February 24th: On this day
Born on this day in Kaplan in Acadiana, was Sammy Kershaw, country music artist who has scored over twenty-five US Country hits including the 1993 #1 hit "She Don't Know She's Beautiful".
Born on this day in Boone, North Carolina was Chris Austin, singer. Austin was most known for playing guitar and fiddle for Ricky Skaggs's and Reba McEntire's road bands. Austin toured with McEntire until an airplane carrying Austin and six other members of McEntire's band, and her road manager crashed into a nearby mountain on March 16, 1991, after taking off from an airport in San Diego, California, killing all on board. Austin was aged 27.
Johnny Cash recorded his second live album behind prison walls at San Quentin State Prison. The resulting album At San Quentin, contained his hit "A Boy Named Sue." During the concert, the song "San Quentin", about an inmate's loathing for the prison, received such an enthusiastic response that Cash immediately played an encore. The concert was also taped for television broadcast.
Capitol records released "Galveston" by Glen Campbell. Written by Jimmy Webb the song was a #4 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the country music chart for Campbell. In 2003, the song ranked #8 in CMT's 100 Greatest Songs in Country Music.
John Denver appeared in The Colorado Cattle Caper episode of the police drama McCloud television show, with Dennis Weaver as Marshal Sam McCloud.
Winners at the 12th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Pat Boone, Pattie Page and Jerry Reed included: Top Female Vocalist of the Year - Crystal Gayle, Top Male Vocalist of the Year - Mickey Gilley, Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year - Billy Jo Spears, Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year - Moe Bandy and Song of the Year went to Mickey Gilley for "Don't the Girls Get Prettier at Closing Time."
Country music winners at the 24th Annual Grammy Awards included; Best Country Vocal Performance, Female - Dolly Parton for "9 to 5" which also won Best Country Song. Best Country Vocal Performance, Male - Ronnie Milsap for "(There's) No Gettin' Over Me" and Best Country Performance by a Group with Vocal - The Oak Ridge Boys for "Elvira."
Reba McEntire won Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "Whoever's in New England" at the 29th Annual Grammy Awards. Best Country Song went to Jamie O'Hara (songwriter) for "Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Old Days)" performed by The Judds.
Webb Pierce died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was one of the most popular American honky tonk vocalists of the 1950s, charting more #1 hits than any other country artist during the decade. His best know hit "In The Jailhouse Now," stayed on the charts for 37 weeks in 1955.
Mary Chapin Carpenter won Best Female Country Vocal Performance, for “I Feel Lucky” at the 35th Annual Grammy Awards. Vince Gill won Best Country Male Vocal Performance, for “I Still Believe in You.”
Country music winners at the 41st Annual Grammy Awards held at Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles included; Best Female Country Vocal Performance - Shania Twain for "You're Still the One", Best Male Country Vocal Performance - Vince Gill for "If You Ever Have Forever in Mind", Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal - Dixie Chicks for "There's Your Trouble", Best Country Album - Blake Chancey, Paul Worley (producers), John Guess (engineer/mixer) & Dixie Chicks for Wide Open Spaces.
Goldie Hill died from complications of cancer. She became one of the first women to reach the top of the country music charts with her 1953 #1 hit, "I Let the Stars Get In My Eyes" and along with Kitty Wells, helped set the standard for later women in country music.