Sunday, April 29, 2018

Today in Country Music History...April 29, 2018 (Willie Nelson receives his Black Belt in Martial Art of Gong Kwon Sul + others)

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April 29th: On this day

Born on this day in Abbott, Texas, was Willie Nelson, country music singer, songwriter, author, poet, actor, and activist. (He was born on April 29, 1933, but his birth was recorded by doctor F. D. Sims on April 30). Nelson was one of the main figures of outlaw country, a subgenre of country music that developed at the end of the 1960s as a reaction to the conservative restrictions of the Nashville sound. Nelson has acted in over 30 films, co-authored several books, and has been involved in activism for the use of biofuels and the legalization of marijuana. Along with Neil Young and John Mellencamp, he set up Farm Aid in 1985 to assist and increase awareness of the importance of family farms.

Born on this day in Taylortown, Texas, was Duanne Allen, singer with The Oak Ridge Boys who scored the 1978 US Country #1 “I’ll Be True To You.”

Born on this day in Thomasville, Georgia, was Stephanie Bentley, country music artist who found success as a songwriter, having penned Faith Hill's 1999 crossover single "Breathe", as well as Martina McBride's 2002 Top 5 hit "Concrete Angel".

Born on this day in Winter Park, Florida, was James Bonamy, American country music artist who scored the 1996 #2 Country hit "I Don't Think I Will".

Born on this day in Danville, Kentucky, was Ashley Gorley, singer, songwriter who has written hits for Trace Adkins' "You're Gonna Miss This," Darius Rucker's "It Won't Be Like This For Long" and Brad Paisley's "Then."

Dan Seals was at the top of the country charts with "Love on Arrival". The first single from his 1990 album On Arrival, the song spent three weeks at #1, making it the longest-running chart-topper of his career.

Billy Dean was one of seven double-winners at the 27th annual Academy Of Country Music awards, aired by NBC from Los Angeles' Universal Amphitheatre. Dean was named Top New Male Vocalist as well as winning Song of the Year for "Somewhere In My Broken Heart."

Alison Krauss & Union Station started a two-night run at the Palace Theater in Louisville, Kentucky. The shows were recorded for a concert album, Alison Krauss & Union Station - Live.

Willie Nelson who was about to turn 81 this week, received his fifth-degree black belt in the martial art of Gong Kwon Yu Sul.

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