On This Day in Country Music

  • On this day October 17, 1958

    Born on this day in Newnan, Georgia, was Alan Jackson, country music singer, who has recorded over a dozen studio albums. More than 50 of his singles have appeared on list of the “Top 30 Country Songs”, for which of Jackson’s entries, 35 were #1 hits. He is the recipient of 2 16 Awards, 17 Awards and is also a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
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  • On this day October 16, 1992

    Taking part at Bob Dylan’s 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration at Madison Square Garden, New York Ciry, Johnny Cash and June Carter performed “It Ain’t Me, Babe,” which was subsequently included on a 2 CD live recording.
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  • On this day October 15, 2009

    Garth Brooks announced that he was coming out of retirement to play concerts in Las Vegas. The concerts would be held approximately fifteen weekends per year until the year 2014. His first set of concerts has already sold out.
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  • On this day October 13, 1946

    Born on this day in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, was Lacy J. Dalton country singer and songwriter known for her gritty, powerful vocals. Dalton had a number of hits in the 1980s, including “Takin’ It Easy,” “Crazy Blue Eyes” and “16th Avenue.”
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  • On this day October 13, 1958

    Billboard discontinued the “C&W Best Sellers in Stores” and “Most Played C&W by Jockeys” charts. Starting with the October 20 issue, there is one all-encompassing “Hot C&W Sides” chart. The new chart has 30 positions, and “City Lights” by Ray Price was the first #1 song.
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  • On this day October 11, 1955

    Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash kicked off an eleven date tour of the Southern US states in Abilene, Texas.
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  • On this day October 10, 1970

    Merle Haggard was at #1 on the country music album chart with The title track (like the song “Okie from Muskogee”) became a success and gave Haggard a #1 hit single.
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  • On this day October 09, 1973

    Elvis and Priscilla Presley were granted a divorce after six and half years of marriage. She was given property along with $725,000 and an additional $4,200 a month for the support of their five-year old daughter, Lisa Marie. The settlement also included half the proceeds from the sale of an L.A. home and five percent of the total outstanding stock in two publishing companies. The couple emerged from a Santa Monica, California courthouse arm in arm, kiss and depart separately.
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  • On this day October 09, 1978

    Johnny Cash hosted the 12th annual , broadcast live from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee on the network. Dolly Parton won Entertainer Of The Year and Grandpa Jones was inducted into the
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  • On this day October 08, 1984

    Although her pop career was on the decline, Anne Murray won the Album of the Year Award for She was the first woman to ever be given that distinction.
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  • On this day October 07, 1870

    Born on this day in Smartt Station, Tennessee, was Uncle Dave Macon also known as “The Dixie Dewdrop” who was an old-time banjo player, singer, songwriter, and comedian. Known for his chin whiskers, plug hat, gold teeth, and gates-ajar collar, he gained regional fame as a vaudeville performer in the early 1920s before becoming the first star of the Grand Ole Opry in the latter half of the decade. He died on March 22nd 1952.
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  • On this day October 06, 1996

    Tim McGraw married Faith Hill and quickly became country music’s most visible couple. Their friendship grew into romance during their successful tour that year.
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  • On this day October 05, 1965

    Johnny Cash was arrested crossing the Mexican border into El Paso, Texas after customs officials found 100’s of pills in his guitar case. He received a suspended jail sentence and a $1,000 fine.
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  • On this day October 03, 1950

    Hank Snow was at #1 on the Country music singles charts with “I’m Moving On”. The song, stayed at the top of the charts for 21 weeks and was the first of seven #1 country hits Snow scored throughout his career.
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  • On this day October 02, 1954

    Elvis Presley made his one and only appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. Although the audience reacted politely to his revolutionary brand of rockabilly music, he was supposedly told by Opry manager Jim Denny to “go back to driving a truck in Memphis.”
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  • On this day October 01, 2007

    Keith Urban was unhurt whe he skidded off his motorbike after a photographer followed him near his home in Sydney, Austalia. In a statement released by his publicists, Urban said the incident was “the result of one person’s desire to do his job and my desire to maintain my privacy.” Urban said he tried to avoid an oncoming car and dropped his bike and the photographer came to his assistance without taking photos.
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  • On this day September 29, 1935

    Born on this day, was Jerry Lee Lewis, rock and roll and country music singer-songwriter and pianist, known by the nickname “The Killer”. Lewis is the last surviving pioneers of ’50s rock ‘n’ roll music and the last surviving member of Sun Records’ Million Dollar Quartet and the Class of ’55 album, which altogether included Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley.
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  • On this day September 28, 1937

    Born on this day, was Glenn Sutton, country music songwriter and producer. Born Royce Glenn Sutton in Hodge, Louisiana, he was one of two chief architects of the countrypolitan sound (the other being Sutton’s frequent songwriting partner Billy Sherrill). He co-wrote Tammy Wynettes first major hit single, Your Good Girls Gonna Go Bad, along with Tammys #1 record, I Dont Wanna Play House. He was equally well known as a producer, particular for his former wife Lynn Anderson. Glenn produced her most famous single, Rose Garden, which hit #1 on the country charts and #3 on the pop charts.
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  • On this day September 27, 1987

    The first edition of the television variety show hosted by Dolly Parton was aired on ABC. Guest stars featured in the series included Tammy Wynette, Merle Haggard, Tyne Daly, Bruce Willis, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Tom Petty, Tom Selleck, the Neville Brothers, Alabama, Willie Nelson, Glen Campbell, Dudley Moore, and Oprah Winfrey.
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  • On this day September 26, 1947

    Born on this day in Grand Forks, North Dakota, was Lynn Anderson, country music singer known for a string of hits throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, most notably her Award-winning, worldwide mega-hit, “(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden.”
    Anderson was named Magazine’s Female Artist of the Decade (19701980). Anderson died on July 30th 2015 aged 67.
    Source: This Day in Country