On This Day in Country Music

  • On this day July 17, 1975

    A Russian language version of Conway Twitty’s 1970 hit, “Hello Darlin'” was broadcast to a worldwide audience as part of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. The song, which in Russian was called “Privet Radost,” was seen as a “gesture of goodwill” from the Apollo crew to the Soviet Union’s Soyuz crew. Twitty had worked with a language professor from the University of Oklahoma to record the phonetic Russian version of the song.
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  • On this day July 16, 2012

    American country music singer Kitty Wells died in Madison, Tennessee, from complications of a stroke. She was 92. Her 1952 hit “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels”, made her the first female country singer to top the US country charts, and turned her into the first female country star. Her Top 10 hits continued until the mid-1960s, inspiring a long list of female country singers who came to prominence in the 1960s.
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  • On this day July 16, 1986

    Dolly Partons theme park opened in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. has over 3,000 people on its payroll, making it the largest employer in the community. In addition to standard amusement park thrill rides, features traditional crafts and music of the Smoky Mountains area.
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  • On this day July 14, 1910

    Born on this day in Christian County, Missouri, was Slim Wilson, singer, songwriter, bandleader, and radio and TV personality who was a cornerstone of country music in the Ozarks for more than 50 years. He died on July 15, 1990.
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  • On this day July 13, 1959

    Born on this day in Van Wert, Ohio, was Brent Mason, one of the most recorded guitarists in history. He is a Award winner, a 12-time winner of the Guitarist of the Year Award and a two-time winner of the Award Musician of the Year. He was discovered by guitarist Chet Atkins and has since worked with many artists including; George Strait, Alan Jackson, Shania Twain, David Gates, Zac Brown Band, Scotty McCreary, and Blake Shelton. Mason also co-wrote McBride & the Ride’s “Hurry Sundown”.
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  • On this day July 11, 1944

    Born on this day in Boscobel, Wisconsin, was Bobby G. Rice, country music singer-songwriter. Between 1970 and 1988, Rice released nine albums and charted thirty songs on the Hot Country Singles chart. His biggest hit, “You Lay So Easy On My Mind,” peaked at #3 in 1973.
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  • On this day July 11, 2015

    Kris Kristofferson, Charley Pride and Jim Lauderdale were all decorated by The National Music Council. The trio were honoured at the 32nd Annual American Eagle Awards during a Nashville trade show gathering of the National Association of Music Merchants. Rosanne Cash, Johnny Cash’s eldest daughter, delivered a tribute to Kristofferson with a rendition of “Loving Her Was Easier.”
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  • On this day July 10, 2002

    Dolly Parton kicked off her first major concert tour in 10 years at the Irving Plaza in New York City. The was to promote the release of her latest album
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  • On this day July 09, 1929

    Born on this day in Mannford, Oklahoma, was Lee Hazlewood country and pop singer, songwriter, and record producer, his recordings have been praised as an essential contribution to a sound often described as “Cowboy Psychedelia.” He died on Aug 4th 2007.
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  • On this day July 08, 1992

    Garth Brooks and wife, Sandy, had their first child, Taylor Mayne Pearl Brooks. The couple first met in May 1986 when Garth was working as a bouncer at a bar.
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  • On this day July 06, 1978

    Tammy Wynette married songwriter George Richey at her home in Jupiter Beach, Florida. This was the singers fifth marrage and saw Richey becoming her manager throughout much of the 1980s.
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  • On this day July 05, 2003

    Johnny Cash made his last ever live performance when he appeared at the Carter Ranch. Before singing “Ring of Fire”, Cash read a statement about his late wife that he had written shortly before taking the stage: The spirit of June Carter overshadows me tonight with the love she had for me and the love I have for her. We connect somewhere between here and heaven. She came down for a short visit, I guess, from heaven to visit with me tonight to give me courage and inspiration like she always has. Cash died on Sept 12th of this year.
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  • On this day July 04, 1986

    The second benefit concert took place at Manor Downs Racetrack, Manor, Texas. Held to raise money for family farmers in the US, the concerts were organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young. Artists who appeared included: Alabama, The Beach Boys, Judy Collins, Rita Coolidge, Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, Joe Ely, Exile, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Emmylou Harris, Jason & the Scorchers, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Bon Jovi, Nicolette Larson, Los Lobos, John Mellencamp, Tom Petty, Vince Neil and Willie Nelson.
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  • On this day July 03, 1946

    Born on this day in Texas City, Texas, was Johnny Lee country music singer whose 1980 single, “Lookin’ for Love” spent three weeks at the top of the country singles chart in 1980 He racked up a series of country hits in the early and mid-80s.
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  • On this day July 02, 2005

    were held around the world to battle poverty, which saw Tim McGraw and Faith Hill performing in Rome, and Toby Keith and Keith Urban in Philadelphia. Among other acts who took part: Paul McCartney, U2, Pink Floyd, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Sting and Brian Wilson. More than 1,000 musicians performed at the concerts, which were broadcast on 182 television networks and 2,000 radio networks.
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  • On this day July 01, 1962

    Claude King was at #1 on the Country chart with “Wolverton Mountain.” The hit that established his career was a rewrite of the original version by Merle Kilgore, which was based on a real character named Clifton Clowers who lived on the mountain north of Morrilton, Arkansas.
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  • On this day July 01, 2004

    Glen Campbell began serving 10 nights in jail along with two years of probation for a November 2003 drink-driving, hit-and-run collision. The 68 year old entertainer was also sentenced to 75 hours of community service and fined $900.
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  • On this day June 30, 1995

    Garth Brooks received a star in front of Capitol Records on the The singer also buried the master tapes to his underneath the star.
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  • On this day June 29, 1998

    announced it would add four new members in September: Elvis Presley, Tammy Wynette, George Morgan and former Grand Ole Opry executive E.W. “Bud” Wendell.
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  • On this day June 27, 1977

    Waylon Jennings was at #1 on the country chart with “Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)”. Released at the height of outlaw country movement, from his hit album the song was written by Chips Moman and Bobby Emmons.
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