June 14th: On this day in Country Music
Born on this day in Paducah, Kentucky, was Chad Cromwell, drummer who has recorded and toured with may acts including, Neil Young, Vince Gill, Lady Antebellum, Diana Krall, Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne, Trisha Yearwood, Miranda Lambert, Bonnie Raitt, Rodney Crowell, and Marty Stuart.
Patsy Cline was seriously injured in a car accident outside the Madison High School in Nashville. During her two month hospital stay, her song “I Fall to Pieces” gave the singer her first Country #1 and also became a huge country-pop crossover hit.
Special guests on the second edition of The Johnny Cash ABC television music variety show included, Gordon Lightfoot, Dan Blocker, Joey Scarbury, The Carter Family and The Statler Brothers.
John Carter-Cash married Mary Ann Joska at a ceremony in Hendersonville. Johnny Cash arrived in an uncharacteristic white suit for the ceremony. Guests included long-time friend Waylon Jennings.
Both LeAnne’s Rimes’ and Trisha Yearwood’s versions of “How Do I Live” debuted on the US Billboard Hot 100. LeAnn Rimes’ version peaked at #2 and spent a record-breaking 69 weeks on the chart, more than any other song in history until Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” in 2009. Yearwood’s version climbed all the way to #2 on the country charts.
Merle Haggard was presented an honorary doctorate by California State University, Bakersfield. The doctor of fine arts honor, the first in CSUB’s history, was conferred during School of Arts & Humanities commencement ceremonies.