The Stanley Brothers–Ralph and Carter–perform together publicly for the first time in Bristol, VA in 1946.
Conway Twitty records his first country hit in 1967. “The Image Of Me,” in the afternoon at the Columbia Studios in Nashville. The song was written by Wayne Kemp. At the time Kemp was a struggling artist trying to launch his own recording career. He visited Conway at his home and agreed to sell him the song for $500. The song performed so well for Twitty, he went back to Kemp for his next two singles… “Next In Line” (Conway’s first #1) followed by “Darling You Know I Wouldn’t Lie” which peaked at #2 in early 1969.
Loretta Lynn became the first woman to win the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year in 1972. She also takes Female Vocalist and shares Vocal Duo with Conway Twitty.
Dolly Parton takes “I Will Always Love You” to #1 for the second time in 1982. The new version was recorded for the movie “The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas”
Clay Walker earns his first #1 single in Billboard with “What’s It To You” in 1993.
Vince Gill, Jerry Reed, “Prisoner Of The Highway” songwriter Mike Reid, “What Mattered Most” composer Gary Burr and “Don’t Rock The Jukebox” creator Roger Murrah are added to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame during an event at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel in 2005.
Randy Travis, Charlie Daniels and Monument Records founder Fred Foster are inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016.