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Country Music History – May 20


MAY 20

1933: Jimmie Rodgers recorded “Old Pal Of My Heart” and “The Yodeling Ranger” at the Victor Studios in New York during what amounts to his final week of recording. Suffering from tuberculosis, he sang from an easy chair, bolstered by pillows.

1967: While headed from Houston to southern Louisiana on tour, Ernest Tubb told Jack Greene it’s time he leaves the Troubadours to work on his solo career.

1980: RCA released Alabama’s first charted album, “My Home’s In Alabama.”

1981: Mel Tillis performed for president Ronald Reagan and his cabinet at the Sheraton Hotel in Washington, D.C.

1989: “Kenny, Dolly & Willie: Something Inside So Strong” airs on NBC. Shot in Houston, the concert special featured all three collaborating on “Two Doors Down,” “Real Love” and “Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys.”

1991: Clint Black’s bus driver, Brad Thompson, asked Lorrie Morgan to marry him. They tied the knot five months later.

1994: “Maverick” made its theater debut, hitting #1 in its first week of release. The movie features cameo appearances by Kathy Mattea, Hal Ketchum, Waylon Jennings, Vince Gill, Janis Gill, Carlene Carter, Reba McEntire and Clint Black.

1997: RCA releases Sara Evans’ debut album, “Three Chords And The Truth.” 

2016: Clay Walker headlined a flood relief concert in Houston at Lakewood Church. He was joined by Tim McGraw, Darius Rucker, Kid Rock, Regina Belle and Brian McKnight. 

2017: Willie Nelson debuted in the top spot on the “Billboard” country albums chart with “God’s Problem Child.”