Sunday, April 1, 2018

Today in Country Music History...April 1, 2018 (Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Opens + others)

 

April 1st: On this day

1921
Born on this day in Clinton, South Carolina was Country guitarist Arthur Smith, best known for the theme tune from the 1972 film Deliverance, He was one of the most influential guitar-players in country and early rock 'n' roll. He found fame with his 1948 single "Guitar Boogie" and enjoyed other hits including "Feudin' Banjos" in 1955. When the Warner Bros film studio used a cover version and renamed it "Dueling Banjos" for Deliverance, he sued them and won substantial royalties. He died at his home from natural causes at the age of 93 just 2 days after his 93rd birthday.

1934
Born on this day in Sparkman, Arkansas, was Jim Ed Brown, singer who achieved fame in the 1950s with his two sisters as a member of The Browns. He later had a successful solo career from 1965 to 1974, followed by a string of major duet hits with Helen Cornelius who had the 1976 US Country #1 hit “I Don't Want to Have to Marry You”. Brown is currently the host of the Country Music Greats Radio Show, a syndicated country music program from Nashville, Tennessee. He died from lung cancer at the age of 81 on June 11 2015.

1967
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum opened on Music Row (Sixteenth Avenue and Division Street) in Nashville. The Museum opened in a $37 million landmark, new building in May 2001 located on the west bank of the Cumberland River, just a few steps from the historic Ryman Auditorium.

1980
Born on this day in Tifton, Georgia, was Kip Moore, singer-songwriter, who scored the 2012 #1 Country single "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck", which was taken from his debut album Up All Night.

1984
Johnny Cash and George Jones appeared at the opening of Jones Country Music Park, Colmesneil, Texas. During the show the pair performed their new duet “I Got Stripes”.

1986
Born on this day in Nashville, Tennessee, was Hillary Scott, country music singer-songwriter with Lady Antebellum, who scored the 2009 US #1 Country hit “I Run To You.” The group won five awards at the 2011 Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year for "Need You Now". Lady Antebellum was also awarded the "Best Country Album" award at the 54th Grammy Awards.

1990
During a North American tour, Willie Nelson's tour bus crashed into a car in Riverdale, Canada, killing the car driver.

2008
Alan Jackson was at #1 on the Country singles chart with "Small Town Southern Man", the lead single from his album Good Time and becoming Jackson's twenty-third #1 hit.

2012
Winners at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Reba and Blake Shelton included: Entertainer of the Year - Taylor Swift, Male Vocalist of the Year - Blake Shelton, Vocal Duo of the Year - Thompson Square, Vocal Group of the Year - Lady Antebellum, Album of the Year went to Miranda Lambert for Four the Record Song of the Year - Eli Young Band with "Crazy Girl" and Video of the Year went to Toby Keith for "Red Solo Cup."

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