Saturday, September 29, 2018

This Day in Country Music History...September 29, 2018 (Capitol Records released "Okie from Muskogee" by Merle Haggard + others)

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September 29th: On this day

Born on this day, was Orvon Grover Autry, better known as Gene Autry, who gained fame as The Singing Cowboy on radio, in movies (he appeared in almost 100 films) and television for more than three decades beginning in the 1930s, his signature song is "Back in the Saddle Again". Autry was the owner of the Los Angeles/California Angels Major League Baseball team from 1961 to 1997. He died three days after his 91st birthday at his home in Studio City, California on October 2, 1998. 

Born on this day in Ladonia in Fannin County, Texas, was Bill Boyd, American Western style singer and guitarist. He was a member of The Cowboys Ramblers who made more than 225 recordings between 1934-1951. The band had their own popular radio show, The Bill Boyd Ranch House. In 1935, the Cowboy Ramblers had a huge hit with their recording of "Under the Double Eagle".

Born on this day, was Jerry Lee Lewis, rock and roll and country music singer-songwriter and pianist, known by the nickname "The Killer". Lewis is the last surviving pioneers of '50s rock 'n' roll music and the last surviving member of Sun Records' Million Dollar Quartet and the Class of '55 album, which altogether included Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley.

Born on this day was Bob Carlisle, singer, songwriter. He performed with several bands, most notably Allies and Billy Thermal, but is best known for his hit song "Butterfly Kisses", which appeared on his third solo album.

Capitol Records released "Okie from Muskogee" by Merle Haggard. The song which became one of the most famous of his career was written by Haggard after being released from San Quentin Prison. He said that he became disheartened watching Vietnam War protests and incorporated that emotion and viewpoint into song.

Dolly Parton released her fourth studio album, My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy, which gave the singer her first top 10 hit of the album chart, (peaking at #6). The man in the corner of the album cover is her reclusive longtime husband, Carl Dean.

Farm Aid 2001, A Concert for America took place at the Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville, Indiana. 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: Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Doobie Brothers, and Martina McBride.

Steve Martin shared the International Bluegrass Music Association's Entertainer of the Year award with his fellow members of The Steep Canyon Rangers. The band's LP "Rare Bird Alert" topped Billboard's Blue Grass chart earlier this year and reached #43 on the Billboard 200. Martin reached #17 on the Billboard Pop chart in 1978 with "King Tut".

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