Country Icon Tragically Killed in Tennessee Plane Crash

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.

“Trio” Album is Released

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.

Willie Nelson Wins With ‘Always On My Mind’

February 23rd in Country Music History

1972: Country musician Steve Holy is born in Dallas, Texas. Holy went on to score 15 singles on the Billboard Hot Country charts.

1983: Willie Nelson wins Best Country Vocal Performance for “Always on My Mind” at the 25th Annual Grammy Awards. Best Female Country Vocal Performance goes to Juice Newton for “Break It to Me Gently.”

2000: The Dixie Chicks and country music powerhouse Shania Twain both take home awards during the 42nd annual Grammy Awards at Los Angeles’ Staples Center.

2010: American singer/TV host/actor/businessman Jimmy Dean is inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Dean rocketed to fame for his 1961 country crossover hit “Big Bad John” and his television series, The Jimmy Dean Show.

2014: American country and gospel music singer/actress Penny DeHaven dies at the age of 65.

Kenny Chesney’s Greatest Hits Goes Gold

This Day in Country Music History, January 22

2013: Capitol releases Lady Antebellum’s “Downtown” to radio.

2012: Brad Paisley performs “Camouflage” in a short halftime set during an NFL playoff game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. The New York Giants defeat the 49ers in the game, 20-17.

2005: Darryl Worley’s “Awful, Beautiful Life” leads him to the top spot on the Billboard country singles chart.

2001: Kenny Chesney’s “Greatest Hits” is certified gold and platinum by the RIAA.

1994: Hal Ketchum performs “Small Town Saturday Night” as he joins the Grand Ole Opry.

1991: RCA releases Aaron Tippin’s first album, “You’ve Got To Stand For Something”.

1990: For the third straight year, Randy Travis leads country winners at the American Music Awards with a trio of trophies, including Favorite Country Single, for “Deeper Than The Holler.” Other country victors: Reba McEntire, Alabama and Clint Black.

1969: Glen Campbell earns his first gold single from the RIAA for “Wichita Lineman”.

1952: Alabama bass player Teddy Gentry is born in Fort Payne, Alabama. The band mixes country with southern rock in becoming the hottest country act of the 1980s, eventually entering the Country Music Hall of Fame.

1949: Exile lead vocalist J.P. Pennington is born in Berea, Kentucky. Founded in 1963, Exile becomes one of country’s top groups during the 1980s, with Pennington and bass player Sonny Lemaire co-writing the bulk of the band’s hook-filled hits.


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