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January 18th: On this day in Country Music

January 18th: On this day in Country Music

January 18th: On this day in Country Music 1938 Born on this day in Spring City, Tennessee, was Hargus Melvin “Pig” Robbins, American session keyboard and piano player. Having played on records for artists such as George Jones, Alan Jackson, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, David Allan Coe, George Hamilton IV and Conway Twitty, Robbins became […]

January 17th: On this day in Country Music

January 17th: On this day in Country Music

January 17th: On this day in Country Music 1945 Red Foley became the first country performer to record in Nashville, Tennessee. During the session at WSM-AM’s Studio B, he recorded “Tennessee Saturday Night”, “Blues in the Heart” and “Tennessee Border”.             1981 Eddie Rabbitt was at #1 on the US […]

January 13th: On this day in Country Music

January 13th: On this day in Country Music

January 13th: On this day in Country Music 1915 Born on this day in Decatur, Illinois, was American country music singer-songwriter Jenny Lou Carson, the first woman to write a #1 country music hit, (the 1945 hit “You Two-Timed Me One Time Too Often”). From 1945 to 1955 she was one of the most prolific […]

January 12th: On this day in Country Music

January 12th: On this day in Country Music

January 12th: On this day in Country Music 1905 Born on this day, was Woodward Maurice Ritter, better known as Tex Ritter, the American country music singer and movie actor who was popular from the mid-1930s into the 1960s. He was the first artist signed with the newly-formed Capitol Records in 1944, where he scored […]

January 11th: On this day in Country Music

January 11th: On this day in Country Music

January 11th: On this day in Country Music 1933 Born on this day in Karnes City, Texas, was Goldie Hill. She became one of the first women to reach the top of the country music charts with her 1953 #1 hit, “I Let the Stars Get In My Eyes”. Along with Kitty Wells, she helped […]

January 10th: On this day in Country Music

January 10th: On this day in Country Music

January 10th: On this day in Country Music 1948 Loretta Webb married Oliver Vanetta Lynn, commonly known as “Doolittle”, “Doo” or “Mooney” (for running moonshine), after courting for a month. Mooney was 21 years old; Loretta was 15. In an effort to break free of the coal mining industry, the couple moved from Butcher Hollow […]

January 6th: On this day in Country Music

January 6th: On this day in Country Music

January 6th: On this day in Country Music 1924 Born on this day in Shelby, North Carolina, was Earl Scruggs the American musician noted for perfecting and popularizing a 3-finger banjo-picking style (now called Scruggs style). Worked with Bill Monroe in the “Blue Grass Boys”, scored the hit as Flatt and Scruggs with “The Ballad […]

January 5th: On this day in Country Music

January 5th: On this day in Country Music

January 5th: On this day in Country Music 1923 Born on this day near Florence, Alabama, was , businessman, record executive, record producer and DJ who most notably founded Sun Studios and Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee. Through Sun, Phillips discovered such recording talent as Howlin’ Wolf, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash. […]

January 4th: On this day in Country Music

January 4th: On this day in Country Music

January 4th: On this day in Country Music 1953 The funeral of Hank Williams took place at the Montgomery Auditorium. An estimated 20,000 to 25,000 people passed by the silver coffin, and the auditorium was filled with 2,750 mourners. His funeral was said to have been far larger than any ever held for any other […]

January 3rd: On this day in Country Music

January 3rd: On this day in Country Music

January 3rd: On this day in Country Music 1950 Sun Studio was opened by Sam Phillips at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee. It was originally called Memphis Recording Service, sharing the same building with Sun Records. Rock-and-roll, country music, and rockabilly artists, including Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Charlie Feathers, Ray […]