February 21st: On this day
Merle Haggard was transferred to San Quentin Prison, after a failed escape attempt from Bakersfield Jail. During his time at the proson, Haggard started to run a gambling and brewing racket with his cellmate. One time, after he was caught drunk, he was sent for a week to solitary confinement. Haggard had been arrested in 1957 shortly after he tried to rob a Bakersfield roadhouse.
Born on this day in Princeton, New Jersey, was Mary Chapin Carpenter, folk and country music singer, songwriter. Carpenter has won five Grammy Awards and is the only artist to have won four consecutive Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance, which she received from 1992 to 1995.
Born on this day in Chattanooga, Tennessee, was Eric Heatherly, country music artist who had the 2000 top 20 County hit “Swimming in Champagne.”
C. W. McCall was at #1 on the US country album chart with Black Bear Road, which included the #1 hit novelty song, "Convoy". The song itself was largely responsible for starting a nationwide citizens' band radio craze. The song "Black Bear Road" in turn popularized the now-infamous road itself, along with its "You don't HAVE to be crazy to drive this road - but it helps" sign.
Country music winners at the 32nd Annual Grammy Awards included; Best Female Country Vocal Performance, k.d. lang for Absolute Torch and Twang, Best Male Country Vocal Performance, Lyle Lovett for Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, Best Country Performance by a Group, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band for Will the Circle Be Unbroken: Volume Two, Best Country Vocal Collaboration, Hank Williams Jr. & Hank Williams Sr. for "There's a Tear in My Beer", Best Country Instrumental Performance Randy Scruggs for "Amazing Grace."
Chad Brock released "Yes!" the second single from his album of the same name. The song which is considered to be Brock's signature song reached the top of the BillboardHot Country Singles & Tracks chart, spending three weeks at #1 in the US and one week in Canada.
At the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards held at Staples Center, Los Angeles, Faith Hill took home Best Country Album for the album Breathe, Best Female Country Vocal Performance for the song's title track and for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals with Tim McGraw for "Let's Make Love".
The police officer who arrested John Michael Montgomery in 2006 for drunken driving was fired. Officials in Lexington, Ky., charged Joshua Cromer with unbecoming conduct, dishonesty and insubordination after he arrested Montgomery on Feb. 14, 2006, near the singer's home. Following the arrest, Cromer altered a photograph to show himself posing with Montgomery and then posted it on his own MySpace page.