Saturday, February 25, 2017

Today in Country Music History...February 25, 2017



Keith Urban performs "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16" for the first time publicly at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville during a Universal Music Group showcase on the opening day of the Country Radio Seminar

Capitol releases the Dierks Bentley album "Riser"

Lady Antebellum and Josh Kear co-write "Need You Now" in Nashville

Tim McGraw becomes the first country artist to receive a platinum single for digital downloads, when his pop collaboration with Nelly, "Over And Over," is certified for 1 million downloads

Alison Krauss + Union Station win three trophies--Best Country Vocal by a Duo or Group, for "Looking In The Eyes Of Love"; Country Instrumental, "Little Liza Jane"; and Best Bluegrass Album, "So Long So Wrong"--during the 40th annual Grammy Awards at New York's Madison Square Garden

George Jones wins Best Country Vocal Performance, Male, for "He Stopped Loving Her Today," during the 23rd annual Grammy Awards in New York

Shawna McIlwain is born in Laurel, Mississippi. After marrying Keifer Thompson, the couple becomes Thompson Square, establishing the duo nationally with the 2010 single "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not"

Elvis Presley collects his first #1 record as "I Forgot To Remember To Forget" reaches the top of the Billboard country singles chart

Faron Young is born in Shreveport, Louisiana. One of country's most colorful figures, he founds The Music City News and launches more than 40 hits from 1953-1974 on his way to admission in 2000 to the Country Music Hall of Fame

Ralph Stanley, of The Stanley Brothers, is born in Stratton, Virginia. His duo The Stanley Brothers is one of the pioneering acts in bluegrass, and his later band, the Clinch Mountain Boys, graduates Ricky Skaggs and Keith Whitley

February 25th...This Day in History (Now with links to other events)

Clay knocks out Liston 1964

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On February 25, 1964, 22-year-old Cassius Clay shocks the odds-makers by dethroning world heavyweight boxing champ Sonny Liston in a seventh-round technical knockout. The dreaded Liston, who had twice demolished former champ Floyd Patterson in one round, was an 8-to-1 favorite. However, Clay predicted victory, boasting that he would “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” and knock out Liston in the eighth round. The fleet-footed and loquacious youngster needed less time to make good on his claim–Liston, complaining of an injured shoulder, failed to answer the seventh-round bell. A few moments later, a new heavyweight champion was proclaimed.
Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. was born in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1942. He started boxing when he was 12 and by age 18 had amassed a record of over 100 wins in amateur competition. In 1959, he won the International Golden Gloves heavyweight title and in 1960 a gold medal in the light heavyweight category at the Summer Olympic Games in Rome. Clay turned professional after the Olympics and went undefeated in his first 19 bouts, earning him the right to challenge Sonny Liston, who had defeated Floyd Patterson in 1962 to win the heavyweight title.
On February 25, 1964, a crowd of 8,300 spectators gathered at the Convention Hall arena in Miami Beach to see if Cassius Clay, who was nicknamed the “Louisville Lip,” could put his money where his mouth was. The underdog proved no bragging fraud, and he danced and backpedaled away from Liston’s powerful swings while delivering quick and punishing jabs to Liston’s head. Liston hurt his shoulder in the first round, injuring some muscles as he swung for and missed his elusive target. By the time he decided to discontinue the bout between the sixth and seventh rounds, he and Clay were about equal in points. A few conjectured that Liston faked the injury and threw the fight, but there was no real evidence, such as a significant change in bidding odds just before the bout, to support this claim.
To celebrate winning the world heavyweight title, Clay went to a private party at a Miami hotel that was attended by his friend Malcolm X, an outspoken leader of the African American Muslim group known as the Nation of Islam. Two days later, a markedly more restrained Clay announced he was joining the Nation of Islam and defended the organization’s concept of racial segregation while speaking of the importance of the Muslim religion in his life. Later that year, Clay, who was the descendant of a runaway Kentucky slave, rejected the name originally given to his family by a slave owner and took the Muslim name of Muhammad Ali.
Muhammad Ali would go on to become one of the 20th century’s greatest sporting figures, as much for his social and political influence as his prowess in his chosen sport. After successfully defending his title nine times, it was stripped from him in 1967 after he refused induction into the U.S. Army on the grounds that he was a Muslim minister and therefore a conscientious objector. That year, he was sentenced to five years in prison for violating the Selective Service Act but was allowed to remain free as he appealed the decision. His popularity plummeted, but many across the world applauded his bold stand against the Vietnam War.
In 1970, he was allowed to return to the boxing ring, and the next year the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Ali’s draft evasion conviction. In 1974, he regained the heavyweight title in a match against George Foreman in Zaire and successfully defended it in a brutal 15-round contest against Joe Frazier in the Philippines in the following year. In 1978, he lost the title to Leon Spinks but later that year defeated Spinks in a rematch, making him the first boxer to win the heavyweight title three times. He retired in 1979 but returned to the ring twice in the early 1980s. In 1984, Ali was diagnosed with pugilistic Parkinson’s syndrome and has suffered a slow decline of his motor functions ever since. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990. In 1996, he lit the Olympic flame at the opening ceremonies of the Summer Games in Atlanta, Georgia. Ali’s daughter, Laila, made her boxing debut in 1999.
At a White House ceremony in November 2005, Ali was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

"Frying Friday"...Simple Meals For Your Family

Garlic Sriracha Pork Stir Fry

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When you want to zest it up, Sriracha is always the answer.
Total Time:
Level: Easy
Serves: 4 Servings


  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • 1 tbsp. canola oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 eggplant, cut into half moons
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1/2 lb. green beans, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 c. soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. packed brown sugar
  • 4 tsp. sriracha
  • 1/2 c. Chopped cilantro


  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat brown ground pork, breaking up with a wooden spoon. Transfer to a plate, set aside.
  2. Return pan to medium heat and warm oil, sauté garlic and onion until softened, about 4 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high; stir fry with eggplant and bell pepper for 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine soy sauce, brown sugar and Sriracha; add to the skillet with green beans and pork. Sauté until green beans are bright green and meat is warmed through.
  4. Top with cilantro and serve immediately.

Today in Country Music History...February 24, 2017



Keith Urban and Eric Church shoot the video for "Raise 'Em Up" in Nashville

A new installment of "CMT Crossroads" debuts, pairing Ricky Skaggs with pop and jazz artist Bruce Hornsby. The set list includes "Mandolin Rain," "Don't Get Above Your Raising" and "Super Freak," with a guest appearance by John Anderson

Martina McBride performs at Salt Lake City's Olympics Medals Park on the final night of the 2002 Winter Olympics. Willie Nelson sings "Bridge Over Troubled Water" during the closing ceremony, which also features Donny and Marie Osmond

Keith Urban picks up his first #1 single in Billboard with "But For The Grace Of God"

Vince Gill wins two trophies--Best Country Vocal Performance, Male; and Best Country Song, shared with co-writer John Jarvis--for "I Still Believe In You" during the 35th annual Grammy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles

Sawyer Brown pockets $100,000 as the winner of "Star Search"

Dolly Parton's "9 To 5" wins a pair of trophies--Best Country Song and Best Country Vocal Performance, Female--during the 24th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles

The Eagles' "Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975" becomes the first album to receive the new platinum certification, signifying sales of one million copies. The album, which features "Lyin' Eyes," goes gold the same day

Johnny Cash records the album "Johnny Cash At San Quentin," including "A Boy Named Sue." The concert features his entire touring ensemble, including June Carter, Carl Perkins, The Carter Family and The Statler Brothers

Sammy Kershaw is born in Kaplan, Louisiana. A resonance similar to George Jones brings him into prominence during the 1990s behind such hits as "Cadillac Style," "She Don't Know She's Beautiful" and "National Working Woman's Holiday"

February 24th...This Day in History (Now with links to other events)

Alamo defenders call for help 1836

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On this day in 1836, in San Antonio, Texas, Colonel William Travis issues a call for help on behalf of the Texan troops defending the Alamo, an old Spanish mission and fortress under attack by the Mexican army.
A native of Alabama, Travis moved to the Mexican state of Texas in 1831. He soon became a leader of the growing movement to overthrow the Mexican government and establish an independent Texan republic. When the Texas revolution began in 1835, Travis became a lieutenant-colonel in the revolutionary army and was given command of troops in the recently captured city of San Antonio de Bexar (now San Antonio). On February 23, 1836, a large Mexican force commanded by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana arrived suddenly in San Antonio. Travis and his troops took shelter in the Alamo, where they were soon joined by a volunteer force led by Colonel James Bowie.
Though Santa Ana’s 5,000 troops heavily outnumbered the several hundred Texans, Travis and his men determined not to give up. On February 24, they answered Santa Ana’s call for surrender with a bold shot from the Alamo’s cannon. Furious, the Mexican general ordered his forces to launch a siege. Travis immediately recognized his disadvantage and sent out several messages via couriers asking for reinforcements. Addressing one of the pleas to “The People of Texas and All Americans in the World,” Travis signed off with the now-famous phrase “Victory or Death.”
Only 32 men from the nearby town of Gonzales responded to Travis’ call for help, and beginning at 5:30 a.m. on March 6, Mexican forces stormed the Alamo through a gap in the fort’s outer wall, killing Travis, Bowie and 190 of their men. Despite the loss of the fort, the Texan troops managed to inflict huge losses on their enemy, killing at least 600 of Santa Ana’s men.
The brave defense of the Alamo became a powerful symbol for the Texas revolution, helping the rebels turn the tide in their favor. At the crucial Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 910 Texan soldiers commanded by Sam Houston defeated Santa Ana’s army of 1,250 men, spurred on by cries of “Remember the Alamo!” The next day, after Texan forces captured Santa Ana himself, the general issued orders for all Mexican troops to pull back behind the Rio Grande River. On May 14, 1836, Texas officially became an independent republic.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

"Thristy Thursday" Here's a Cocktail for Your Next Party

Creamsicle Mimosas

You know peaches 'n cream are a delicious pair, but have you tried orange juice and cream? Together they taste just like a creamsicle.

Total Time:
Level: Easy
Serves: 4


  • Orange slices, for garnish
  • 1/4 c. sugar, for rimming champagne flutes
  • 1 c. orange juice
  • 1 tbsp. heavy cream
  • 1 bottle champagne, prosecco, or cava


  1. Rim champagne flutes with an orange slice and dip in sugar. Set aside.
  2. In a tall glass, stir together orange juice and heavy cream until combined. Pour into champagne flutes and top off with champagne.
  3. Garnish with orange wedge.

Today in Country Music History...February 23, 2017



Arista releases Carrie Underwood's "Good Girl" to radio

Gloriana's first video, "Wild At Heart," debuts on CMT

Brad Paisley serves as the celebrity monarch for the Krewe of Orpheus Mardi Gras Parade in New Orleans

LeAnn Rimes marries dancer Dean Sheremet at the Perkins Chapel in Dallas. The couple met when both participated in the Academy of Country Music awards in Los Angeles the previous May

The Dixie Chicks and Shania Twain each win twice during the 42nd annual Grammy Awards at Los Angeles' Staples Center. The Chicks' "Ready To Run" takes Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group, while "Fly" earns Best Country Album

Reba McEntire gives birth to a son, Shelby Stephen Blackstock, at West Side Hospital in Nashville

"Always On My Mind" wins three times during the 25th annual Grammy awards in Los Angeles. Songwriters Wayne Carson, Johnny Christopher and Mark James earn Song of the Year and Best Country Song; and Willie Nelson takes Best Country Vocal Performance, Male

Steve Holy is born in Dallas, Texas. He earns a major hit with his ballad "Good Morning Beautiful" in 2001, returning to prominence five years later with the rambunctious "Brand New Girlfriend"

Johnny Cash earns a #1 country single in Billboard magazine with "Don't Take Your Guns To Town"

Gene Autry has his first starring movie role in the sci-fi western "The Phantom Empire." With Smiley Burnette co-starring, Autry finds a lost race equipped with laser guns living beneath his ranch. He sings "That Silver-Haired Daddy Of Mine"