The Monroe Brothers held their final recording session as partners for Bluebird Records in Charlotte in 1938. Their split paved the way for Bill Monroe’s influential solo career.
Jimmy Fortune, filling in for ailing Lew DeWitt, performed with The Statler Brothers for the first time in Savannah, GA in 1982.
Barbara Mandrell and Roy Orbison were added to the Musicians Hall of Fame at Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium in 2014. Other new members included guitarists Jimmy Capps and Corki Casey O’Dell, steel guitar player Ben Keith, bass player Velma Williams Smith and record executive Mike Curb.
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Roy Acuff recorded Wabash Cannonball, (Our Own) Jole Blon and Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain at the CBS Studios in Los Angeles in 1947. Acuff had recorded the original version of Wabash 11 years prior, but this session marked the first time that Acuff–rather than a sideman–sang it on record.
Buck Owens recorded My Heart Skips A Beat and Together Again in Hollywood in 1964.
1976: Ronnie Milsap recorded What Goes On When The Sun Goes Down in Nashville
George Strait recorded It Ain’t Cool To Be Crazy About You at Sound Stage in Nashville in 1986.
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Jan 28, 1981: RCA released Elvis Presley’s Guitar Man album, featuring new instrumental support for the late singer’s vocal performances.
Jan 28, 1983: MCA released The Oak Ridge Boys’ album American Made.
1985: RCA released Alabama’s Forty Hour Week album.
Lyricist Bob Hilliard was born in New York City in 1918. Known for the pop classic Our Day Will Come, he also wrote Ronnie Milsap’s Any Day Now, Bobby Helms’ Jacqueline and Mickey Gilley’s Bouquet Of Roses.