On This Day in Country Music

  • On this day September 14, 2005

    Property from the estate of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash raised $1.24 million on the first day of a three-day auction at Sotheby’s in New York City. Items sold included a custom-made abalone-inlaid acoustic guitar for $131,200 and an autographed photo of Elvis Presely to June Cash sold for $18,000, a striped prisoner’s jacket from Folsom Prison made $6,000.
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  • On this day September 14, 1934

    Born on this day in Brownfield, Texas, was Don Walser, was known as a unique, award-winning yodeling “Texas country music legend.” He was known for maintaining a catalog of older, obscure country music and cowboy songs and kept alive old 1940s and 1950s tunes by country music pioneers such as Bob Wills and Eddie Arnold. He died on September 20, 2006.
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  • On this day September 12, 2003

    Johnny Cash, US singer songwriter died of respiratory failure aged 71. Widely considered one of the most influential American musicians of the 20th century, he was known as . Cash traditionally started all his concerts by saying, “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash.” His best-known songs included “I Walk the Line”, “Folsom Prison Blues”, “Ring of Fire”, “Get Rhythm” and “Man in Black.” Cash also had his own US TV show in late 60’s – early 70’s.
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  • On this day September 12, 2006

    documentary film produced and directed by Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck (daughter of actor Gregory Peck) had its world premier at the The film followed the Dixie Chicks over a three-year period of intense public scrutiny, fan backlash, physical threats, and pressure from both corporate and conservative political elements in the United States after lead singer Natalie Maines publicly criticised then President of the United States George W. Bush during a live 2003 concert in London, England.
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  • On this day September 11, 1899

    Born on this day, was Jimmie Davis, singer, songwriter, who served two nonconsecutive terms as the 47th Governor of Louisiana (19441948 and 19601964). Davis was a nationally popular country music and gospel singer from the 1930s into the 1960s, occasionally recording and performing as late as the early 1990s. He is a member of the and . Davis died on November 5, 2000.
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  • On this day September 09, 2005

    To aid victims of Hurricane Katrina, Dixie Chicks, Garth Brooks, Emmylou Harris and Trisha Yearwood were among the artists participating in which aired live on cable and broadcast television stations in the United States and worldwide.
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  • On this day September 07, 2003

    benefit concert took place at the Germain Amphitheater, Columbus, Ohio. 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: Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Emmylou Harris, Hootie & the Blowfish, Los Lonely Boys, Sheryl Crow, Brooks & Dunn, Titty Bingo, Trick Pony, Billy Bob Thornton and Daniel Lanois.
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  • On this day September 06, 1943

    Whilst hanging out backstage at the Montgomery Municipal Auditorium, Hank Williams offered to go out on stage to retrieve Hardrock Gunter’s guitar who had just finished his set. Hank walked onto the stage and picked it up, and played a few songs, bringing the house down!
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  • On this day September 05, 1970

    Janis Joplin started recording sessions recording a version of the Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster song Me and Bobby McGee. Joplin, (who was a lover and a friend of Kristofferson’s from the beginning of her career to her death), topped the US singles chart with the song in 1971 after her death, making the song the second posthumous #1 single in US chart history after the 1968 “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding.
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  • On this day September 05, 2012

    American singer-songwriter, guitarist and record producer Joe South died aged 72. Best known for his songwriting, South won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1970 for “Games People Play” and South’s most-commercially-successful composition was Lynn Anderson’s 1971 country/pop monster hit, “Rose Garden”, which was a hit in 16 countries worldwide.
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  • On this day September 04, 1963

    Born on this day in Bakersfield, California, was Noel Haggard the son of country music legend Merle Haggard who released his debut album, in 1997.
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  • On this day September 03, 1986

    the first album by Randy Travis was at #1 on the Country chart. It features the singles “On the Other Hand” (previously recorded by Keith Whitley on his 1985 album ), “1982”, “Diggin’ up Bones”, and “No Place Like Home”.
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  • On this day September 03, 1925

    Born on this day in Waco, Texas, was Henry William Thompson, who became known as Hank Thompson. His career which spanned seven decades saw him sell over 60 million records worldwide. He was a leader in the music industry with accomplishments including the first music-based television show to be broadcast in color, the first artist to travel with sound and lighting systems and the first to record a live album. Thompson died from lung cancer, on November 6, 2007 aged eighty-two.
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  • On this day September 02, 1959

    Born on this day born in Miami, Florida, was Paul Deakin, drummer and founder member of The Mavericks who charted 14 singles on the country charts.
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  • On this day August 31, 1999

    Dixie Chicks released which debuted at #1 on the 200 charts, selling over 10 million copies and making the Dixie Chicks the only country band and the only female band of any genre to hold the distinction of having two back-to-back certified diamond albums.
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  • On this day August 30, 1971

    Lynn Anderson was at #1 on the country music album chart with Anderson’s fourth studio album. The record was a #1 hit on the Top Country Albums chart for seven weeks, Anderson’s third (and to date, last) #1 on the chart. Produced by Anderson’s husband Glenn Sutton, the title song was Anderson’s second #1 record.
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  • On this day August 29, 2002

    Alan Jackson collected 10 nominations for the 36th annual awards, breaking a 32-year-old record held by Merle Haggard.
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  • On this day August 27, 1960

    The last ever show was broadcast. What started as a country music radio show and later became a television show was broadcast from the Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana, that from 1948 to 1960 helped to launch the careers of some of the greatest names in American country & western music. The creators of the show took the name from the 1941 book with that title by Harnett Thomas Kane.
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  • On this day August 26, 1974

    John Denver recorded “Thank God I’m A Country Boy” at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles in his first night of concerts that become the double album
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  • On this day August 25, 2009

    Jack Ingram set a for most consecutive radio interviews in 24 hours, having done 215 consecutive interviews for 5 minutes each.
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