Capitol released Glen Campbell’s By The Time I Get To Phoenix album in 1967.
Jerry Bradley was named to succeed Chet Atkins as the head of RCA Records’ country division in Nashville in 1972. Some artists he brought in to RCA include Ronnie Milsap, Charley Pride, Dolly Parton and Alabama.
Hank Snow’s rhythm guitar player, Jimmy Widener, was shot to death in 1973. Just a couple weeks before, Opry star David “Stringbean” Akeman was murdered. After hearing about it, Widener is quoted as saying, “When music people die it usually comes in threes, I wonder who will be next?” Jimmy Widener also played banjo for Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys from 1945-1950, appearing on Faded Love, among other recordings. Click here to read more.
Kenny Rogers & Dottie West remake the Tammy Wynette hit ‘Til I Can Make It On My Own in 1978 at the Jack Clement Studios in Nashville.
Joe Diffie joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1993. About the Opry, Joe said, “Even though I’ve been doing this a long time, it’s like I want to pinch myself still. It’s an awful neat deal to be able to live out your dream.”
In a 1993 TV Guide cover story, Dolly Parton denied that she has a sexual relationship with longtime friend and companion Judy Ogle: “We have done everything together, but not that.“
Sling Blade opened in American movie theaters in 1996. The picture featured Dwight Yoakam in a prominent role, along with Billy Bob Thornton, Robert Duvall and Tex Ritter’s son, John Ritter. It also includes an Emmylou Harris performance of Shenandoah.
Bass player Joel Price was born in Franklin County, GA in 1910. He played on Bill Monroe’s Uncle Pen, and worked with Little Jimmy Dickens, earning status as the first musician to play an electric bass on the Grand Ole Opry.
Songwriter Werly Fairburn was born at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, LA in 1924. He wrote Carl Smith’s I Feel Like Cryin’ and Jim Reeves’ I Guess I’m Crazy.
Guitarist Sammy Pruett was born in 1926. The brother-in-law of Jeanne Pruett, he appeared on hits by Hank Williams, Carl Smith and Ray Price, including Cold, Cold Heart, Hey, Good Lookin’, Loose Talk and I’ve Got A New Heartache.
Eddie Rabbitt was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1941. The singer/songwriter became a major link between country music and pop during the 1970s and ’80s, pushing country’s boundaries with such recordings as I Love A Rainy Night and Drivin’ My Life Away.