Billboard issued its first edition in 1894. It was eight pages long and cost 10 cents. The publication becomes the leading trade magazine for the music industry.
Bob Wills held his first recording session in 1929, playing Gulf Coast Blues and Wills Breakdown with guitarist Herman Arnspiger in Dallas.
Bill Anderson was disappointed in 1959 as his girlfriend at the time had failed to recognize his 22nd birthday. As a result, he wrote Happy Birthday To Me, a future hit for Hank Locklin. By the end of the day, he learned he had been disappointed for nothing…as he attended his surprise party.
Conway Twitty went to work at Nashville’s Woodland Sound Studio in 1979. That day he recorded what would become his 24th #1 single – I’d Love To Lay You Down. It was released the following January as the first single from the album Heart & Soul. Years later when the song became available for download, it sold another 300,000 digital copies.
Waylon Jennings goes to #1 in Billboard with Theme From The Dukes Of Hazzard (Good Ol’ Boys) in 1980.
David Allan Coe recorded a song he wrote, The Ride, in 1982 . It’d go on to make it to #4 in the US and #2 in Canada.
That same day in 1982, Warner Bros. released the Honkytonk Man soundtrack with Marty Robbins, Porter Wagoner, John Anderson, Ray Price, David Frizzell & Shelly West, Johnny Gimble and Clint Eastwood.
In 1985 Waylon Jennings had a session at Nashville’s Emerald Sound Studios. That day he recorded Working Without A Net and Will The Wolf Survive.
Bill Anderson was born in Columbia, SC in 1937. Whisperin’ Bill compiled a series of hits as an artist in the 1960s and ’70s and wrote more for Connie Smith, George Strait, Brad Paisley and Ray Price. Anderson joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1961 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.
SSgt. Barry Sadler was born in Carlsbad, NM in 1940. He joined the Army’s Special Forces and served in Vietnam until his leg was injured in a poisoned booby trap. After returning to the U.S., he wrote and recorded the million-selling single The Ballad Of The Green Berets.
Producer/songwriter Keith Stegall was born in Wichita Falls, TX in 1953. He’s produced for Alan Jackson, The Zac Brown Band and Craig Campbell. He’s written songs like Don’t Rock The Jukebox, Mickey Gilley’s Lonely Nights, Glen Campbell’s A Lady Like You and Mark Wills’ I Do (Cherish You).
Singer/songwriter Lyle Lovett was born in Klein, TX in 1956. Following his 1986 debut album, his eclectic music reaches a national audience, making him one of the ambassadors for the Texas red-dirt scene.