This Day in Country Music History
1939: American country music artist Razzy Bailey is born in La Fayette, Alabama.
1950: “Chattanoogie Shine Boy” by Red Foley is the first country hit cross over record to hit #1 on the best selling country record chart as well as pop best seller chart.
1955: George Jones’ first chart single, “Why Baby Why”, hits the country charts, peaking at #4.
1978: Dolly Parton sits at #1 on the US Country music album chart with Here You Come Again, her nineteenth solo studio album.
1998: Hal Ketchum marries Gina Pacconi at the Grace Methodist Church in Austin, Texas.
2016: Joey Floyd dies at age 47, after a long battle with cancer. Floyd was a longtime band member in Toby Keith’s Easy Money Band. Floyd played guitar, banjo and fiddle for Keith and it is reported that he also introduced Keith to Willie Nelson.
1923 – Singer/songwriter Claude King was born in Keithville, Louisiana. King was best known for his million selling 1962 hit, “Wolverton Mountain”.
1929 – Session drummer Hal Blaine is born. Known for his work with the Wrecking Crew in California, Blaine has played on fifty #1 hits and worked with numerous artists, including: Glen Campbell, Elvis Presley, John Denver, The Byrds, Simon & Garfunkel, The Carpenters, and The Beach Boys.
1941 – Country music singer Henson Cargill is born. Cargill is best known for the 1968 #1 hit, “Skip a Rope”.
1971 – Country singer/songwriter Sara Evans is born in Boonville, Missouri. Evans scored the 1999 US #1 Country hit “No Place That Far.” Her fifth #1 hit, “A Little Bit Stronger”, was co-written by Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum.
2016 – A new species of black tarantula that resides near Folsom Prison, California, is named after Johnny Cash (pictured). Aphonopelma johnnycashi was among 14 new tarantula species from the southern US which were described by biologists in the journal ZooKeys.
1937: Singer/songwriter Don Everly is born on this day in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. The Everly Brothers scored four #1 Country hits in the late 50’s with “Bye Bye Love”, “Wake Up Little Susie”, “Bird Dog” and “All I Have to Do Is Dream”. Their song “When Will I Be Loved” later became hits for both Reba McEntire and Linda Ronstadt, respectively.
1964: Buck Owens’ hit, “Love’s Gonna Live Here,” finishes a 16-week run at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. It’s the most recent song to spend 10 or more weeks atop the chart to date.
1968: Johnny Cash (pictured) spends the day visiting several hospitals in Memphis, including the sick and wounded at the Navy Hospital in Millington, Tennesse. Many of those he visited had just returned home from Vietnam.
1980: Kenny Rogers sits at #1 on the US country album chart with his seventh studio album Kenny, which featured the hit singles “Coward of the County” and “You Decorated My Life.”
2009: Faith Hill performs “America, The Beautiful” before the Super Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, with Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band playing at halftime.
2012: Lady Antebellum sit at #1 on the US country album charts with their third studio album Own the Night. The album went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Country Album at the 54th Grammy Awards.
On January 3, 1991: Billy Ray Cyrus signs his first recording contract with Mercury Records in Ashland, Kentucky. In conjunction with the event, the mayors of Ashland and Flatwoods, Kentucky, each proclaim Billy Ray Cyrus Day.
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.