On This Day:
Born December 11th, 1944, in Atlanta, Georgia, was Brenda Lee. At 4 ft. 9 inches tall (approximately 145 cm), she received the nickname ‘Little Miss Dynamite’ in 1957 after recording the song “Dynamite”; and was one of the earliest pop stars to have a major contemporary international following. In 1997, she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Details have been revealed surrounding Shania Twain’s new exhibit opening at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on June 30. The exhibit, dubbed Shania Twain: Rock This Country, will examine Shania’s life and career and will include several artifacts detailing her rise to megastardom. Some of the artifacts on display include the hooded leather coat and fur-trimmed boots she wore on the cover of her debut self-titled album, as well as the complete ensemble from her 1999 music video for “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!”
On this day in 1980, Johnny Cash became the 32nd member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Cash was inducted for all of his hit recordings on the country and pop charts, as well as his attitude and style that helped broaden country music’s audience.
On this day in 1993, Willie Nelson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Nelson was inducted for being not just one of the most recognizable acts in country music, but an American icon.
In his career, to date, Nelson has released sixty-eight studio albums, ten live albums,and thirty-seven compilations. Nelson has sold more than 40 million albums in the United States alone.
On this day in 2001, the CMA announced that Waylon Jennings, Webb Pierce and the Everly Brothers would be among the “Class of 2001” to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
On this day in 1932, Loretta Lynn was born to Melvin “Ted” Webb and Clara Marie “Clary.” Loreta was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988. Happy 84th birthday to Loretta Lynn!
Charlie Daniels, Randy Travis and producer and label owner Fred Foster will become the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016. Daniels, Travis and Foster each hail from North Carolina, which marks the first time since 1985 that all of the inductees come from the same state.
On this day in 2014, Eric Paslay hosted and performed in the Country Music Association’s Fifth Annual Keep The Music Playing Concert featuring local student musicians at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.