WSM signs on the air in Nashville in 1925. The station becomes an important magnet for country music by developing the Grand Ole Opry. Eventually, the country industry is clustered in the Tennessee capital, known as Music City.
In 1966 Loretta Lynn headed to Bradley’s Barn in Mt Juliet to record “Don’t Come Home A’Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind).” It would become her first #1 hit.
Fiddler Tommy Magness died in 1972 in Georgia. A member of Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys in the early-1940s, he played on Monroe’s “Mule Skinner Blues,” plus Little Jimmy Dickens’ “Take An Old Cold ‘Tater (And Wait)”
“The Statler Brothers Show” debuts on The Nashville Network in 1991. In their first week, they sing “(Oh Baby Mine) I Get So Lonely” and “Your Cheatin’ Heart”
Johnny Cash sings “Don’t Take Your Guns To Town” when he’s featured as the first country musical guest on “The Late Show With David Letterman” on CBS in 1993.
Host Vince Gill wins three trophies in the Country Music Association awards on CBS from Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House: Entertainer, Male Vocalist and one for his participation in the Album of the Year, “Common Thread: The Songs Of The Eagles.” At that same 1994 awards show Merle Haggard claims his place in the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Bill Monroe receives the National Medal of Arts from president Bill Clinton at the White House in Washington, D.C. in 1995.
Delayed twice in the aftermath of terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Reba McEntire’s WB sitcom, “Reba,” debuted on October 5, 2001.
Bobbie Jett is born in 1922. Jett becomes one of Hank Williams’ girlfriends and gives birth to his daughter shortly after Williams’ death. The daughter, who adopts the name Jett Williams, engages in a lengthy court battle to prove her inheritance
Johnny Duncan was born in Dublin, TX in 1938. A cousin of Dan Seals, he hits his commercial stride in the late-1970s with such easy-going releases as “Stranger,” “Thinkin’ Of A Rendezvous” and “She Can Put Her Shoes Under My Bed (Anytime)”
In 1970 the only child of George Jones and Tammy Wynette was born in Lakeland, FL. Tamela Georgette Jones followed in her famous parents’ footsteps to also become a country music artist.