TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY
compiled by Bill Morrison
1912 - Grant Turner, Grand Ole Opry announcer for 49 years, was born in Abilene, Texas. Grant was inducted into the CMHF in1982, and the CMDJHF in 1975.
1918 - Dorris Paul Warren, Bluegrass fiddler, was born in Lyles, Tennessee.
1921 - Brad McCuen, Industry executive, founder of Mega Records and record producer, was born in New York City.
1925 - Cousin Herb Henson, was born in East St. Louis, Illinois.
1925 - Arthur Lee “Red” Smiley 1925~1972, guitarist for “Reno & Smiley” (formed in 1951) was born today in Marshall, North Carolina.
1928 - Ben Smathers, founder of The Stoney Mountain Cloggers” was born in Hendersonville, North Carolina.
1929 - Eddy Arnold's father, Will C. Arnold, age 58, was buried on the grounds of Friendship Baptist Church, in Chester County, Tennessee.
1933 - Jimmie Rodgers recorded “Blue Yodel No 12" b/w I’m Free from the Chain Gang Now."
1944 - Jesse Winchester songwriter, singer, was born in Shreveport, Louisiana.
1947 - Red Foley's recording "New Jolie Blonde" was Billboard magazine's #1 record.
1948 - Penny DeHaven, singer, actress was born Charlotte DeHaven in Winchester, Virginia.
1948 - Eddy Arnold's RCA recordings of "Bouquet of Roses," and "Texarkana Baby" both hit Billboard's Best Sellers chart today, and both songs went to #1. Bouquet of Roses for 19 weeks, and Texarkana Baby for 3 weeks.
1952 - Johnny Horton 1925~1960, The Singing Fisherman debuted on the Louisiana Hayride. John was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry, however, for personal reasons he chose to remain in Shreveport. John was married to Hank Williams widow Billie Jean, who hated the Opry because they fired Hank. As a result, this very talented country music ambassador of country music, is not a member of the CMHF.
1952 - Ray Price debuted on the charts with his Columbia single “Talk To Your Heart." The song climbed the charts to the #3 position, and Ray joined the Grand Ole Opry later that year.
1952 - Pat Flynn, vocals, guitar, mandolin, and banjo founding member of “New Grass Revival,” was born in Los Angeles, California.
1964 - Ralph Emery emceed four performances of a huge Country Music show held at Madison Square Garden. The show featured Buck Owens, Ernest Tubb, Bill Monroe, Webb Pierce, Bill Anderson, Stonewall Jackson, Skeeter Davis, Porter Wagoner and Leon McAuliffe. The show was a huge success.
1966 - Wiley Walker, of “Wiley & Gene” died at age 54.
1975 - Freddy Fender’s debut
album “Before The Next Teardrop Falls,” went to #1.
1980 - Merle Haggard and Clint Eastwood’s “Bar Room Buddies,” charted.
1982 - Merle Haggard and George Jones recorded “Yesterday’s Wine."
1993 - Johnny Cash recorded his album "Def American" in Hollywood, California, between the 17th and the 20th.
2001 - The New “Country Music Hall Of Fame and Museum,” opened for business in downtown Nashville. This magnificent $37 million facility is the Crown Jewel of Music City USA. Having said that, the jewels in this crown would shine much brighter if more honesty, and less politics were involved in the selection process, regarding who gets inducted into this elite body. Do you know the names of the Music Row geniuses, who have had the final say in deciding who goes in, and who stays out of the Hall of Fame? Of course you don't. Who would admit to being responsible for inducting only seven female solo artists into the Hall of Fame since 1961.