The Delmore Brothers met country pioneers Fiddlin’ John Carson and reverend Andrew Jenkins at an audition in Atlanta in 1931. They had an impromptu performance en masse while waiting for what turned out to be the Delmores’ first recording session.
Bill Monroe made his first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry in 1939. He performed Foggy Mountain Top and Mule Skinner Blues at Nashville’s War Memorial Auditorium
In 1955 Colonel Tom Parker received a telegram from RCA saying the label would pay no more than $25,000 to buy out Elvis Presley’s contract from Sun. Sun owner Sam Phillips wanted to hold out for $35,000.
Connie Smith recorded Cincinnati, Ohio at RCA Studio B in Nashville in 1966. The song was written and originally recorded by Bill Anderson. Smith’s version would later inspire the city of Cincinnati to declare their own “Connie Smith Day” in June 1967.
Bill Monroe records the original version of Walk Softly On This Heart Of Mine in Mt. Juliet, TN in 1969. Twenty years later, a suped-up version becomes the first single for The Kentucky HeadHunters.
Gene Hood filed a lawsuit against Conway Twitty in 1977, claiming Linda On My Mind is derived from his song Too Much Of You. Twitty wins the suit–four years later.
Atlantic released Tracy Lawrence’s debut album, Sticks And Stones in 1991. The extremely successful debut album produced four Top 10 singles.
During a show at Dallas’ Adams Mark Hotel in 1999, Kenny Rogers threw a frisbee, breaking a chandelier and sending broken glass on fans. Concert-goer Kevin O’Toole needed 70 stitches and later sued Rogers for $2 million, claiming the incident made him impotent.
Alan Jackson woke up at 4:00 a.m. on October 28, 2001, inspired to write Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning), a song about healing from terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon the previous month.
Jessi Colter performed in Franklin, TN in 2005, with the Waymore Blues Band. It was her first time to sing with her late husband’s musicians since his death in February 2002. The band includes Richie Albright, Robby Turner and Barny and Carter Robertson.
Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson got married for the fourth time in three months at the Clarkston Union Bar & Kitchen in Michigan in 2006. Afterward, they threw a party at his home, attended by Bob Seger and David Allan Coe.
We lost Porter Wagoner to lung cancer in 2007, with Dolly Parton at his side. Known for his flamboyant rhinestone suits, he hosted an influential syndicated TV show and became an unofficial spokesman for the Grand Ole Opry. He joined the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2002.
Vince Gill, Mel Tillis and Ralph Emery are officially inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame during a medallion ceremony at the Nashville facility in 2007.
Sugar Hill released Joey+Rory’s debut album, Life Of A Song in 2008.
Ronnie Dunn and K.T. Oslin were inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018. Reba McEntire received the inaugural Career Maker Award.
Johnny Western was born in Two Harbors, MN in 1934. He wrote and performed the theme song to the 1957 TV series “Have Gun, Will Travel,” and appears in 50 western films. If you attended a Johnny Cash concert in the early 1960s, you probably saw Johnny Western emceeing the show.
Charlie Daniels was born in Wilmington, NC in 1936. He was a leading figure in the Southern rock movement earning him a permanent footing in country music. Perhaps the only thing that overshadowed his musicianship was his patriotism.
Brad Paisley was born in Glen Dale, WV in 1972. A singer, songwriter and guitarist, he blends humor and sensitivity in a career that leads to Grand Ole Opry membership and the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year award.