Uncle Dave Macon, Sid Harkreader and Dr. Humphrey Bate performed at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium in a benefit concert that aired on WSM Radio in 1925. It’s the first country music show broadcast from the Ryman, the future home of the Grand Ole Opry.
Hank Williams recorded Honky Tonkin’ and I’m A Long Gone Daddy at Nashville’s Castle Studio in the Tulane Hotel in 1947. As we told you on Tuesday, the building was demolished less than a decade (11/3/56) later.
Elvis Presley signed a one-year contract in 1954. The future King of Rock & Roll agreed to play The Louisiana Hayride every Saturday for $18-a-week.
Jo Walker-Meador was named the executive director of the fledgling Country Music Association in 1962. It was a position she’d hold for the next 29 years. During her tenure, the CMA establishes the Country Music Hall of Fame, the CMA Awards and Fan Fair.
Tex Ritter was added to the Country Music Hall Of Fame during a ceremony at the Loew’s Theater in Nashville in 1964.
Willie Nelson records the Gregg Allman-penned Midnight Rider for the movie The Electric Horseman in 1979.
That same day in ‘79 The Oak Ridge Boys were also in the studio. They recorded Beautiful You in a four-hour session at Nashville’s Woodland Sound Studio.
Conway Twitty was at Nashville’s Sound Stage Studios to record I Want To Know You Before We Make Love and That’s My Job during the evening hours of November 6, 1986.
RCA released Clint Black’s Put Yourself In My Shoes album in 1990. All four singles from the album were mega hits. Loving Blind and Where Are You Now both went to #1; the title track at #4; and One More Payment hit #7. This Nightlife also charted at #61 from unsolicited airplay.
Reba McEntire and Linda Davis share the #1 position on the Billboard country singles chart with Does He Love You in 1993. At the time, Linda had been working for Reba as part of her road band, but wasn’t the label’s first choice as a duet partner. They’d hoped Wynonna would record with Reba, but Wynonna reportedly didn’t want to be associated with a song about a bad marriage.
Jerry Reed portrays a football coach as the Adam Sandler/Henry Winkler movie The Waterboy opens in theaters in 1998.
Waylon Jennings visited the home of steel guitarist Robby Turner in 1999. It was the first of three sessions that yielded the basic tracks to his final album, Goin’ Down Rockin’: The Last Recordings, finished and released a decade after Jennings’ death.
Porter Wagoner and Bill Carlisle officially entered the Country Music Hall of Fame during the Country Music Association Awards at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House in 2002.
George Strait, Sonny James and session guitarist Harold Bradley are officially inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame as ABC airs the 40th annual Country Music Association awards from Nashville’s Gaylord Entertainment Center in 2006.
Hank Thompson died from lung cancer at his home in Keller, TX in 2007 – less than a week after announcing his retirement from the road. Combining western swing and honky-tonk, he became best known for The Wild Side Of Life while earning a place in the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson was born in Emerson, NC in 1932. A descendent of the Civil War general, he joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1956, fashioning more than 10 hits from 1958-1971, including Life To Go, Waterloo and Don’t Be Angry.
Singer/songwriter Guy Clark was born in Monahans, TX IN 1941. An Americana icon, he writes such hits as Ricky Skaggs’ Heartbroke, Rodney Crowell’s She’s Crazy For Leaving and Vince Gill’s Oklahoma Borderline.
Glenn Frey was born in Detroit, MI in 1948. As a member of The Eagles, he contributes heavily to the country-rock movement. The Eagles score a lone country hit, Lyin’ Eyes, but are lionized with the album Common Thread: The Songs Of The Eagles. Though technically not country, this video is fun and brings back a lot of memories!