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September 18

Minnie Pearl, Roy Acuff, Ernest Tubb and Rosalie Allen headline the first country music show at New York’s Carnegie Hall in 1947. If you wanted a ticket to buy a ticket, it’d cost you $1.20-$3.60.

At the age of 5, Constance June Meador procaimed she’d sing on the Grand Ole Opry one day. Fast forward to 1965, she joined the Grand Ole Opry! We’re talking about Connie Smith. On that same day Bob Luman also joined the Opry.

Some legendary songs were recorded on September 18th. In 1967, Merle Haggard joined The Strangers at the Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood to record Sing Me Back Home.” And a year later in ‘68, Porter Wagoner recorded this one:

“Hee Haw” airs in syndication for the first time on 196 TV stations in 1971. A few months earlier, CBS had canceled the show because it because it was considered too rural. Roy Rogers & Dale Evans appear on the first syndicated episode.

RCA releases the Earl Thomas Conley album “Too Many Times” in 1986. This was during the period when he was on fire. ETC had gone from 1982 to 1989 when every single he released went to the Top 10.

In 1997, the Farm Aid concert was canceled due to low ticket sales at the Texas Stadium. It was rescheduled at the New World Music Theatre in Tinley Park, Illinois, for the same day (October 4th) where the benefit show was a sell-out.

Reba McEntire receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1998. If you want to visit, it’s located next to Meryl Streep’s star at 7018 Hollywood Boulevard.

Three years after the previous signs were removed, new signs proclaiming Marshville, NC as the birthplace of Randy Travis were dedicated in 2017. Travis was also presented keys to the city.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Banjo player/songwriter Carl Jackson is born in Louisville, MS in 1953. His songwriting credits include Vince Gill’s “No Future In The Past,” Glen Campbell’s “(Love Always) Letter To Home” and Pam Tillis’ “Put Yourself In My Place”