Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Today in Country Music History...August 23, 2016



Columbia releases Pistol Annies' debut album, "Hell On Heels," digitally

The Pocahontas Village Board in Illinois votes to rename the town's Pocahontas Community Park as Gretchen Wilson Park

Trace Adkins joins the Grand Ole Opry, officially inducted by Ronnie Milsap and Lorrie Morgan. On his big night, he sings "Chrome," "Hot Mama" and "Then They Do"

Eddie Rabbitt parks himself at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with "Drivin' My Life Away"

Elektra releases Linda Ronstadt's "Simple Dreams" album

Glen Campbell's "Rhinestone Cowboy" rides to #1 on the Billboard country chart

Bass player Ira Dean is born in Raleigh, North Carolina. He joins Trick Pony, a band that nabs two hits from its 2001 debut album, winning an American Music Award before the trio breaks up in 2008. He also co-writes Montgomery Gentry's 2009 single "One In Every Crowd"

Johnny Cash climbs to #1 on the Billboard country chart with "A Boy Named Sue"

Stand-up bass player Barry Bales is born in Kingsport, Tennessee. He becomes a member of Alison Krauss' bluegrass band, Union Station, performing on "When You Say Nothing At All" and The Soggy Bottom Boys' "I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow"

Kitty Wells becomes the first woman to reach #1 on the Billboard country chart with "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels"

Paul Chrisman--alias Woody Paul, of Riders In The Sky--is born in Nashville. The comedic trio reverently re-creates western music, joining the Grand Ole Opry in 1982

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