Jim Reeves began his career singing under the name of Sonny Day. His career really took off when he was asked to fill in for Hank Williams on the "Louisiana Hayride" singing under his own name, he was signed up by Fabor Robinson from Abbott records who happened to be in the audience.
Johnny Cash recorded on tape with Elvis Presley when they were both signed to Sam Phillips of Sun Records. Elvis played piano while they sang "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Peace in the Valley". Those tapes were reportedly locked in Sun Records Vaults.
John Denver born December 31, 1943 He was the son of a U.S Air Force officer and at age eleven, he was given his grandmother’s guitar. John flourished, not just as an entertainer, but as an avid environmentalist and humanitarian. Died October 12, 1997
Roy Orbison asked Johnny Cash for advice on how to get a record released and Cash gave him Sam Phillip's (who owned Sun Records) telephone number. . He called Mr. Phillips who hung up the phone saying, "Johnny Cash doesn't run my record company". He eventually did record for Sam Phillips.
Roy Orbison was born in Vernon, Texas on April 23rd, 1936. He died of a heart attack at the age of 52 in the Nashville suburb of Madison, Tennessee on December 6th, 1988
Elvis Presley wanted to record the song Dolly Parton wrote "I will always love you". Dolly turned him down and said (This is gonna break my heart, but I can't let you have it.) Apparently Elvis's manager would only record songs that his company published. Very disappointing for all Elvis fans. The song was also recorded by Whitney Houston for the movie "The Bodyguard" and was a million dollar hit.
Hoyt Axton’s mother, Mae Axton, wrote “Heartbreak Hotel
Guy Mitchell real name is Al Cernik.
The “Coal Miners Daughter” movie Harrison Ford was reportedly originally cast as Mooney Lynn (Loretta Lynn's Husband), but was replaced by Tommy Lee Jones,
Billy Ray Cyrus released his debut album “Some Gave All” 1992.
The album has
Earl Scruggs came to the Opry in 1945, as a member of Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys, he brought a new style of banjo pickin’ to the stage. It was a three-finger style that used the thumb, index, and middle finger. Now the banjo could be played as a lead instrument, not just for rhythm.
Loretta Lynn was born in Butcher Holler, Kentucky on April 14, 1935 (some websites say 1934). Inducted Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1983. In 1972 Loretta became the first female artist, to win the CMA Entertainer of the Year Award.
Merle Haggard was born in Kern General Hospital, Bakersfield, California on April 6, 1937. Merle was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1977, and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994. Merle's father died when he was 9 years old, at age 11, he ran away from home, because he thought he was a burden to his widowed mother.
Chet Atkins placed 10 songs on the country music charts between 1955 and 1983. His first was “ Mr. Sandman” which peaked at # 13 in 1955.
"Ode To Billie Joe" was a hit for Bobbie Gentry (born Roberta Streeter in 1944.) The record was a # one in pop music and made the country top twenty. She won three Grammy awards, was named Top New Female Vocalist for 1967 by The Academy Of Country Music and she co-hosted the first CMA Awards Show.
Tex Morton (Robert William Lane) Born 30th August 1916 . Huge record sales and fame that has not been equalled even to this day. He died of cancer July 23rd 1983.
According to news report, Jerry Lee Lewis has filed for divorce to end his sixth marriage. He has been married to Kerrie McCarver Lewis for 19 years.
Jerry Reed and Elvis Presley had hits on the song "Guitar Man" but Elvis's record was a much bigger hit making it to number one in 1981 while Reeds version peaked at # 53 in 1967. Reed also played guitar on Presley's recording.
Patti Page biggest hit was "Tennessee Waltz," which hit in both country and popmusic in 1951. She was born Clara Ann Fowler in 1927.
"Blue Moon Of Kentucky" was the flipside of Patsy Cline's 1963 # 7 hit, Faded Love."
Dolly Parton was born Dolly Rebecca Parton on January 19th, 1946.
“Window Shopping” was the flipside of Hank Williams 1952 number one hit “Jambalaya,” which was in the number one spot for 14 weeks and on the charts for 29 weeks.
Willie Nelson celebrates his 70th birthday April 30th 2003
Hank Williams died 50 years ago 1st January 1953 (29 years old).
“Auld Lange Syne” was reportedly written---or partially
written by Robert Burns sometime in the 1700’s but was not
published until 1796—after Burn’s
Faron Young died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 1996. He had suffered from ill health for several years.
Elvis's hair clippings (baseball-sized collection )at an auction brought a winning bid of $ 115,120
Roger Miller was born Roger Dean Miller on January 2nd, 1936. He died in 1992
Gene Autry's middle name was Grover.
Zydeco is the vibrant accordion-driven dance music of the Creoleand African-American communities of Southwest Louisiana.
“Whispering Pines” was the flipside of Johnny Horton’s 1959 number one, “When It’s Springtime In Alaska.”
Ernest Tubb had the first hit on “Slipping Around” which was a number one for him in 1949.
Hank Williams is buried in the Oakwood Annex in Montgomery, Alabama.
Jerry Lee Lewis has just turned 67 years old.
Kris Kristofferson was a Rhodes scholar, trained as a pilot in the army and reached the level of captain and also at one stage he was piloting helicopters for offshore oil rigs in the gulf of Mexico.
Willie Nelson wrote Crazy for Patsy Cline and Hello Walls for Faron Young
1952 Hank Williams Sr. had a daughter out of wedlock with Bobbie Webb Jett, her name Cathy Stone ( now known as Jett Williams)
Shania Twain was Eilleen Twain, she had a very deprived childhood, now is married to Robert "Mutt" Lange and has a son Eja.
"Please Help Me I'm Falling" was a hit for Hank Locklin
Bing Crosby in his recording career (between 1926 and the late 1960's), recorded over 1700 songs for release. That's about over 40 cuts a year, and more than 3 albums a year at 12 cuts per album.
Ernest Duane West, who sang baritone with The Jordanaires from 1982 thru 1999, died June 23rd 2002 at the age of 61.
China Doll” was the flipside of Slim Whitman’s 1952 # 2 hit, “Indian Love Call.” It was on the charts for 24 weeks and was Slim’s second chart single.
Slim Whitman in 1952 had his 2nd chart record. His Imperial Record's single, "Indian Love Call,", peaked at #2. on the charts for 24 weeks
"Goodnight Irene" was a number one for Red Foley and Ernest Tubb in 1950.
Buck Owens and Ray Price each had hits on "Under Your Spell a gain" in 1959.
Elvis Presley's birthday is (January 8th). The
King would have been 68 years old. Elvis died in 1977
1965 Chet Atkins had his 3rd chart single and his biggest hit. His RCA Victor Records single, "Yakety Axe.
Johnny Paycheck’s song ’Take This Job And Shove It” was written by David Allan Coe. It was number one January 7th, 1978.
"The Ballad Of David Crockett," made the charts May 28th, 1955 and peaked at # 10. It was Mac Wiseman first chart record.
The musician Ernest Tubb coined the term "country
and western" music in the 1940s? Up to that time, what we now
know as country and western music was
Tammy Wynette died at age 55 of heart failure, caused by chronic blood clots.
"Blanket On The Ground" was a number one for Billie Joe Spears in 1975.
Elvis died of heart failure on August 16, 1977, at the age of 42.
Faron Young died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 1996
Tammy Wynette was born Virginia Wynette Pugh on a tenant cotton farm in Itawamba County, Mississippi. She was called "Wynette" growing up.
"Bring It On Home To Me" was written by Sam Cooke.. It was a number one country music hit for Mickey Gilley in 1976.
Buck Owens nicknamed himself "Buck" after the family mule.
In 1966:Charley Pride had his first chart record. His RCA Victor Records single, "Just Between You And Me," made the country charts December 3rd, 1966 and peaked at # 9. It was on the charts for 19 weeks.
Elvis is the only artist to be inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, The Country Music Hall Of Fame and The Gospel Music Hall Of Fame.
Crystal Gayle's "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" entered the country music charts July 9th, 1977 and was in the number one slot the week of August 27th, where it stayed for four weeks. The song was on the country charts for 18 weeks. The record resulted in two Grammy Awards and Richard Leigh's second CMA Song Of The Year Award.
The Song "Sweet Dreams" that Patsy Cline sang was written by Don Gibson. Emmylou Harris, Don Gibson, Faron Young, Reba McEntire and Troy Seals all reached the charts with it but Emmylou was the only artist to make number one with her version, that featured some vocal help from Herb Pederson (of Desert Rose fame,) and Rodney Crowell.
Ricky Scaggs recorded the song "Don't Cheat In Our Hometown," because Willie, Waylon and Kris Kristofferson liked the song. He decided that if they all liked it, the song must be a good one. Ricky heard the song on a Stanley Brothers album and it stuck in his mind. It was on the charts for 20 weeks.
Eddy Arnold's single, "Bouquet Of Roses," was on the charts in 1948. It holds the record for being on the chart for an incredible 54 weeks.
Marty Robbins real name was Martin Robinson.
Kenny Rogers had his first country chart record as a single artist. His Reprise Records single, "Ruby Don't Take Your Love To Town," made the country charts July 19th, 1969 and peaked at # 39.
In 1959 Flatt and Scruggs had their 2nd chart record.
Their Columbia Records single, "Cabin In The Hills," made the
country music charts June 8th,
In 1961 Floyd Cramer had his 2nd chart record. His RCA Victor Records single, "San Antonio Rose,"
In 1981 George Strait had his first chart record. His MCA Records single, "Unwound," made the charts and peaked at # 6.
In 1971 John Denver had his first country chart record. His RCA Victor Records single, "Take Me Home Country Roads,"
Jim Reeves was born in 1924 in Panola County, Texas. and named James Travis Reeves.
Crystal Gayle is Loretta Lynn's sister, and Peggy Sue Webb
is another sister who placed 19 songs on the country
George Jones' first hit record was "Why Baby Why" which peaked at # 4 in 1955 and was on the charts for 18 weeks
When Buddy Holly split from the Crickets in1958, he hired Waylon Jennings to play bass for his new backing band, Waylon had never played the instrument before. Buddy gave him a week and a half to learn how to play bass.
Big Bopper (who had a cold) begged Waylon Jennings to give up his seat on the plane that crashed after take off killing Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper so he could recuperate. Ritchie Valens also traded his seat. He won the seat by flipping a coin.
Hank Snow placed 85 songs on the country music charts between 1949 and 1980.
Pee Wee King had his 1st chart record. His RCA Records single, "Tennessee
Waltz," made the country charts 1948 and peaked at # 3. It
Charlie Robison and wife Emily (Dixie Chick) live on land outside San Antonio, Texas that's been in the Robison family since the 1840's
Between 1944 and 1951, Gene Autry placed 25 songs on the country music top ten charts.
Don Gibson's "Oh Lonesome Me," made the country charts February 17th, 1958, made it to number one, where it stayed for 8 weeks. It was on the charts for 34 weeks.
"Bimbo" was a number one for three weeks for Jim Reeves in 1953. It was on the charts for 21 weeks.
Roy Rogers is the only person to be inducted twice into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Dolly Parton said "Show business is a phony world anyway, so why not dress the part?"
The Beatles were turned down by Pye, HMV, Columbia, Decca and EMI before they landed a record deal in the U.K.
Hank Williams had his 36th chart record. "Take These
Chains From My Heart," It made the country charts May 16th, 1953
In 1953 Homer and Jethro were about to have their 4th chart record. Their RCA Records single, (How Much Is)" That Doggie In The Window?" made the charts May 23rd, 1953 and peaked at # 2, where it stuck for two weeks. It was on the charts for 9 weeks
In the year 1949 Hank Williams had his 4th chart record "Love sick Blues" and it was number one for 16 weeks. Stayed on the charts 42 weeks.
Loretta Lynn had 16 number one records between 1960 and 1981.
Elvis Aaron Presley was born on the 8th of January 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi at 4.35am. He was the second boy in a set of identical twins. The first Jessie Garon, was still born. Elvis died August 16th 1977 at the age of 42yrs. He was playing his piano and singing on that last day "Unchained Melody" and Blue eyes crying in the rain.
Minnie Mae Presley, Elvis' grandmother lived longer than her son "Vernon Elvis" and her grandson Elvis Aaron.
Elvis bought Gracelands in 1957 at the age of 22yrs. He promised his family when he was a small boy that he would make a lot of money some day and buy them the finest house in town.
Marion Keisker was the assistant who helped Elvis cut his first demo record "My Happiness".
Elvis first went to work at the Parker Machinists shop. Later he drove a delivery truck for Crown Electric Company and attended electrician's school at night.
The record album "Elvis Presley" was the first for Elvis and it was the first gold.
In 1949 Hank Williams's "Lovesick Blues" made it to number one on the charts where it stayed for 16 weeks. It was on the charts for 42 weeks.
Dolly Parton was on The Grand ole Opry at the age of 12yrs.
"It takes a lot of money to make me look this cheap" one of Dolly's famous sayings.
In 1984 Loretta Lynn lost her son Jack in an accidental drowning. He fell from a horse while trying to wade across a river.
Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle are sisters.
Kris Kristofferson's "Lovin' her was easier than anything I'll ever do again" was performed in his film debut "Cisco Pike" 1972
Kris Kristofferson was a Rhodes Scholar who wanted to write and perform his own songs but it wasn't until Roger Miller recorded "Me and Bobby McGee" that Kris Kristofferson was finally discovered by Nashville.
In 1953 Elvis after graduation from Humes High went to work at a machine shop. That Summer he went to Sun Records and cut a $4 demo record of "My Happiness" and "That's When Your Heartaches Begin" Sam Phillips was not in and his assistant Marion Keisker helped him with the demo. Elvis gave this record to his mother.
Elvis Aaron Presley was born 8th January 1935 in Tupelo Mississippi, the second boy in a set of identical twins. Jessie Garon was still born.
Hank Williams Snr's first band was "The Drifting Cowboys". He formed this when he was only15 yrs.
Hank Williams Snr. when he was 12 yrs old formed a bond with a Rufus Payne (a black street singer) who taught him how to sing the blues, pick a guitar and drink beer. Rufus called himself Tee-tot.
Hank Williams Snr. was born in 1923 in Mount Olive, Alabama. (with Spina bifida) His name on the birth certificate is Hiriam (supposed to be "Hiram" but misspelt)
Burt Reynolds nearly drowned in Tammy Wynett's bathtub according to Tammy's autobiography "Stand by Your Man".
Jim Reeve's "He'll Have To Go" reached number 1 in December 1959 and stayed there for 14 weeks
"There Stand The Glass" was a number one for Webb Pierce in 1953. The Decca Records single was in the number one spot for 12 weeks and on the charts for 27 weeks.
Johnny Paycheck's signature song "Take this job and Shove It" was written by David Allan Coe. He got the idea for the song when someone asked him if he would like to be a Fireman and he said they can take that job and shove it.
In 1944 Tex Ritter had his first chart record and his first number one. His Capitol Records single "I'm Wastin' My Tears On You," After making it to number one, it was there for 6 weeks and on the charts for 20 weeks. The flipside, "There's A Blue Moon Over my Shoulder," scored a # 2 and was charted for 22 weeks.
In 1925, WSM Radio in Nashville started broadcasting.
"WSM Barn Dance" was one of its first
Marty Robbins was born Martin David Robinson on September 26th in 1925 at Glendale, Arizona and died in the year 1982.
The late Patsey Cline was born in Virginia Hensley, in 1932 on September the 8th. She had two no one hits "I Fall To Pieces" in 1961 and "She's Got You" in 1962. Between 1957 and 1982, Patsy Cline had 19 songs on the country music charts. In 1963 Patsy was killed in a plane crash.
In 1988, Charlie Daniels and several band members escaped injury when their motor home burst into flames in California.
In 1955 "Sixteen Tons" entered the country music charts.
1977 was the year Crystal Gayle's "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" went to No. 1.
"Don"t Rock The Jukebox" (AlanJackson's) was certified multi-platinum in 1992.
In 1956 Elvis Presley made his first movie "Love Me Tender"
"T. For Texas" was
originally titled "Blue Yodel"( in 1920 by Jimmie
Rodgers) and in the year 1962 it was a #5 for Grandpa Jones as
"T. For Texas".
Waylon Jennings"Theme From The Dukes Of Hazzard" (Good Ol Boys) entered the country music charts in the year 1980.
In 1947 "Bob Wills Boogie" was a #4 hit for Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys
Hal Davis and Burt Bacharach wrote "The Story of my life" in 1957.
The Norwegian name Alviss is where the name "Elvis" comes from and it means "all wise"
"Okay, I won't" were the last words Elvis Presley ever said. He said them to his girlfriend, Ginger Alden
Loretta Lynn had twins two daughters Patsy and Peggie in the year 1964.
The song "My Shoes Keep walking back to you" was a #1 hit for Ray Price 1957.
1972 Elvis and Priscilla after 5 yrs. of marriage filed for a divorce.
Ronnie Milsap had 40#1 hits, Six Grammy Awards, and Eight Country Music Association Awards.
In 1960 the Young World East German newspaper named Elvis Presley "Public Enemy No, 1"
The great old song "Slipping Around" sang by Ernest Tubb entered the charts in 1949.
Hank Williams Jr. fell 500 ft. down a mountain in Montana in August 1975.
In 1895 Waltzing Matilda By Banjo Paterson was first performed in Queensland.
Charlie Daniel's "The Devil went down to Georgia" was on top of the charts in 1979.
1971 was the year Alison Krauss was born.
In 1954 a 19 year old truck driver called Elvis Presley had his first interview and he didn't say much more than yes or no and it also was the year Elvis had his first advertised concert appearance.
1957 was the year that Pam Tillis was born
1987 was a good year as Randy Travis's album "Always & Forever" and the "Trio" album (Dolly, Linda and Emmylou) was certified Gold and Platinum.
Chris LeDoux is a former world champion bareback bronc rider and he has recorded more than 30 albums.
1975 was the year that "Misty" by Ray Stevens was on the charts.
Dolly Parton's "I will always love you" came out in 1974 and then again in 1982.
The first #1 hit for Johnny Cash was "I walk the Line" in 1956
"Hey Good Lookin" by Hank Williams entered the Country charts in 1951
1972 was the year that Tom T Hall's "I remember the Year That Clayton Delaney Died" entered the charts
Johnny Cash recorded "Sunday Morning Coming Down" (Kris Kristofferson) in 1970
Bobbie Gentry 's "Ode to Billie Joe" was recorded in the year 1967
Don Gibson wrote the song "Sweet Dreams".Slim Dusty was the first Australian to receive a gold record.
He burnt his piano to the ground because Chuck Berry was chosen to close a show instead of him (the crowd thought it was great. He married his 13yr old cousin Myra which wrecked his career.
Jerry Lee Lewis one night arrived at Graceland (the home of Elvis) with a pistol and was calling out to Elvis "come out and get your butt whipped"
Jerry Lee Lewis shot Butch Owens a bass player in his band in
the chest with a .357 Magnum. He did not die and it cost Jerry Lee
Lewis $125,000 dollars. In 1975 that would have been a lot of money but
better than going to Jail.
Tommy Emmanuel was born in Muswellbrook and his family started touring outback Australia when he was about four. He would be on stage for the first part of the show and then he went to sleep in their car for the second half of the show. He now lives in England.
1983 was the year "Coal Miner's Daughter" album by Loretta Lynn was certified Gold.
1982 was the year "Always On My Mind" album by Willie Nelson was certified Platinum.
1975 was the year Don Williams topped the country charts with "You're My Best Friend."
1960 was the year Loretta Lynn made her debut on the
Freddy Fender's real name is Baldemar Huerta and he was born in 1937 and died October 2006
"Hello Walls," a song Willie Nelson wrote that became one of Faron Young's biggest hit record. He was staring at the walls he mumbled the words, "Hello Walls" and then the idea was born and he wrote it in a matter of minutes. Nobody wanted the song at first and then Farron Young heard him singing it at Tootsies Nashville, a bar where singers and pickers gathered to jam. Willie was hard up for cash and even tried to sell the song. "Hello Walls" made the country charts number one, where it stayed for nine weeks.
George Strait has had more Platinum Albums than any other country music artist.
1978 Willie Nelson released his Stardust Album. It sold 5 Million copies and was on the Country charts for 10yrs.
1886 Coca Cola was first introduced.
1944 Jimmie Davis who was the Governor of Louisiana was credited for writing the song "You are my Sunshine"
Tex Ritter's real name was Maurice Woodward Ritter and he was born in Texas 1905 and Died in 1974.
Jerry Reed's real name is Jerry Read Hubbard and was born in Atlanta Georgia.
1977 Kenny Rogers had his first #1 hit with the song "Lucille"
The Elvis Presley single "Heartbreak Hotel" sold more than one million copies and was his first gold record
The Song "Crazy" sang by "Patsy Cline' is the .#1 Juke Box song of all time
Elvis Presley was the first artist to give credit to session players on recordings. He insisted that the Jordanaires were given credit and they are still doing concerts today.
Apparently thefingers of our musicians do not bulk up with exercise because there are no muscles in the fingers only tendons.