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January 21

It was a huge day for Tennessee Ernie Ford in 1949. He signed a contract with Capitol records and had his first recording session – which resulted in his first hit. Tennessee Border was recorded at the label’s studios on Melrose in Hollywood

Bill Monroe bought his second farm in 1954. He purchased a 288-acre property in Sumner County, TN with a $10 down payment for the $15,660 purchase. He shared the home with bass player Bessie Lee Mauldin while his wife Carolyn remained on his other farm.

Patsy Cline won first prize on the weekly CBS-TV show Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts with her performance of Walkin’ After Midnight in 1957.

George Richey, Carmol Taylor and Norro Wilson finished writing The Grand Tour in 1974. Richey started the future hit the previous weekend on a trip to Memphis.

Waylon Jennings began four days of recording at the Cartee 3 Studios in Nashville in 1985. The session(s) yielded Drinkin’ And Dreamin’ and The Devil’s On The Loose.

Colonel Tom Parker died in Las Vegas in 1997 of complications from a stroke. The controversial manager of Elvis Presley, Parker was an aggressive promoter who also had managed Eddy Arnold and Hank Snow.

Kix Brooks replaced Bob Kingsley as the host of the syndicated radio show American Country Countdown in 2006.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Mac Davis was born in Lubbock, TX in 1942. After writing the Elvis Presley hits In The Ghetto and Don’t Cry Daddy, he became an actor, TV host and recording artist. His biggest country hits include It’s Hard To Be Humble and the autobiographical Texas In My Rear View Mirror.