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Country Music History – May 15


MAY 15

1918: Eddy Arnold was born in Henderson, TN. Originally touted as the Tennessee Plowboy in his solid country recordings, he shifted into string-laden recordings in the 1960s. Eddy Arnold eventually became a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

1942: K.T. Oslin was born in Crossett, AR. Songs such as “80’s Ladies,” “Hold Me” and “Come Next Monday” made her a voice for serious women’s issues in the 20th century’s final two decades.

1951: Buck Owens moved from Phoenix, AZ to Bakersfield, CA with his family, including wife Bonnie Owens and son Buddy Alan. This proved to me a successful boost to his career. 

1959: Webb Pierce recorded the Mel Tillis-penned “I Ain’t Never” at the Bradley Film & Recording Studio in Nashville.

1972: Billy Grammer performed at a campaign rally in Laurel, MD, where presidential candidate George Wallace was ultimately shot. George Jones & Tammy Wynette canceled a pro-Wallace appearance later that week in FL.

1972: Conway Twitty snapped up his first gold album with “Hello Darlin’

1975: Melodyland releases T.G. Sheppard’s self-titled, debut album.

1976: Nine months after Hank Williams Jr. nearly died in a 500-foot fall on a Montana mountain, he returned to the concert stage with a show in Clayton, DE.

1979: Moe Bandy & Joe Stampley record “Just Good Ol’ Boys” in an afternoon session at Nashville’s Jack Clement Studios

1982: Ricky Skaggs joined the Grand Ole Opry

1986: Johnny Paycheck was found guilty of two charges stemming from a shooting in an Ohio barroom in December 1985.

1993: Barbara Mandrell appeared on NBC-TV’s “Empty Nest” as Harry Weston’s blind date.

1993: John Michael Montgomery earned the first #1 single of his career with “I Love The Way You Love Me

1998: Johnny Paycheck performed at the Grand Ole Opry in what proves to be the final Opry appearance of his life.

2003: June Carter Cash died in Nashville’s Baptist Hospital from complications following heart surgery. Best known for her duets with husband Johnny Cash, she was the daughter of Maybelle Carter and mother of Carlene Carter.

2012: Legacy released the Willie Nelson album “Heroes,” with guest appearances by Jamey Johnson, Merle Haggard, Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson, Ray Price, Sheryl Crow and Billy Joe Shaver.

2012: Glen Campbell joined Massachusetts congressman Edward Markey in Washington, D.C., in a call for legislative action to address research on Alzheimer’s disease.

2017: Loretta Lynn’s team revealed she’d been moved from the hospital into a rehab facility as she recuperated from the stroke she’d had on May 4th.