was Billboard magazine's #1 record.
graduated from High School in Dyess Arkansas.
recorded her #1 Capitol Records single “A Dear John Letter," with Ferlin Huskey.
1951 - Eddy
Arnold’s “Kentucky Waltz” topped the country charts. This
was The Tennessee Playboy's 13th #1 single.
Johnny Cash's Sun
Records single “I Walk The Line,” b/w ”Get Rhythm,” was
released today. Both side of the record charted the following month and (Walk
The Line) went on to become John's first #1 single, remaining at the top of the chart for 6
weeks. This Sun recording is now a Grammy Hall of Fame record. John Cash joined
the Grand Ole Opry this year.
released “Ooby Dooby." Roy won Grammy's Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously
Johnny Cash's Sun
Records single “I Guess Thing Happen That Way" was released today.
Jack Clement wrote the song, and produced the session. The record went to #1
where it remained for 8 weeks. This was John's 4th #1 single.
Charles’ #1 hit “I Can’t Stop Loving You” hit the
United Artists single “She Thinks I Still Care." went to #1. The song was written
by Dickey Lee, and charted in April. This was the Possum's 25th chart single, his
3rd #1, and this single is now a Grammy Hall of Fame recording.
Miller’s single “King Of The Road,” was certified Gold by the RIAA.
Eddy Arnold made
his debut appearance at Carnegie Hall.
presented Loretta Lynn and Marty Robbins with plaques, naming them as the most
popular singers on Ralph’s all night radio show on WSM.
Tucker’s Columbia single “What’s Your Mama’s
to #1. Dallas Frazier and Earl Montgomery wrote the song, and the record
remained on the charts for 17 weeks. This was Tucker's 4th chart
record, and her first #1 hit.
Brothers Warner/Curb single “If I Said You Had A Beautiful
to #1. This was the duos first #1 record.
broke the sound barrier today, while riding in one of the Air Force
Travis’ “Forever and Ever, Amen” topped the charts.
released Terri Clark’s album “How I Feel."
hosted America's Grand Ole Opry Weekend Academy of Country Music Awards
Special. The syndicated weekly radio broadcast reaches over 200 markets, and
the Armed Forces Radio Network.
1934~2008, age 74 was laid to rest in Woodlawn Memorial Park, in Nashville.
Dottie, died on the 11th after her tour bus crashed in Missouri.
artist management, and promoter, was born in Providence, Rhode Island.
1919~1991, was born in Chicago, Illinois. At age 13 George became a cast member
of the “WLS National Barn Dance,” billed as the Little Cowboy. The
young singer was with WLS for ten years, and recorded in 1933 on the Conqueror
label, owned by ARC. In the 1950’s George became one of America’s
most popular comedians, appearing on many television shows, including his own
network show “The George Gobel Show.” George made several movies, and
was a top nightclub entertainer from coast to coast.
Jack D. Cash
1929~1944, age 14, older brother of Johnny Cash, died in the hospital after a
chain saw accident in Arkansas, in 1944. Jack was laid to rest in the Bassett,
Arkansas, cemetery. His tombstone reads: Jack D. Cash, 1929-44. Johnny Cash
believed that his brother had been murdered, and named the young man he thought
had killed his brother. That young man disappeared the same day that Jack Cash
was fatally injured. No arrest was ever made.
Arnold’s RCA Victor single “Anytime” topped the country charts. This
was The Tennessee Plowboy's fourth #1 hit, and it remained on the charts for 273 days.
Perkins’ Sun Records single topped the charts with “Blue Suede
was Carl's first country
chart hit, and his first #1 record. Carl's self-penned hit is now a Grammy Hall of
Fame recording. Carl was a member of the Johnny Cash road show for ten years,
and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, and the
Rockabilly Hall of Fame®.
Robbins’ Columbia Records single “A White Sport Coat” topped the country charts today.
The song was recorded in New York City in January. Mitch Miller was the
Don Gibson joined
the Grand Ole Opry.
1962 Charlie Bowman 1889~1962, age 72,
of “The Hill Billies,” died.
Capitol single “My Heart Skips A Beat” sat atop the Billboard magazine
chart. Buck wrote the song, and the record remained on the charts for 26 weeks,
7 weeks at #1.
Reed’s RCA single “Guitar Man,” charted today and went to the top
of the Chart. This was Jerry's first chart record, and his first #1 hit.
released “It’s A Sin" b/w "I Walk Alone."
Jimmy Dean's GRT
label single "I.O.U." was certified Gold.
Merle Haggard and
George Jones recorded, “C.C. Waterback."
- Johnny Cash was
hospitalized four days for treatment of a compressed vertebrae.
released his RCA album “Killin’ Time,” and Country Music had a new
superstar. Lisa Hartman's husband joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1991.
co-hosted Hee Haw,
Roy Acuff, Vern Gosdin, Jo-El Sonnier, Ken Kercheval, Bill Holt and the Million
Dollar Band made guest appearances.
The Country Music
Hall of Fame, 25th Anniversary Special, aired on CBS.
Don Henley of the
Eagles and model Sharon Summerall were married.
Asleep At The
Wheel released their "Back to the Future-Live at Arizona
Razor & Tie
released “Amazing Steel Guitar: The Buddy Emmons Collection."
Brock’s single “Yes!” debuted on Billboards Top 40 Pop chart. The record
went to #1.
Mickey Gilley’s “Room Full of Roses" b/w "Gilley’s
Carolina’s banjo king Charlie Poole 1892~1931 died at age 39. Charlie
formed the North Carolina Ramblers, and they were one of the all time top
string bands in the country. Charlie recorded over 100 sides, prior to death as
the result of a lengthy drinking spree.
1929~1944, age 14, older brother of Johnny, was buried in Bassett, Arkansas,
after dying as the result of a power saw injury.
recorded a total of twenty songs today, in Chicago for Decca Records. The
session personnel included: Ernest Tubb~vocals & rhythm guitar; Leon Short~lead
guitar; Johnny Sapp~fiddle; Ray Head~steel guitar; Jack Drake~bass. A sampling
of the tunes recorded: "At Mail Call Today" written by Gene Autry &
Fred Rose; "There's A New Moon Over My Shoulder" by Jimmie Davis; "Wondering
If You're Wondering Too" by E.T.; "My Hillbilly Baby: by Rex Griffin; "Too Late
To Worry, Too Blue To Cry" by Al Dexter; "Each Night At Nine" by Floyd Tillman; "Love
Gone Cold" by
Arnold’s RCA Victor single “The Echo of Your Footsteps” hit the charts. The record topped
out at #2.
Brenda Lee was
signed to her first recording contract by Paul Cohen of Decca Records.
released Buck Owens’ single “Save The Last Dance For Me" b/w
"King Of Fools."
United Artists single “Girl On The Billboard” topped the country charts. Walter
Haynes and Hank Mills wrote the song, and it remained on the charts for 20
weeks. Del joined the Grand Ole Opry the following year. During his career,
Franklin Delano Reeves charted a total of 55 songs on the country charts.
Columbia album "All the Love in the World" was certified Gold.
Epic album "Souvenirs" was certified Gold.
Mattea’s “Eighteen Wheels and A Dozen Roses,” went to #1, and became the
CMA’s Single of the Year.
and the Mavericks Robert Reynolds, married on stage, at the Ryman Auditorium.
They were divorced in 1999.
Brothers co-hosted Hee Haw; and Eddy Raven and Jeannie C. Riley were guests.
celebrated her 40th anniversary as a recording artist.
Razor & Tie
released “The Little Jimmy Dickens Collection."
made a guest appearance on the Simpson’s TV show.
During the live
broadcast of the ACM Awards, Alabama announced they would retire from working
the road, after their upcoming farewell tour.
released Lester Flatt “Live at Vanderbilt."
Toby Keith left
the ACM Awards Show before it was announced that he had won Entertainer of the
Year. Toby told the press that he and Willie Nelson went to the bus to write
songs, that’s his story, and he’s stickin’ to it. I'm betting
the bus was filled with a lot of smoke.
The WB Network
announced that Reba McEntire’s sitcom “Reba” will be
returning for it’s fourth season.
Jo Heriges made her Grand Ole Opry debut less than one week after winning the
title of Nashville Star, and signing a recording contract with Universal South
Gentry hosted the 3rd Annual Academy of Country Music Celebrity
Motorcycle Ride in Las Vegas, Nevada. The proceeds benefit the ACM Charitable
1929~2006, age 76, was killed in a one vehicle accident while driving back to
Nashville from a show in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Also killed in the I-65 wreck
was Billy's wife Bettie, and two members of his band. Billy's grandson Joshua
Brooks was seriously injured. Billy had been a member of the Grand Ole Opry for
46 years. Billy Walker and his wife Bettie, were laid to rest in Nashville's
Spring Hill Cemetery.
2006 -Stan Hitchcock, Leon Rausch, Wynn
Stewart, Porter Wagoner, and Roy Queens were inducted into the Missouri Country
Music Hall of Fame.
- Willie Narmour
1889~1961, of Namour & Smith, fiddler, and recording artist, was born in
County, Mississippi. This instrumental duo was one of the most successful of
- Ralph Peer
1892~1960, the first country music talent scout, publisher, and music industry
pioneer, was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He recorded Jimmie Rodgers, the
Carter Family and many more early artists.
“Miggie” Lewis, of “The Lewis Family” was born in
Richmond County, Georgia.
Henry Bandy, Petroleum,
Kentucky's favorite fiddle player, appeared on the WSM Barn Dance.
Doug Gray lead,
background vocalist, and percussionist for the Marshall Tucker Band was born on this date.
1953 - Rich Alves member of the “Pirates of the
Mississippi,” was born in Pleasanton, California.
Newman’s Dot Records single, “Cry, Cry, Darling,” hit the charts. This was Newman's
1954 - Bob Dylan a.k.a. Robert Allen Zimmerman had his bar
Frizzell’s recorded “Waltz of the Angels” at his first Nashville session.
Jerry Lee Lewis
opened a tour in England. Against the advice of Sam Phillips at Sun Records,
Jerry took his new bride along. When the English press discovered that Jerry
had married his 13 year-old cousin, before divorcing his second wife, the tour
was cancelled, and his career was almost brought to a close. The Killer’s
concert fee went from $10,000 per show, down to a low of $250, before he
decided to be a country music singer.
bass player with Diamond Rio, was born today.
“The Flying Burrito Brothers” album.
Hill, songwriter, guitarist, was born at Baptist Hospital in Nashville.
the Eagles third album “On the Border."
Dot single "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" was certified Gold. This was
Freddy's fist #1
country hit, and was the CMA Single of the Year.
Dean’s single “I.O.U.” debuted on the charts.
The Grand Ole
Opry held a Sunday Matinee to honor the Canadian fans of country music. The
following day was Victoria Day, a Canadian national holiday.
appeared on “Saturday Night Live."
hosted his last "Tonight Show" this evening. Many country music artists appeared
on this NBC network show, during the 30 years that Carson was the host.
Royce Kendall of
“The Kendalls,” died on tour, after suffering a stroke.
Gov. Bill Owns of
Colorado, declared May 22nd, “Darryl Worley Day,” in
work in the support of American troops.
Worley’s “Have You Forgotten,” was certified Gold.
- Elmer Mackall
Gospel recording artist, musician died at age 81.
- Terry Carisse,
age 62, singer, songwriter died from cancer. Terry won the Canadian Country
Music Associations Male Vocalist of the Year Award six times.
- Mac Wiseman was
born in Crimora, Virginia. Mac was a founding member, and served as the first Secretary of the Country Music
Association in 1958. Inducted into the IBMAHH in 1993.
Ramblers recorded “I Just Don’t Care Anymore."
Ken Irwin, one of
the founders of Rounder Records was born in New York City.
Misty Morgan of
“Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan,” was born Maryanne Donahue in
Buffalo, New York.
Capitol recording artist, songwriter, and guitarist, son of Buck & Bonnie
Owens, was born Alvis Alan Owens in Mesa, Arizona.
- Judy Rodman,
singer, songwriter was born in Riverside, California.
recorded “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels,” at Castle Studio in Nashville. It
was her first
recording session for Decca.
“Mexican Joe,” charted in 1953. Later that same day Jim debuted on
the Grand Ole Opry.
daughter of Dottie, was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Shelly has two #1 hits to her
credit; "You're The Reason God Made Oklahoma" w/David
her Warner single, "Jose Cuervo."
Horton’s “Battle of New Orleans” was #1 on the country charts.
Brothers released “When Will I Be Loved,” The brothers became members of
the Grand Ole Opry in 1957.
Buck Owens topped
the charts with “Sam’s Place."
B.J. Thomas' ABC
single "Hey Won't You Play(Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong
Humperdinck's Epic album "After the Lovin'" was certified Platinum. The title
track from this album was released as a single, and became his first country music chart hit.
Humperdinck's birth name was Arnold Dorsey, he born in India.
1978 - The
Marshall Tucker Band's Capricorn album "Carolina Dreams" was certified Platinum.
Tom T. Hall
recorded “The Old Side Of Town."
self-penned Columbia single “Seven Year Ache" went to #1. The record charted in
February and remained on the chart for nineteen weeks. This was Rosanne's 4th
Billboard magazine chart hit, and her first #1.
1938~1983, of The Gosdin Brothers, died at age 45.
Conlee’s “Common Man” went to #1.
performed on Bob Hope’s 81st Birthday Special.
Oslin’s RCA album “80’s Ladies” was certified Platinum.
The album was released two years earlier, and produced five chart singles
including two #1 hits. The title track single won a Grammy for K.T. as Best
Female Vocal Performance in 1988. In case you ever wondered, K.T. is short for
Kay Toinette. A very classy, and talented addition to the country music charts.
Kay's first RCA
chart hit occurred in 1987, when she was 46 years old. That would never happen
in today's Rock-Pop Tennessee. Not a chance!!! Kay wore beautiful gowns, and
long gloves on stage, and won the hearts of every audience she ever appeared in
front of. Today, with Pro Tools, and Music Row Hollywood types, talent is not a
requirement. But you better be willing to display your sexuality, and be
The Judds RCA/Curb "Greatest
was certified Platinum.
1916~1991, age 75, known as "The Kentucky Balladeer" died in Florida. Ernie was the
star of numerous Country radio and TV shows during his career.
Cyrus’s #1 hit “Achy Breaky Heart” debuted on Billboard’s Top
Suzy Bogguss and Rob Crosby made guest appearances on Hee Haw.
Floyd Cramer’s “Collector’s Series."
released Johnny Cash’s album “Murder."
Tim McGraw and
Kenny Chesney were acquitted of felony charges in a New York court. This trial
lasted nine days, with multiple police officers testifying for the prosecution.
Have you ever noticed that criminal laws are not interpreted for rich men, in
the same manner as for the poor? If you answered no, you're an….uniformed
daughter of Naomi, and sister of Wynonna lost her luxury bus to a fire. The bus
caught fire while Ashley was filming a movie scene in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Rhonda Vincent “The
Queen of Bluegrass” released “All American Bluegrass Girl” on Rounder Records.
Annual Academy of Country Music Awards were broadcast live on CBS, from the MGM
Grand Garden Arena, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Reba McEntire hosted the show for
the eighth time. Any Grant's husband was presented with the 2006 Humanitarian
Award. As if being Amy Grant's husband isn't enough award for one lifetime.
Vince...do you have any idea how blessed you are?
ICMC (International Country Music Conference) was held the 22nd~24th
at Belmont University in Nashville. www.internationalcountrymusic.org
Bob Dylan was
born Robert Allen Zimmerman in Duluth, Minnesota.
Beaulieu, wife of Elvis Presley, was born in Brooklyn, New York.
Mike Reid was
born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.
recording "What is Life Without Love" was Billboard magazine's #1
producer, songwriter, and publishing executive, was born in San Antonio, Texas.
recorded “Always Late (With Your Kisses)" for Columbia Records. Later in
the year the record charted, and became Lefty's 4th #1 hit.
- Rosanne Cash
singer, songwriter, and author was born to Johnny Cash and Vivian Liberto Cash,
in Memphis, Tennessee. Rosanne’s parents were divorced when she was
eleven years old.
recorded “Under The Influence Of Love" b/w "Nobody’s Fool
Rogers Jr. was born to Kenny and Margo Rogers. This is Kenny’s second
child, and first son.
1886~1965, age 78, fiddle, session musician, recording artist and band leader
died in Georgia.
Johnny Cash, the
Carter Family, and the Statler Brothers performed at Billy Graham’s
Crusade in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Colter’s Capitol Records single “I’m Not Lisa” sat atop the country charts. This
was Jessi's first #1
charted her first single
today. "I Want To Hold You In My Dreams Tonight" written by Stella and Bob Dean was
released on the Country Soul label. The song went to #9.
Rita Coolidge and
Glen Campbell's Capitol Records duet single "Somethin' 'Bout You Baby I
the country charts today.
1980 - The Urban
Cowboy soundtrack album charted, and country music moved a few more steps away
from Traditional Country.
Billy Gilman was
born in Westerly, Rhode Island. Billy had his first hit record, when he was 11 years
old. He was the youngest artist in history, to reach the Billboard country
charts. Brenda Lee held that record from 1957-1999.
singer, songwriter, and guitarist died in Sherman Oaks, California.
Jimmy Buffett’s “Fruitcakes” album.
Jennings age 22, and his girlfriend, were killed near Dallas, Texas, by a drunk
driver. Taylor was the grandson of Waylon Jennings.
debuted on the Grand Ole Opry, and was introduced by Clint Black.
Travis’ Word-Curb/Warner single “Three Wooden Crosses” climbed to the top of the
country charts. The song was named CMA Song of the Year. This single was
released from Randy's album "Rise and Shine."
Toby Keith hosted
a celebrity golf tournament. The event raised over a quarter of a million
dollars for families of pediatric cancer patients, in Toby’s home state
- Vivian Liberto
age 71, first wife of Johnny Cash died in California, on Rosanne's 49th
birthday. Vivian divorced Johnny in 1966. The couple had four daughters
Rosanne, Kathleen, Cindy, and Tara. Vivian died of lung cancer, two weeks after
she and Ann Sharpsteen finished her book "I Walked The Line: My Life
With Johnny." The
book was released in 2007.
Dr. Humphrey Bate
1875-1936, “Dean of the Grand Ole Opry” was born in Sumner County,
Tennessee. The licensed M.D. would become a country music pioneer, and early
star of the Grand Ole Opry, along with his band the Possum Hunters.
“Pop” Stoneman 1893~1968, of the “Stoneman Family” was
born in Monarat, Virginia. Pop Stoneman will be inducted into the CMHF in 2008.
1931~2000, was born on this date. Jim played Country and Western Swing fiddle
for the top artists; Haggard, Wills, Price, Tillis, Foley and many others.
Tom T. Hall, The
born in a log cabin, in Olive Hill, Kentucky. A very special man is Tom T.
Hall. I believe it was Ralph Emery who was once quoted as saying "If T.
could play golf a little better he would be the perfect man." But then, I might be wrong about
that quote. It might have been Grammy winner Randy Kohrs, a former member of
T.'s band, or any number of Nashville's older music community. Everybody loves
Tom T. and Miss Dixie. I know for sure that Ernest Tubb loved him like a son,
so that pretty much tells you everything you need to know about this
songwriting legend...except… when Tootsie Bess, owner and founder of
Tootsie's Orchid Lounge in Nashville died, it was Tom T. who went to the legendary
watering hole and ask to see the cigar box, where Tootsie kept all of the
unpaid tabs. These were the tabs of unemployed singers, songwriters, and some
of the best musicians in the world, dating back several years. Tom put the tabs
on a table, added up the total amount due, and paid the debt in full. When Tom
came to Nashville he had forty-six dollars and an old guitar, and a God given
gift. Tom T. Hall is a very special man, and the history of country music has been
enhanced by the man, and his gift.
was sentenced to Mississippi’s Parchman penitentiary, for a period of
three years, for a forgery conviction. Gladys and Elvis went on welfare during
this period of time.
- Jessi Colter
singer, songwriter born “Mirriam Johnson,” in Phoenix, Arizona. Married to
Duane Eddy 1961~1968. Married Waylon Jennings in 1969.
1946 - Gene Autry’s “I Wish I Had Never Met
1949 - Don Cook record label owner, songwriter, publishing
executive and producer, was born in San Antonio, Texas.
1951 - Marty Robbins hosted "Chuckwagon Time" on KPHO, in Phoenix, Arizona
(1948-1951). KPHO was then managed by former Grand Ole Opry manager and WSM
executive Harry Stone. Following a recommendation from Little Jimmy Dickens,
Columbia Records A & R man Art Satherley traveled from Los Angeles, to
Phoenix, and watched Marty do his radio show. Art was impressed with the young
singer, and Marty Robbins was signed by Satherley to a Columbia recording
contract on this date.
Brothers recorded “When I Stopped Dreaming."
released “Cap And Gown" b/w "Last Night About This Time."
Young’s “Hello Walls” was #1 on the country charts.
Bill Anderson’s “My Life, Throw It Away If I Want To” was #1.
The Nitty Gritty
Dirt Band's United Artists album "William E. McEuen Presents Will the
Circle Be Unbroken," was certified Gold.
Montgomery’s “No Charge” went to #1 today on Billboard's chart.
topped the charts with “Lukenbach Texas."
McClain’s “Radio Heart” was #1.
1993 - Lee Roy Abernathy 1913~1933,
age 80, Gospel singer, songwriter, and pianist, died in Canton, Georgia.
Inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1978. The Southern Music Hall of
Fame in 1983. The Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 1989, and won the ASCAP Pioneer
Award in 1984. Lee Roy was laid to rest in Cherokee Memorial Park, Holly
1995 - Dick Curless
1932~1995, The Baron of Country Music, died at age 63.
Rhimes’ recording of “Blue,” charted.
released Mary-Chapin Carpenter’s “Party Doll & Other
The Academy of
Country Music presented their 2004 Awards show in Las Vegas. The big
winner was Toby Keith. Album of the Year, Top Male Vocalist, and Entertainer of
wins this years "American Idol" title. Carrie's first country album goes to #1.
- Ben Joseph
Peters, age 71, Grammy Award winning songwriter and Inductee of the
International Songwriter Hall of Fame died in Nashville.
2006 - Tom T. Hall celebrated his 70th
2007 - George Strait, Reba McEntire and
Lantana were featured performers
at Country Thunder USA, in Ennis,
Charles B. Arrington
fiddler, made a guest appearance on the WSM Barn Dance.
“Jimmie” Rodgers 1897~1933, age 35, died in his Hotel room in New
York City. Jimmie was known as “The Singing Brakeman,” and became
person to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame (1961).
- Ernest Tubb and
Elaine Cook were married in 1934, at the home of Jewell Adams, Ernest's oldest
sister. Elaine was a singer and made some personal appearances with E.T., but
after the children Violet, and Justin were born Elaine retired to the life of a homemaker
- The Light Crust
Doughboys recorded “My Buddy."
member of “Confederate Railroad,” was born in New York City.
Bob Wills topped
the charts with “New Spanish Two Step.”
- Liz Anderson
a.k.a. Elizabeth Jane Haaby age 16, married Casey Anderson.
“Hank” Williams was born to Hank and Audrey Williams, in
Shreveport, Louisiana. Sixteen days later Hank became a member of the Grand Ole
Opry. Audrey Williams filed for divorce from Hank in April 1948. The divorce
was granted, but the couple got back together again and after Hank Jr. was born
Audrey filed to have the divorce annulled. The Court annulled the divorce on
August 9, 1949. Audrey would file for divorce again in 1952, and by 1953 Hank
was a memory.
Frizzell's Columbia recording "I Want To Be With You Always" became his third #1 hit. Lefty
co-wrote the song with Jim Beck.
Arnold’s “I Really Don’t Want To Know” was #1.
1956 - Ray Price's Columbia single “Crazy Arms” hit the Country chart today. Ralph
Seals wrote the song, and it remained on the charts for 45 weeks. Twenty of
those weeks were spent in the #1 position. This was the “Cherokee
Cowboy’s” first #1 single, and is now a Grammy Hall of Fame song. Ray
joined the Grand Ole Opry cast in 1952, and at that point in time was one of
Hank Williams best friends.
released “Let The Teardrops Fall.”
Dave Robbins, of
“BlackHawk” was born in Atlanta, Georgia.
debuted on the charts with “Touch Me."
Jones’ single “She Thinks I Still Care” topped the charts.
Keith Gattis was
born in Austin, Texas.
Pruett’s “Satin Sheets,” went to #1.
Hoke Rice, of
“The Rice Brothers” died at age 75.
Onie Wheeler, age
62, died on stage at the Grand Ole Opry, during Jimmie Snow’s
“Grand Ole Gospel Show,” in Nashville.
The Nitty Gritty
Dirt Band ‘s “Long Hard Road” charted, and climbed to #1.
topped the charts with “Tomb Of The Unknown Love."
Gill’s “When I Call Your Name,” charted.
Priscilla's only child married pedophile Michael Jackson, in the Dominican
Republic. The marriage lasted nineteen months. Her daddy didn't handle the
drugs very well either.
Hank Williams Jr.
celebrated his 50th birthday today…and that is one of the
greatest mysteries you will find in this calendar. I met Junior back stage at a
concert in Athens, on the campus of the University of Georgia, in 1973. I
didn't think he would live through that night. I guess God protects drunks and
jerks too…Jerry Lee has lasted longer than Junior. Go figure.
opened a museum at her ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.
Lee Favorite, age 62, died in Lebannon, Tennessee.
Tom C. Fouts
1918~2004, “Captain Stubby,” of Captain Stubby and the Buccaneers,
died today. Tom’s group played on WDAN radio in Danville, Illinois in the
early 1940’s as The Six Hoosiers. The radio station sponsored a contest to find a new
name for the group. The winner was paid one hundred dollars, and Captain Stubby
and the Buccaneers were born. The group worked at WLW in Cincinnati prior to
joining the cast of the WLS National Barn Dance from 1949~1960. The Buccaneers
became regulars on ABC-TV’s Polka Go-Around; and recorded for five record
labels. After the group broke up, Tom hosted his own syndicated talk show
called Captain Stubby’s Special Delivery. Tom was a writer and a performer
on Don McNeill’s Breakfast Club from 1968~1971.
- Lloyd Dwight
“Doug” Dugger, age 79, singer, songwriter known as “The
Chaplain of Country Music” died at home in Missoula, Montana.
- Billy Currington's
"Good Directions" was Billboard's #1 song.
1921~2003, singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist and fiddler was born Henry
Ellis Stewart, in
Ashland City, Tennessee. Redd was inducted into the NSHF in 1970.
member of the “Stoneman Family,” was born in Galax, Virginia.
Kenny Price was
born in rural Florence, Kentucky.
Don Williams was
born in Floydada, Texas.
released Hank Williams' "Why Don't You Love Me." The song became Hank's third #1
hit. MGM released the song for a second time in 1976, approximately twenty-six
years after Hank's death.
The #1 song on
Billboard's Best Sellers chart was Red Foley's "Birmingham
released “That’ll Be The Day."
1961 - Billboard’s
#1 song is Ricky Nelson’s “Travelin’ Man."
recorded “Let The World Keep On A Turning."
- Bob Dunn
1908~1971, Western Swing steel guitarist, died at the age of 63. Bob was the
first country session musician, to use an electrified string instrument during
a recording session (1935) with Milton Brown’s Musical Brownies.
opened in Nashville for the first time.
Twitty’s Decca single “On Our Last Date” was Billboard’s #1 record.
The song was written by Floyd Cramer and Conway, charted on April 1st,
and was Conway's 21st hit single on the country charts.
Alan Clark, lead
singer of the Clark Family Experience was born today.
debuted on the National charts with his ABC single “Rose Colored
The song was written by George Barber and Conlee, and topped out at #5,
remaining on the Billboard charts for twenty weeks. John Conlee joined the
Grand Ole Opry in 1981.
RCA Victor album “Feels So Right” was certified Gold.
Billy Parker, a
member of Ernest Tubb's Texas Troubadours (1968-1970) charted his 22nd
single on the country charts today. "It's Time For Your Dreams To Come
written by Stan Ratliff, and released on the Canyon Creek label.
“Not A Moment Too Soon,” was certified Platinum.
performed at a tribute to NASCAR’s Seven Time Champion Dale Earnhardt,
who died in a last lap crash at Daytona earlier in the year.
Johnny Cash albums were certified Platinum: “Super Hits,”
“Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison,” and “Johnny Cash at San
Toby Keith won
four awards at the ACM Awards Show in Las Vegas. Entertainer of the Year; Male
Vocalist of the Year; Album of the Year; and Video of the Year.
Television paid tribute to the 20 Greatest Country Comedy Shows this evening,
in a program hosted by John Schneider.
- Farris Coursey
1911~1968, session musician, and WSM staff drummer, was born in Mt. Pleasant,
- Mildred Louise
Douglas Acuff 1914~1981, wife of Roy Acuff, was born in Tennessee. Roy and
Mildred were married on Christmas Day 1934. They had two children; daughter
Thelma Acuff Gossett, and son Roy Neil Acuff. Mildred made most of the
financial decisions in the Acuff household. It was in fact Mildred’s name
at the bottom of the document that formed the partnership between Fred Rose and
the Acuff’s when Acuff-Rose was founded. Roy said many times that Mildred
gave him much more, that he was able to give her.
- DeFord Bailey,
a black harmonica player appeared on the WSM Barn Dance. Also scheduled on
tonight's program were the Binkley Brothers and Their Dixie Clodhoppers.
- Urel Albert
1928~1992, recording artist, comedian, and impressionist, was born in Chicago,
singer, songwriter, lead guitarist, and Sun Records artist, was born in
recorded “Memories of My Silver-Haired Daddy."
recorded “Night Train To Memphis."
1945~2003, singer, songwriter, and guitarist was born in Letcher County,
Kentucky. Gary charted 30 singles on the country charts, his biggest hit, the
#1 RCA Victor single "She's Actin' Single (I'm Drinkin' Doubles) was released in 1975. Gary's wife
of 43 years died in November 2003. The following month on December 16th,
2003, Gary took his own life with a self-inflicted gun shot, in his Fort
Pierce, Florida, residence. Gary was 58.
member of CCR, was born in Berkeley, California. a.k.a. Looney Town, USA.
Arnold’s “Texarkana Baby” topped the country charts.
Dobro virtuoso, was born in Warren, Ohio.
Brent Rowan, award
winning guitarist, and session player, was born in Waxahachie, Texas.
Perkins’ “Blue Suede Shoes” topped the charts.
Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences ‘NARAS’ was founded. NARAS
is the organization that presents the Grammy Awards.
Phil Vassar was
born in Lynchburg, Virginia.
and Ken Dudney were married in Oceanside, California.
topped the charts with “On Our Last Date."
United Artists album "Gideon" was certified Gold & Platinum today.
Mattea’s “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses” was #1 for the second week in a
Keith’s debut single, “Should’ve Been A Cowboy,” went to #1.
Gene Davis, lead
vocalist for the Palomino Club’s house band “Star Routers”
A tribute to the
late Gary Stewart was held at The Trap in Nashville. Money raised was added to
a college fund for the Stewart’s grandson, Joseph Stewart.
1916~1995, Bluegrass singer, songwriter, known as The Father of Bluegrass
Gospel was born
in Lenoir, North Carolina.
trumpet player, band leader, and good friend of Chet Atkins, was born George
Dorchester, Massachusetts. Any connection between Danny Davis and country music can
be traced back to his friendship with Chet.
topped the charts with “Lovesick Blues."
and the Carter Sisters, June, Anita, and Helen Carter joined The Grand Ole Opry.
Their lead guitar player was a young man named Chet Atkins.
Hank Williams and
Audrey Williams were divorced for the last time.
Mercury single "Family Bible" hit the charts today. The song topped out at #16.
second #1 hit “Travelin’ Man” topped Billboards chart.
Del Reeves went
#1 with “Girl On The Billboard."
1965 - Jody Miller’s Capitol single “Queen Of The
today. This was Jody’s first chart record and it won her a Grammy for Best Female
Vocal. From 1965~1979 Jody charted a total of 27 chart singles.
Crowell’s “After All This Time” went #1.
Jimmy Buffett’s “Boats, Beaches, Bars & Ballads."
Cyrus’ debut single “Achy Breaky Heart,” went to #1.
Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett played a concert at Texas Stadium in Dallas,
Texas. Between them, the trio has sold over 120 million records, including 80
plus #1 hits.
Wilson’s single “Redneck Woman” topped the charts.
1909 - Lewis Crook 1909~1997, of the
Grand Ole Opry's Crook Brothers,
was born in Trousdale County,
Bate Beasley, Grand Ole Opry performer, was born in Castallian Springs,
1926 - Johnny Gimble, fiddle virtuoso,
mandolinist, top session musician was born John Paul Gimble near Tyler, Texas. Honored by the
CMA as their Musician of the Year in 1975, 1986, 1987, 1989 and 1990. Member of Bob
Wills’ Texas Playboys 1949~1951.
Grant Grieves, age
70, singer, songwriter, and guitarist was born in Kansas City, Missouri. Grant
was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame ® in 2005. Grant
and his wife Marcia, live in Hendersonville, Tennessee. My friend continues to
record and release some of the best CD's I've ever heard. Grant has been
recording for 49 years, so I suppose he should have learned a little bit about
how it should be done. Grant Grieves is a child of the King.
producer, publisher, born Lenoir, Tennessee.
Ray Price went to
#1 with “Crazy Arms” and stayed there for 20-weeks.
Ashworth’s first top 10 single, “Each Moment,” charted.
released Brenda Lee’s smash hit “I’m Sorry." This would be Brenda’s first
#1 hit, her first
selling over one million copies, and the biggest selling record of her career.
The song was a worldwide hit, and by the end of the year Brenda Lee was an
International recording star.
- Mike Snider,
Grand Ole Opry Member was born in Gleason, Tennessee.
Wynonna Judd, was
born Christina Claire Ciminella in Ashland, Kentucky.
Dolly Parton and
Carl Dean were married in Catoosa County, Georgia. Although they don't spend
much time together, they will never be divorced.
1897~1972, Traditional Bluegrass, mandolin player died at age 75.
1896~1975, of the Grand Ole Opry’s “Fruit Jar Drinkers,” died
at age 79.
1976 - Marty Robbins
drove the pace car for the Indy 500 race.
1979 - Karl Victor Davis
1905~1979, age 73, of the Cumberland Ridge Runners, and Karl
& Harty, died today.
released “All Around Cowboy" b/w "The Dreamer."
1982 - Deborah Allen
and songwriter Rafe Van Hoy were married.
Steve Wariner and
Glen Campbell's MCA duet "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle" charted today. Ted Harris wrote
the song, and it climbed the chart to #6. This was Steve's 27th
Billboard magazine chart single. He played bass in Dottie West's band in the
Gary Morris, Sweethearts
of the Rodeo and Hal Ketchum made guest appearances on Hee Haw. This was the last of the Hee Haw syndication
broadcasts. THE END.
released his 2-CD set “My Favorite Guitars" and "It’s a
Baseball Hall of
Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan visited back-stage at the Grand Ole Opry. The first
thing he wanted to know was, “Where is Little Jimmy Dickens?” I
want to meet Jimmy Dickens.
1999 - A bomb threat
forced the evacuation of more than 3,100 people at Kenny Rogers’ concert
at Royal Albert Hall in London. No bomb was found, no injuries reported.
2000 - Blue Hat
released Charlie Daniels’ album “Road Dogs."
2004 - Lee Ann Womack
sang during pre-race ceremonies at the Indianapolis 500.
2006 - The seven-day
GMA Music in the Rockies began today in Estes Park, Colorado.
2006 - Bobby Harden,
age 70, singer, songwriter and member of the Harden Trio along with sisters
Robbie, and Arlene, died in Nashville. Bobby was laid to rest in Nashville's
Woodlawn Memorial Park.
2008 - Loretta Lynn is
scheduled to appear at the Country Tonite Theatre in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
‘Mac’ McLeod, singer, songwriter, was born in Roanoke, Alabama.
1922~1995, accordian player, of “The Willis Brothers” was born in Schulter, Oklahoma.
The Willis Brothers joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1946.
top session steel guitarist, and road musician was born in Detroit, Michigan.
“The Battle of New Orleans” was #1 on the country charts
“Sam’s Place” topped the country charts today.
Lightfoot's Reprise album "Sundown" was certified Gold.
topped the charts with “Thank God I’m A Country Boy.”
1917~1977, age 60, member of the Sons of the Pioneers, died in Colorado
Springs, Colorado. Lloyd was laid to rest in Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills
Cemetery, Los Angeles, California.
Alabama’s debut single “Tennessee River." The record went to #1, and
remained on the chart for 17 weeks.
topped the charts with “You Take Me For Granted."
In New England,” went to #1.
Red Rector, age
60, vocals, and mandolin died on this date.
Randy Travis and
Lib Hatcher Randy’s manager, were married in Maui, Hawaii.
Lee Ann Womack
debuted on the Grand Ole Opry.
first Video debuted on CMT.
Keith’s album “Unleashed” was #1 on the country charts.
2003 - Johnny Cash’s video
“Hurt,” was #1. The video was filmed at the Cash home in
- Kit Johnson,
born Irene Crouse, singer, and guitarist of “Kit & Kay” of the
Bush Creek Follies died of cancer. After retiring from the Bush Creek Follies
Kit ran her own record label “Kansa Records” in Nashville.
- Jimi Westbrook
and Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town were married.
- The Nitty
Gritty Dirt Band are scheduled to perform in concert at the Little Nashville
Nashville, Indiana, this evening at 8:00 PM.
- Loretta Lynn is
scheduled to perform at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.