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January 18

Randy Travis made his national TV debut in 1984 as a guest on Nashville Now. He was promoting his album Randy Ray Live At The Nashville Palace. At the end of the show, he sang I’ll Fly Away with host Ralph Emery and fellow guest Barbara Mandrell

George Strait launched the Cowboy Rides Away Tour in 2013 at the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock, TX. Martina McBride opens the show that was supposed to kick off his last official concert tour.

Singer/songwriter Glenn Frey died in New York with multiple ailments, including colitis in 2016. His band The Eagles earned a country hit with Lyin’ Eyes. Frey co-wrote such hits as Desperado, Take It To The Limit and Heartache Tonight. He was 67.

Ray Stevens held the public grand opening of his new Nashville showroom, CabaRay in 2018.

 

RECORDED ON JANUARY 18th

1953: Jim Reeves recorded his first charted single, Mexican Joe, at the KWKH Studios in Shreveport, LA.

1974: Dottie West recorded Last Time I Saw Him

1978: The Statler Brothers recorded Do You Know You Are My Sunshine in the afternoon at the US Recording Studio in Nashville.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Robert Moncrief was born in Anniston, AL in 1926. Under the pseudonym Bobby Edwards, he wrote and recorded the 1961 hit You’re The Reason.

Piano player Hargus “Pig” Robbins was born in Spring City, TN in 1938. A key Nashville studio musician, he played on Charlie Rich’s Behind Closed Doors, Crystal Gayle’s Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue and Dolly Parton’s Jolene. He joined the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2012.

Bobby Goldsboro was born in Marianna, FL in 1941. His sentimental Honey sold a fast 1 million copies in 1968. He also earned a Top 10 country hit with his 1971 single Watching Scotty Grow. He also wrote ¬†Brenda Lee’s The Cowgirl And The Dandy.

Mark Collie was born in Waynesboro, TN in 1956. He scored two Top 10 singles, Even The Man In The Moon Is Crying and Born To Love You, during the 1990s. He later became a spokesman for diabetes.

Singer and fiddler Tammy Rogers was born in Rogersville, TN in 1965. She became a member of the Grammy-nominated bluegrass band The SteelDrivers and appears as a backing vocalist on Terri Clark’s A Little Gasoline.