1942: Country music producer/songwriter Larry Butler is born.
1952: Hank Williams makes an appearance on The Kate Smith Evening Hour TV show performing “Hey Good Lookin’”.
1955: Country music artist and songwriter Dean Dillon is born.
1956: Country music singer Charlotte Denise “Charly” McClain is born.
1968: Kenny Chesney is born in Knoxville, Tennessee.
1992: George Thackston pleads no contest to a charge of reckless endangerment arising out of a fatal accident.
1996: The Woman in Me album by Shania Twain sits at #1 on the Country Charts. It would go on onto become her biggest-selling recording at the time of its release, selling 4 million copies by the end of the year.
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.
On this day in 1949, Hank Williams Jr. is born in Shreveport, Louisiana. Hank Jr. started his career out at eight-years-old, singing his father’s songs, and did so for many years. near-fatal fall off the side of Ajax Peak in Montana on August 8, 1975. After an extended recovery, he challenged the country music establishment with a blend of country, rock, and blues. Williams enjoyed much success in the 1980s
Hank decided he wanted to make his own music and legacy, determined to change his sound. After a near-fatal fall off the side of Ajax Peak in Montana in 1975, and after an extended recovery, he challenged the country music establishment with a blend of country, rock, and blues.
Williams enjoyed much success in the 1980s, including taking Entertainer of the Year in 1987 from both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music, making his own mark on the industry.
On this day in 1985, Randy Travis made his Grand Ole Opry debut. This debut was three months before his freshman album, Storms of Life, was released. Introduced by Little Jimmy Dickens, Travis sang the Hank Williams classic “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”. By the same time next year, Travis became an official Opry Member (joining December 20th, 1986).
On this day in 1953, Hank Williams had the #1 song with “I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive.” The song was the last single to be released during Williams’ lifetime, it reached #1 on the Billboard Country Singles chart posthumously.
On this day in 1961, Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, and Fred Rose became the first inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame posthumously.
Williams, who passed away in 1953, had released more than 30 singles during his career and his final one, “I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive,” was Number 1 after his death.
Fred Rose is credited with helping the careers of Williams and several others; with his many credits as a songwriter. Rose passed away one year after Williams.
Rodgers is considered by many as the Father of Country Music. His popularity soared in the 1920s and into the early ’30s, but at the peak of his popularity, Rodgers lost his battle with tuberculosis.
All three of the initial inductees are also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
On this day in 1952, Country Great and Hall of Famer Hank Williams made his last recording, “Your Cheatin’ Heart”. The song was released in January 1953 after his death and became an instant hit, topping the Billboard’s Country & Western Chart for six weeks.
The song is considered Hank Williams “signature song” and has been called the “one of the greatest country standards of all time”.
On this day in 1949, Hank Williams Jr. was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. Hank was raised by his mother, Audrey Williams, after his father’s untimely death. Williams made his debut on the country scene in 1964, recording his father’s “Long Gone Lonesome Blues”, providing the voice for his father in the film Your Cheatin’ Heart, and recorded an album of duets with recordings of his father.