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January 23

Johnny Duncan recorded the Kris Kristofferson song Stranger with Janie Fricke on the evening of January 23, 1976 at Columbia Studio B in Nashville.

The Nashville Banner declared Dolly Parton the highest-paid country concert performer in 1979, valued at a reported $60,000 per show. Willie Nelson is next at $50,000. A South Dakota promoter said he was more interested in The Oak Ridge Boys, at $15,000.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame added The Everly Brothers, Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmie Rodgers, Buddy Holly, Alan Freed, Sam Cooke, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Chuck Berry and Sam Phillips in its inaugural ceremony in 1986.

A pair of country’s biggest artists at the time went head-to-head on this date in 1996 as Epic released Patty Loveless’ The Trouble With The Truth album and Atlantic released Tracy Lawrence’s Time Marches On album.


Mike Curb purchased RCA Studio B from the Country Music Hall of Fame for $650,000 in 2002 and continues to lease it back for $1 a year. The historic facility–the site of recordings by Elvis Presley, Jim Reeves, Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings and Eddy Arnold–is being restored for educational use.

Lari White died of cancer in Nashville in 2018. Married to songwriter Chuck Cannon, she earned three Top 10 hits in 1994-1995, had a role in the Tom Hanks movie Cast Away and co-produced hits for Billy Dean and Toby Keith.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Johnny Russell was born in Roundaway, MS in 1940. A 1985 addition to the Grand Ole Opry, he scored a hit with 1973’s Rednecks, White Socks And Blue Ribbon Beer. He also wrote Buck Owens’ Act Naturally, Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton’s Making Plans and George Strait’s Let’s Fall To Pieces Together.

 Singer/songwriter Harley Allen was born in Dayton, OH in 1956. He wrote Alan Jackson’s Between The Devil And Me, Darryl Worley’s Awful, Beautiful Life and Blake Shelton’s The Baby. He also sings harmonies on The Soggy Bottom Boys’ I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow

Jason Eady was born in Jackson, MS in 1975. Acclaimed for his ahead of the curve take on classic country, he and his wife Courtney Patton have developed a following in North American and overseas.