The Daily Ardmoreite in Ardmore, OK, became the first publication to print the phrase "honky tonk" in a story in 1894. They... Read More.
Jimmie Rodgers recorded Blue Yodel No. 5 (Ain't No Blackhearted Woman), I'm Sorry We Met and High Powered... Read More.
Elvis Presley opened for Little Jimmy Dickens at City Auditorium in Waycross, GA in 1956. In the front row: future Byrd Gram... Read More.
Little Jimmy Dickens made his first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry in 1948, performing John Henry and I Dreamed... Read More.
Tennessee Ernie Ford became the first country artist to receive a gold album from the Recording Industry Association of America, for his... Read More.
Hank Williams Jr. signed with MGM Records for $500,000 in 1970. At the time, he was the highest earner in the label's... Read More.
Uncle Jimmy Thompson died of pneumonia in his home outside of Nashville in 1931. The fiddle player was the first musician to... Read More.
Four-year-old Johnny Cash and his family returned to their home in Dyess, AR in 1937. It was damaged in January by severe... Read More.
A performance rights organization, BMI, was founded in 1940 to compete with ASCAP. Short for Broadcast Music, Inc., BMI collects and distributes... Read More.
Eddy Arnold recorded Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young at Thomas Production Studio in Nashville in 1954. Faron Young cut... Read More.
ASCAP was formed at the Hotel Claridge in New York City in 1914. The performing rights agency--the American Society of Composers, Authors... Read More.