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October 31

Columbia released the album The Johnny Cash Show in 1970. It was his 35th overall album and his third live and would go all the way to #1. It was recorded at the Grand Ole Opry House as a tie-in to his TV show. It included Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down, which helped launch the songwriting career of Kris Kristofferson.

Emmylou Harris was in Los Angeles to record what would become her first single, Too Far Gone. She also recorded If I Could Only Win Your Love that same day in 1974. 

Columbia released Willie Nelson’s first Christmas album, Pretty Paper in 1979.

Dolly Parton records Save The Last Dance For Me in 1983. It would be released as a single a few weeks later. It became a crossover hit for Dolly making it in to the Top 10 on the country charts and #45 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Kenny Rogers’ Eyes That See In The Dark album was certified gold and platinum on the same day in 1983.

Paulette Carlson announced she was leaving Highway 101in 1990, a group she helped create in 1986. Paulette signed with Capitol Nashville that same year as she tried to pursue a solo career, but eventually left Capitol after her third single failed to chart. Nikki Nelson replaced Carlson in Highway 101. 

Reprise released Dwight Yoakam’s Gone album in 1995. The album made it to #5 on the country charts, but was the first album of Dwight’s career to not produce a chart topping single. 

MCA Records confirms that Mark Chesnutt has left the label in a “mutual decision” in 2000. A few years later, Chesnutt explained what really happened. He said, “I’ve never changed my direction,” explains Chesnutt via phone from his Texas home. “I stayed on the traditional side. That led to me leaving MCA and then Sony. The reason I left the major labels was because I wouldn’t conform and do the type of music they wanted me to do. I wanted to stick with country — traditional country. I ended up on my own doing independent stuff.” You can read the full story in the Cleveland Scene here.

Songwriter Liz Anderson passed away in 2011 at Nashville’s Saint Thomas Hospital. The mother of Lynn Anderson, she wrote Merle Haggard’s The Fugitive, among others, and had her own hit with Mama Spank.


Dale Evans was born in Uvalde, TX in 1912. She married western actor Roy Rogers in 1947, with whom she stars on radio and TV. She also wrote the couple’s theme song, Happy Trails.

Anita Kerr was born in Memphis in 1927. She formed The Anita Kerr Singers, a background vocal group that plays a role in such hits as Skeeter Davis’ The End Of The World, Jim Reeves’ He’ll Have To Go and Bobby Bare’s Detroit City.

Folk singer/songwriter Tom Paxton was born in Chicago in 1937. He wrote The Last Thing On My Mind, a 1965 recording that’s remade two years later in the first session that pairs Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton.

Songwriter Sandy Knox was born in 1958. Her credits include the Reba McEntire & Linda Davis duet Does He Love You and McEntire’s She Thinks His Name Was John.

Darryl Worley was born in Savannah, TN in 1964. Noted for the strong traditional influence on his music, the singer built a solid career after his 2000 debut, striking a major chord for patriotism with his 2003 release Have You Forgotten?