March 16 in Country Music History
1931: Shirley Collie Nelson, country music and rockabilly singer, is born in Chillicothe, Missouri. Nelson was also known for her work as a yodeler, guitarist and songwriter. She was also the second wife of country superstar Willie Nelson. Shirley Collie Nelson died January 27, 2010 at the age of 78, due to illness.
1942: Country music singer/songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker is born in Oneonta, New York. He was most famous for his hit, “Mr. Bojangles”.
1951: Hank Williams records “I Can’t Help it If I’m Still in Love with You” and “Hey, Good Lookin’” while at Castle Studio in Nashville. Also on this day, Ray Benson is born. Benson was the front man of the group Asleep at the Wheel.
1962: Country music singer/songwriter Richie McDonald is born in Lubbock, Texas. McDonald was the lead singer of Lonestar from 1992 until his departure in 2007.
1967: Country music singer/songwriter, guitarist, and record producer Anita Cockerham is born in South Lyon, Michigan. She made her debut on the US country charts with her first album Back to You.
2005: American singer/songwriter and manager Wyatt Merle Kilgore dies. He co-wrote (with June Carter), “Ring Of Fire”, which became a hit for Johnny Cash, ending Cash’s three-year career slump.
2010: Wynonna Judd announces that she will reunite with her mother, Naomi Judd, to tour and record a studio album as The Judds (pictured) by the end of 2010.
On Jan. 5, 1985: George Strait goes to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind.
Country superstar Floyd Tillman was born on this day in 1914. Tillman was an American country musician who, in the 1930s and 1940s, helped create the Western swing and honky tonk genres. Tillman was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1984. Tillman’s only #1 song as a singer was “They Took the Stars Out of Heaven” which reached the top of the charts in 1944.
Tillman was born December 8, 1914 and he passed away August 22, 2003.