The Grand Ole Opry moved from WSM’s Studio C to the Hillsboro Theater in Nashville in 1934.
A day after backing Jimmie Rodgers’ widow in the studio in 1936, Ernest Tubb had his first session as an artist at the Texas Hotel in San Antonio. His first two songs: The Passing Of Jimmie Rodgers and The Last Thoughts Of Jimmie Rodgers.
Red Sovine & Webb Pierce recorded Why Baby Why in Nashville at the Bradley Film & Recording Studio in 1955. The song would go on to be George Jones’ first #1 hit as a songwriter.
On her daughter Ruby’s birthday, Kitty Wells recorded Mommy For A Day during the afternoon at Nashville’s Bradley Film & Recording Studio in 1958. She also records All The Time, a Mel Tillis song destined to become a hit for Jack Greene
Brenda Lee makes her “American Bandstand” debut, performing Sweet Nothin’s in 1959.
Bobby Bare and Skeeter Davis begin two days of recording at RCA Studio B in Nashville in 1964. The recordings were for the duets album Tunes For Two. The pair’s efforts yielded a hit single with A Dear John Letter.
Eddy Arnold recorded The Last Word In Lonesome Is Me, written by Roger Miller, at Nashville’s RCA Studio B in 1965.
In 1971, Johnny Cash begins recording soundtrack music for his movie The Gospel Road at Nashville’s Columbia Recording Studios.
Southern comedian Jerry Clower joins the Grand Ole Opry cast during a performance at the Ryman Auditorium in 1973. He becomes the last new member added before the show relocates to the Grand Ole Opry House.
Crystal Gayle records Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue in an evening session at Jack’s Tracks in Nashville in 1976. A future Female Vocalist of the Year winner would provide backing vocals – Janie Fricke.
Conway Twitty records “Tight Fittin’ Jeans” in an overnight session at Nashville’s Woodland Sound Studio in 1980. The song would become Conway’s 26th #1 hit.
Mark David Chapman bought a .38-caliber handgun in Honolulu in 1980. He uses it a few weeks later to murder John Lennon in New York.
Alabama reaches #1 in Billboard with If You’re Gonna Play In Texas (You Gotta Have A Fiddle In The Band) in 1984. The song started as a B-Side, but radio programmers preferred it over the A-Side, I’m Not That Way Anymore and played it instead.
Arista releases Diamond Rio’s 2nd album, Close To The Edge.
George Strait and Alan Jackson record Murder On Music Row in 1999. The song was never officially released as a single, but still received enough unsolicited airplay by radio stations that it reached #38 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.
Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare and songwriter/producer Jack Clement are officially inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville in 2013.
Bass player Oral “Curly” Rhodes is born in Tomahawk, WI in 1911. He would become a member of Roy Acuff’s Smoky Mountain Boys during the 1940s, later finding a spot among Pee Wee King’s Golden West Cowboys.
Cellist Byron Bach was born in Jackson, KY in 1922. He became a popular session musician, appearing in the string section on such hits as Lynn Anderson’s Rose Garden, Tom T. Hall’s I Love and Kris Kristofferson’s Why Me.
Pianist Floyd Cramer was born in Campti, LA in 1937. Noted for his “slip-note” style using frequent grace notes, he gained acclaim for his hit, Last Date, ending up in the Country Music Hall of Fame. He also on hits by Elvis Presley, Jim Reeves, Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn, among others.
Songwriter Dallas Frazier was born in Spiro, OK in 1939. A 1976 addition to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, he writes The Oak Ridge Boys’ Elvira, Patty Loveless’ If My Heart Had Windows and Gene Watson’s Fourteen Carat Mind, among others.
Ruby Wright was born in Nashville in 1939. She was the daughter of Kitty Wells and Johnny Wright and earned a hit in 1964 with Dern Ya, an answer song to Roger Miller’s Dang Me.
Lee Greenwood was born in South Gate, CA in 1942. The smoky-voiced singer gained the Country Music Association’s Male Vocalist of the Year in 1983 and ’84. He earns numerous pop-tinged hits, topped by his signature anthem God Bless The U.S.A.
Guitarist Jack Daniels was born in Choctaw, OK in 1949. He joined Highway 101, twice named the Country Music Association’s Top Vocal Group behind such hits as Somewhere Tonight, The Bed You Made For Me and Cry, Cry, Cry.