Saturday, April 21, 2018

Today in Country Music History...April 21, 2018 (Roy Rogers Handprints Embedded in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre)

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April 21st: On this day

Born on this day in Section, Alabama, was Ira Louvin, country music singer, mandolinist and songwriter and one half of The Louvin Brothers who helped popularize close harmony, a genre of country music. In 2001, the Louvin brothers were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Ira Louvin died on June 20th 1965.

Born on this day in Lafayette, Tennessee, was American country music guitar player, Hillous Butrum, best known as being a member of Hank Williams' Drifting Cowboys. He died on April 27th 2002.

Born on this day, was Carl Robert Belew, American country music singer and songwriter. Belew recorded for Decca, RCA Victor, and MCA in the 1950s through 1970s, charting 11 times on Hot Country Songs. He also wrote singles for Johnnie & Jack, Eddy Arnold, Jim Reeves, Waylon Jennings and others. Belew died on October 31, 1990.

Roy Rogers had his handprints embedded in concrete in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. His horse, Trigger, also had its hoof prints cast for posterity.

US country music singer Marvin Rainwater was at #1 on the UK singles chart with "Whole Lotta Woman". Rainwater was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian, known for wearing Native American-themed outfits on stage.

Johnny Cash appeared at the McElroy Auditorium, Walterloo, Iowa along with June Carter, The Tennessee Three, The Carter Family, The Statler Brothers and Carl Perkins.

John Denver walked away, apparently uninjured, after a 1931 biplane he was piloting was caught by a gust of wind, crashing on landing at Holbrook Airport, Arizona. Denver's vintage airplane sustained "extensive damage" in the crash but the entertainer did not need medical treatment.

Faith Hill released her third studio album, Faith, which produced the worldwide hit, “This Kiss”, as well as the singles "Let Me Let Go", “Love Ain't Like That”, and a duet with her husband Tim McGraw "Just to Hear You Say That You Love Me." As of 2003, sales for Faith were certified at six million.

The Soul2Soul II Tour 2006 a co-headlining tour between country music singers, and husband and wife, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill kicked off at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus ending after 73 shows on September 3, 2006 in Las Vegas. The tour became the highest grossing country music tour ever with a gross of $90 million.

Keith Urban was at #1 on the country chart with Defying Gravity, his fifth studio album. The album's lead-off single "Sweet Thing", topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts in March of this year. The album became Urban's first #1 album on the Billboard 200.

John Denver became the first inductee into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame. A benefit concert was held at Broomfield's 1st Bank Center and hosted by Olivia Newton-John. Other performers participating in the event included Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Lee Ann Womack and John Oates.

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