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October 19

Brenda Lee headed to the Bradley Film & Recording Studio in Nashville on Oct 19, 1958 to record “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” 

Buck Owens went to the #1 spot on the Billboard country chart in 1963 with “Love’s Gonna Live Here.” It would stay in the top spot for 16 weeks. No other song would even get close to that record for another 49 years. Florida Georgia Line took the new record in 2013 with “Cruise.”

Kris Kristofferson and Shel Silverstein wrote “Once More With Feeling” together in 1969. Jerry Lee Lewis records the song the next day

Willie Nelson is the first country artist to receive triple-platinum albums in 1984. Three million shipments each of “Stardust” and “Always On My Mind” helped him achieve the record. 

We had to read this twice to believe it…In 1995 George Jones & Tammy Wynette perform the only full-fledged Nashville concert of their career, uniting on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry House.

In 1998 The House of Representatives passed a resolution recognizing Bristol, Tennessee, as the birthplace of country music, honoring the 1927 sessions that yielded the first recordings of Jimmie Rodgers, Ernest Stoneman and The Carter Family.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Jeannie C. Riley was born in Anson, TX in 1945. She records “Harper Valley P.T.A.” as a secretary in 1968 and was immediately launched into public consciousness. The single about suburban hypocrisy sells millions of copies, becoming her signature hit.

Charlie Chase was born in Rogersville, TN in 1952. Teamed with Lorianne Crook, he becomes a significant TV personality promoting country music, best known for the syndicated show “Crook & Chase”