Hank Williams recorded There’s A Tear In My Beer in 1951. The tape remained in boxes at Bill Lister’s house until 1988, when Lister sent it to Hank Williams Jr., who eventually, thanks to technology, recorded a duet matching him with his father’s performance.
Eddy Arnold recorded “I Want To Go With You” at RCA Studio B in Nashville in 1965. It was originally intended to be a pop song, but only made it to #36 on the Billboard Hot 100. However country fans embraced the song, where it made it to #1 on the Billboard Country chart for six weeks.
Harper & Row published “Making It With Music: Kenny Rogers’ Guide To The Music Business” in 1978. The book was co-written with Len Epand. You can purchase your copy here.
Mel Tillis purchased Cedarwood Publishing for $3 million in 1983. Cedarwood copyrights include the Tillis-penned songs Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town, Detroit City and Burning Memories.
We lost the great Roger Miller to cancer in 1992. A singer/songwriter with a quirky brand of humor, he sang King Of The Road, Chug-A-Lug and Dang Me, among others, and wrote hits by Alan Jackson, Jim Reeves and Ernest Tubb. His music won awards for productions like Disney’s Robin Hood. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame after his death in 1995.
Word/Curb released Randy Travis’ album Worship & Faith in 2003. It was Randy’s 15th studio album and his 3rd gospel album. It was recorded live during a July 2003 concert at the Orlando Calvary Assembly of God in Orlando.
Del McCoury joined the Grand Ole Opry in 2003. He was inducted by Patty Loveless just before they performed the gospel song Working On A Building together.
The Oak Ridge Boys, The Browns and guitarist Grady Martin were inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2015.
Kenny Rogers played his farewell concert at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena in 2017. He was joined by Little Big Town, Lionel Richie, Alison Krauss, Jamey Johnson and Elle King, among others. Chris Stapleton sang The Gambler and Dolly Parton was on hand to sing with her duet partner on Islands In The Stream before serenading him with I Will Always Love You.
Sarah Colley was born in Centerville, TN in 1912. Performing as Minnie Pearl, she spends 50 years on the Grand Ole Opry and becomes a regular on Hee Haw, joining the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1975.
Kathy Nivert was born in Washington, D.C. in 1944. Under the name Taffy Danoff, she wrote John Denver’s Take Me Home, Country Roads and Please, Daddy (Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas). She also founds The Starland Vocal Band, whose pop hit Afternoon Delight is remade as a country single by Johnny Carver.
Mark Miller was born in Dayton, OH in 1958. He’s the lead singer of Sawyer Brown. The group began earning hits after winning “Star Search” in 1984. They were named the Country Music Association’s Vocal Group of the Year award in 1997.
Chely Wright was born in Kansas City, MO in 1970. She wins the Academy of Country Music’s Top New Female award in 1995 and earns a #1 hit in 1999 with Single White Female.