Today in Country and Western History

Sub-Topics: Country Singers

Events in Music

Events 1 - 61 of 60

1923-06-14 - Recording of 1st country music hit (Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane)
1941-03-29 - WPAT radio in NJ begins broadcasting (country music format)
1944-05-09 - Country singer Jimmie Davis becomes governor of Louisiana
1948-01-13 - 1st country music TV show, Midwestern Hayride, premieres on WLW Cin
1961-12-13 - Jimmy Dean's Big Bad John album is country music 1st million $ seller
1967-03-06 - 2nd Academy of Country Music Awards
1970-10-14 - 4th Country Music Association Award: Merle Haggard wins
1971-10-10 - 5th Country Music Association Award: Charlie Pride wins
1973-10-15 - 7th Country Music Association Award: Roy Clark wins
1974-10-14 - 8th Country Music Association Award: Charlie Rich
1975-10-13 - 9th Country Music Association Award: John Denver wins
Country Singer John DenverCountry Singer John Denver
1976-01-09 - CW McCall CB song "Convoy" hit #1 on the country music charts
1976-10-11 - 10th Country Music Association Award: Mel Tillis wins
1977-10-10 - 11th Country Music Association Award: Ronnie Milsap wins
1978-10-09 - 12th Country Music Association Award: Dolly Parton, Crystal Gayle & Don Williams wins
1979-05-02 - 14th Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Rogers & Barbara Mandrell
1979-10-08 - 13th Country Music Association Award: Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers & Barbara Mandrell wins
1979-10-08 - 13th Country Music Association Award: Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers & Barbara Mandrell wins
1980-05-01 - 15th Academy of Country Music Awards: Barbara Mandrell wins
1980-10-13 - 14th Country Music Association Award: Barbara Mandrell, Emmylou Harris & George Jones wins
1981-04-30 - 16th Academy of Country Music Awards: Barbara Mandrell & George Jones
1981-10-12 - 15th Country Music Association Award: Barbara Mandrell & George Jones wins
1982-04-29 - 17th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, Barbara Mandrell
1982-10-11 - 16th Country Music Association Award: Willie Nelson & Ricky Skagg
1983-05-09 - 18th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama & Willie Nelson
1983-10-10 - 17th Country Music Association Award: Alabama wins
Country Singer Willie NelsonCountry Singer Willie Nelson
1984-05-14 - 19th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama
1984-09-12 - Country singer Barbara Mandrell is badly injured in a car accident
1984-10-08 - 18th Country Music Association Award: Alabama wins
1985-05-08 - 20th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama & Judds win
1985-09-22 - Rock and country musicians participate in FarmAid in Champaign, Illinois
1985-10-14 - 19th Country Music Association Award: Ricky Skaggs wins
1986-04-14 - 21st Academy of Country Music Awards: G Strait, Alabama, R McEntire
1986-10-13 - 20th Country Music Association Award: Reba McEntire wins
1987-04-06 - 22nd Academy of Country Music Awards: Randy Travis & Hank Williams Jr
1987-07-01 - WHN-AM in NY City changes call letters to WFAN (now WEVD) replacing WHN's country music, WYNY-FM adopts country music format
1987-10-12 - 21st Country Music Association Award: Hank William Jr wins
1988-03-21 - 23rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Randy Travis & Hank Williams Jr
1988-10-10 - 22nd Country Music Association Award: Highway 101, K T Oslin win
1989-04-10 - 24th Academy of Country Music Awards: Hank Williams Jr, Alabama
1989-10-09 - 23rd Country Music Association Award: George Strait, Kathy Mattea wins
Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams JrCountry Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams Jr
1990-04-25 - 25th Academy of Country Music Awards: Clint Black & Kathy Mattea win
1990-10-08 - 24th Country Music Association Award: George Strait wins
1991-04-24 - 26th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks
1991-10-03 - 25th Country Music Association Award: Garth Brooks, Tanya Tucker & Vince Gill wins
1992-04-29 - 27th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks
1992-04-29 - Country singer Doug Stone, 35, undergoes quadruple bypass surgery
1992-05-05 - Country singer Tammy Wynette hospitalized with bile duct infection
1992-09-30 - 26th Country Music Association Award: Garth Brooks wins
1993-05-11 - 28th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks wins
1993-06-26 - Actress Julia Roberts & country singer Lyle Lovett wed
1993-09-29 - 27th Country Music Association Award: Vince Gill wins
1994-05-03 - 29th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks wins
1994-09-12 - Country singer George Jones undergoes triple bypass surgery
1994-10-05 - 28th Country Music Association Award: Vince Gill & Pam Tillis wins
1995-05-10 - 30th Academy of Country Music Awards: Reba McEntire wins
Actress Julia RobertsActress Julia Roberts
1995-10-04 - 29th Country Music Association Award: Krauss Jackson win
1996-04-24 - 31st Academy of Country Music Awards: Shania Twain
1996-10-02 - 30th Country Music Association Award: Brooks & Dunn win
1997-04-23 - 32nd Academy of Country Music Awards: LeAnn Rines & Brooks & Dunn
1997-09-24 - 31st Country Music Association Award: Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood & George Strait wins

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 263

1889-10-19 - Uncle Art Satherly, entertainer (1968 Acad of Country Music Award)
1897-09-08 - [James Charles] Jimmie Rodgers, Mendoza Miss, country singer/singing brakeman
1903-09-15 - Roy Acuff, Maynardville Tenn, country musician (Hee Haw)
1904-12-18 - Wilf Carter, country singer
1906-01-12 - Tex Ritter, Texas, country singer (5 Star Jubilee, Wayward Wind)
1909-05-09 - Don Messer, Canadian country musician (d. 1973)
1909-05-10 - Maybelle Carter, Nickelsville Va, country singer (Johnny Cash Show)
1910-06-17 - Red Foley, Blue Lick Ky, country singer (Mr Smith Goes to Washington)
1911-09-13 - Bill Monroe, Rosine Ky, country singer (Blue Moon of Kentucky)
1913-07-15 - Cowboy Copas, American country singer (d. 1963)
1913-10-20 - Grandpa [Louis M] Jones, Niagra KY, country musician (Hee-Haw)
Country Singer Maybelle CarterCountry Singer Maybelle Carter (1909-05-10)
1914-02-16 - Jimmy Wakely, Mineola Ark, country vocalist (5 Star Jubilee)
1914-02-18 - Pee Wee King, Milwaukee Wisc, country vocalist (Pee Wee King Song)
1914-05-09 - Hank Snow, Nova Scotia Canada, country singer (I Went to Your Wedding)
1917-07-07 - Elton Britt, Marshall Ark, country singer (Sat Night Jamboree)
1917-07-17 - Red Sovine, American country music singer (d. 1980)
1917-11-29 - Merle Travis, Muhlenberg County KY, country singer (16 Tons) (d. 1983)
1918-05-15 - Eddy Arnold, Henderson TN, country singer (Cattle Call, Anytime)
1919-02-13 - Tennessee Ernie Ford, Bristol Tn, country vocalist/actor (pea picker)
1919-08-30 - Kitty Wells, Nashville Tn, country singer (Grand Ole Opry), (d. 2012)
1920-03-10 - Kenneth "Jethro" Burns, US country singer (Homer & Jethro)
1920-12-19 - Little Jimmy Dickens, American country singer
1921-12-22 - Hawkshaw Hawkins, Huntington WV, country singer (Ozark Jubilee)
1923-09-17 - Hank Williams, country singer (Cold, Cold Heart, Hey Good Lookin')
1924-04-21 - Ira Louvin, Rainsville Ala, country singer, Louvin Brothers)
1924-08-20 - Jim Reeves, US country singer/actor (Gun Fury, Kimberley Jim)
Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank WilliamsCountry Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams (1923-09-17)
1925-07-02 - Marvin Rainwater, Wichita Ks, country singer (Ozark Jubilee), (d. 2013)
1925-07-19 - Sue Thompson, American pop and country music singer
1925-08-28 - Billy Grammer, American country music singer and guitarist
1925-12-03 - Ferlin Husky, American country singer (Born to Lose, Gone)
1925-12-19 - Jimmy Dickens, Bolt WV, country singer (Grand Ole Opry)
1926-01-12 - Ray Price, country singer (Good Times), (d. 2013)
1926-04-10 - "Alvin" Junior Samples, Cummings Ga, country singer (Hee Haw)
1926-08-08 - Webb Pierce, West Monroe La, country singer (Ozark Jubilee)
1927-02-25 - Ralph Stanley, country singer
1927-03-15 - Carl Smith, Maynardville Tn, country singer (Grand Ole Opry)
1927-07-07 - Charlie Louvin, Rainsville Ala, country singer (Louvin Brothers)
1927-08-12 - Porter Wagoner, country singer, discovered Dolly Parton (Y'All Come), (d. 2007)
1927-09-08 - Harlan Howard, American country music songwriter (d. 2002)
1928-04-03 - Don Gibson, American country musician (d. 2003)
1929-01-14 - Billy Walker, Ralls Tx, country singer (Ozark Jubilee)
Country Singer June Carter CashCountry Singer June Carter Cash (1929-06-23)
1929-06-23 - June Carter Cash, Maces Spring Va, country singer (Johnny Cash Show)
1929-07-09 - Lee Hazelwood, Ok, country singer/songwriter (Summer Wine, Jackson)
1929-08-12 - Buck Owens, [Alvis Edgar], Sherman Texas, country singer (Hee Haw)
1929-10-04 - Leroy Van Dyke, Spring Fork Mo, country singer (Walk on By)
1930-09-28 - Tommy Collins, [Leonard Sipes], country singer (Don't Growl)
1931-05-27 - Kenny Price, Florence Ky, country singer (Midwestern Hayride, Hee Haw)
1932-02-25 - Faron Young, country singer/actor (Hidden Guns, Daniel Boone)
1932-02-26 - Johnny Cash, Kingsland Arkansas, American country singer (I Hear the Train Coming)
1932-08-08 - Mel Tillis, Pahokee Fl, country singer (Who's Julie, M-M-Mel)
1932-09-08 - Patsy Cline, Winchester Va, country singer (Crazy)
1932-10-04 - Dottie West, country singer
1932-10-11 - Dottie West, Nashville Tenn, country singer (Here Comes My Baby)
1933-01-11 - Goldie Hill, Karnes County Tx, country singer (Grand Ole Opry)
1933-04-15 - Roy Clark, Meherrin, Virginia, American country singer (Hee Haw, The Tonight Show)
1933-04-29 - Willie Nelson, Abbott Texas, American country singer (On the Road Again)
Country Singer Willie NelsonCountry Singer Willie Nelson (1933-04-29)
1933-09-01 - Conway Twitty, [Harold Jenkins], Miss, country singer (Hello Darlin')
1933-11-21 - Jean Shepard, Pauls Valley Oklahoma, country singer (Ozark Jubilee)
1934-01-06 - Bobby Lord, Sanford Fla, country singer (Ozark Jubilee)
1934-03-01 - Jim "Ed" Brown, Sparkman Ark, country singer (Nashville on the Road)
1934-08-05 - Vern Gosdin, Woodland Al, country singer (Set 'em Up Joe)
1935-01-12 - William Lee Gloden, Brewton Al, country singer (Oak Ridge Boys)
1935-02-17 - Johnny Bush, country singer
1935-04-07 - Bobby Bare, Irontown Oh, country singer (Detroit City)
1935-08-20 - Justin Tubb, San Antonio Tx, country singer (Grand Ole Opry)
1935-09-29 - Jerry Lee Lewis, Feriday La, country singer (Whole Lotta Shakin')
1936-01-02 - Roger Miller, Fort Worth Tx, country singer (King of the Road, Dang Me)
1936-02-09 - Stompin' Tom Connors, Canadian country singer, (d. 2013)
1936-03-09 - Mickey Gilley, Ferriday La, country singer (Urban Cowboy)
1936-03-22 - Roger Whittaker, Nairobi Kenya, country singer (Durham Town)
1936-05-25 - Tom T Hall, Olive Hill Ky, country singer/writer (Harper Valley PTA)
Country Singer Roger MillerCountry Singer Roger Miller (1936-01-02)
1937-01-14 - Billie Jo Spears, country singer
1937-04-06 - Merle Haggard, Bakersfield California, country singer (Death Valley Days)
1937-06-04 - Freddie Fender, Mexico, country singer (Feelings)
1937-06-15 - Waylon Jennings, country singer/guitarist (Ramblin' Man)
1937-10-20 - Wanda Jackson, Maud Oklahoma, country singer (Let's Have a Party)
1937-11-01 - Bill Anderson, country singer (Still, From This Pen)
1937-12-30 - John Hartford, NYC, country singer (Gentle on My Mind)
1938-03-08 - Lew DeWitt, Va, country singer (Statler Brothers-Flowers on the Wall)
1938-03-18 - Charley Pride, Sledge Miss, country singer (Sweet Country)
1938-04-26 - Duane Eddy, Phoenix, Az, country singer (Peter Gunn, Cannonball)
1938-07-26 - Bobby Hebb, Nashville Tn, country singer/songwriter (Sunny)
1938-11-11 - Narvel Felts, country singer
1939-05-27 - Don Williams, Floydada Texas, country singer (I Believe in You)
1939-09-06 - David Allan Coe, country musician (Mysterious Rhinestone Cowboy)
1939-12-29 - Ed Bruce, Keiser Arkansas, country singer
Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle HaggardCountry Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard (1937-04-06)
1940-01-23 - Johnny Russell, country singer
1940-04-25 - O B McClinton, [Burnett], country singer (Keep your arms around me)
1941-04-09 - Kaye Adams, American country singer
1941-05-15 - K T Oslin, Crossett Ar, country singer (80's Ladies)
1941-08-15 - Don Rich, Olympia Wash, guitarist/country singer (Hee Haw)
1941-10-17 - Earl Thomas Conley, Portsmouth Oh, country singer (Too Many Times)
1941-11-06 - Doug Sahm, San Antonio Texas, country singer (Texas Tornadoes-Dinero)
1941-11-06 - Guy Clark, Rockport Tx, country singer (Heartbroke)
1941-12-06 - Helen Cornelius, Hannibal Mo, country singer (Nashville on the Road)
1942-01-20 - Slim Whitman, yoddler/country singer (Home on the Range)
1942-03-16 - Jerry Jeff Walker, Oneonta NY, country singer (Mr Bojangles)
1942-04-03 - Billy Joe Royal, Valdosta Ga, country singer (Down in the Boondocks)
1942-05-05 - Tammy Wynette [Virginia Pugh], Redbay Alabama, country singer (Stand by your Man), (d. 1998)
1942-10-27 - Lee Greenwood, Los Angeles, California, American country singer (God Bless the USA)

Deaths in Music

Deaths 1 - 55 of 55

1933-05-26 - Jimmie Rodgers, country singer, dies at 35
1953-01-01 - Hank Williams, country singer (Cold Cold Heart), dies at 29
1960-11-05 - Johnny Horton, country singer, dies at 33
1963-03-05 - Hawkshaw Hawkins, country singer (Ozark Jubilee), dies at 41
1963-03-05 - Patsy Cline, country singer (Crazy), dies in a plane crash at 30
1964-07-31 - Jim Reeves, US country singer, dies in air crash at 39
1965-06-20 - Ira Louvin, country singer (Louvin Brothers), dies at 41
1968-09-19 - Red Foley, country singer (Mr Smith Goes to Washington), dies at 58
1972-06-23 - Elton Britt, country singer (Sat Night Jamboree), dies at 54
1973-11-10 - Stringbean, country singer/comedian/banjoist (Hee Haw), dies at 58
1974-01-02 - Tex Ritter, country singer (5 Star Jubilee), dies at 67
Country Music Singer Patsy ClineCountry Music Singer Patsy Cline (1963-03-05)
1975-07-19 - Lefty Frizzell, American country music singer and songwriter (b. 1928)
1977-10-08 - Giorgos Papasideris, Greek country singer, composer, lyricist (b. 1902 )
1978-04-21 - Sandy Denny, country singer, dies at 37
1978-10-23 - Maybelle Carter, country singer (Johnny Cash Show), dies at 69
1980-04-04 - Red Sovine, American country music singer (b. 1917)
1982-12-08 - Marty Robbins, country singer, dies at 57
1982-12-09 - Marty Robbins, country singer, dies
1983-10-20 - Merle Travis, American country singer, dies at 75
1983-11-13 - "Alvin" Junior Samples, country singer (Hee Haw), dies at 56
1987-08-29 - Archie Campbell, American country music comedian (b. 1914)
1987-09-23 - O B McClinton, US country singer (Man needs a woman), dies at 47
1988-04-28 - B. W. Stevenson, American country singer (b. 1949)
1989-02-04 - Kenneth "Jethro" Burns, country singer (Homer & Jethro), dies at 69
1989-05-09 - Keith Whitley, country singer (Don't Close Your Eyes), dies at 33
1991-02-24 - Webb Pierce, US country singer (Bye Bye Love), dies of cancer at 64
Country Singer Maybelle CarterCountry Singer Maybelle Carter (1978-10-23)
1991-09-04 - Dottie West, country singer (Here Comes my Baby), dies at 58 in a car
1991-10-16 - Tennessee Ernie Ford, country singer (16 Tons), dies at 72
1991-10-17 - Tennessee Ernie Ford, country singer, dies of liver disease at 72
1992-04-17 - Hank Penny, country music singer, dies at 73 of heart failure
1992-10-25 - Roger Miller, country singer (King of the Road), dies at 56
1992-11-23 - Ray Acuff, country singer (Wahbash Cannonball), dies
1993-02-25 - Toy Caldwell, country musician (Marshall Tucker Band), dies at 45
1995-07-25 - Charlie Rich, country singer (Lonely Weekends), dies at 62
1996-12-05 - Wilf Carter, country singer, dies at 91
1996-12-09 - Faron Young, country singer, commits suicide at 64
1996-12-10 - Faron Young, country singer/actor (Hidden Guns), commits suicide at 34
1998-02-22 - Grandpa [Louis Marshall] Jones, country singer (Hee Haw), dies at 84
1998-04-06 - Tammy Wynette, American country singer, dies at 55
1999-08-16 - Pee Wee King, American country musician and songwriter (b. 1914)
1999-10-26 - Hoyt Axton, American actor and country music singer-songwriter (b. 1938)
Country singer Tammy WynetteCountry singer Tammy Wynette (1998-04-06)
2000-03-07 - Pee Wee King, American country music songwriter and musician (b. 1914)
2001-07-03 - Johnny Russell, American country singer and songwriter (b. 1940)
2003-02-19 - Johnny PayCheck, American country singer/songwriter (b. 1938)
2003-11-15 - Speedy West, Country Music Hall of Fame Steel Guitarist (b. 1924)
2005-02-12 - Sammi Smith, American country music singer (b. 1943)
2005-03-09 - Chris LeDoux, American country singer (b. 1948)
2007-01-01 - Del Reeves, American country singer (b. 1932)
2007-08-04 - Lee Hazlewood, American country singer, songwriter and producer (b. 1929)
2007-10-28 - Porter Wagoner, American country singer (b. 1927)
2008-05-08 - Eddy Arnold, Country music star (b. 1918)
2008-08-05 - Reg Lindsay, Australian country and western singer/songwriter (b. 1929)
2008-08-31 - Jerry Reed, American country music singer and actor (b. 1937)
2011-09-27 - Johnny "Country" Mathis, American country singer (b. 1933)
2012-07-16 - Kitty Wells, American country singer, dies from complications after a stroke at 92


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