September 19th: On this day
Born on this day was Helen Carter, American country music singer. The eldest daughter of Maybelle Carter, she performed with her mother and her younger sisters, June Carter and Anita Carter, as a member of Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters, a pioneering all female country/folk music group. The group was also known as The Carter Family. She died on June 2nd 1998 aged 70.
Patsy Cline married contractor Gerald Cline. The couple divorced on July 4, 1957, the dissolution of the marriage was blamed on their considerable age difference and on the conflict between her desire to sing professionally and his desire that she adopt the conventional role of a housewife.
Born on this day in Bunker Hill, Mississippi, was Jeff Bates American country music artist. His two RCA albums accounted for seven chart singles on the Billboard country charts, of which three reached top 40: "The Love Song", "I Wanna Make You Cry" and "Long, Slow Kisses".
The Jimmy Dean Show aired for the first time on ABC-TV. An hour-long weekly series, the variety program featured country performers such as Charlie Rich, Roger Miller, Eddy Arnold, Connie Smith, Buck Owens, Jim Reeves, Red Buttons, and Johnny Cash. The Jimmy Dean Show, also gave puppeteer Jim Henson his first national media exposure, best known as the creator of The Muppets.
Born on this day in Monticello, Georgia, was Trisha Yearwood, country music artist. Best known for her ballads about vulnerable young women from a female perspective. She scored the 1997 song "How Do I Live", which was initially released on the soundtrack of the film, Con Air.
Country rock singer, songwriter, 26-year-old Gram Parsons, formerly of The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers, died under mysterious conditions in Joshua Tree, California. His death was attributed to heart failure but later was officially announced as a drug overdose. His coffin was stolen by two of his associates, manager Phil Kaufman and Michael Martin, a former roadie for The Byrds, and was taken to Cap Rock in the California desert, where it was set alight, in accordance to Parson's wishes. The two were later arrested by police.
The third Farm Aid benefit concert took place at the Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Nebraska. Held to raise money for family farmers in the US, the concerts were organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young. Artists who appeared included: Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Lyle Lovett, John Denver, Lou Reed, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Bandaloo Doctors, Joe Walsh, Willie Nelson, The Unforgiven, Dr. Starr.
All I Want, the third album by Tim McGraw was released by Curb Records. The album's singles were, in order of release: "I Like It, I Love It", "Can't Be Really Gone", "All I Want Is a Life", "She Never Lets It Go to Her Heart" and "Maybe We Should Just Sleep on It".
American country music star Red Foley died aged 58. He sold over 25 million records, and hosted the first popular country music series on network television, Ozark Jubilee.
Australian country music singer-songwriter David Gordon "Slim Dusty" Kirkpatrick died aged 76. He sold more than five million albums and singles in Australia.
Skeeter Davis died aged 72. She was one of the first women to achieve major stardom in the country music field as a solo vocalist, and was an acknowledged influence on Tammy Wynette and Dolly Parton.