Saturday, April 14, 2018

Today in Country Music History...April 14, 2018 (George Jones Releases One of the Greatest Country Songs of All Time)

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April 14th: On this day

Born on this day in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, was Loretta Lynn, country singer, who became the first woman to be named Country Music Artist Entertainer Of The Year. Since her first #1 “Fist City”, in 1967 she has scored another 15 chart toppers. Her best-selling 1976 autobiography was made into an Academy Award winning film, Coal Miner's Daughter, starring Sissy Spacek and Tommy Lee Jones in 1980.
Don Gibson's "Oh Lonesome Me" was at #1 on the Billboard country chart. The track, which was produced by Chet Atkins, topped the country chart for eight non-consecutive weeks in addition to reaching #7 on the Billboard Hot 100. Both Johnny Cash and Neil Young have recorded versions of the song.
Born on this day in Quantico, Virginia, was Stuart Duncan, bluegrass musician who plays the fiddle, mandolin, guitar and banjo. Duncan has played with numerous well known performers including George Strait, Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire and Alison Krauss.
George Jones released "He Stopped Loving Her Today", the lead single from his album I Am What I Am. The song, which was written by Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman has been named in several surveys as the greatest country song of all time. Jones didn’t want to record the song, and when he cut it, he said, “Nobody will buy that morbid S.O.B.”
Alabama won Entertainer of the Year for a record fifth straight time during the 21st annual Academy of Country Music awards, broadcast by NBC from Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. Other winners included: Top Female Vocalist of the Year - Reba McEntire, Top Male Vocalist of the Year - George Strait and Single Record of the Year went to Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings for "Highwayman."
Unchained Melody: The Early Years a compilation album by LeAnn Rimes was at #1 on the Country charts. Released by Curb Records due to high sales of her debut album Blue, the album consists of tracks recorded previously to Blue and contains cover versions of "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart" by Patsy Montana, "Blue Moon of Kentucky" by Bill Monroe, "I Will Always Love You" by Dolly Parton, and "Yesterday" by The Beatles.
Dolly Parton was awarded the Living Legend Medal by the US Library of Congress for her contributions to the cultural heritage of the United States.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum opened a new $100 million expansion that more than doubled its space and allowed it to add more interactive and contemporary exhibits. The museum unveiled the final part of the expansion, two new exhibit galleries and a behind-the-scenes gallery of ongoing archival projects.

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