Country Music History – On This Day
1938 – Singer/songwriter/producer Norro Wilson is born in Scottsville, Kentucky. He died of heart failure on June 8, 2017
1944 – Songwriter Bob McDill is born in Walden, Texas.
1971 – Music artist Clay Davidson is born in Saltville, Virginia.
1977 – Kenny Rogers is #1 on the Country Charts with Lucille.
1996 – Shania Twain continues to dominate the US Country Music Charts with The Woman in Me at #1.
2006 – Hank Williams Jr. surrenders to police due to a warrant issued as the result of an alleged assault. The charges would be later dropped in 2007 due to a lack of evidence.
Garth Brooks was back with another edition of “Inside Studio G,” and right off the bat he got fans excited by promising, “we’ve got a lot of catching up to do.”
Garth gave fans an update about his newly-renovated studio, saying it sounds great and “performed well,” sharing “getting to make new music in it was great.” As for when fans will hear that new music, Garth would only say that they hope to have it out “soon,” but then got more specific, estimating it will drop in the “next six weeks.”
Garth also answered a bunch of questions from fans, including one where he was asked why he doesn’t star in videos anymore, and Garth admitted it was because of vanity. Garth offered, “I don’t like what I look like on film,” although he said he’s going to “get back in front of a camera…really soon.”
Finally Garth talked some more about Rodeo Houston, calling the opening night “phenomenal,” and sharing that he’s nervous about the closing Rodeo on Sunday, noting “I might have to bring out a special guest or two to try and top that one.”
Source: Garth Brooks
March 12 in Country Music History
1938: Country singer and songwriter Lew DeWitt of The Statler Brothers fame is born on this day. DeWitt suffered from Crohn’s disease and died on August 15, 1990.
1975: The high profile divorce between George Jones and Tammy Wynette is finalised.
1991: Alan Jackson scores his first #1 on Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, with “I’d Love You All Over Again.”
2006: After having successful test runs in outside cities, Ring of Fire, a jukebox musical version of the Johnny Cash biography, debuts on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. However, the show closed due to harsh reviews and disappointing sales on April 30, 2006.
The Ottumwa Eagles Club will host O’Town Travelers as they play classic country music on March 9 from 7:00 – 10:30 PM. The Eagles is located at 109 S. Green Street in Ottumwa.
March 7th in Country Music History
1944: Townes Van Zandt, singer/song-writer, is born on this day in Fort Worth, Texas.
1973: “Dueling Banjos” by Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandel becomes one of the few 1970s instrumentals to be awarded a Gold record.
1980: The film Coal Miner’s Daughter, a biography of Loretta Lynn starring Sissy Spacek, opens to the public.
1983: The Nashville Network (TNN) is launched from the now-defunct Opryland USA theme park near Nashville, Tennessee.
2000: Julius Frank Anthony Kuczynski, better known as Pee Wee King, dies of a heart attack in Louisville, Kentucky at the age of 86.
2013: Claude King dies of natural causes at the age of 90.
Luke Bryan is out promoting American Idol and stopped by Good Morning America yesterday as well as Live with Kelly & Ryan.
On Good Morning America Luke admitted that he’s been feeling a bit of pressure on “AI,” sharing, “I mean, I have laid awake… worrying about, ‘Did I make the right decision?’ with some of these contestants,” he shared. “It’s so critical.”
Luke says he found it hard to criticize other singers, noting “it’s a little out of my comfort zone to just pick people apart,” but in the end he realized he had to, offering, “It’s what you signed up for.”
Meanwhile, during his visit to Live with Kelly & Ryan, Luke admitted to sneaking in a little booze to help him get through auditions. “”I had a beer. One beer,” he joked. “Hey, I figure all my fans drink beer and listen to me. I figure, I can sit back, have a beer, watch some contestants.”
ONE MORE THING! Luke was supposed to appear on The View tomorrow, but his appearance has been pushed to Friday.
Source: Good Morning America
March 5th in Country Music History
1963: Music icons Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copus and Hawkshaw Hawkins are tragically killed near Camden, Tennessee when their plane flies into severe weather. 90 miles from their destination, the trio were headed for Nashville in a Piper Comanche piloted by Copas’ son-in-law (and Cline’s manager), Randy Hughes.
1980: The film Coal Miner’s Daughter debutes in Nashville, soon becaming the #1 box office hit in America. The film starred Sissy Spacek as Loretta Lynn and Tommy Lee Jones as her husband Mooney Lynn.
1983: CMT is launched at 6:19 PM CST
2009: T-Swift makes her primetime television TV acting debut in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as Haley Jones. Unfortunately, the singer was stabbed in the heart with a pair of scissors.
2013: Connie Sanders King is charged with both felony and premeditated first-degree murder in the death of country music manager Thomas Colucci at their Coffee County, Tennessee, home.
The Ottumwa Eagles Club is hosting live country music by Lonesome Fugitive on Saturday, March 3 beginning at 8:00 PM until midnight.
March 2 in Country Music History
2010: Steve Miller & Kenny Chesney film for an installment of “CMT Crossroads” at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.
2006: Former “American Idol” winner Carrie Underwood returns to the FOX-TV show to perform “Jesus, Take The Wheel”.
1996: Martina McBride hovers at #1 on the Billboard Country Singles chart with “Wild Angels”.
1990: Born in Asheville, North Carolina, singer/songwriter Luke Combs is born.
1987: Warner Bros. releases the album “Trio” by Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris.