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November, 2008"

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"November, 2008"
Volume 51
Bill Morrison ©2008

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"Quote of the Month"

 

"They can play middle-of-the-road and pop and call it country all they want to, but I don't think they'll ever take the real thing out of people's hearts. Nowadays it's strictly all fame and fortune and glory. In the old days we did it because we loved to do it. It was a wonderful feeling of course, knowing that you could make a living that way, doing something you loved to do, but it was never really about money. I think to be successful and stay successful a long period of time you've got to love what you're doing." --George Jones in The Country Reader 25 Years of the Journal of Country Music

Note: George Jones is such a legend, the Find-A-Grave website has already posted his Bio, and place of burial. Check it out at: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=7225751

Note #2: I happen to know that our hero is a friend of Jesus, and will spend eternity with his Creator. Therefore, in my mind George Jones will never die, because eternity with Jesus trumps death. Gob Bless George Jones!

 

Book Of The Month

 

"Heartaches By The Number: Country Music's 500 Greatest Singles"

By David Cantwell and Bill Friskics Warren 2003

Ten Questions

1.     Barbara Mandrell began charting her singles in 1969, and twenty years

later she had her last chart hit. During the two decades, how many #1
hit singles did Barbara have on the Billboard Chart?

(1-10)-(11-20)-(20-40) (50-100)?

2. Who use to close their show by saying, "Be better to your neighbors, and

your gonna have better neighbors, doggone ya?"

         3. What is Tim McGraw's first name?

         4. What country artist was known as "The Kentucky Wonder?"

5. Hee Haw aired their first program on June 15, 1969, on the CBS-TV
Network. Who were the featured guests on this debut broadcast?

6.     Who played in The Million Dollar Band, and who put the band together?

7.     Who replaced Loretta Lynn when she left the Wilburn Brothers TV show?

8.     Who was known as "America's Favorite Cowboy?"

9.     The first time Johnny Russell appeared on the Grand Ole Opry, he was introduced to the WSM audience by _____?

10.  What was the name of George Jones' first #1 hit, and who wrote it?

10a. What is the worlds best-selling music instrument?

         10b. Who is Larry Trader?

Recording Session of the Month

 

Marty Robbins recorded “Singing the Blues” in Nashville, on November 3, 1955. The session was produced by Don Law, session personnel included: Marty Robbins-vocals & guitar; Ray Edenton-guitar; Hillous Butrum-guitar; James Farmer-steel guitar; Owen Bradley-piano; Floyd Chance-bass; and Farris Coursey-drums. Columbia Records released the single in 1956. It charted in September and went to #1 for 13 weeks, remaining on the charts for 30 weeks. The Melvin Endsley penned tune became Marty's 8th country hit, and his 2nd #1 Billboard single. During his career Marty charted 94 singles on Billboard's Country charts, and 32 albums. Marty Robbins joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1953.

 

Answers To Ten Questions

 

1. Barbara Mandrell had 6 #1 hit singles. The first came in 1978, with
"Sleeping Single In A Double Bed."

2.     Ernest Tubb, The Texas Troubadour.

3.     Samuel.

4.     David Akeman a.k.a. Stringbean.

5.     Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride and the Hagers.

6.     Chet Atkins-guitar, Floyd Kramer-piano, Charlie McCoy-harmonica,

Johnny Gimble-fiddle, Boots Randolph-sax, Danny Davis-trumpet, Jethro

Burns-mandolin and Roy Clark-guitar. The Million Dollar Band was

formed by Sam Lovullo, producer of Hee Haw.

7.     Patty Loveless.

8.     Tex Ritter.

9.     Jim Reeves.

10. "White Lightning," was written by J.P. Richardson a.k.a. The Big Bopper.
J.P died in a plane crash with Buddy Holly, and never knew he had

written his friends first #1 hit record.

         10a. The harmonica.

         10b. The golf pro at the Pedernales Golf Club in Spicewood, Texas.

 

November Highlights

 

11-1-1947 Eddy Arnold's recording "I'll Hold You In My Heart (Till I Can Hold You In My Arms)" was Billboard magazine's #1 record. This song also won Billboard's Top Hit of the Year Award. Eddy recorded this song at a session in Chicago, on May 18, 1947. Steve Sholes produced the session, and the session players included: Eddy Arnold - vocals & guitar; Roy Wiggins - steel guitar; Owen Bradley - piano; Rollin Sullivan - mandolin; Jim Swinney - bass; Adrian McDowell - fiddle; and Loren Shook - Guitar. This was The Tennessee Plowboy's 3rd #1 hit.

 

11-2-2007 Porter Wagoner's funeral service was held this morning at 11:00 a.m. at The Grand Ole Opry House. Porter celebrated his 50th anniversary as a member of The Grand Ole Opry on Febuary 21, 2007. Porter was scheduled to turn on the Nation's Christmas tree lights in December. A short time prior to his death he told Marty Stuart, "You're gonna have to call the president and tell him I won't be able to sing him any Christmas songs this year. Maybe next year." Porter Wagoner was laid to rest in Woodlawn Memorial Park, in Nashville.

 

11-3-1956 Nashville's Tulane Hotel was demolished beginning today. The Hotel was once the home of the Castle Recording Studio, which was founded by some very talented WSM employees (during their off duty hours). Aaron Shelton, George Reynolds, and Carl Jenkins were all radio engineers, and used their skills to build their own studio, with a unique sound. Between 1946~1956 their studio recorded some of the best country music available at the time. The three WSM employees, who were eventually forced to close the studio, or lose their jobs at WSM made a huge contribution to Nashville becoming the country music recording capitol of the world.

 

11-4-1975 Audrey Williams 1923~1975, age 52, died unexpectedly in her sleep, at home in Nashville, Tennessee. Her death occurred the night before the IRS was to seize her home for non-payment of taxes. What a coincidence…or was it?

 

11-5-1985 C.W. McCall was elected in a landslide vote today, when he won the job of mayor of Ouray, Colorado. The MGM and Polydor recording artist received more than a 3 to 1 margin of votes. Ouray, Colorado has a population of 813, and is the country seat of Ouray County. The vote count from today's election was 259--80. Way to go C.W.

 

11-6-1998 Wynonna filed for divorce from her husband of two years Arch Kelley III, in Franklin, Tennessee.

 

11-7-1914 “Archie” James Campbell 1914~1987, Grand Ole Opry member and Hee Haw cast member, was born in Bulls Gap, Tennessee. He studied Art at Mars Hill College in North Carolina, and then went to work at radio station WNOX, in Knoxville, Tennessee. Archie and Roy Acuff appeared on “The Mid-Day Merry-Go-Round” for one year, and Campbell relocated to WDOD in Chattanooga. In 1941 Archie joined the Navy, where he remained until the end of World War II. Between 1952~1958 Archie appeared on WROL-TV’s “Country Playhouse,” Knoxville’s first country music TV show. Archie moved to Nashville in 1958 and replaced Rod Brasfield on the Prince Albert portion of the Grand Ole Opry. The following year he signed a recording contract with RCA. In 1969 Archie was signed as a writer, and entertainer for Hee Haw. That same year he was named the CMA Comedian of the Year. Archie Campbell died as the result of a heart attack on August 29, 1987, at the age of 72. Archie was laid to rest at Glenwood Cemetery in Powell, Tennessee.

 

11-8-1973 Kris Kristofferson's self-penned Monument single "Why Me," was certified Gold by the RIAA. This was Kris' first #1 record. Larry Gatlin and Rita Coolidge provided background vocals.

11-9-2001 The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inducted: Johnny Russell, Dennis Linde, and Don, and Phil Everly.

 

11-10-1945 Donna Fargo singer, songwriter was born Yvonne Vaughn in Mount Airy, North Carolina. One or more Music City publicists played games with Donna's year of birth. It has been reported as November 10, 1940, 45, and 49. The majority conclude the 1945 date to be correct. Just as a 2007 sidebar...age is such an issue in Nashville these days that the Grand Ole Opry Souviner book has stopped printing the year of their member's birth, just the month and day. I think that is so sad, almost as sad as the music the Grand Ole Opry now refers to as Country. There was a time in Cashville, when the elders of country music were respected, and revered.

 

11-11-1974 Johnny and June Carter Cash attended the Watergate trial in Washington D.C., at the invitation of Federal prosecutor James Neal.

 

11-12-1957 Johnny Cash recorded “Big River,” & “Ballad Of A Teenage Queen” at Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee. The session was produced by Jack Clement. Big River was written by Cash, and the session players included: Johnny Cash - vocals & guitar; Luther Perkins - lead guitar; Marshall Grant - bass; and Jack Clement - guitar. Ballad Of A Teenage Queen was written by Jack Clement. The session players on this recording included: Johnny Cash - vocals & guitar; Marshall Grant - bass; Jack Clement - guitar; Cyd Mosteller, Asa Wilkerson, Bill Abbott, Don Carter, Lee Holt, and Nita Smith - backing vocals. Big River topped out at #4 on Billboard, and Ballad Of A Teenage Queen became John's 3rd #1 country single.

 

11-13-1983 Alvin “Junior” Samples 1926~1983, age 57, cast member of Hee Haw died from a heart attack. Samples was laid to rest in Swanee View Gardens, in Cumming, Georgia.

 

11-14-1951 Ernest Tubb recorded “I’m In Love With Molly” and "Too Old To Cut The Mustard" for Decca Records, at Nashville's Castle Studios. Paul Cohen produced the session, the session personnel included: Ernest Tubb-vocals; Red Foley-vocals; Billy Byrd and Grady Martin-lead guitar; Tommy Jackson-Fiddle; Billy Robinson- steel guitar; Ernie Newton-bass; Owen Bradley-piano; Farris Coursey-drums. "Too Old To Cut The Mustard" with E.T. and Red Foley hit the Billboard chart in February 1952, and topped out at #5. The song was written by future Hall of Fame member Bill Carlisle.

 

11-15-2005 The CMA Awards Show was broadcast from New York City, the country music capital of America. Woops, I forgot, New York City doesn't have a full time country radio station, so perhaps the new country music capital is in New Orleans. The "Musician of the Year was Jerry Douglas." Lee Ann Womack won three trophies, and "Whiskey Lullaby" written by Bill Anderson and Jon Randall was "Song of the Year." Glen Campbell, Alabama, and DeFord Bailey a harmonica player who was fired from the Grand Ole Opry because he wouldn't learn any new material, were inducted into the CMHF. Dolly Parton and Elton John sang John Lennon's "Imagine." At the conclusion of the show I was imagining what Roy Acuff was thinking as he looked down from Hillbilly Heaven, and got a glimpse of today's country music. Actually, I didn't imagine what he would say...I already knew exactly what he would say, but I can't include the quote in this article. But Roy ole friend, you are absolutely right!

 

11-16-1934 Felton Jarvis 1934~1981, record producer, was born Charles Felton Jarvis in Atlanta, Georgia. Jarvis produced Elvis Presley’s sessions from 1966~1977. Felton and Mary Lynch, Chet Atkins secretary were married in July 1969.

 

11-17-1951 Eva Overstake 1918~1951, age 33, a.k.a. Mrs. Red Foley, took her own life in Nashville, after learning her husband was having an affair with Sally Sweet. At the time, Red was a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Red Foley married Sally Sweet, a short time later. Eva Overstake was a cast member of the WLS Barn Dance when she met Red.

 

11-18-1969 Conway Twitty recorded his #1 hit “Hello Darlin’,” at Bradley's Barn. Decca released the song the following year, and it charted on April 25, 1970. The single remained on the charts for 20 weeks, and has been named a Grammy Hall of Fame recording. During his lifetime Conway charted 98 country singles on Billboards Country charts. Forty of those singles went to #1, and 70 of the singles were top 5 records. In addition, Conway charted 67 country albums. The Country Music Association awarded Conway Twitty a total of 4 awards during his lifetime. All 4 awards were for duets that he recorded with Loretta Lynn. Why? Conway had no interest in, and refused to get involved with the politics of Music Row. Welcome to Music City...what's your dream?

 

11-19-1974 Tom T. Hall’s self-penned Mercury single “Country Is” topped the charts. This was The Storyteller's 24th chart hit, and his 4th #1 single. Tom T. quit the Grand Ole Opry earlier this year, when they moved from the Ryman Auditorium, to the new Grand Ole Opry House at Opry Land. He knew a lot of his friends on lower Broadway in Nashville, would be financially ruined by the move. He rejoined the Opry in 1980, after Ernest Tubb told him in the parking lot behind TNN that it was time that he came back where he belonged. When E.T. talked, everyone listened. He was one of the most popular artists to ever grace the stage of a country music show. It was Ernest Tubb who talked Roy Acuff into coming back to the Grand Ole Opry a few decades earlier. Roy had quit because of the ridiculously low salary paid to the Opry stars by WSM. Ernst told Roy the Opry needed him back, and Roy rejoined the following week. I haven't stood on stage next to Ernest Tubb in front of a WSM microphone for almost forty years. But there isn't one day I don't think about him, and all the people he helped during his career. No one artist in Nashville did more to further the career of others that Ernest Tubb.

 

11-20-1897 Eck Robertson 1887~1975, champion fiddler, and pioneering recording artist, was born in Madison County, Arkansas, and raised in Hamlin, Texas. Eck began his recording career in 1922 with "Sallie Gooden" and "Arkansas Traveler."

 

11-21-2001 Welcome to the new “Music City USA.” One month after the attacks of 9-11, Country Music Television presented their “Country Freedom Concert.” Charlie Daniels was booked on the show, and was going to perform his popular “This Ain’t No Rag, It’s A Flag.” The politically correct executives at CMT (which was owned by VH-1) told Charlie that he could not sing that song on the show, because it might offend the Muslim community. Charlie Daniels, an American Patriot, cancelled his appearance on the show. Well done, Charlie Daniels. I have nothing to say about Country Music Television…except this, they should change their name to RPST (Rock Pop Sexy Television).

 

11-22-1986 Lorrie Morgan and Keith Whitley were married in Nashville, and spent their honeymoon in Florida. Their son, Jesse Keith Whitley was born June 15, 1987. The marriage ended on May 9, 1989, when Whitley died from alcohol poisoning. Keith Whitley was laid to rest in Spring Hill Cemetery, in Nashville. Lorrie's future resting place is next to Keith.

 

11-23-1982 Grady Nutt 1934~1982, age 47, Baptist Minister (Masters Degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary 1964) and Hee Haw cast member, died in a plane crash while attempting to take off from the airport in Vinemont, Alabama. Two employees of Central American Airways also died in the crash. Grady had just addressed a youth rally and banquet in Cullman, Alabama.

 

11-24-1918 Tom C. Fouts 1918~2004, “Captain Stubby,” of Captain Stubby and the Buccaneers, was born in Carroll County, Indiana. Tom and his band played on WDAN radio in Danville, Illinois, in the early 1940’s as The Six Hoosiers. The radio station sponsored a contest to find a new name for the group. The winner was paid one hundred dollars, and Captain Stubby and the Buccaneers were born. The group worked at WLW in Cincinnati prior to joining the cast of the WLS National Barn Dance from 1949~1960. The Buccaneers became regulars on ABC-TV’s Polka Go-Around; and recorded for five record labels. After the group broke up, Tom hosted his own syndicated talk show called Captain Stubby’s Special Delivery. Tom was a writer and a performer on Don McNeill’s Breakfast Club from 1968~1971.

 

11-25-1961 Eddie Stubbs, fiddler, WSM show host and Grand Ole Opry announcer, was born in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Eddie was a member of the Johnson Mountain Boys, and played in Kitty Wells’ band, prior to going to WSM.

11-26-1960 Hawkshaw Hawkins and Jean Shepard married on stage, in Wichita, Kansas. Ken Nelson of Capitol Records was best man; Hap Peebles gave the bride away, and Rev. Bob Winger performed the ceremony. Less than 3 years later Hawk would die in a plane crash with Patsy Cline, and Cowboy Copas. Harold Franklin Hawkins joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1955. Three days prior to his death, his last record hit the Billboard Country chart. The Justin Tubb penned tune "Lonesome 7-7203" went to #1 for 4 weeks, and remained on the charts a total of 25 weeks.

 

11-27-1967 Michael Emery was born to Ralph and Joy Emery.

 

11-28-1925 George D. Hay presented the first broadcast of “The WSM Barn Dance,” later to be renamed “The Grand Ole Opry.” The broadcast originated from the WSM studio. Fiddler, Uncle Jimmy Thompson, age 77, was the only artist to perform on that first broadcast. The name of the first song he played was “Tennessee Waggoner.”

 

11-29-1961 Carnegie Hall in New York City presented a Grand Ole Opry concert this evening. Opry members participating in the event included Marty Robbins, Patsy Cline, Bill Monroe, Jim Reeves, the Jordanaires, Grandpa Jones, Minnie Pearl and Faron Young. Money raised at this event was donated to the Musician's Aid Society.

11-30-1974 T. G. Sheppard a.k.a. William Browder debuted on the charts with his Melodyland single “Devil In The Bottle.” The song was written by Bobby David, and went to #1 on the Billboard Country chart in February 1975. In the first nine years of Sheppard's recording career he charted 13 #1 singles. In 1961 T.G. recorded as Brian Stacey on the Atlantic label.

 

First & Last

 

Don Rich's first session as a fiddle player was at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, on December 23, 1959. The song was the Harlan Howard penned "Above and Beyond," recorded by Buck Owens. Don was still a teenager at the time. Above and Beyond became Buck's 3rd chart single.

 

The live WWVA Wheeling Jamboree played their last show in front of a live audience on December 12, 1942. The broadcasts continued but the live theater and other public shows were put on hold until the end of WW II. The live broadcasts with audiences resumed on July 13, 1946.

 

The Judds' first #1 single was "Mama He's Crazy."

 

George Strait played the last concert ever held at the Astrodome in Houston, on March 3, 2002. 68,000 fans were in attendance, including President Bush #41 and Barbara. The show was recorded for a live album.

 

Bill Anderson wrote his first hit “City Lights” in 1957, while still a student at the University of Georgia.

 

Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper performed for the last time as members of the WWVA Wheeling Jamboree on March 23, 1957.

 

Talkin' 'Bout Bands

 

Atlanta: This group was formed in…you guessed it, Atlanta, Georgia, in 1983. Members included: Tony Ingram vocals & fiddle, Alan David lead guitar, Jeff Baker harmonica, Allen Collay and Bill Packard keyboards, Dick Stevens bass, John Holder drums and Brad Griffis and Bill Davidson vocals. Atlanta recorded for MCA.

 

MercyMe: Christian group formed in Lakeland, Florida. Bart Millard vocals, Mike Scheuchzer lead guitar, Nathan Cochran bass, and Robby Shaffer drums.

 

The Weed Seeds: John Anderson's first band in Florida.

 

Tennessee Plowboys: Eddy Arnolds band.

 

Backroads: Formed by singer, songwriter Jerry Marcum in Tennessee.

 

Daily Bread: Formed by Razzy Bailey in 1968.

 

The Mission City Playboys: Formed by Moe Bandy's father. In 1954 Johnny Bush was hired to sing, and play drum's in this San Antonio, based group.

 

The Buckaroos: Formed by Buck Owens in 1964.

 

Wedding Bells

 

Willie Nelson and Martha Nelson (Willie's first wife) were married from 1952-1962. Martha died in 1989. Willie met Martha while she was tending bar at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge in Nashville.

 

Cledus T. Judd and Julie Reeves were married in March 2003. They divorced five months later, had a baby together in September 2004, but they did not remarry.

 

Leon Ashley and Margie Singleton were married in 1965.

 

Johnny Russell and RCA recording artist Beverly Heckel were married in 1977.

 

Reba McEntire and rodeo champion Charlie Battles were married from 1976-1987. Reba and Narvel Blackstock were married in 1989.

 

Matraca Berg and Jeff Hanna of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band were married in 1993.

 

Earl Scruggs and Nashville businesswoman Louise Certain, were married in Gaffney, South Carolina, on April 18, 1948. The couple met backstage at the Grand Ole Opry, when Earl was playing in Bill Monroe's band.

 

Tex Ritter and actress Dorothy Fay Southworth were married on June 14, 1941. Two pastors performed the ceromony. For the remainder of his life, Tex told people he was “double married.”

 

Hollywood Walk of Fame

Gene Autry's star is located at 6384 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, California. This is Gene's (Recording artist) star. He has four other stars, Motion pictures, Radio, Television and Live theatre.

 

Tennessee Ernie Ford's star is located at 6922 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, California.


Gone But Not Forgotten

 

Fiddlin' John Carson 1868~1949

Sylvester Cemetery, DeKalb County, Georgia

 

Gov. Jimmie Davis 1899~2000

Davis Family Cemetery, Quitman, Louisiana

 

James Clell Summey a.k.a. Cousin Jody 1919~1975
Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Goodlettsville, Tennessee

 

Jimmy Wakely 1914~1982

Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California

 

Jack Anglin of Johnny & Jack 1916~1963

Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Goodlettsville, Tennessee

 

Lecil Travis Martin a.k.a. Boxcar Willie 1931~1999

Ozarks Memorial Park, Branson, Missouri

 

Did You Know?

 

Marty Robbins began recording at the Bradley Film and Recording Studios in Nashville in 1955. The new facility was owned by Owen and Harold Bradley.

 

Olivia Newton-John was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992.

 

When Eddy Arnold first came to the Grand Ole Opry, he was the vocalist for Pee Wee King's Golden West Cowboys (1940-1943).

 

Chet Atkins charted 32 of his albums between 1964-1996.

 

The Union Gospel Tabernacle was built in downtown Nashville in 1892. It would later be renamed the Ryman Auditorium, The Grand Ole Opry House, and once again the Ryman Auditorium.

 

George Strait has a degree in agriculture from Southwest Texas State University.

 

Jan Howard, Rita Coolidge and Jeannie Seely appeared in the movie "Changing Hearts." The 2003 release is now available on DVD.

 

When George Jones was in the U.S. Marines, he performed as "Little Georgie Jones, the Forrester Hill Flash.

 

Kitty Wells' 1952 #1 Decca single "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" was banned on the NBC radio network, and the Grand Ole Opry, as being too suggestive. The ban lasted for years. This sounds absolutely foolish to the young people of today, but don't judge them too harshly. Most of them are not familiar with morality. This is the generation that will never see a social security check, because they murdered the next generation of Americans in their mothers womb.

 

Deana Carter and husband Chris DeCroce were divorced in 2001, after five years of marriage.

 

Lynn Anderson became a cast member of the Lawrence Welk TV-Show in 1968.

 

Arch Kelley, Wynonna’s ex-husband was sentenced to fifty days in jail, on December 14, 1999, for violating the terms of their divorce agreement. (He discussed the details of the settlement with the press.) Arch posted a $50,000 bond, and was released pending an appeal.

 

Willie Nelson's movie "Honeysuckle Rose" premiered at Mann's Chinese Theatre, in Los Angeles, in July 1980.

 

Gov. Jimmie Davis of Louisiana gave the honorary title of 'Colonel' to his longtime friend Tom Parker in 1948. I have a few titles for Parker myself, but I'll keep them to myself.

 

When Jimmy C. Newman recorded his first record in 1946, he sang the words in French.

 

WSM began paying their Grand Ole Opry stars, and sidemen, in 1928. Everyone was paid the same…$5.00 a week. That wasn't very much. Whatever they get today… that's way too much!

 

Thought For Today

 

What a friend I have in Jesus! By the way…He'll be your friend too…if you're interested.

 

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6,7 NKJV

 

Good Lord willing, I'll see you next month.

 

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"October, 2008"

"October, 2008"
Volume 50
Bill Morrison ©2008

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"Quote of the Month"

 

“Thank you very much. I don’t think I deserve this, but I’m glad somebody thinks I do.” This was Ernest Tubb's acceptance speech, after being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on October 22, 1965.

 

Recording Session of the Month

 

On May 15, 1952 Eddy Arnold, The Tennessee Plowboy, recorded "A Full Time Job" at the Brown studios in Nashville. Eddy was the session leader, Gerry Teifer wrote the song, and session personnel included: Eddy Arnold-vocals & guitar; the Grand Ole Opry's Willis Brothers-Guy Willis-guitar; Skeeter a.k.a. Charles Willis-Fiddle; Vic a.k.a. John Victor Willis-keyboards; Walt Garland-guitar; Little Roy Wiggins-steel guitar; and Chuck Wright-bass. The RCA 78 RPM record was released in May 1952, hit the Billboard chart in July, and went to #1 on August 16, 1952. This was Eddy's 47th chart hit, and his 17th #1 single.

 

Ten Questions

1.     Prior to his music career, what did Josh Gracin do for a living?

2.     Who will inherit the 40 million dollar estate of Eddy Arnold?

3.     Which country music artist sang at Nicole Smith's funeral in the Bahamas?

4.     How did Ray Price celebrate his 82nd birthday, on January 12, 2008?

5.     Who joined the cast of the Grand Ole Opry in 2007?

6.     Country Music added a few more Rock, and Pop stars to their ranks last
year. Can you name them?

7.     In 1980, which American country artist was named Country Music Star Of
The Decade in England?

8.     Which country artist is celebrating their 50th year of touring in 2008?

9.     When did DeFord Bailey last appear on the Grand Ole Opry?

10.  Who was the first musician to play a dobro on the Grand Ole Opry?

10a. Who was the first artist to record a Bill Anderson penned song?

10b. How many records did Trisha Yearwood release, before she finally had a #1
hit?

10c. Who joined the Sullivan Family bluegrass group when he was 12 years old,        

      and the following year was touring with Lester Flatt and the Nashville

Grass?

10d. Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner ended their musical ties in 1974, and

years of legal battles followed. When was the next time the two icons

appeared on stage together?

        

October Highlights

 

10-1-1932 Bonnie Owens 1929-2006, was born Bonnie Campbell in Blanchard, Oklahoma. Bonnie is the former wife of Buck Owens, and Merle Haggard. Bonnie and Buck are “Together Again” in the Owens family Mausoleum at Greenlawn Southwest Cemetery, in Bakersfield, California.

 

10-2-1971 Bill Anderson and Becky Stegall Davis were married.

 

10-3-1988 Marty Haggard, recording artist, son of Merle Haggard, was critically injured in a head-on automobile crash while driving to a performance in Arkansas. Marty was thrown through the windshield, and it was four years before he was able to perform again.

 

10-4-2004 George Hampton, driver of Toby Keith’s band bus, was shot while driving the vehicle through Carrollton, Texas. Hampton was able to stop the vehicle safely, and he was transported to a Dallas hospital. Department of Public Safety investigators believe the shooting was a random drive-by incident. The tour bus had no exterior marking identifying it as Toby’s bus.

 

10-5-1925 On October, 5, 1925, at 7:00 PM, WSM was born, when Edwin Craig spoke the following words into the microphone; “This is WSM, ‘We Shield Millions.’ The National Life and Accident Insurance Company.”

 

10-6-1996 Theron Eugene “Ted” Daffan 1912-1996, age 84, singer, songwriter, guitarist, steel guitar player and bandleader, died of cancer in Houston, Texas. Ted was inducted into NSHF in 1970, and the Western Swing Society’s Hall of Fame in 1994. He made his first recordings in San Antonio in 1937. His first #1 as a songwriter was “Truck Drivers Blues” in 1939. A sampling of Ted Daffan penned songs: “Born To Lose,” “I’m A Fool To Care,” “I’ve Got Five Dollars and It’s Saturday Night,” “No Letter Today,” “Worried Mind.”

 

10-7-1870 Uncle Dave Macon 1870-1952, banjo player, recording artist, singer, and songwriter “The Dixie Dewdrop” was born in Warren County, Tennessee. Uncle Dave Macon was the second person hired by Judge George D. Hay as a cast member of the WSM Barn Dance in 1925. Uncle Jimmy Thompson was the first. Uncle Dave Macon was inducted into the CMHF in 1966.

 

10-8-2002 Trace Adkins was injured, when the tractor he was riding rolled over, pinning him to the ground. Trace sustained a few other injuries prior to joining the Grand Ole Opry in 2003: His nose was severed in a traffic accident; left finger cut off in the oil fields, shot through the heart and lung by one of his wives. Trace Adkins is a pretty tough cowboy.

 

10-9-1937 The Belmont Brothers duet made their debut appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. The brothers lived in Nashville, and this would be their only Opry appearance. A young man by the name of Roy Acuff, and his band The Crazy Tennesseans auditioned on this evenings Opry show for George D. Hay. The Judge was not impressed, and sent them back to Knoxville. Roy later admitted that he didn't do a very good job that night. In February the following year, Roy and the band would get another opportunity. Hay was on medical leave from WSM, and Harry Stone, the president of WSM, and manager of the Opry during Hay's absence was impressed with Acuff. Stone hired Roy as a member of the cast, and suggested he change the name of his band. They came up with The Smokey Mountain Boys. The rest is history.

 

10-10-1940 Vernon Presley, father of Elvis was released from Mississippi’s Parchman prison, after serving almost two and a half years on a forgery conviction. During his incarceration , Elvis and Gladys were on welfare.

 

10-11-1949 Dottie Marsh a.k.a. Dottie West 1932-1991, (today, on her 17th birthday) told the staff at her school, and later the police, that her father had been forcing her to have sex with him for years. As a result, her father was sentenced to forty years in the Tennessee State Prison.

10-12-1981 The CMA Awards were presented in Nashville. Grant Turner and Vernon Dalhart were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Barbara Mandrell becomes the first artist to be named the CMA’s Entertainer of the Year, two years in a row.

 

10-13-1942 - Acuff-Rose Publications was founded in 1942. The formal partnership agreement was between Fred Rose, and Roy Acuff’s wife Mildred. Mildred handled all of Roy's business matters. Mr. Roy said many times that Mildred did a lot more for him, than he ever did for her.

 

10-14-1946 Grandpa Jones and Ramona Riggins were married.

 

10-15-1952 Hank Williams, and former girl friend Bobbie Jett, signed an agreement stating that Hank, and his mother Lillie, would be responsible for Bobbie’s unborn child. The child was named Cathy, and later “Jett Williams.” Bobbie Jett died in California in 1974.

 

10-16-1984 Don Reno 1926~1984, age 58, of “Reno & Smiley” died in Charlottesville, Virginia. Don was a singer, songwriter, and banjo player. He recorded for Monument Records. Don Reno was laid to rest in Spring Hill Cemetery, in Lynchburg, Virginia.

 

10-17-1991 Tennessee Ernie Ford 1919-1991, became ill after attending a state dinner at the White House, and died in Reston, Virginia. Inducted into the CMHF in 1990. Ernie Ford was laid to rest in Alta Mesa Memorial Park, Palo Alto, California.

 

10-18-1952 Hank Williams married Billie Jean Jones Eshliman, in Minden, Louisiana. The following day they repeated the wedding ceremony in two separate public appearances. Some folks say the last two ceremonies were Hank’s attempt to spite Audrey. After his death, a judge ruled the wedding was not legal due to the fact that Billie Jean’s divorce did not become final until eleven days after she married Hank. A Federal Judge would overrule this decision in 1975.

 

10-19-1991 Grant Turner 1912-1991, age 79, a favorite son of the state of Texas, and The Dean of WSM Announcers died in Nashville. Grant was loved by everyone who ever met him. His career at WSM began on D Day, June 6, 1944. Inducted into the CMDJHF in 1975., and the CMHF in 1981. Grant was laid to rest in Williamson Memorial Gardens in Nashville.

10-20-1949 Vernon, Gladys, and Elvis Presley moved to a federally funded housing project in Memphis, after Vernon was caught hauling illegal whiskey for a bootlegger in Tupelo.

 

10-21-1933 Mel Street 1933-1978, was born King Malachi “Mel" Street in Grundy, Virginia. The singer, songwriter, and guitarist placed 19 singles on the country charts during his lifetime, and 5 more after his death. Mel took his own life on his 45th birthday at his home in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Later that same day his 19th chart record hit the Billboard Country chart. Mel was laid to rest in Woodlawn Memorial Park, in Nashville.

 

10-22-1975 A Federal Judge ruled in Atlanta, that Billie Jean’s marriage to Hank Williams was valid, and 50% of Hank’s future royalties belonged to her. A few days after the judge’s decision Audrey Williams died in her sleep, one day before the IRS was scheduled to seize her home. I have not read the death certificate, but I’m pretty sure in Nashville it would read “death by natural causes.”

 

10-23-1992 Roy Acuff the King of Country Music, made his final appearance on his beloved Grand Ole Opry. One month later Mr. Roy passed away.

 

10-24-2003 Rosey Nix Carter Adams 1958-2003, age 45, daughter of June Carter Cash and Edwin “Rip” Nix, was found dead, along with bluegrass musician Jimmy Campbell, in a converted School Bus. Cause of death was carbon monoxide poisoning. Rosey was Johnny Cash’s step-daughter; Mother Maybelle’s granddaughter; John Carter Cash and Carlene Carter’s half-sister; and step-sister of Rosanne, Cindy, Tara and Kathy Cash. Rosey was laid to rest in Hendersonville Memory Gardens, Hendersonville, Tennessee, next to Johnny and June Carter Cash.

 

10-25-1992 Roger Miller 1936-1992, age 56, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and TV host died from lung cancer at the Century City Hospital in Los Angeles. Roger was inducted into the NSHF in 1973 and won a Tony Award in 1985 for the music he wrote for the Broadway production of "Big River." Induction into the CMHF came posthumously in 1995. Roger Miller was cremated in California. Shortly before his death, Roger told a visitor in his hospital room; “You know that’s just my luck. I finally reach a point in my life when I could use some spare parts, and California passes a helmet law.” Roger Miller was a genius, and is missed by everyone who knew him.

 

10-26-1969 Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter were married.

10-27-1934
The Grand Ole Opry moved from WSM’s Studio C, to Nashville’s Hillsboro Theatre. The Hillsboro seated 2,400 people, and for the first time the stars would have dressing rooms. At this time the artists were instructed to wear costumes on the show. The opening night at the Hillsboro Theatre was Vito Pellettiere’s debut as the Opry’s first stage manager. Mr. Pellettiere’s contribution to the success of the Opry over the next forty years (1934~1974) cannot be overstated.

 

10-28-1936 Charlie Daniels American patriot, singer, songwriter, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and banjo player was born in Wilmington, North Carolina. Charlie was the CMA Musician of the Year in 1979. He charted thirty-four country singles on Billboard’s country charts between 1973~2003, and fourteen albums, including the #1 Epic Album “Million Mile Reflections.” Charlie Daniels loves his country, and the brave men and women who protect it. After Stonewall Jackson filed a lawsuit against the Grand Ole Opry charging them with age discrimination, the Opry invited Charlie to become a member. Could it be possible that this very talented artist was invited to join the Opry at the suggestion of one of the Opry's lawyers? Charlie Daniels should have been an Opry member years ago, but the timing of this invitation smells to high heaven…almost as bad as the music now being played on it's stage.


10-29-1931 Gene Autry recorded “That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine."

 

10-30-1941 Ernest Tubb, age 27, recorded six songs today at Biggs Studio in Dallas, Texas. “Walking The Floor Over You” was the first song recorded, and became The Texas Troubadour’s first big hit. Dave Kapp produced the session, which included Ernest Tubb on Vocals, & Rhythm guitar; Fay Smith on Steel & Lead guitar. The names of any other session players have been lost to the ages. Twenty-four years and eleven months later, Decca Records honored E.T. at a party in New York City. The occasion celebrated Ernest’s twenty-fifth anniversary as a Decca recording artist, and finally, E.T. was presented a gold record for “Walking The Floor Over You.”

 

10-31-1990 Carl Belew 1931~1990, age 59, died from cancer in Salina, Oklahoma. Cast member of the “Louisiana Hayride” and inducted into the NSHF in 1976. Carl wrote, or co-wrote the following songs. Am I That Easy to Forget; What's He Doing in My World; Stop the World and Let Me Off; Help Stamp Out Loneliness; Lonely Street; Don't Squeeze My Sharmon, and more. Carl recorded for Four Star Records.

 

RCNV Songwriter's Spotlight

 

Marty Robbins 1925~1982

 

Martin David Robinson was born outside Glendale, Arizona, on September 26, 1925. When Marty turned 21, he began singing in a Glendale nightclub under an assumed name. He didn't want his parents to know that he was singing in a place that served alcohol. By the late 1940's, Marty had a radio show on KPHO in Phoenix "Chuck Wagon Time" and a TV show at KPHO-TV "Western Caravan." Marty signed his first recording contract with Columbia Records in 1951, and had his first recording session on November 14th. 1953 was a banner year for Marty, he moved to Nashville, had his first chart record "I'll Go On Alone" and became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. During his lifetime, Marty Robbins placed 90 country music singles on the Billboard magazine charts. Marty was a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, movie and television actor, author, and NASCAR race driver. This very talented man won too many awards to list, and almost always did things his way. Marty played his last concert in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1982. Marty Robbins died December 8, 1982 from a heart attack, in Nashville. He was 57 years old. The following is a list of some of the songs Marty wrote, that led to his being inducted into the Nashville Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 1975.

 

El Paso; My Woman, My Woman, My Wife; A White Sport Coat; Devil Woman; Big Iron; I'll Go On Alone; Tonight Carmen; Don't Worry; and more.

 

You can find more information on Marty Robbins at Nashville's best Hall of Fame website: www.nashvillesongwritersfoundation.com/

 

Book Of The Month

"From The Heart" by June Carter Cash 1987

 

First & Last

T. Tommy Cutrer appeared in his first (and last) movie, "Music City U.S.A." in 1966.


The Delmore Brothers
single “Blues Stay Away From Me” went to #1 on January 14, 1950. It was the last #1 of their career.

Tammy Wynette's first chart record was "Apartment #9." The song charted in December, 1966, and topped out at #44 on the Billboard country chart.

The Louisiana Hayride presented its last performance on KWKH in Shreveport, LA, on August 27, 1960. The very successful program debuted April 3, 1948, and was known as “The Cradle of the Stars.”


Marty Robbins’ movie, “Hell On Wheels,” was shown for the first time on June 16, 1967 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Elvis Presley recorded his last hit, “Way Down,” in his Graceland Studio on October 29, 1976.

 

Talkin' 'Bout Bands

 

Loretta’s Trail Blazers: Loretta Lynn’s first band. The band was formed in the state of Washington, where Loretta and Husband Mooney moved after they were married.

Evangeline: All female band from Louisiana. Kathleen Stieffel, Rhonda Lohmeyer, Beth McKee, and Sharon Leger. Recorded for MCA.

 

The "Country" Blue Notes: Vince Anthony-leader; Chet Guzzetta, Ronnie Ghiradi, Cookie Gaudet and Joe Auenson. Recorded for the Midnight Gold label.

 

Three Rolling Stones: Roy Acuff joined this band in 1932.

 

The Rainbow Ranch Boys: Were formed by Hank Snow. They played for Hank on the Grand Ole Opry, and backed him on his RCA sessions until 1957.

 

Wedding Bells

 

Clint Black and actress Lisa Hartman were married in Houston, Texas, October 20, 1991.

 

Earl Scruggs met his future wife Louise backstage at the Grand Ole Opry, while Earl was playing in Bill Monroe's band. They were married in 1949.

 

Terri Clark and her tour manager Greg Kaczor, were married in Calgary Alberta, Canada, September 17, 2005. Terri filed for divorce seventeen months later on February 16, 2007. This was Terri's second marriage.

 

Mary Jane DeZurik of the Cackle Sisters, and Augie Klein, a member of the WLS Rangers were married on September 29, 1940.

 

Vince Gill and Janis Oliver of “Sweethearts of the Rodeo” were married on Vince's 23rd birthday, April 12, 1980. They divorced in 1997.

 

Hollywood Walk of Fame

Freddy Fender's star is located at 7060 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, California.

 

Roy Clark's star is located at 6840 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, California.

Gone But Not Forgotten

 

Mother Maybelle Carter 1909~1978
Hendersonville Memory Gardens, Hendersonville, Tennessee.

Keith Whitley 1955~1989

Springhill Cemetery, Nashville, Tennessee.

 

Jerry Byrd 1920~2005

Jerry was cremated

 

Jerry Clower 1926~1998

East Fork Cemetery, East Fork, Mississippi

 

Did You Know?

 

Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks, was hatched in Texas, on October 14, 1974. Natalie is now a mother, and housewife in Hollyweird.

 

Marvin Rainwater celebrated his 83rd birthday on July 2, 2008. Marvin's MGM single "Gonna Find Me A Bluebird" spent 28 weeks on the Billboard chart in 1957.

 

Angela Herzberg, wife of recording artist Gary Allan, died in Hendersonville, Tennessee from a self-inflicted gunshot on October 25, 2004.

 

Music Row (& CMT) has learned that selling SEX is more profitable, than marketing traditional country music. What was that name they use to call people who sold sex?

 

Mac & Bob, the first successful close harmony duet in country music history, met in 1915 while attending a school for the blind. They formed their act in 1922, and were very popular on radio, records, and sold huge numbers of songbooks in the 1930's.

 

Oklahoma born Mel McDaniel played the bars and clubs in Alaska between 1971-1973.

 

Billy Sherrill producer and songwriter, will be inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville, in October 2008.

 

Spot Acuff brother of Roy Acuff managed Roy and Mildred's amusement park Dunbar Caves. Spot did almost all of the booking of the country artists who played at the park.

 

Shelby Lynn was born Shelby Lynn Moorer in Quantico, Virginia, on October 22, 1968. When Shelby was seventeen years old, her father murdered her mother, and then took his own life. Five years later Shelby and her younger sister (Allison Moorer) moved to Nashville to follow their dreams. Both young ladies have charted hits on Billboard’s Country singles chart.

 

Kitty Wells' "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" (1952), and Roy Orbison's ''Oh, Pretty Woman" (1964), were added to the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress to recognize recordings that are "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant." The Library of Congress made the announcement on May 14, 2008.

 

Randy Owen lead singer of Alabama, sang "Angels Among Us" and "Goodbye (Kelly's Song)" at Dale Earnhardt's funeral in 2001.

 

Pretty Miss Norma Jean age 18, joined the cast of the ABC-TV show, “Ozark Jubilee” hosted by Red Foley.

 

Paul English long-time friend, and drummer for Willie Nelson, lost his wife Carlene on January 3, 1973. Carlene took her own life.

 

After 1974 in Nashville, all it took to become a COUNTRY singer, was to have your record company describe you as such.

Bob Luman, Red Steagall, and Johnny Rodriguez were inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007. Ralph Emery hosted the ceremony for the ninth time. NOTE: Bob Luman was my friend, and I had a few discussions with Mr. Acuff about Bob's contribution to the Grand Ole Opry. I was always polite to Mr. Acuff, because I had a great deal of respect for him. And… his son Roy Jr. and I were touring together. But I know I was correct in stating that Bob made a huge contribution to the Opry. He filled a lot of seats that would otherwise have been empty. Bob's daughter Melissa and her husband were invited to the induction ceremony, and made the trip to Carthage, Texas, from their home in Hendersonville. Bob Luman was something special.

 

Answers To Ten Questions

 

1.     Served as a Lance Corporal in the U.S. Marines.

2.     Eddy's children, Richard E. Arnold Jr., and JoAnn Arnold Palmer.

3.     Joe Nichols sang at Nicole's funeral on March 2, 2007.

4.     By performing in concert in Tyler, Texas. Ray still enjoys working the road.

5.     Mel Tillis, Charlie Daniels and Josh Turner.

6.     Jewel; Bon Jovi; Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin; John Mellencamp and more. Isn't that just wonderful? Do you think it's possible that Chuck Berry, and Little Richard will be inducted into the Not So Country Music Hall of Fame in the future? At this point in time, I would believe anything. I am blessed with a Sirius Radio, and Country Road House, so I don't care what the Country Music Foundation does anymore…I'm too old to care. I have my memories, and a great radio.

7.     The Gentle Giant, Don Williams.

8.     The Gambler Kenny Rogers.

9.     Fired by George D. Hay in May 1941 for refusing to learn some new material, Bailey was invited to take part in the Opry's 1974 Old-Timers Reunion. This event was Bailey's last appearance on the Opry. He died in 1982.

10.  Cell Summey a member of Roy Acuff's Crazy Tennesseans, October 9, 1937.

10a. Arkansas Jimmie, when he cut “No Love Have I” for TNT Records in San

Antonio, Texas, in 1956. Bill Anderson also recorded for TNT, as did the author of this article.

10b. One. Her MCA single debut "She's In Love With The Boy" charted in May '91,

and went to #1 on August 6th. Trisha became a member of the Grand Ole

Opry in 1999.

10c. Marty Stuart.

10d. The Grand Ole Opry celebrated Roy Acuff’s 50th anniversary as a cast

on February 20, 1988. Porter Wagoner hosted two segments that evening,

and Dolly was his guest on both shows. This was the first time they had

performed together on stage since the 1974 breakup of their show.


Something To Think About

 

The United States of America…

 

By law condones the murder of unborn children. In the past, the safest place in the world for a child to be, was in an American mothers womb. American's have now made it the most dangerous place for a child to be.

Some states support the homosexual lifestyle, and same sex marriage.

 

The communist founded, God hating ACLU, in cooperation with the many Federal U.S. Judges who legislate from the bench, are succeeding in taking God, and the Holy Scriptures out of the public domain. Isn't it interesting…their only religious target is the Christian Bible, and the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob? But then, what reason could they possibly have for attacking any other God?

 

There was a time when chewing gum, or talking in class could get an American student in a lot of trouble. Now, it's a good day at the local school when not one child is murdered, raped, robbed, or died from a drug overdose. Not to mention, being sexually seduced by one of their teachers.

 

America's colleges and universities hire professors who are so far to the left, they border on being mentally challenged. They identify the students in their classes who are Christians, and Republicans, and reveal the names to the rest of the class. These students are regularly criticized by the professor.

 

 

Our elected officials don't even pretend to represent the American people anymore. Our government is all about the leaders, and their re-election. The people in this nation no longer have a voice. It's all about politics. There are no poor politicians in Washington D.C. It is not possible for an honest man, or woman, to raise millions of dollars for their political races, and not sell their soul to the source of all the money.

 

America has not won a war since 1945. Half of America would not support a war for any reason. America has few friends around the world. The parts of America not covered by flood waters, have recently experienced fires that can't be put out for months, or suffered from severe storms of one kind or another. The fact of the matter is, we haven't seen anything yet. God destroys nations, and cities, that turn their back on Him. If you think He isn't really angry with this nation, take a look at the jewels who have been nominated by the two political parties to be our president in the last two decades.

 

The saddest part of all this gloom, and doom, is that it's too late to do anything about it. The American people have made their choices, and the results have been all around us for years. Satan and his favorite tool "Political Correctness," win. This once great nation will soon be history. That makes me sad for you, unless Jesus is your best friend. Only the people who know Jesus Christ will survive this mess. To those who have turned your back on your Creator, I tell you in all honesty…eternity is a long, long time.

 

See ya' next month…maybe.

 

 

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September, 2008
Volume 49
Bill Morrison ©2008

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"Quote of the Month"

 

"I'm so proud to be here to induct one of my dear, dear friends, Mel Tillis . Fifty-one years ago, when I was 10, I did my first country tour, with Mel, Faron Young, George Jones and Patsy Cline. If you didn't think that was an education, you've got another think coming. But that's how far Mel and I go back, and 10 years ago, when [then CMA Executive Director] Ed Benson called me in Branson, Mo., and said that I was being inducted into the Hall of Fame, Mel was one of the first people I told. He was as happy for me that day as I am this day to be a part of his induction."
— Brenda Lee inducting Mel Tillis into the Country Music Hall of Fame

 

Recording Session of the Month

 

Capitol Records released Buck Owens’ single “Open Up Your Heart." This record was recorded at Capitol Recording Studios, in Hollywood, California, on April 6, 1966. Buck wrote the song, and Ken Nelson produced the session. The session personnel included: Buck Owens-vocals & guitar; Don Rich-guitar; James Burton-lead guitar; J.R. “Jelly” Sanders-rhythm guitar; Doyle Holly-rhythm guitar; Tom Brumley-steel guitar; Bob Morris-bass; Willie Cantu-drums. The record charted in September and went to #1, and remained on the Billboard chart for 20 weeks. This was Buck’s 34th hit single, and his 12th #1.

 

Ten Questions

1. What did Webb Pierce do for a living, prior to finding stardom on the KWKH Louisiana Hayride?

2. Which country superstar took their stage name from a fast food restaurant?

3. What is the stage name of Christina Claire Ciminella?

4. Merle Haggard was asked by an interviewer in 1997 to sum up his career in a few words. What was Merle’s response?

5. What artist won the first Horizon Award presented by the CMA?

6. What was the name of George Jones & Tammy Wynette's first duet?

7. Who was the first living person to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame? And…why didn't he show up to accept the honor?

8. Ray Charles loved country music. In addition to Ray's own singles on the Billboard charts, who were the country artists who recorded duets with Ray, that made the country charts?

9. What radio station was Hank Williams working for when he died?

10. How many members of the Statler Brothers were actually brothers?

10a. The CMA began awarding their Album of the Year award in 1967. Seventeen years later, the first country female artist won the award. The name of the winning album was A Little Good News. What female artist won?

10b. What was the name of Elvis' first band. (Scotty Moore-lead guitar, and Bill Black-bass)?

10c. Who was the first artist signed to the country division of Arista Records?

 

September Highlights

 

9-1-1976 - Delia “Mom” Upchurch 1891~1976, age 85, Den Mother of the stars, died in Nashville. After the end of World War II, Mom ran a rooming house for down and out musicians for many years. No one paid more than ten dollars a week, and only musicians and songwriters were welcome. Mom Upchurch and Tootsie Bess of Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, sustained hundreds of young, talented people until they found their spot in Music Row’s Merry-go-round.

 

9-2-1972 - ­Bob Luman's Epic label single “Lonely Women Make Good Lovers” was released in 1972. The song charted in September, and topped out at #4, remaining on the chart for 19 weeks. Spooner Oldham and Freddy Weller wrote the song. This was the Louisiana Hayride and Grand Ole Opry star’s 23rd chart single. Bob Luman was a dynamic entertainer, and helped fill many seats at the Grand Ole Opry during a period of time when Rock and Roll was causing many country artists lots of problems. The last time I spoke to Bob, he was getting back on his bus in a nightclub parking lot near Thomasboro, Illinois. The cover charge that night (May 2, 1971) for the Opry star’s road show, which included 3 artists and 2 bands…$2.00 each. I had opened for Bob earlier that evening, and I asked him where he would be the following night. He replied “Bill, I’m going back to Nashville…I’ve got to find a hit song…I’ll see ya down the road.” Bob Luman died on December 27, 1978, at the age of 41. I look forward to seeing Bob again…up the road.

 

9-3-1949 - Ernest Tubb's Decca single "My Filipino Rose" charted today in Billboard magazine. The song was written by Ernest's friend Hank Snow, and was recorded at Castle Studios in Nashville three months earlier. Session personnel on this recording included: Ernest Tubb-vocals; Hal Smith-fiddle; Tommy Paige-lead guitar; Bill Drake-rhythm guitar; Dickie Harris-steel guitar; Mac McGarr-mandolin; Zeke Turner-electric rhythm guitar. This was E.T.'s 26th chart single, and it topped out at #6. The flip side of this record also charted today. The Cindy Walker penned "Warm Red Wine" climbed the chart to #8.

 

9-4-1991 - Dottie West 1932~1991, age 58, singer, songwriter, guitarist and actor, died in a Nashville hospital. Dottie died as a result of injuries received in a car wreck on August 30th near the Grand Ole Opry House, where she was scheduled to perform. Dottie was the first female Country Artist to win a Grammy. She won for “Here Comes My Baby.” She won the CMA’s Vocal Duo of the Year award with Kenny Rogers in 1978 & 1979. Between 1963~1985 Dottie charted 63 country single hits on the Billboard charts, and 23 of her albums charted. Don’t look for Dottie West in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Dottie wasn’t the political type. She was only a top notch female singer, songwriter, and entertainer. And if you think that will get you in the Hall of Fame, you need to read the list of inductees. Going back to the 1920’s (Jimmie Rodgers, the first inductee, was working in that decade) there have only been seven (7) female solo artists chosen for induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Patsy Cline (1973) ~Kitty Wells ~ (1976) Patsy Montana (1996) ~Brenda Lee (1997) ~Tammy Wynette (1998) ~and Dolly Parton (1999). There is twice that number of CMA, and Music industry executives in the Hall of Fame as there are female solo vocalists. But then we must remember the Country Music Association was not formed to serve the fans of country music. And obviously their illegitimate child “The Country Music Hall of Fame” falls into the same category. Everything in Music City in the 21st Century is about $$$. Did you know there was a time when fans were admitted to the Grand Ole Opry for free? And during all of those years, the entertainers were not paid. It use to be all about the music. Now it’s all about the $$$. And today’s country music radio, and television reflects the results. Dottie West was laid to rest in Mountain View Cemetery, in McMinnville, Tennessee. She will never be forgotten by those who were fortunate enough to know her, or watch her perform.

 

9-5-1967 - Dolly Parton debuted as a cast member on the Porter Wagoner Show.

 

9-6-1984 - Ernest Tubb 1914-1984, age 70, singer, songwriter, and guitarist, known as “The Texas Troubadour,” died in Nashville’s Baptist Hospital. E.T. had been a member of the Grand Ole Opry for forty-one years. He was inducted into the CMHF in 1965, NSHF in 1970, and the Texas CMHF in 1999. No one artist in the history of country music, did more to help young artists with their careers than this Texas gentleman.

 

9-7-2002 - George Jones was honored with songs from Lee Ann Womack, Alan Jackson and Jim Lauderdale from the stage of the Grand Ole Opry in a celebration of George’s 71st birthday. George and Nancy were watching from the audience, and after the others had their turn, George went on stage and sang “I Don’t Need Your Rocking Chair” for the Opry audience. George received a standing ovation.

 

9-8-1953 - Buck Owens played lead guitar on Tommy Collins first recording session, at Capitol Records Melrose Avenue Studios, in Los Angeles. The first song recorded was “You Better Not Do That.” The single became Collin’s first hit, reaching #2 on the charts.

 

9-9-1938 - Roger Dale Tubb, son of Ernest Tubb, was killed in a car wreck.

 

9-10-1958 - Waylon Jennings first recording session took place at Norman Petty’s studios in Clovis, New Mexico. The session produced one single on the Brunswick label; Jole Blon backed by When Sin Stops. Buddy Holly produced the session, and the record was released in March 1959.

 

9-11-2001 - Billy Ray Cyrus’ PAX-TV show “Doc” is filmed in Toronto, but the setting is New York City. While filming skyline footage of NYC on 9-11-2001, cameras were pointed at the World Trade Center when the plane crashed into the south tower. The footage was provided to government officials, and media outlets. David Skepner, age 63, manager of Loretta Lynn, and Riders In The Sky, died of a heart attack, after the attack on the Twin Towers, and Pentagon. Rodney Crowell’s daughter Carrie lives with her mother Rosanne Cash, in New York City. Eleven-year-old Carrie was at school on 9-11-2001, when the plane crashed into the south tower of the World Trade Center, a mere 15 blocks away. Rosanne retrieved Carrie, unharmed, a few hours later. Carolyn Mayer Beug, 48, filmmaker who produced several music videos for Dwight Yoakam, died in New York City. She was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 11 that was crashed into the World Trade Center by terrorists. The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) were scheduled to present Garth Brooks with their Golden Note Award, at a dinner with members of Congress, in NYC. As a result of the terrorist attacks on America, the dinner was canceled, and Garth was stranded in New York City.

 

9-12-2003 - Johnny Cash 1932~2003, age 71, died in Baptist Hospital, in Nashville. John has been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Rockabilly Hall of Fame, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Man In Black was laid to rest in Hendersonville Memory Gardens, Hendersonville, Tennessee. An entertainer for the ages.

9-13-2001 - Jim Lauderdale, singer, songwriter, guitarist was chosen to play the role of George Jones in “Stand By Your Man: The Tammy Wynette Story.” The show ran from September 13,~October 28, 2001, at the Ryman Auditorium. George loaned Jim some of his stage clothes for the part.

9-14-1964 - John Wayne Hill, singer, songwriter, guitarist and fiddler, was born on this date. John is married to Nashville songwriter Susan Hill. The couple have an extremely hairy baby name Watson, who was named after a very talented artist named Gene.

9-15-2003 - Johnny Cash’s funeral was held at the First Baptist Church, Hendersonville, Tennessee. The Man in Black was laid to rest in Hendersonville Memory Gardens.

9-16-1938 - Loudilla Maxine Johnson, former co-president of Loretta Lynn’s Fan Club, and current co-president of IFCO “The International Fan Club Organization” in Nashville, was born in Forgan, Oklahoma. Loudilla and her sisters Loretta Irene, and Velma Kay formed IFCO in Wild Horse, Colorado, in 1965. IFCO has one of the best country music newsletters around. If you sign-up for this Internet newsletter, (at www.ifco.org) once a month you will have pages of up to date, interesting information about people and places in Country Music. Try it, you’ll like it.

 

9-17-1998 - Terri Clark was hospitalized in an Albuquerque, New Mexico hospital, after a fan dislocated her shoulder at the New Mexico state fair.

 

9-18-1941 - Priscilla Mitchell was born in Marietta, Georgia. Priscilla's Mercury single duet with Roy Drusky "Yes, Mr. Peters" went to #1 on the Billboard chart in 1965. Priscilla Mitchell and Jerry Reed were married in 1959, they have two daughters.

 

9-19-1957 - Carl Smith and Goldie Hill were married.

 

9-20-1961 - Karl Marx Farr 1909~1961, member of the Sons of the Pioneers died today at the age of 52. Karl was laid to rest in Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park, in North Hollywood, California.

9-22-1956 - Debbie Boone, Grammy winner, recording artist, daughter of Pat Boone, granddaughter of Red Foley, was born in Hackensack, New Jersey.

9-23-1860 - John Baltzell 1860~1940, pioneer fiddler, and recording artist, was born John Leroy Baltzell in Knox County, Ohio. John was one of the most recorded fiddlers in the early years of the recording industry. He recorded 42 masters for Edison Records beginning in 1923. John also recorded for OKeh, Victor and Plaza. In 1922 John won the Ohio fiddling championship, and later duplicated the feat in Indiana and Kentucky.

9-24-1932 - Curly Fox and His Foxhunters featuring his wife Texas Ruby, made their debut on the Grand Ole Opry.

9-25-2007 - Patrick Bourque 1977~2007, age 29, died at his home in Montreal, Canada. The former bass player for Emerson Drive left the band last month after four years with the group. Patrick took his own life.

9-26-2002 - Doug Supernaw was arrested in Texas and charged with Public Intoxication, Assaulting a Police Officer, and Resisting Arrest.

9-27-1952 - Sue Thompson debuted on the Grand Ole Opry.

9-28-1988 - Buck Owens’ Capitol single “Hot Dog” from his album by the same name was released today. Buck had originally recorded this song on Pep Records in Bakersfield, in 1956, using the name “Corky Jones.” His new version was recorded on August 3, 1988, at the Capitol Recording Studios, in Hollywood, California. Jim Shaw produced the session, and the session players included; Buck Owens-Vocals: Terry Christofferson-Lead guitar and steel guitar; Doyle Curtsinger and John Herrell~ Rhythm guitar; Jim Shaw-Piano and Vocals; Dusty Wakeman-Bass and Vocals; Jim McCarty-Drums; and Charlie Pakkari-Vocals. Buck’s 1956 version was one of the recordings that led to Buck’s induction into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame a few months before he died.

9-29-1956 - Rose Maddox joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1956. Although Rose was one of the top female names in country music, she only lasted six months as a cast member of the Opry. A very independent artist with strong opinions about feminist rights, and a desire to wear costumes that bared her midriff. Rose was fired in March 1957. Opry management shouldered the blame, but it was Mr. Acuff who insisted that this feisty female be terminated.

9-30-1958 - Marty Stuart, country music legend, and historian, was born in Philadelphia, Mississippi. Marty's overall contribution to country music, and it's history is immeasurable.

RCNV Songwriter's Spotlight

 

Bradley Kincaid 1895-1989

 

Born William Bradley Kincaid on July 13, 1895, in Point Level, Kentucky. Brad received a degree in sociology, from George Williams College (1924-1928). Brad made his first appearance on the WLS National Barn Dance in 1926. His first recording session for Gennett Records took place the following year. Brad printed his first songbook "My Favorite Mountain Ballads" in the spring of 1928. The songbook sold over 110,000 copies. Kincaid moved to WLW in Connecticut, and later he worked on the NBC radio network out of New York. On October 16, 1937 Brad made a guest appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. In 1946 he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. During the 1930's, Bradley Kincaid was a household name in the U.S. In 1963, after being retired a dozen years, Brad traveled to Ft. Worth, Texas, to record a session for Bluebonnet Records. During the next five days, Brad recorded over 160 songs. One morning on WBZ in Boston, Brad told one of his band members that he was grumpy, and carrying on like an old grandpa. The band member was Marshall Jones, and from that day on, he became Grandpa Jones. Brad died on September 29, 1989, in Springfield, Ohio. He as laid to rest in Ferncliff Cemetery, Springfield, Ohio. Bradley Kincaid should have been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame decades ago. The problem…he never made anyone in Music City a millionaire.

 

You can find a list of songs that Brad wrote, and recorded at:

www.nashvillesongwritersfoundation.com/ (Nashville's best Hall of Fame).

 

Book Of The Month

The Devil's Box: Masters of Southern Fiddling by Charles K. Wolfe

 

First & Last

 

The Judds, Wynonna and Naomi, appeared together on the Grand Ole Opry for the first time on April 17, 2004. This was twelve years after Naomi retired from the duo for health reasons.

 

Jimmie Davis celebrated his last birthday on September 11, 2000, at the age of 101. Jimmie died on November 5, 2000.

 

Kris Kristofferson's self-penned Monument single "Why Me," was certified Gold by the RIAA, November 8, 1973. This was Kris' first #1 record. Larry Gatlin and Rita Coolidge provided background vocals.

 

Hee Haw broadcast their last syndication show on May 30, 1992. Guests on that show included Gary Morris, Sweethearts of the Rodeo and Hal Ketchum.

 

Jerry Lee Lewis was 8 years old, when his parents mortgaged their home to buy his first piano.

 

Roy Orbison played his last concert in Akron, Ohio on December 4, 1988. He died two days later.

 

Linda Martell was the first black solo female artist to perform on the Grand Ole Opry. She made a total of twelve guest appearances. Linda was a part of the Justin Tubb road show at one time. Linda recorded on the Plantation Label.

 

Ek Robertson won his last national Fiddle Title in 1962.

 

Talkin' 'Bout Bands

 

The Texas Jewboys: Formed in 1971 by Kinky Friedman.

 

Big House: Six piece group from Bakersfield, California, recorded for MCA.

 

The Skillet Lickers: This group played the Grand Ole Opry in the early years. They were led by Gid Tanner.

 

Bear Creek Band: This band was formed by Leonda Sundlin and Dan Callan, in Durand, Wisconsin.

 

Cactus Choir: Seven piece band from San Francisco. They record for Curb.

 

Red, White & Blue (Grass): Five piece group from Birmingham, Alabama. They recorded for GRC in the '70's.


Wedding Bells

 

Eddy Shaver lead guitarist, singer, son of Billy Joe Shaver, and Irene Triola were married October 19, 2000. Eddy would lose his life before the year ended. He died December 31st as the result of a heroin overdose.

 

Sue Thompson and Hank Penny were married from 1953-1963.

 

Doyle Wilburn and Margie Bowes were married November 11, 1961.

Lulu Belle and Scotty Wiseman were married in 1934. Their daughter Linda Lou was born in 1936. Lulu Belle & Scotty were known as “The Sweethearts of Country Music.”

Willie Nelson and Martha Jewel Matthews were married on October 27, 1952.
Martha was Willie Weed's first wife.

Trisha Yearwood and her first husband, Christopher Latham, were married in 1987. They were divorced in 1991.

Trisha Yearwood and the Mavericks bass player Robert Reynolds, were married on stage, at the Ryman Auditorium on May 21, 1994. They divorced in 1999.

Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks were married at their home in Owasso, Oklahoma on December 10, 2005…stay tuned!

 

Hollywood Walk of Fame

Johnny Cash's star is located at 6320 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, California.

 

Lefty Frizzell's star is located at 6927 Hollywood blvd., Hollywood, California.

Gone But Not Forgotten

 

William Lewis "Billy" Byrd 1920~2001

Mount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Tennessee

 

Rusty Draper 1923~2003

Mount Si Memorial Cemetery, North Bend Washington

 

Don Gibson 1928~2003

Sunset Cemetery, Shelby, North Carolina

 

Goldie Hill (Smith) 1933~2005

Williamson Memorial Gardens, Franklin, Tennessee

Royce Kendal 1934~1998

White Oak Cemetery, Harrison, Arkansas

 

Ira Louvin 1924~1965

Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens, Nashville, Tennessee

Did You Know?

 

"Rollin' On The River," a Canadian Television produced music program (1971-1973) was a syndicated show featuring cast members Kenny Rogers and the First Edition, with Kenny Rogers and Mary Arnold on vocals; Terry Williams-guitar; Mickey Jones-drums; and Kin Vassey-rhythm guitar. The show first aired in the Fall of 1971, and ran for 52 episodes.

 

Roger Miller was stopped by an L.A.P.D. traffic officer for speeding. When the officer walked to the drivers side window, he asked Roger, ”May I see you drivers license?," to which Roger replied, "Can I shoot your gun?"

 

Minnie Pearl opened for Elvis Presley at the Bloch Arena in Hawaii on March 25, 1961. Minnie and Elvis were close friends.

Merle Haggard escaped from the Bakersfield, California, jail on Christmas Eve 1957.

 

Dorothy Lavern Goad 1915-1967, was born in Mount Carmel, Illinois in 1915. Dorothy was one half of the “Girls of the Golden West,” along with sister Mildred Fern Goad. The sisters used the stage names Dolly Good and Millie Good. They were the first all female group to find success in country music.

 

Pamper Music was formed by Hal Smith, Claude Caviness, and Ray Price on January 1, 1959. Harlan Howard, Willie Nelson, and Hank Cochran were among the songwriters employed by the Publishing Company, and they boasted a catalog of hits including "Heartaches by the Number" 1959; "Crazy" 1961; "Hello Walls" 1961; and Make the World Go Away" 1965. Pamper was headquartered in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, and Pico Rivers, California. The company was sold to Tree International in 1969.

 

Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush, Kris Kristofferson, and Lefty Frizzell were inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, on August 13, 2003.

 

A new version of Monopoly was released in 2006. Airports have replaced railroads, and the Grand Ole Opry has replaced Oriental Avenue.


Pete Drake 1932~1988, steel guitarist, producer, and publisher died in Nashville, at age 55. Pete began his career with his brothers in a group they called “The Drake Brothers.” Their father was a Pentecostal Minister, and brother Jack Drake was a member of Ernest Tubb’s Texas Troubadours for twenty-four years. In the mid-fifties, Pete was playing with a band in Atlanta that included Jerry Reed, Roger Miller, Joe South, and Doug Kershaw. The success Pete enjoyed with this group eventually resulted in his relocating to Cashville. During his long session career in Music City, Pete played for Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Bobby Bare, Marty Robbins, Ernest Tubb, The Louvin Brothers, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Everly Brothers, and Buddy Holly. His steel guitar can be heard on Tammy Wynette’s “Stand By Your Man”, Lynn Anderson’s “I Never Promised You A Rose Garden,” Charlie Rich’s “Behind Closed Doors,” and hundreds of other hit records. Pete formed his own Record label in the 1970’s, and signed Ernest Tubb who had left MCA after thirty-five years. This very talented man was inducted into the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame, the International Steel Guitar Hall of Fame, and was presented with the Nashville Entertainment Masters Award, all in 1987. Pete was inducted in to the Atlanta Music Hall of Fame in 1989. Pete Drake was laid to rest in Spring Hill Cemetery, in Nashville.

 

Dwight Yoakam met Buck Owens for the first time, at Bucks’ office in Bakersfield, California in 1987. Later that evening Buck joined Dwight on stage at the Kern County Fair.

 

Horace "Hoss" Logan, program director and MC of the KWKH Louisiana Hayride enjoyed bowhunting. His favorite target…wild boars, weighting hundreds of pounds.

 

Jimmy Bryant 1925~1980, age 54, guitar, fiddle, singer, songwriter, and actor, died on September 22, 1980, after battling cancer for two years. Jimmy wrote “Only Daddy That’ll Walk The Line,” for Waylon Jennings, and was a top session guitarist in Los Angeles. Jimmy played on many of the stars recording sessions, including Kay Starr, Stan Kenton, The Ventures, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Roy Rogers, and Bing Crosby. While Jimmy was a member of the Sons of the Pioneers, he appeared in 12 of Roy Rogers movies, and signed a contract with Republic Studios as an actor. Jimmy joined Roy Rogers' Radio Show from 1949~1953. In 1954 Jimmy joined the cast of Cliffie Stones Hometown Jubilee TV-Show in Hollywood. He remained with that show for eleven years. Nicknamed " The Fastest Guitar in the Country" Jimmy began recording with steel guitarist Speedy West, and they recorded over a dozen singles together, and were named "Best Instrumental Group" in a poll conducted with disc jockeys in 1956. Jimmy Bryant was laid to rest in Oak Grove Cemetery, Moultrie, Georgia.

 

Answers To Ten Questions

 

1. Webb worked in the men's department at a Sears store in Shreveport, Louisiana.

2. Brenda Gail Webb, and sister Loretta Lynn, drove past a Crystal Hamburger restaurant in Nashville, and decided Crystal Gayle would make a wonderful stage name for a beautiful, and very talented young lady. The singer with the new moniker charted fifty singles on Billboard's charts between 1972-1989. Eighteen of the fifty chart songs went to #1.

3. Wynonna Judd.

4. “A thirty-five year bus ride.”

5. Terri Gibbs 1981.

6. "Take Me" charted on Christmas Day 1971. George Jones & Leon Payne wrote the song, it topped out at #9. This was the Possum's 80th Billboard chart single.

7. Roy Acuff 1903-1992, harmonica player, jew’s harp, fiddle player, actor and Yo-yo enthusiast. Roy became the first living person to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1962. “The King of Country Music” was personally responsible for keeping the Grand Ole Opry “Country,” until the day WSM and the Opry were sold. Some of the names of Roy’s bands: “The Tennessee Crackerjacks,” “The Crazy Tennesseans,” and “The Smokey Mountain Boys.” On the evening the award was presented, Roy and the Smokey Mountain Boys were overseas, entertaining our troops. Mildred, Mrs. Acuff, and Roy Jr. accepted the award.

8. Hank Williams Jr., B.J. Thomas, Willie Nelson, George Jones and Chet Atkins.

9. Hank Williams signed a three-year contract with the Shreveport based KWKH Louisiana Hayride in September, 1952. Hank had been fired from the Grand Ole Opry. He was still a cast member of the Hayride when he died.

10. Two. Don and Harold Reid.

10a. Anne Murray.

10b. The Blue Moon Boys.

10c. Alan Jackson 1989. Alan joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1991.

 

From The Wisdom Desk

 

If you reject truth, all that's left is lies. If someone tells you there is more than one way to get to heaven, that person is a liar. Jesus Christ is the door to heaven, and heaven only has one door. It's heaven, or hell and you get to choose. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

 

See you back here next month, Good Lord willin' and the creek don't rise. Shalom…Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

BillMorrison2002@hotmail.com

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August, 2008"

August, 2008"
Volume 48
Bill Morrison ©2008

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"Quote of the Month"

 

"In my opinion, Tom T. Hall was the greatest singer-storyteller to ever appear on Hee Haw." --Sam Lovullo producer of HEE HAW

 

Recording Session of the Month

 

Hank Williams & The Drifting Cowboys recorded at the Castle Studio in Nashville, on August 4, 1947,for MGM Records. Session personnel included: Hank Williams-vocals & guitar; Sammy Pruett-electric guitar; Slim Thomas-rhythm guitar; Herman Herron-steel guitar; Lum York-bass; L.C. Crysel-fiddle; Tommy Jackson-fiddle. Songs recorded today: "Fly Trouble," and "On The Banks Of The Old Pontchartrain."

Ten Questions

1. Who was Roy Acuff's co-host when he hosted the opening of TNN in 1983?

2. What was the name of the Judd's first #1 hit?

3. Who was the founder and publisher of the Music City News?

4. Who is the only Country artist to reach the country charts in 7 consecutive decades?

5. What Nashville songwriter once landed a helicopter on Johnny Cash's lawn, so he could pitch him a song?

6. Reba McEntire charted her first Mercury single on May 8, 1976. During the next three years, Reba charted three singles with the same duet partner. What was his name?

7. What artist took Harlan Howard's "No Charge" to #1 in 1974?

8. Which country artist was known as "The Smilin' Star Duster?

9. Hank Williams charted his last hit song, eleven days prior to his death, on December 31, 1952. (or the following day, depending on which story you believe.) The record went to #1, and is now a Grammy Hall of Fame recording. What was the title of that song?

10. When Roy Acuff became a member of the Grand Ole Opry, what was the name of his band?

10a. What did Anne Murray do for a living, prior to becoming a recording artist?

10b. What year was the Carter Family formed?

10c. Prior to finding success as a recording artist, which female country singer worked as a topless dancer?

 

August Highlights

 

8-1-1987- Howdy Forrester 1922~1987, age 65, country fiddle virtuoso, died today in Nashville. Howdy joined Roy Acuff’s Smokey Mountain Boys in 1951, after having played in the bands of Bill Monroe, Cowboy Copas, Herald Goodman and his Tennessee Valley Boys and Georgia Slim's Texas Roundup on radio KRLD in Dallas. In the mid-sixties he joined the Acuff-Rose Artists Corporation, the booking agency owned by Acuff-Rose Publications, and was soon named the president of that division. He continued to play fiddle with Mr. Acuff at the Grand Ole Opry up until a short time before his death. Howdy was laid to rest in Nashville’s Spring Hill Cemetery.

 

8-2-1953- Betty Jack Davis 1932~1953, age 19, of “The Davis Sisters” died in an auto accident, while returning home from a performance on the WWVA Wheeling Jamboree. Singing partner Skeeter, survived the crash with serious injuries. Betty Jack Davis was laid to rest in Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell, Kentucky.

 

8-3-1964- The State of Tennessee registered The Country Music Foundation.

 

8-4-1982- Tex Atchison 1912~1982, age 70, died in Collinsville, Illinois. Shelby David Atchison is regarded as the best left-handed fiddle player in the history of Country music. Along with Jack Taylor, Floyd "Salty" Holmes and Chick Hurt, Tex formed The Prairie Ramblers in 1932, and they became cast members of the WLS National Barn Dance in Chicago. When the World's Fair was held in Chicago in 1933, Tex entered the fiddle contest, and walked away with the first place prize. Later that same year, he won the Kentucky State fiddle contest. The group recorded for Bluebird Records, and often backed up artists Gene Autry, and Patsy Montana. The Prairie Ramblers were the session players backing Patsy Montana when she recorded "I Wanna Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart" in 1935.

 

8-5-1955- Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash appeared together at the Overton Park Band Shell in Memphis, Tennessee. Also appearing on this evenings show; Charlie Feathers, Webb Pierce, Sonny James, Red Sovine, Texas Bill Strength, and Wanda Jackson.

 

8-6-1999- Colleen Carroll Brooks, age 70, recording artist, cast member on The Red Foley Ozark Jubilee, and mother of Garth Brooks, died of throat cancer.

 

8-7-1954- Johnny Cash and Vivian Liberto were married in San Antonio, Texas. The best man was John’s brother Roy. Marshall Grant, bass player for the Tennessee Two loaned John the money to get to San Antonio for the wedding.

 

8-8-1921- Webb Pierce 1921~1991, “The Wondering Boy” was born Webb Michael Pierce in West Monroe, Louisiana. While Webb was a cast member of the KWKH Louisiana Hayride, he put together a band that included Jimmy Day on steel guitar, Tex Grimsley on fiddle, Floyd Cramer on piano, Tillman Franks on bass, (and manager of Pierce). The band also included Faron Young and Teddy and Doyle The Wilburn Brothers, on various instruments and vocals. Webb moved to Nashville and joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1955. During his career 1952~1976 Webb placed 95 singles on the Billboard country charts, and 7 albums.

8-9-1994- Vince Gill’s MCA single “What The Cowgirls Do” charted today. The single, from the album When Love Finds You, climbed to #2. Vince Gill wrote the song, and Tony Brown produced the session. The Session players included: Vince Gill--vocals, electric guitar solo; Carlos Varga--drums; Willie Weeks--bass; Stuart Smith--electric guitar; Randy Scruggs--acoustic guitar; Tom Roady--percussion; Pete Wasner--piano; John Barlow Jarvis--keys; Stuart Duncan--fiddle; Background Vocals by Billy Thomas, and Vince Gill.

8-10-1891- Delia “Mom” Upchurch 1891~1976, “Den Mother of Nashville Stars” was born in Gainesboro, Tennessee. Mom ran a rooming “home” for Nashville’s financially challenged music community at 620 Boscobel Street for over two decades. The singers, songwriters, and musicians paid what they could afford for their room. No one paid more than ten dollars a week. The lucky ones who got to work the road never missed a call. Mom was the message taker, and coordinated everyone’s calendar. Mom died September 1, 1976. Mom and Tootsie Bess, of Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, sustained many careers long enough for them to blossom.

8-11-2005- Steve Earle and Allison Moorer were married at the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville. This was Allison’s second marriage, and Steve’s seventh. Isn't it wonderful when you see people who just won't give up, until they get it right. I'm wondering how many of the previous six Steve remembers.

 

8-12-1950- Ernest Tubb's Decca single with Red Foley and the Sunshine Trio "Goodnight Irene" hit the Billboard chart today. The song was written by Huddie Ledbetter and John Lomax, and went to #1 three weeks later. Session players on this recording included: Ernest Tubb, Red Foley, and the Sunshine Trio-vocals; Billy Robinson-steel guitar; Billy Byrd-lead guitar; Grady Martin-lead guitar; Owen Bradley-piano; Ernie Newton-bass; Jack Shook-rhythm guitar; Farris Coursey-drums.


8-13-1958 - Johnny Cash recorded “I Still Miss Someone” in Nashville, for Columbia Records. Don Law produced the session, and The Man In Black wrote the song. Session personnel included: John Cash-vocals & guitar; Luther Perkins-lead guitar; Marshall Grant~bass; Buddy Harman-drums; The Jordanaires-backing vocals.


8-14-1982 Ernest Tubb 1914-1984, E.T. made his last appearance on the Grand Ole Opry this evening. Emphysema ended his career at this time, and his life two years later.

 

8-15-1984 - Norman Petty age 57, producer, studio owner, artist manager, D.J., and musician died in Lubbock, Texas.

8-16- 2005 - Vassar Clements 1928~2005, fiddle virtuoso, session A Team, played on over 2,000 albums, died of lung cancer at the age of 77. Vassar Clements was laid to rest in Mount Juliet Memorial Gardens, Mount Juliet, Tennessee.

 

8-17- 2007 - Charlie Walker celebrated his 40th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.


8-18-1952 -
Seven days after being fired from the Opry, at the exact time he should have been singing at the Ryman, Hank Williams was arrested for being drunk & disorderly in Alexander City, Alabama.

 

8-19-1950 - Hank Snow's self-penned RCA Victor single "I'm Moving On" topped the Billboard chart. This was The Singing Ranger's 2nd chart hit, and his first #1 record. The record stayed at the top of the chart for 21 weeks, and is now a Grammy Hall of Fame recording.

 

8-20-1988 - Leon McAuliffe 1917~1988, age 71, Western Swing band leader and steel guitarist for Bob Wills, died in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

 

8-21-1939 - James Burton, master guitarist, was born in Dubberly, Louisiana. James played guitar for Bob Luman, Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson, Emmylou Harris and many other top names.

 

8-22-1938 - Dale Hawkins, Rockabilly singer, guitarist, and songwriter, was born in Goldmine, Louisiana. Dale wrote and recorded “Suzie Q,” Dale Hawkins is an inductee of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame®.

 

8-23-1916 - Hattie Louise Tootsie” Bess 1916~1978, owner of “Tootsie’s

Orchid Lounge” located across the alley from the Ryman Auditorium, was born today.


8-24-1898 - Fred Rose 1898~1954,
age 56, singer, songwriter, recording artist, publisher (managing partner of Acuff~Rose) and record company executive, was born in Evansville, Indiana. Fred Rose was the second person inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. (1961)

 

8-25-2000 - Cliff Bruner 1915~2000, age 85, Western Swing fiddle pioneer and band leader, died from cancer at his home in Houston from cancer. Cliff joined Milton Brown’s “The Musical Brownies” in 1935, and after Brown died in a traffic accident, Cliff formed his own band “The Texas Wanderers” in 1936. At one time Cliff's band included: Moon Mullican-piano; Dickie McBride-guitar; Bob Dunn-steel guitar; Hezzie Brock-bass and Will Raley-electric mandolin. With the decline in popularity of Western Swing in the 1950's Brunner retired from music, and became an insurance salesman in Houston, Texas. Funeral services were held August 28th at Canon Funeral Home in Waller, Texas.

 

8-26-1953 - Billie Jean Williams, wife of Hank Williams at the time of his death, received a $30,000 payment, and gave up any further claims on Hank’s estate. The following month she married Johnny Horton.

 

8-27-1927 - Will Rogers appeared on the WSM Barn Dance for the first and last time this evening. Newspaper reports indicated that Douglas Fairbanks Jr., shared the stage with Rogers.

 

8-28-1888 - Lee Roy “Lasses” White 1888~1949, of “Jamup and Honey” and later “Lasses and Honey” was born in Wills Point, Texas. He went to work for WSM in 1932.

 

8-29-1987 - Archie Campbell 1914~1987, age 72, died in Knoxville, Tennessee of a heart attack. He studied Art at Mars Hill College in North Carolina, and then went to work at radio station WNOX, in Knoxville, Tennessee. Archie and Roy Acuff appeared on “The Mid-Day Merry-Go-Round” for one year, and Campbell relocated to WDOD in Chattanooga. In 1941 Archie joined the Navy, where he remained until the end of World War II. Between 1952~1958 Archie appeared on WROL-TV’s “Country Playhouse,” Knoxville’s first country music TV show. Archie moved to Nashville in 1958 and replaced Rod Brasfield on the Prince Albert portion of the Grand Ole Opry. The following year he signed a recording contract with RCA. In 1969 Archie was signed as a writer, and entertainer for Hee Haw. That same year he was named the CMA Comedian of the Year. Archie was laid to rest at Glenwood Cemetery, in Powell, Tennessee.

8-30-1919 - Kitty Wells was born Muriel Ellen Deason in Nashville, Tennessee. Kitty was inducted into the CMHF in 1976. At one point in her career, Kitty Wells “The Queen of Country Music” had at least one record in the top 10 for 160 consecutive weeks.

 

8-31-1963 - Johnny Cash recorded “Ring Of Fire” in Spanish.

 

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RCNV Songwriter's Spotlight

 

"Cowboy" Jack Clement

 

Jack was born in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 5, 1931

Inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1973

Left Sun Records in 1959, and became Chet Atkins assistant at RCA

 

Cowboy Jack produced sessions for Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Charley Pride and many others.

 

Jack Clement's contributions to the recording industry, publishing, and the innovations he made in the studio to improve the sound of the finished product, are too numerous to mention here. Music fans, and artists alike owe Jack Clement for his creative talents, and fearless convictions. I have never met Cowboy Jack, but he is one of my music hero's.

 

The following songs are examples of the creative talent that took Cowboy Jack Clement to the Hall of Fame:

 

Ballad of a Teenage Queen*Guess Things Happen That Way*Miller's Cave*The One On The Right Is On The Left*Does My Ring Hurt Your Finger*I Know One*Just Between You and Me*Everybody Love a Nut*Let's All Help the Cowboys (Sing the Blues)*Dirty Old Egg Sucking Dog*Flushed From The Bathroom of Your Heart* and many more.

 

Thank you Jack Clement, and thanks to Nashville's best Hall of Fame, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. You can visit them at: www.nashvillesongwritersfoundation.com

 

It all starts with a song.

Book Of The Month

 

"George Jones: The Life and Times of a Honky Tonk Legend" by Bob Allen

 

First & Last

 

Eddy Arnold made his first move “Feudin’ Rhythm” for Columbia Pictures in 1949.

 

Flatt and Scruggs, played their last show together February 22, 1969 on the Grand Ole Opry.

 

Amadie Breaux singer, songwriter was born in Louisiana September 7, 1900. Amadie wrote what is often referred to as the Cajun national anthem “Jole Blonde.” He was the first to record the song in 1928 on the Old-Timey Records label.

 

The Judds gave the last concert of their “Farewell Tour,” on December 4, 1991.

 

Gail Davies was the first female country artist to produce her own records.

 

The WSB Barn Dance gave its last performance in Atlanta, Georgia, on February 18, 1950. The show debuted on November 16, 1940.

 

Talkin' 'Bout Bands

 

The Anglin Brothers: Founded in Franklin, Tennessee in 1933, by Red, Jim, and Jack Anglin. (In the '30's they were also known as "The South's Favorite Trio."

 

Montana: Founded in Reno, Nevada. The entire band was killed in a plane crash in 1987 near Flathead Lake, Montana.

 

The Amazing Rhythm Aces: Founded in Memphis, Tennessee in 1974.

 

The East Kentucky Mountain Boys: Formed by Keith Whitley and Ricky Skaggs in 1968.

 

The Wichita Linemen: Formed by Greg Stevens in Wichita, Kansas.

 

Area Code 615: Founded in Nashville in 1969, by some of Music City's finest session players: Charlie McCoy, Weldon Myrick, Mac Gayden, Bobby Thompson, Kenny Buttrey, Wayne Moss, Ken Lauber, Buddy Spicher, Norbert Putnam. Their self-titled Polydor album "Area Code 615" was released in 1969.

 

Wildcountry: Changed it's name to Alabama in 1977.

 

Asleep At The Wheel: Founded in 1970 by 6'7" tall frontman Ray Benson Seifert. This band ranges from 8 to 11 members, and has had over 85 members pass through their ranks in the past 38 years.


Wedding Bells

 

Ronnie Milsap and Joyce Reeves were married October 30, 1965.

 

Tracy Lawrence and Dallas Cowboys cheerleader Stacie Drew were married March 15, 1997. Divorce proceeding were in progress by September, and Tracy was convicted of spousal abuse in January 1998. He was then sued by his father-in-law, who claimed that the wedding was nothing more than a publicity stunt perpetrated by Lawrence.

 

Barbara Mandrell and Ken Dudney were married in Oceanside, California, on May 28, 1967.

Buck Owens and Jana Jae were married in Las Vegas in May 1977. This was Buck's 3rd marriage. Buck signed an annulment petition two days later, had it rescinded later that same month, and the couple were divorced in August 1978. Jana Jae was the first female member of the Buckaroos (fiddle player).

Hollywood Walk of Fame

The Sons of the Pioneers star is located at 6845 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, California.

 

Amy Grant's star is located at 6901 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, California.

Gone But Not Forgotten

 

Eddy Shaver 1962-2000

Waco Memorial Park South, Waco, Texas

 

James Alexander "Uncle Jimmy" Thompson 1848 -1931
LaGuardo Cemetery, LaGuardo, Tennessee

 

Ernest Tubb 1914-1984

Hermitage Memorial Gardens, Old Hickory, Tennessee

 

Ken Curtis 1916 -1991 a.k.a. Curtis Wayne Gates
Cremated, ashes scattered over the Colorado flatlands

 

Did You Know?

 

Roger Miller's wife Mary, was a former singer with Kenny Roger's First Edition.

 

Gene Vincent played on Norfolk, Virginia's WCMS "Country Time' radio show, prior to signing with Capitol Records, and recording "Be-Bop-A-Lula," at the Bradley Studio in Nashville.

The Eagles rank 5th on the list of highest-selling artists with Gold & Platinum albums and singles.

 

Roy Acuff's band members when he first came to the Grand Ole Opry included: Cell Summey-dobro; Frank Jones vocals and guitar; Jess Easterday-guitar and mandolin; and a short time later Roy added Imogene Sarrett, a female vocalist who had been a member of Roy's band in Knoxville, prior to the move to Nashville. This was also the session musicians on Roy's first two ARC records.

 

Mickey Gilley charted thirty country singles on Billboard's chart from April 1974. to July 1983. Seventeen of the thirty went to #1.

 

Dean Martin Presents Music Country aired for the first time on NBC-TV, as a summer replacement for The Dean Martin Show on July 12, 1973. Members of the cast included Loretta Lynn, Lynn Anderson, Jerry Reed and Ray Stevens. Several country artists made guest appearances on the show, which ran through September.

 

Red Foley's first fifteen Decca Releases all made the Top Five on Billboard's chart, including four #1 hits. Red recorded from 1944, to June 1959 before he had a Decca single that did not make the Top Twenty.

 

Gene Pitney charted five country hits on the Billboard charts in 1965 & '66. Four were duets with George Jones, and one was a duet with Melba Montgomery. All five singles were released on the Musicor label, and the record to go highest on the chart (#15) was the duet with Melba.

 

Jimmie Rodgers "The Father of Country Music" and Will Rogers toured together on a Red Cross benefit tour of the southwestern states in 1931. They became close friends while a part of this show, however, the friendship would end on May 26, 1933 when Jimmie died in a New York City hotel room from tuberculosis. Will Rogers died two years later in a plane crash with Wiley Post.


The Grammy Hall of Fame was established by the Recording Academy's National Trustees in 1973 to honor early recordings of lasting, qualitative or historical significance which were released more than 25 years ago.

Gene Autry's Vocalion label single "Back In The Saddle Again" was released in 1939. This recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1997.

 

The Porter Wagoner Show was produced, and broadcast from (1960-1980). A total of 686 thirty-minute shows were produced, all but the first 104 shows were in color. Dolly Parton was a cast member from (1967-1974).                                                             

Answers To Ten Questions

 

1. Patti Page the "Singing Rage."

2. "Mama He's Crazy" 1984, won the Grammy for Vocal Duo. Written by Kenny

O'Dell.

3. Faron Young.

4. Eddy Arnold.

5. Kris Kristofferson.

6. Jacky Ward.

7. Melba Montgomery.

8. Slim Whitman.

9. I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive.

10. The Crazy Tennesseans.

10a. Anne Murray was a high school gym teacher.

10b. 1926.

10c. Lacy J. Dalton.

 

Jesus Speaking: "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." John 16:33

God said it. I believe it. And that's it.

 

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and our nations leaders, because God said we should. Please pray for our troops and their families…because they deserve our thanks and prayers.

Well, thanks for dropping by RCNV, it's always good to cyber-see you. Good Lord willing I'll see you here next month. If not ... it's to a much better place I go. I pray that I'll see you there too. Shalom…pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

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"July, 2008"

"July, 2008"
Volume 47
Bill Morrison ©2008

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"Quote of the Month"

 

"I just talked to Jim Denny (Grand Ole Opry manager) and they've agreed to take me back on the Opry. I got one date to play on New Year's Day and then I'm moving back to Nashville." --Hank Williams speaking to Justin Tubb in Austin, Texas at the Skyline Club, December 20, 1952 (eleven days prior to Hank's death). At the time of this conversation, Justin was a student at the University of Texas.

 

Recording Session of the Month

 

Johnny Cash recorded "The Ways of a Woman In Love" & "Thanks A Lot" at his final recording session at Sun Records in Memphis on July 10, 1958. Jack Clement produced the session, and the session personnel included: Johnny Cash-vocals & guitar; Luther Perkins-lead guitar; Marshall Grant-bass; Billy Riley-guitar; Jimmy Wilson-piano; J.M. Van Eaton-drums; The Confederates-backing vocals.

Ten Questions

1. The first country music recording to go into the Grammy Hall of Fame was chosen
in 1983. What was the name of the song, and who recorded it?

2. The WLS National Barn Dance in Chicago debuted on April 19, 1924. Can you

name five stars of the NBD?

3. The first Grammy for Best Country & Western Performance was presented at the Ist annual Grammy Awards show in 1958. Who won the award, and what was the name of the song?
4. What was the name of Tom T. Hall's band?

5. What was Beecher Ray Kirby's stage name?

6. Where did SHeDAISY get the name of their band?

7. What artist does the entertainment media refer to as The Father of Country Music?

8. Who recorded "You're The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly" in 1978?

9. What was Marion Ty Slaughter's stage name?        

10. What country music icon has a degree in agriculture; served in the U.S. Army and sang in an Army band; charted a "Greatest Hits" album that lived on the chart for over a dozen years?

10b. What was David Luke Myrick's stage name?                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

July Highlights

 

July 1, 1894 - John Lee Lair 1894-1985, songwriter, harmonica player, artist manager, radio producer, record producer and founder of the Renfro Valley Barn Dance, was born in Renfro Valley, Kentucky.

 

July 2, 1964 - Jim Reeves recorded his last session for RCA Victor. Twenty-nine days later he was killed when the plane he was flying crashed near Nashville.

 

July 3, 1965 - Trigger, Roy Rogers¹ horse died at age 33. Trigger was named by Smiley Burnette. Roy had Trigger stuffed, and put on display at his museum.

July 4, 1976 - Johnny Cash was the Grand Marshall at the Washington D.C. Bicentennial Celebration.

July 5, 1980 - George Jones¹ "He Stopped Loving Her Today," went to #1. The single won George a Grammy for Male Vocal, and was named the CMA Single of the Year. This was the Possum¹s 116th hit single to hit the Billboard Country charts. Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman wrote the song.

 

July 6, 1998 - Roy Rogers 1911~1998, age 86, died in Apple Valley, California. He was inducted into the CMHF in 1980 as a member of the (Sons of the Pioneers), and as a single artist in 1988. Roy was laid to rest in Sunset Hills Memorial Park, in Apple Valley, California.

 

July 7, 1975 - George Morgan 1924~1975, age 50, died in Nashville after bypass surgery. George replaced Eddy Arnold on the Grand Ole Opry on September 25, 1948, and was inducted into the CMHF in 1998. George was one of the best-liked artists in Nashville. He was a very special man. George Morgan was laid to rest in Spring Hill Cemetery, in Nashville.

 

July 8, 1997 - Marty Stuart and Connie Smith were married today. The ceremony took place on an Indian reservation in South Dakota. Marty first saw Connie at a concert in his hometown. After the show he told his mother that he was going to marry Connie someday. Marty is a man of his word.

 

July 9, 1952 - Carl Smith and June Carter were married in Merryville, Tennessee. The marriage ended in 1956, they had one daughter, Carlene.


July 10, 1938
- Dave Kirby 1938~2004, singer, songwriter, and session guitarist, was born in Brady, Texas. Dave and Leona Williams were married in 1985.

 

July 11, 1897 - John Marvin 1897~1944, singer, songwriter was born John Senator Marvin in Butler, Oklahoma. After a music career in New York as a songwriter, and radio singer, John would join his friend Gene Autry in Hollywood, during the Depression, when it was impossible to find work. Autry hired John as a songwriter, and producer of his Melody Ranch radio network show.


July 12, 1998 - Jimmy Driftwood 1907~1998,
age 91, died in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Jimmy was a teacher, principal, singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1960. Jimmy Driftwood was cremated, and his ashes scattered over the Ozarks.

 

July 13, 1958 - Rozanna Lea Nix 1958~2003, was born to June Carter and Edwin "Rip" Nix.

July 14, 1985 - Lily May Ledford 1914~1985, member of the first all-female stringband (The Coon Creek Girls) died today. Lily was laid to rest in the Berea Cemetery, Berea, Kentucky.

 

July 15, 1939 - The Grand Ole Opry moved from the Dixie Tabernacle, to the War Memorial Auditorium. For the first time fans were required to purchase a ticket to attend an Opry broadcast. The tickets were sold for twenty-five cents.

 

July 16, 1964 - Connie Smith¹s RCA Victor debut single "Once A Day," was released. The Bill Anderson penned tune went to #1, and held that position for eight weeks. Connie Smith is not a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

 

July 17, 2001 - The CMA announced this years inductee's to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Ten special inductees were selected earlier this year and two new members who were normally scheduled for induction in 2001. Special inductees include: The Delmore Brothers, The Everly Brothers, Don Gibson, Homer and Jethro, Waylon Jennings, The Jordanaires, Don Law, The Louvin Brothers, Ken Nelson and Webb Pierce. Bill Anderson is the 2001 inductee in the Open Category, and Sam Phillips, founder of Sun Records will be inducted in the Non-Performer category. That's 19 hairy legged men and NOT ONE FEMALE ARTIST. In the forty-year history of artists being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame (since 1961) there have been 7 female solo artists honored by the Boys Club. The last female solo artist to be inducted was Dolly Parton in 1999. This calendar entry is being inserted in 2008, and guess whatŠDolly Parton is still the last female solo artist to be inducted into the Testosterone Hall of Fame. Here is the list of so called "girl singers" that the brightest minds in Cashville have been able to come up with, as being talented enough to qualify for induction. Patsy Cline 1973, Kitty Wells 1976, Loretta Lynn 1988, Patsy Montana 1996, Brenda Lee 1997, Tammy Wynette 1998, and Dolly Parton 1999. Where there is no justice, there is NO CREDIBILITY! It amazes this old man that people pay to enter the doors of the Hall of Fame.

 

July 18, 1953 - Elvis Presley age 18, went to the Memphis Recording Service, and paid four dollars to record "My Happiness" and "That¹s When Your Heartaches Begin," on an acetate record. The record was a present for his mother Gladys, and has been lost to the ages.

July 19, 1975 - Lefty Frizzell 1928~1975, age 47, died after suffering a stroke. Lefty joined the Grand Ole Opry 1951 at the suggestion of his friend Hank Williams. Lefty didn't enjoy working the Opry and quit a few months later. He was inducted into the NSHF in 1972, and the CMHF in 1982. Lefty was laid to rest in Forrest Lawn Memorial Gardens, in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. Lefty was one of the most influential artists in the history of country music. His first chart hit was "If You¹ve Got The Money I¹ve Got The Time" in 1950. Jim Beck and Lefty wrote the song, it charted it October, went to #1 and remained on the chart for 22 weeks. The song is now a Grammy Hall of Fame recording. Lefty¹s problem with alcohol ended his career, his marriage, and eventually his life. Lefty Frizzell¹s star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame is located at 6927 Hollywood Blvd., in Hollywood, California.

 

July 20, 1940 - Billboard magazine published its first best selling singles list.

 

July 21, 1899 - Sara Dougherty Carter 1899~1979, singer, guitarist, and autoharp, was born in Flat Woods, Virginia. Sara and the other Original members of the Carter Family were inducted into the CMHF in 1970.

 

July 22, 1927 - Ralph Peer of the "Victor Talking Machine Company," now known as RCA Records, arrived in Bristol, Tennessee. He constructed a temporary recording studio at 408 State Street. During the next two weeks. Peer and two engineers, Lynch and Echkart, recorded 19 solo artists and groups. A total of seventy-six recordings were made. Johnny Cash said about the Bristol Sessions, "The recordings in Bristol in 1927, are the single most important event in the history of country music."

July 23, 2005 - Eddie Shuler, age 92, record label owner, producer, died in Atlanta, Georgia. Shuler released Dolly Parton¹s first single "Puppy Love," on his Goldband Record label in 1959. Dolly was 13 years old at the time.

 

July 24, 1927 - The following ad was placed in the Bristol Herald Courier, by a local company that distributed Victrola products. "The Victor Company will have a recording machine in Bristol for ten days beginning Monday, to record records‹Inquire at our store." The following day, the most important recording sessions in the history of country music were began in Bristol, Tennessee. They are known as "The Bristol Sessions."

 

July 25, 1951 - Hank Williams & The Drifting Cowboys recorded today at Castle Studio in Nashville. Session personnel included: Hank Williams-vocals & guitar; Sammy Pruett-electric guitar; Don Helms-steel guitar; Ernie Newton and Cedric Rainwater- bass; Jerry Rivers-fiddle; Eddie Hill-might have been playing rhythm guitar on this session. Songs recorded today included; "I'd Still Want You," "Lonesome Whistle," and "Crazy Heart."

 

July 26, 1942 - Gene Autry joined the U. S. Army Air Corp. He served as a pilot in the Pacific Theater of operations for three years.

 

July 27, 1924 - Velma Williams Smith, singer, country comedy, bassist and session guitarist, was born Velma Elizabeth Williams Smith in Logan County, Kentucky. Velma and her sister Mildred joined Roy Acuff¹s Smokey Mountain Boys & Girls in 1942, and remained with the group until 1948.

 

July 28, 1972 - Ralph Emery conducted his last all night radio show on WSM.

 

July 29, 1961 - Patsy Cline made her first public appearance on stage, since the automobile accident that seriously injured her in Nashville. Patsy used crutches to reach the microphone at the Ryman, and thanked her fans for the thousands of cards, and letters that she had received. Patsy was almost killed, when she was thrown through the windshield of the car her brother was driving. They hit another vehicle head-on.

 

July 30, 2003 - Sam Phillips 1923~2003, age 80, founder of Sun Records, died in Memphis. Sam was laid to rest in a Mausoleum at Memorial Park Cemetery, in Memphis, Tennessee.

 

July 31, 1964 - Jim Reeves 1923~1964, age 40, was killed while piloting a plane that crashed near Nashville, Tennessee. Also killed in the crash was his pianist Dean Manuel. Inducted CMHF 1967. Jim was laid to rest in Jim Reeves Memorial Park, Carthage, Texas.

 

Check out "Bill Morrison's Country Music Calendar" at: www.talentondisplay.com/countrycalendar.html

If you see something that needs to be corrected, or you would like to contact Bill, he can be reached at: RockabillyCountryNewsViews@gmail.com

RCNV Songwriter's Spotlight


Bob McDill singer, songwriter

Born Robert Lee McDill on April 5, 1944, in Beaumont, Texas.

Inducted into the Nashville Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 1985.

 

Bob's first hit song "Happy Man" was recorded by Perry Como in 1967. He moved to Nashville in 1970, and his first country hit "Catfish John," was recorded by Johnny Russell three years later in 1973. That same year Bob had major hits with "Amanda," recorded by Don Williams, and six years later by Waylon Jennings, and "Rednecks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer" with co-writers Wayland Holyfield and Chuck Neese, and recorded by Johnny Russell. A brief sampling of some of Bob's other hit songs would include: Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On; Song of the South; Louisiana Saturday Night; She Don't Know She's Beautiful (co-writer Paul Harrison); Gone Country; Don't Close Your Eyes; The Door is Always Open (co-writer Dickey Lee); You Never Miss a Real Good Thing; The Closest Thing to You; I've Never Seen the Likes of You; Nobody Likes Sad Songs; Come Early Moring; (Turn Out the Light and) Love Me Tonight; Rake and Ramblin' Man; It Must Be Love; If Hollywood Don't Need You; We Believe In Happy Endings; If Bubba Can Dance (I Can Too); Black Sheep and many more. In 1977 Bobby Bare recorded an entire album of Bob McDill songs, "Me and McDill." Bob has won more awards that I have space to include here, but I can tell you that he is listed in "Who's Who in the World." Bob McDill is one of Nashville's finest talents.

Book Of The Month

 

I Fall To Pieces: The Music and the Life of Patsy Cline -- by Mark Bego 1995

 

First & Last


Vince Gill's
first Billboard chart single was his RCA recording "Victim Of Life's Circumstances" in 1984.

 

Roy Acuff visited his friend Minnie Pearl, on November 1, 1992, while she was in a Nursing Home, after suffering a stroke. The last words Roy spoke to Minnie as he left the room were, "I¹ll see you In Heaven, Minnie." Mr. Acuff died three weeks later.


Vince Gill's
first #1 single was his MCA recording "I Still Believe In You" in 1992. This was the Grammy song of the Year, and Vince won a Grammy for Best Male Performance.

 

John Anderson recorded the last session at Owen Bradley¹s legendary studio "The Hut" on June 24, 1982. The Music Row studio was once home to Patsy Cline, Brenda Lee, Lefty Frizzell, Marty Robbins, Loretta Lynn and may others.

 

Tex Ritter recorded the first song that Joe Allison ever wrote. "When You Leave, Don¹t Slam the Door" was released in 1946, and it became Joe¹s first #1 song.

 

Patsy Cline¹s last recording session was held in Nashville, on February 7, 1963, for Decca Records. The four hour evening session produced: "He Called Me Baby" by Harlan Howard; "Crazy Arms" by Ralph Mooney and Chuck Seals; "You Took Him Off My Hands" by Harlan Howard; and "I'll Sail My Ship Alone." (The last song Patsy ever recorded) by Bernard, Thurston, Mann and Burns. The session personnel on her last session included: Patsy Cline~vocals; Grady Martin~electric guitar; Randy Hughes (Patsy's manager and pilot)~acoustic guitar; Ray Edenton~rhythm guitar; Wayne Moss~6 string electric bass; Bob Moore~acoustic bass; Buddy Harman~drums; Floyd Cramer~piano: a six piece string section; and the Jordanaires~vocals. Patsy died in a plane crash less than a month later. The above named Randy Hughes was flying the plane.

 

Talkin' 'Bout Bands

Western Flyer: A Texas based group that recorded for Step One records from 1994-1996. During that two year period the band charted five singles on the country charts.

 

Virginia Reelers: Fiddlin' John Carson formed his band in the 1920's.

 

The Western Union Band: A Texas based group that recorded for Shawn-Del Records, and charted two hits in 1988.


Swift Jewel Cowboys: This band was formed in Houston, Texas, and sponsored by the Jewel Oil and Shortening company. They relocated to Memphis in the mid-1930's.

 

The Pioneer Trio: The forerunner of the Sons of the Pioneers. The trio consisted of Roy Rogers, Tim Spencer, and Bob Nolan.

 

Kentucky Pardners: Charlie Monroe formed this band in the late 1930's.

 

Wedding Bells

 

Clint Black and Lisa Hartman were married October 20, 1991.

Howdy Forrester and Wilene "Billie"/"Sally Ann" Russell an accordion player were married in June 1940.

 

Metromedia recording artist Clay Hart and Sally Flynn, both regulars on the Lawrence Welk TV show were married on December 6, 1974.

 

Hawkshaw Hawkins and Jean Shepard married on stage, in Wichita, Kansas, on November 26, 1960. Hawkshaw died in the 1963 plane crash that took the life of Patsy Cline, and Cowboy Copas.

 

Hal Ketchum and Gina Pacconi were married February 24, 1998.

Brenda Lee and Charles R. "Ronnie" Shacklett were married in Nashville, on April 23, 1963.

Hollywood Walk of Fame

Reba McEntire's star is located at 7018 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, California.

 

Ernest Tubb's star is located at 1751 Vine Street, Hollywood, California.

Gone But Not Forgotten

Gene Autry 1907-1998
Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California

 

Vestal Goodman 1929-2003

Christ Church Memorial Gardens, Nashville, Tennessee

 

Otis Blackwell 1931-2002

Woodlawn Memorial Park, Nashville, Tennessee

 

Sara Carter 1899-1979

Mount Vernon Methodist Church Cemetery, Maces Spring, Virginia

 

Owen Bradley 1915-1998

Woodlawn Memorial Park, Nashville, Tennessee

 

Dale Evans a.k.a. Mrs. Roy Rogers 1912-2001

Sunset Hills Memorial Park, Apple Valley, California

 

Did You Know?

 

Rosanne Cash's mother Vivian, died on Rosanne's 49th birthday, May 24, 2005.

Stan Hitchcock was inducted into the Missouri Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006.

 

Thomas Wayne a.k.a. Thomas Wayne Perkins, age 31, singer, and brother of Johnny Cash¹s guitar player Luther Perkins, died in a car wreck on August 15, 1971. Perkins attended the same high school as Elvis, and had one chart record to his credit. "Tragedy" went to #5 in 1959.

John Lair starred in the movie "Renfro Valley Barn Dance" in 1966.

 

Merle Haggard won the 1967 Male Vocalist of the Year Award from the MUSIC CITY NEWS. The Female Vocalist Award went to Loretta Lynn.

 

The first ever Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award went to Elvis Presley in 1971.

 

Okeh and Victor Records both began recording country music artists in 1922. Fiddler Eck Robertson recorded "Arkansas Traveler" and "Sallie Gooden" on the Victor label, and is believed to be the first country artist to record.

 

The Martin Guitar Company opened in Nazareth, Pennsylvania in 1859.

 

The Grand Ole Opry paid their performers for the first time in 1930. Everyone was paid the princely sum of five dollars, every Saturday night.


Frances Preston opened the first BMI office in her Nashville home in March, 1958.

The
Hager twins Jim & Jon were born August 30, 1946, in the Chicago area. The boys were adopted by Jack and Frances Hager. Their late father Jack was a pastor, and their mother is a retired school teacher. Jim died in Nashville on May 1, 2008. His Memorial Service was held at the Ryman Auditorium. Jim Hager was cremated.

 

On October 15, 1952 - Hank Williams, and former girl friend Bobbie Jett, signed an agreement indicating that Hank, and his mother Lillie, would be responsible for Bobbie¹s unborn child. The child was named Cathy, and later "Jett Williams." Bobbie Jett died in California in 1974.

 

The Grand Ole Opry was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1992.

The first viable
electric guitar was introduced by the Rickenbacker company in 1932, giving guitarists the volume necessary to compete with other instruments in a big band.

 

As of the 17th of this month, Don Rich will have been dead for 34 years.

 

On May 30, 2008, my friend Randy Kohrs made his debut appearance on the Friday night Opry. Randy has appeared on the Opry over 200 times, but always as a sideman. (Tom T. Hall, Dolly Parton, and many others). Tonight, Randy was the headliner, and stood in the circle at center stage, and opened his portion of the show with a song that my daughter Susan, and Randy co-wrote. When Randy completed his portion of the show the audience gave him the loudest applause I heard all evening. I couldn't be present at the Opry House for this special event, but I listened to the show on WSM. It was something very special for me, and I will never forget hearing that song, being beamed out over the airwaves of 650 WSM in Nashville, Tennessee. Yes, I cried while listening, but old men do that from time to time. Especially when they have children who love their God, and their country, and put those feelings above their personal achievements. Please forgive this old man for sharing his thoughts about this very special night. You know how much I love Classic Country and Bluegrass musicŠbut I love my children moreŠmuch more. My son Tom is a law enforcement officer, and one of the best. He searches out the bad guys, (and gals) with due diligence, and puts them where they belong. I like that a lot. Yes, I am very proud of my children, and I thank the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob for sharing them with me.

 

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Answers To Ten Questions


1.
"You're Cheatin' Heart." Hank Williams.

2. Rex Allen; Arkie, The Arkansas Woodchopper; Bob Atcher; Gene Autry; Captain

Stubby and the Buccaneers; Pat Buttram; Jenny Lou Carson; Cumberland Ridge

Runners; The DeZurik Sisters; Red Foley; George Gobel; Dolph Hewitt; Homer
and Jethro; Hoosier Hotshots; Bradley Kincaid; Lulu Belle and Scotty; Mac & Bob;

Maple City Four; The Prairie Farmers featuring Patsy Montana; Max Terhune;

and The Westerners featuring Louise Massey; Donald Red Blanchard; Smiley

Burnette; Bill and Charlie Monroe; and many more. Did you get 5? Yea..right.

3. The Kingston Trio's "Tom Dooley."

4. The Story Tellers

5. Bashful Brother Oswald.

6. SHeDAISY is an Indian word meaning "my sister."

7. Jimmie Rodgers.

8. Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty.

9. Vernon Dalhart.

10. King George Strait.
10b. "T" Texas Tyler.

 

From The Wisdom Desk


"
No matter where you goŠthere you are." In spiritual terms this cliché becomes the most important aspect of every human life. Compared with eternity, the time we spend on earth is less that a heartbeat. So, when you die where will you go? I'm going to heaven, and that's where I will spend eternity. I know that because Jesus Christ paid my sin debt, and his sacrifice at Calvary is the only acceptable payment for anyone's sin debt. When you go, where will you spend eternity? You really should think about it, eternity is a long, long time.

 

9Šif you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:9,10 NKJV

 

God said it. I believe it. And that's it.

 

Please pray for our troops and their familiesŠbecause they deserve our thanks and prayers. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and our nations leaders because God said we should. Pray for America's law enforcement officers, firemen and those who protect us from the evil that threatens us in every city, and neighborhood in this nation, that was founded by God fearing Christians.

 

If you know a federal judge, tell him/her that the original Constitution has worked just fine since it's inception. It is not a living thing that can be changed by someone who has not been elected by the citizens of this nation. If they don't honor the oath they took, they will pay a price. If you know a member of the ACLU, tell them they will stand before God someday, and be judged for what they have done to this Christian nation. They won't believe you, and they won't change their God hating ways, but at least they won't be able to say they received no warning of their impending eternal sentence.

Well, thanks for dropping by RCNV, it's always good to cyber-see you. Good Lord willing I'll see you here next month. If not ... it's to a much better place I go. I pray that I'll see you there to ... ShalomŠPray for the peace of Jerusalem.

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"June, 2008"

"June, 2008"
Volume 46
Bill Morrison ©2008

 

"Quote of the Month"


"Don't worry about me hoss, when it's my time to go, it's my time!"
--Patsy Cline 1963



Recording Session of the Month


Buck Owens recorded "You Ain't Gonna Have Ol' Buck To Kick Around No More," June 20, 1972, at Buck Owens Studio's in Bakersfield, California. Buck Owens wrote the song after he heard Richard Nixon tell reporters after he lost the California governor's election in 1962, "You won't have Dick Nixon to kick around anymore." Session Personnel included: Buck Owens--vocals; Don Rich--lead guitar; Buddy Alan-rhythm guitar; Jerry Brightman--steel guitar; Jim Shaw--piano; Doyle Curtsinger--bass; Jerry Wiggins--drums. The Capitol single was released August 28, 1972, and topped out on the charts at #13. This song was also released on Buck's 1973 album "In The Palm Of Your Hand."

 

Ten Questions

         1. Don Gibson wrote "Sweet Dreams" in 1956. Who recorded this country
music standard?
2. Buffalo, New York's favorite married couple had a huge hit in 1970, with a
#1 song named "Tennessee Bird Walk."
The couple have been inducted
into the New York Music Hall of Fame. Who are they?

         3. Clint Black hit the country music charts for the first time in 1989. Clint

released his first RCA duet in 1991. Who was Clint's duet partner on this

record?

4. Who was the first performer to sing on stage at the new Opryland, Grand
Ole Opry House in 1974?

         5. What was the name of Jim Reeves' Band?

6. Who played the first live music on WSM 650 AM in Nashville. Hint: It

wasn't Uncle Jimmy Thompson, who first played on WSM on November 28,
         1925.

7. What was the name of Gene Watson's first #1 hit record, and how many

         #1 records did Gene chart in his career?

         8. When Roy Clark was co-hosting the filming of HEE HAW, (1969-1992)
         only one time did he find a seat in the studio, where the artist could see

that Roy was watching their performance. This occurred on February 16, 1991. Who was the artist that Roy wanted to watch for the first time?

         9. Twelve years after Jimmie Rodgers was inducted as the first member of
the Country Music Hall of Fame, the first female solo artist was inducted.

         What was her name? I'll give you a hint: She had to die a tragic death, in
  order to receive enough votes from the Good Ole Boy's Club
in order to
         be inducted.

10. Name the female solo artists (not comedians, or member of a duet, or
        group) who have been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame since
1961.

 

June Highlights

6-1-1964 - Dolly Parton moved to Nashville on a Greyhound Bus. Her brown luggage was actually paper bags from her hometown grocery store.

6-2-1998 - Helen Carter
1927-1998, age 70, died in Nashville. One of the Carter Sisters, Helen was the daughter of Mother Maybelle and Ezra Carter, and sister of June and Anita. Helen Carter was laid to rest in Henderson Memory Gardens, Hendersonville, Tennessee.

6-3-1905 - Tommy Leffew 1905-1971, mandolinist for the Grand Ole Opry' "Fruit Jar Drinkers," was born on this date.


6-4-1933 - Bob Webster singer, songwriter, steel guitarist and bandleader was born in Franklin County, Virginia. Bob gave Bill Morrison his first job in a country music band, and is a retired U.S. Air Force NCO, a great musician and friend.

 

6-5-1948 - Gail Davies singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer, arranger, and label owner was born Patricia Gail Dickerson, in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. Prior to moving to Nashville in the mid-seventy', Gail worked recording sessions, and wrote songs in Los Angeles. She was the first female in country music to produce her own records. Between 1978-1989 Gail placed 22 of her singles on the country charts, and 5 albums. Many other artists had hit records with Gail Davies penned songs.       

6-6-1944 - Grant Turner 1912-1991, debuted as a WSM announcer on D-Day, June 6, 1944. His career at WSM, and the Opry, led to membership in the CMDJ Hall of Fame, and the CMHF. Grant Turner was a country music jewel, and I was proud to call him my friend.

 

6-7-1966 - Claudette Orbison first wife of Roy Orbison, was killed in a motorcycle accident. Roy was riding his cycle a short distance behind Claudette when she was struck, and run over by a truck. The Everly Brothers 1958 hit single "Claudette" was written by Roy Orbison about his wife.

 

6-8-1939 - The Coon Creek Girls gave a command performance at the White House for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of England.

 

6-9-2006 - The National Academy of Popular Music Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York City inducted Mac Davis into their Hall of Fame. Mac has written songs recorded by Elvis including "In the Ghetto," "Don't Cry Daddy," "A Little Less Conversation" and "Memories. Other artists recording his songs include Glen Campbell, Lou Rawls, Kenny Rogers, Bobby Goldsboro, and many more. Davis charted many of his own songs on the country, and pop charts such as "Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me," "Stop and Smell the Roses," "It's Hard To Be Humble," "Texas In My Rear View Mirror" and "Hooked On Music." Mac Davis was inducted into the NSHF in 2000. Kris Kristofferson was presented the 2006 Johnny Mercer Award. Almost 500 artists have recorded songs written by the Rhodes Scholar. It all starts with a song!!!

6-10-1988 - Herman Crook 1898-1988, harmonica player for the Crook Brothers, died at age 89. Herman was the last living original member of the WSM Barn Dance, and Grand Ole Opry cast. The Crook Brothers joined the cast of the WSM Barn Dance on July 24, 1926, and played the Grand Ole Opry until 1988.

 

6-11-1949 - Hank Williams debuted as a guest, on the Grand Ole Opry. He appeared on the 9:30-10:00 PM segment sponsored by Warren Paint, and hosted by Ernest Tubb. Cousin Louie Buck, the Opry announcer, introduced him. Hank sang "Lovesick Blues," and received six encores. As a result of his reputation with alcohol, Hank was not scheduled to appear on the network portion of the Opry that night.

 

6-12-1952 - Junior Brown, singer, songwriter, and guitarist, now based in Austin, Texas, was born Jamison Brown in Kirksville, Indiana. Junior met his wife (and band member) Tanya Rae at Rodgers State College. In the 1980' Brown taught guitar at Rodgers State, with fellow instructors Eldon Shamblin, and Leon McAuliffe.

 

6-13-1979 - Sunshine Sue (Mary Arlene Higdon) 1912-1979, star, and host of the Old Dominion Barn Dance for ten years, died today at the age of 67. Sue was the only female artist to host a major country music radio show.

6-14-1961 - Patsy Cline was seriously injured in a car wreck on a Nashville street. Patsy went through the windshield and received a dislocated hip, broken wrist, serious lacerations on her face, and cracked ribs. Patsy was unable to sing for the next eight months. Her brother was driving the car.

 

6-15-1986 - Ruby Falls 1946-1986, age 40, singer, songwriter, recording artist died from a brain hemorrhage at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville. Ruby was one of the most successful black female country singers in the genre' history, and made numerous guest appearances on the Grand Ole Opry. She toured as part of Justin Tubb' road show, and was a huge success in Las Vegas. Although she was never able to obtain a major label recording contract, Ruby placed nine country singles on the Billboard charts between 1975-1979. All of her hits were on the 50 States label.


6-16-1951 - Hank and Audrey Williams, held the Grand Opening of their "Hank & Audrey' Corral," western store, at 724 Commerce Street, in downtown Nashville. The opening celebration was broadcast by WSM.

6-17-1916 - David "Stringbean" Akeman 1916-1973, member of the Grand Ole Opry, and Hee Haw cast, was born in Anniville, Kentucky. String was a kind and gentle man. A talented comedian, and banjo player. I first met String and his wife Estelle backstage at a package show. The first words he ever spoke to me were, "Ya know what Bill, this is going to be a great show. The only name I didn't recognize out there on the marquee was mine."

6-18-1975 - Ernest Tubb recorded "It's Time To Pay The Fiddler" at Bradley's Barn. Owen Bradley produced the session, Don Wayne and Walter Haynes wrote the song. Session personnel included: Ernest Tubb-vocal; Lynn Owsley-Steel guitar; Pete Mitchell-Lead guitar; Owen Bradley-Piano; Johnny Gimble-Fiddle; David Evans-Bass; Don Mills-Drums; Wayne Hammond-Rhythm guitar; Harold Bradley-Electric bass. This recording was a cover of Cal Smith's #1 hit, three months earlier. It was never released as a single, but was possibly included on Ernest's self-titled MCA album, which charted in the fall of 1975.

6-19-1914 - Lester Flatt, singer, guitarist, and mandolinist was born in Overton County, Tennessee.

6-20-1924 - Chester Burton "Chet" Atkins 1924-2001, session guitarist, recording artist, and RCA producer and executive, was born in Luttrell, Tennessee. Chet and Owen Bradley created the Nashville Sound. Chet played on the Grand Ole Opry for years, and even had his own portion of the show at one time, however, he was never asked to become a member of the Opry. I don't know why, and Chet didn't know why. Chet was inducted into the CMHF in 1973. For a list of more awards see the June 30, 2001 entry on this calendar.

 

6-21-1959 - Kathy Mattea winner of multiple Grammy', and the CMA Female Vocalist of the year in 1989, and 1990 was born in Cross Lanes, West Virginia. Kathy has charted thirty-eight singles on Billboard' Country Singles chart (1983-2000) and eleven albums. Kathy is married to songwriter Jon Vezner. She was inducted into the West Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame in 2003.

 

6-22-1969 - Merle Haggard was the featured guest on "Hee Haw." He would not make another appearance on this show until 1980, because he was feuding with Buck Owens.

 

6-23-1929 - June Carter Cash 1929-2003, was born Valerie June Carter, to Ezra and Maybelle Carter in Maces Springs, Virginia. June was a member of the "Carter Sisters;" Helen, on accordion, Anita on bass, Mother Maybelle, on guitar, and June on autoharp and comedy. This group was formed in 1943 after Sara Carter left the Carter Family and went back to California. During the time they spent as members of the Grand Ole Opry, Chet Atkins was their lead guitar player. They appeared on the Johnny Cash TV-show as regular cast members, and toured with John for several years.

 

6-24-2002 - Dixie Chick Natalie Maines, married actor Adrian Pasdar, in Las Vegas. The ACLU member now lives in Hollyweird. Natalie at one time was the lead singer for an all girl band out of Texas. Don't hear much about them anymore. I guess you could say, the Chick in the middle committed "musical suicide." Rumor had it, that the girls were now playing rock and roll. I know that couldn't be true, because they haven't appeared on Country Music Television, or the Grand Ole Opry.


6-25-1986 - Jenifer Strait, age 13, daughter of George and Norma Strait, died in a car wreck near her father's ranch in Texas. Riding in a car with friends, Jenifer was thrown out of the car, through an open window.


6-26-1909 - Colonel Tom Parker 1909-1997
, Elvis Presley's 50% manager, was born Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk, in Breda, Netherlands. If you've ever wondered why Elvis never toured outside the U.S., it was because Parker, the former carnival hustler, was an illegal alien. He couldn't get a passport, so he kept his property where he could see him. When Elvis died, Parker attended the funeral at Graceland, wearing a short sleeve flowered shirt, and never once approached the casket to look at Elvis. When Parker was Eddy Arnold's manager, he told the Grand Ole Opry manager that he wanted a percentage of the Opry ticket sales. He said Eddy was going to start his own radio show on another station, during the same time-slot if the Opry refused his demand. WSM said "NO!!!" and Parker instructed Eddy that he had to quit the Opry. Eddy said goodbye to the Opry audience a short time later, and left the stage in tears. Parker also managed Hank Snow, and cheated him out of a promised share of money from the signing of Elivis, and Hank disliked Parker with a passion(it was really more than disliked, but I hate to use the word hate). It was Hank's son, Jimmy Snow, who went to Shreveport to watch Elvis perform on the Louisiana Hayride, at the request of Col. Parker. Jimmy returned to Nashville with a very positive report about Elvis' performance, and the crowd reaction. Parker soon signed Elvis to a management contract, which Vernon, and Gladys Presley were required to sign, due to Elvis' age.

 

6-27-1990 - Betty Foley 1933-1990, daughter of Red Foley died at the age of 57. She recorded three singles, one each in 1954, 1955, and 1959. All three were Top Ten singles.


6-28-1974 - Roy Acuff
introduced Paul McCartney to the audience at the Friday Night Opry. The former Beatle and his family had been in Nashville for several days, recording with his new band Wings. The Opry members enjoyed their backstage visit with Mr. & Mrs. McCartney and their children.

6-29-1969 - Tammy Wynette, George Jones, and Faron Young were the featured guests on "Hee Haw." Tammy met her last husband George Richey when she taped this show.

 

6-30-2001 - Chester Burton "Chet" Atkins 1924-2001, age 77, died in Nashville. In 1973, Chet Atkins, age 49, was the youngest person ever inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame. A partial list of Chet's awards include: The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at their 33rd Annual Awards show in 1993; inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame 1995; the Billboard Century Award in 1997, won the CMA Musician of the Year Award 9 times; inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, as a sideman. This Music Row giant was laid to rest in Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens, Nashville, Tennessee.

 

Check out "Bill Morrison's Country Music Calendar" at: www.talentondisplay.com/countrycalendar.html

If you see something that needs to be corrected, or you would like to contact Bill, he can be reached at: RockabillyCountryNewsViews@gmail.com

RCNV Songwriter's Spotlight


Don Gibson 1928-2003

Born Donald Eugene Gibson April 3, 1928, in Shelby, North Carolina.
Died in Nashville, November 17, 2003. Laid to rest in Sunset, Cemetery, in Shelby, North Carolina.

 

The last time I saw Don Gibson was backstage at a concert in Rockford, Illinois. I opened the show, and my band backed Don on his portion of the show. Don didn't have his own band. He was traveling alone, with his guitar, one suitcase, and some items of clothing on hangers in the back seat of his car. After the show he asked where I was headed next. I told him I was headed to northern Saskatchewan, in Canada, for three weeks of shows, including one show at a Federal prison. I said where are you headed? He replied I don't remember, but I've got it written down at the motel. That was Don Gibson. A musical genius, with a suitcase full of demons. Sadly, a pretty typical Music City story. The more talent a person has, it seemed like the more difficult it was for them to just get through the day sometimes, and no one understands. I wish I would have told Don, that I had been a fan of his for years, and it was an honor to talk to him, to work with him - but I thought I would wait until I had more time - my wife and two angels (one a six year old buddy of mine named Tom, and the other a real beauty named Susie, who was born 12 weeks earlier at Baptist Hospital in Nashville), were waiting for me to join them, and the band, so we could begin the next leg of a very long tour. I just shook hands with Don Gibson, and told him to drive careful, and be safe - I never saw him again. But as long as there is one real country music radio station in America, Don Gibson will be with us. He left a body of work, that no D.J. who loves real country music could ever ignore. But I sure am sorry I didn't tell him how I felt about him, and his music.

 

Don began his career in the Shelby, Tennessee, area in 1948 and he and his band the "Sons Of The Soil" were hired by WOHS in Shelby. Knoxville, Tennessee, was his next stop when he joined the cast of the WNOX Barn Dance in 1951, and later worked the "Midday Merry-Go-Round. It was Wesley Rose who discovered Don's talent, when he heard him sing Sweet Dreams in a nightclub in Knoxville. Rose immediately signed him as a writer for Acuff-Rose Publishing, and was responsible for getting Don's recording contract at RCA.

Don wrote, and recorded Sweet Dreams in 1956, and his first RCA release Oh Lonesome Me, took Don to the Grand Ole Opry in 1958. He remained with RCA until late in 1969. Don did his best to kill Chet Atkins during an evening session at RCA, after a problem arose in the studio. He didn't do a whole lot of damage to his producer, but he was soon recording for Hickory records. Don charted over eighty country singles during his career, and almost twenty albums. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1973, and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001. Don left the Opry in 1964, but was reinstated in 1975. Drugs were a huge problem in Nashville during this period. Many careers were ruined, but Don Gibson hung in there.

 

The following songs represent a few examples of Don Gibson's songwriting ability:
Sweet Dreams; Oh Lonesome Me; I Can't Stop Loving You; Blue, Blue Day; I'd Be A Legend In My Time; Country Green; Sea Of Heartbreak; One Day At A Time; Lonesome Number One; and hundreds of others.
You can visit Don Gibson's NSHF website at: http://www.nashvillesongwritersfoundation.com/

Book Of The Month


Wolfe, Charles K. Tennessee Strings: The Story of Country Music
in Tennessee.  Knoxville, University of Tennessee Press, 1977.

 

First & Last


Bill Anderson
was hired as a D.J. by WJJC, in Commerce, Georgia, in the late 1950'. Bill hosted the station' first country music record show.

The Gene Autry Show aired for the last time on CBS-TV on August 7, 1956.

The Carter Family was the first group inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. (1970)

 

The Grand Ole Opry played their last Saturday night show at the Ryman Auditorium, prior to moving to the new Opry house at Opryland on March 9, 1974.

 

The CMA Awards were broadcast from the Ryman Auditorium, on NBC-TV for the first time in 1968. Roy Rogers and Dale Evans were co-hosts.


Marty Robbins
drove in his last NASCAR race on November 7, 1982.


Vernon Dalhart
1883-1948, was country music' first superstar.


Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton performed their last concert together in Salina, Kansas, on April 21, 1974.

 

Talkin' 'Bout Bands

The Tennessee River Boys: This group eventually changed their name to "Diamond Rio."

Schoolhouse Playboys: Buck Owens was a member of this band from 1951-1958.

 

Oklahoma Wranglers: Formed by Vic, Skeeter and Guy Willis in the 1940's. They backed Hank Williams when he recorded his first records in Nashville, and they also provided music for Eddy Arnold. As you have figured out by now, the band changed their name to the Willis Brothers prior to joining the Grand Ole Opry.

 

Barefoot Jerry: Nashville based band consisting of session musicians. Co-bandleaders Wayne Moss and Russ Hicks formed the group. Along with Charlie McCoy this group had chart records on the Monument label in 1974, and 1977.

 

Barn Dance Sweethearts: This husband-and-wife team were cast members of Atlanta's WSB Barn Dance.

 

Wedding Bells

 

Reba McEntire and Narvel Blackstock were married in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, on June 3, 1989.

 

Buck Owens and fifteen-year-old Bonnie Campbell were married on January 13, 1948.

Chuck Reeves,
music director at KBUL in Reno, Nevada, and Debbie Roszelle were married on Montgomery Gentry' tour bus after a concert on April 23, 2004.

Jimmie Rodgers and Carrie Williamson were married April 7, 1920.

Carl Smith and June Carter were married in Merryville, Tennessee, July 9, 1952.

Tanya Tuckers parents, Beau Tucker and Juanita Cunningham, were both 15 years old when they married on January 29, 1943.

Keith Whitley and Lorrie Morgan were married on November 22. 1986. Lorrie's gravesite (though not as yet occupied) is located next to Keith's, in Nashville's Spring Hill Cemetery.

Hollywood Walk of Fame

Tex Ritter's star is located at 6631 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, California.

 

Anne Murray's star is located at 1750 Vine St., Hollywood, California.

Gone But Not Forgotten

Carter Stanley 1925-1966
Hills of Home Cemetery, McClure, Virginia.

Tommy Collins 1930-2000
Cheatham Memorial Gardens, Ashland City, Tennessee.

Alton Delmore 1908-1964
Rabon Delmore 1916-1952
(The Delmore Brothers)
Athens City Cemetery, Athens, Alabama

Lester Flatt 1914-1979
Oaklawn Memorial Cemetery, Sparta, Tennessee.

Woody Guthrie 1912-1967
Cremated, ashes scattered at sea.

 

Hal Rugg 1936-2005
Hermitage Memorial Gardens, Old Hickory, Tennessee.

Did You Know?

 

February 3, 2009, will be the 50th Anniversary of Buddy Holly's death.

 

Singer, actor Jimmy Boyd recorded "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" when he was twelve years old.

 

Hank Williams' MGM single "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive" was the last record to be released in Hank's lifetime. It went to #1 three weeks after his death.

Vernon Presley,
Elvis' father was tried, and convicted on a felony charge of Check Forgery on November 10, 1937. Six months later Vernon was sentenced to serve three years in a Mississippi penal institution. During his time in jail Vernon' wife and baby son lived on welfare. As a result of an early release for good behavior, Vernon was released from prison on October 10, 1940.

 

Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter have both been inducted into the Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame.

The first gold record ever presented went to Band Leader Glenn Miller in 1942 for "Chattanooga Choo-Choo."

 

SSgt. Barry Sadler, age 49, the Green Beret who wrote and recorded the 1966 hit "The Ballad of the Green Berets"  died November 5, 1989 from a gun shot wound to the head. He was assassinated while riding in a taxi cab in Guatemala City. Sadler was in Guatemala training, and arming the Contras. Now - you know the rest of the story.
 
Ernie Ashworth was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 2008.

Ken Curtis 1916-1991
, was inducted into the National Cowboy Hall of Great Western Performers in 1981.
 
Johnny Cash is a member of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.
 
Hairl Hensley was inducted into the Country Music D.J. Hall of Fame in 1995.
 
Roy Acuff's sister Sue, was a light opera singer.
 
The Opry Trust Fund provides financial assistance to musicians and their families when the need arises. Recipients need not be members of the Grand Ole Opry. The fund was founded in 1965. 


Answers To Ten Questions


         1. Faron Young's recording went to #2 on the charts in 1956.
Don Gibson's first release came two months later and went to #9.

Don Gibson's second release of the song went to #6 in 1961.

Patsy cline's version went to #5 in 1963.

Emmylou Harris' version topped the charts in 1976.

Troy Seals climbed to #88 in 1976.

Reba McEntire's version went to #19 in 1979.

2.    Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan. Jack wrote the song.

3.    The song was "Hold On Partner," and Clint's duet partner was Roy Rogers.

4.    Roy Acuff the King of Country Music.

5.    The Blue Boys.

6.    Dr. Humphrey Bate and his band The Possum Hunters.

7.    "Fourteen Carat Mind." It's very hard to believe, however, this was Gene's

only #1 hit.

8.    Allison Krauss. Sam Lovullo, producer of Hee Haw said later, "Roy seemed to be totally in awe."

9.    Patsy Cline.

10. 1973-Patsy Cline; 1976-Kitty Wells; 1988-Loretta Lynn; 1996-Patsy

Montana; 1997-Brenda Lee; 1998-Tammy Wynette; 1999-Dolly Parton.

There is no possible way for the Country Music Association, to justify

         honoring only seven female artists in the past 46 years.

 

*All fame is written in ice, and eventually the sun comes out.*

From The Wisdom Desk


Note to the God hating ACLU:

 

"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here."

Patrick Henry

 

God's love can be matched by only one thing - His wrath. The ACLU and their supporters will someday stand before the judgment seat of Christ. I look forward with great anticipation to that day. Their sentence will be severe, and it will last for all eternity. And friends - that is a long, long time.

 

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness. Romans 1:18

 

But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who will render to each one according to his deeds. Romans 2:5,6

 

God said it. I believe it. And that's it.

 

Please pray for our troops and their families - because they deserve our thanks and prayers. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and our nations leaders because God said we should.

Well, thanks for dropping by RCNV, it's always good to cyber-see you. Good Lord willing I'll see you here next month. If not ... it's to a much better place I go. I pray that I'll see you there to ... Shalom.

 

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"May, 2008"
Volume 45
Bill Morrison ©2008

 

"Quote of the Month"

 

"If they'd had the pill when I was having babies, I'd have been eating them like popcorn."    ... Loretta Lynn

Recording Session of the Month

 

On May 21, 1945, Ernest Tubb recorded a total of twenty songs in Chicago for Decca Records. The session personnel included: Ernest Tubb-vocals & rhythm guitar; Leon Short-lead guitar; Johnny Sapp-fiddle; Ray Head-steel guitar; Jack Drake-bass. A sampling of the tunes recorded: "At Mail Call Today" written by Gene Autry & Fred Rose; "There's A New Moon Over My Shoulder" by Jimmie Davis; "Wondering If You're Wondering Too" by E.T.; "My Hillbilly Baby: by Rex Griffin; "Too Late To Worry, Too Blue To Cry" by Al Dexter; "Each Night At Nine" by Floyd Tillman; "Love Gone Cold" by Johnny Bond;

 

Ten Questions

         1.  This artist recorded for RCA Victor, with a brief stay at MGM. The
              artist's first 57 releases for RCA were all top 10 singles
. The 58th
              release was a Christmas song, and topped out at #12. Who is the artist?

         2.  Red Stewart and Pee Wee King wrote "The Tennessee Waltz." Who charted

              this song on the country charts?

3.    Who was the first artist to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of    

Fame?

4.    Who was the first country female artist to win a Grammy?

5.    Who did Skeeter Davis marry in 1960?

6.    This artist recorded well over 800 commercial recordings during his career; Ernest Tubb was responsible for this man becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry; he recorded over 100 albums for RCA, and Chet Atkins insisted on personally producing his RCA recordings. This artist once fired his fiddle player, because he thought the man intentionally removed his hair piece with the tip of his fiddle bow during a concert; he stopped his car on the side of the road enroute to a tour date, and made Faron Young get out and hitchhike the rest of the way to their destination; (Faron had that effect on a lot of folks); who is this member of the Country Music Hall of Fame? Okay, one more morsel ... he hated Col. Tom Parker.

7.    I charted my first Columbia single in 1969. My first #1 record on the ABC label hit the charts nine years later. I joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1972. From 1980-1982 I stayed busy with my own network TV show. During my career I charted duet singles with: Waylon Jennings; Lee Greenwood; David Houston; The Oak Ridge Boys; and George Jones. My last #1 single was a hit in 1983, my last chart record topped out at #49 in 1989. I was raised in California, and my family and I live there now. Who am I?

8.    I was the youngest artist ever to become a regular performer on the Grand Ole Opry. My dad and I were working at station WHAS in Louisville, when Harry Stone came to see our show, and invited us to go to work for WSM's pride and joy, the Grand Ole Opry. My dad agreed, and we debuted on September 24, 1932. We recorded several records for the Bluebird label in San Antonio, however our best source of income was the songbooks we sold by the thousands. The NBC network hired us away from the Opry, but we returned to the Opry stage after a few months. In 1938 my younger brother Buddy joined our act. I was five years old when dad and I came to work at WSM in 1932, and I could sing approximately two-hundred songs from memory, as well as sing harmony with my dad. What was the name of our act?

9.    Who is the country music icon who made the following remarks about the 9-11 attacks, to the host of a nationally syndicated radio show, in February, 2008? "I saw those towers fall and I've seen an implosion in Las Vegas, there's too much similarities between the two. And I saw the building fall that didn't get hit by nothing, so, how naive are we, you know, what do they think we'll go for?"

        10.  Who was the only member of the Louisiana Hayride, to appear on shows
               with both Hank Williams and Elvis Presley?
 

May Highlights

 

May 1, 2004 - Brad Cotter, age 33, was selected as the winner of the USA Network's Nashville Star, Season 2, contest.  Prior to the contest, Brad was a demo singer in Nashville ... sound familiar? Last year's winner Buddy Jewel, also came from the ranks of Nashville Demo Singers.

 

May 2, 1960 - WLS Radio changed from its 36-year farm and country format, which featured some of the best live country and western music in America, to a Top 40 Rock & Pop station in 1960. With the growth of Rock music since 1955, WLS targeted a new and younger audience. Program Director Sam Holman and station owners made the decision, and thus began the demise of country music in the Windy City, and the WLS National Barn Dance became just another memory.

 

May 3, 1952 - Kitty wells recorded "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," at her first session for Decca. The session was held at the Castle Studio, in Nashville's Tulane Hotel. Owen Bradley produced, Jack Anglin played rhythm guitar, Shot Jackson played steel guitar, Johnnie Wright played bass, and Paul Warren played fiddle on the session. Joe Miller wrote the song, it charted two months later, went to #1, and is now a Grammy Hall of Fame song.

May 4, 1959 - The 1st Annual Grammy Awards were presented this evening. The Kingston Trio won the first ever Country Music Grammy for "Tom Dooley," NOTE: Music awards presented in 1959, honor the music of 1958 etc. That applies to all music awards, and if you think about it you will understand that it has to be presented in that manner, so as to give the music released late in any given year, an opportunity to be considered. If you have any questions ... ask your wife.

May 5, 1942 - Tammy Wynette 1942-1998, singer, songwriter, was born Virginia Wynette Pugh in Itawamba County, Mississippi. Tammy became the sixth female solo artist to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1998.


May 6, 1985 - The Academy of Country Music celebrated it's 20th anniversary, at this evening's awards show at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. The program was aired on NBC-TV and Alabama was the evening's big winner; Entertainer of the Year; Album of the Year; and Top Vocal Group of the Year. Twenty years later, this very talented group of young men would be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

May 7, 1940 - Hollywood columnist Louella Parsons reported in her column today: "Roy Acuff, young hill-billy brought here by Republic Pictures from Nashville, is suffering from appendicitis and will be operated on as soon as the picture is finished." The film, "Grand Ole Opry" was finished a short time later, but Roy had seen all of Hollywood that he cared to. He loaded the Smokey Mountain Boys into their touring car, and headed back to his beloved Tennessee. Upon arriving in Nashville, Roy was immediately admitted to St. Thomas Hospital, and the appendix was removed.

May 8, 1968 - The Solemn Old Judge "George D. Hay" 1895-1968, age 72, died in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Inducted into the CMHF in 1966. George was laid to rest in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia. His contribution to the success of WSM's Grand Ole Opry is immeasurable.

May 9, 1989 - Keith Whitley, age 33, died from alcohol poisoning at his home in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. At the time of his death, Keith had a blood alcohol content of .47%. 


May 10, 1995 -
Willie Nelson was arrested in Texas, for possession of marijuana. A judge threw out the evidence and dropped the charge on March 23, 1995.

May 11, 1979 - Lester Raymond Flatt 1914-1979, age 64, died in Nashville. Lester Flatt was laid to rest in Oaklawn Memorial Cemetery, Sparta, Tennessee. He was inducted into the CMHF in 1985, and the IBMAHH in 1991.

May 12, 1901 - Benjamin Francis "Whitey" Ford 1901-1986, The Duke of Paducah was born in Desoto, Missouri. Whitey joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1942, and was inducted into the CMHF in 1986.

 

May 13, 1960 - Freddy Fender was arrested in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for possession of cannabis. Freddy was sentenced to five years in prison for possession of a very small amount of marijuana. The Governor of Louisiana pardoned Freddy, about half-way through the sentence.

May 14, 1914 - Foy Willing 1914-1978, singer, songwriter, guitarist, bandleader and actor, was born Foy Willingham in Bosque County, Texas. After moving to Hollywood Foy became a member of Jimmy Wakley's Saddle Pals, appearing in Western movies, and the Hollywood Barn Dance. Foy later formed the "Riders of the Purple Sage."

May 15, 2003 - June Carter Cash 1929-2003, age 73, died at 5:04 PM, in Baptist Hospital, Nashville, Tennessee. The singer, songwriter, producer, author, and actress was laid to rest in Hendersonville Memorial Gardens, Hendersonville, Tennessee.

May 16, 1933 - Jack Strange bass guitarist, and mandolin player was born in Flora, Illinois. Jack was a road musician for Bill Morrison's band, and played for numerous Opry artists that did not have their own road band. Jack is now semi-retired and living in Colorado.

 

May 17, 2001 - The New "Country Music Hall Of Fame and Museum," opened for business in downtown Nashville. This magnificent $37 million facility is the Crown Jewel of Music City USA. Having said that, the jewels in this crown would shine much brighter if more honesty, and less politics were involved in the selection process, regarding who gets inducted into this elite body. Do you know the names of the Music Row geniuses, who have had the final say in deciding who goes in, and who stays out of the Hall of Fame? Of course you don't. Who would admit to being responsible for inducting only seven female solo artists into the Hall of Fame since 1961.

May 18, 2003 - The funeral for June Carter Cash was held at First Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tennessee. June was laid to rest in Hendersonville Memory Gardens next to her mother Maybelle, her father, Ezra, and her sister, Anita. 1800 people attended the ceremony. Rosanne Cash was the only family member to speak at the funeral. John Carter Cash's wife Laura played the fiddle during the service.


May 19, 1950 - Jean Shepard recorded her #1 Capitol Records single "A Dear John Letter," with Ferlin Huskey.

May 20, 1929 - Jack D. Cash 1929-1944, age 14, older brother of Johnny Cash, died in the hospital after a chain saw accident in Arkansas, in 1944. Jack was laid to rest in the Bassett, Arkansas, cemetery. His tombstone reads: Jack D. Cash, 1929-44. Johnny Cash believed that his brother had been murdered, and named the young man he thought had killed his brother. That young man disappeared the same day that Jack Cash was fatally injured. No arrest was ever made.

 

May 21, 2003 - Toby Keith left the ACM Awards Show before it was announced that he had won Entertainer of the Year.  Toby told the press that he and Willie Nelson went to the bus to write songs. That's his story, and he's stickin' to it. I'm betting the bus was filled with a lot of smoke.

 

May 22, 1892 - Ralph Peer 1892-1960, the first country music talent scout, publisher, and music industry pioneer, was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He recorded Jimmie Rodgers, the Carter Family and many other pioneer artists.

 

May 23, 1989 - K. T. Oslin's RCA album "80's Ladies" was certified Platinum. The album was released  two years earlier, and produced five chart singles including two #1 hits. The title track single won a Grammy for K.T. as Best Female Vocal Performance in 1988. In case you ever wondered, K.T. is short for Kay Toinette. A very classy, and talented addition to the country music charts. Kay's first RCA chart hit occurred in 1987, when she was 46 years old. That would never happen in today's Rock-Pop Tennessee. But that's okay. I have been blessed with a Sirius Satellite radio, that plays real country music 24/7. My heart is happy.


May 24, 2005 - Vivian Liberto age 71, first wife of Johnny Cash died in California. Vivian divorced Johnny in 1966. The couple had four daughters Rosanne, Kathleen, Cindy, and Tara. Vivian married a police officer sometime after the divorce.

 

May 25, 1936 - Tom T. Hall, The Storyteller, was born in a log cabin, in Olive Hill, Kentucky. I believe it was Ralph Emery who was once quoted as saying "If T. could play golf a little better he would be the perfect man." But then, I might be wrong about that quote. It might have been Grammy winner Randy Kohrs, a former member of T.'s band, or any number of Nashville's older music community. Everybody loves Tom T. and Miss Dixie. I know for sure that Ernest Tubb loved him like a son, so that pretty much tells you everything you need to know about this songwriting legend...except, when Tootsie Bess, owner and founder of Tootsie's Orchid Lounge in Nashville died, it was Tom T. who went to the legendary watering hole, and ask to see the cigar box where Tootsie kept all of the unpaid tabs. These were the tabs of unemployed singers, songwriters, and some of the best musicians in the world, dating back several years. Tom put the tabs on a table, added up the total amount due, and paid the debt in full. When Tom came to Nashville he had forty-six dollars, an old guitar, and a wonderful God given gift. Tom T. Hall is a very special man, and the history of country music has been enhanced by the man, and his gift.

 

May 26, 1933 - James Charles "Jimmie" Rodgers 1897-1933, age 35, died in his Hotel room in New York City. Jimmie was known as "The Singing Brakeman," and became the first person to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame (1961).

 

May 27, 1971 - Bob Dunn 1908-1971, Western Swing steel guitarist, died at the age of 63. Bob was the first country session musician, to use an electrified string instrument during a recording session (1935) with Milton Brown's Musical Brownies.

 

May 28, 1945 - Gary Stewart 1945-2003, singer, songwriter, and guitarist was born in Letcher County, Kentucky. Gary charted 30 singles on the country charts, his biggest hit, the #1 RCA Victor single "She's Actin' Single (I'm Drinkin' Doubles) was released in 1975. Gary's wife of 43 years died in November 2003. The following month on December 16th, 2003, Gary took his own life with a self-inflicted gun shot, in his Fort Pierce, Florida, residence. Gary was 58.

 

May 29, 1965 - Jody Miller's Capitol single "Queen Of The House" charted today. This was Jody's first chart record and it won her a Grammy for Best Female Vocal. From 1965-1979 Jody charted a total of 27 singles.

 

May 30, 1909 - Lewis Crook 1909-1997, of the Grand Ole Opry's Crook Brothers, was born in Trousdale County, Tennessee.

 

May 31, 1938 - Johnny Paycheck 1938-2003, was born Donald Eugene Lytle in Greenfield, Ohio.  Paycheck's early records were recorded under the name Donny Young. He once played in the bands of Faron Young, Porter Wagoner, Ray Price and George Jones. With a little help from Johnny Russell, Paycheck became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1997.

 

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RCNV Songwriter's Spotlight


William Orville "Lefty" Frizzell 1928-1975


Lefty Frizzell was one of the top country music singers of all-time. I believe the same could be said about his songwriting abilities ... one of the top songwriters in the business. Like most super-stars Lefty had his demons, but I've come to believe the pain in his heart was responsible for the genius displayed in his music. Here is a partial list of Lefty Frizzell penned songs:


"I Want To Be With You Always"
co-written with Dallas studio owner Jim Beck; "I Love You A Thousand Ways" co-written with Jim Beck; "Always Late (With Your Kisses)" co-written with Blackie Crawford; "If You've Got The Money Honey, I've Got The Time"; "Mom and Dad's Waltz"; "Give Me More, More, More (Of Your Kisses)"; "I Never Go Around Mirrors" and many others. In the movie "Tender Mercies" Robert Duvall sang "It Hurts to Face Reality." Lefty wrote this song, however, like many of the songs he wrote he never recorded it.

 

Lefty was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972, and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1982. A massive stroke took the life of Lefty Frizzell on   
July 19, 1975, at age 47. He was laid to rest in Forrest Lawn Memorial Gardens, in Goodlettsville, Tennessee.

Book Of The Month

 

"The Bristol Sessions: Writings About the Big Bang of Country Music" --By Charles K. Wolfe and Ted Olson © 2005

First & Last


Boudleaux
and Felice Bryant were the first songwriters to move to Nashville, and attempt to make their living by doing nothing other than writing songs. They were extremely successful after signing their first publishing contract with Fred Rose at Acuff Rose Publishing in 1948. The man and wife team provided the music world with: Bye Bye Love, Wake Up Little Susie, Hey Joe, Bird Dog, Rocky Top, Raining in My Heart, Let's Think About Living, Love Hurts, Devoted To You, Come Live With Me, Take Me As I Am (or Let Me Go), Take a Message to Mary, Fall Away, Out Behind The Barn, We Could, and hundreds more. The Hall of Fame songwriting team were married on September 5, 1945, and moved to Nashville in 1950.


Ralph Emery
conducted his last all night radio show for WSM on July 22, 1972.

 

The Carter Family had their first recording session for Ralph Peer and Victor Records in Bristol, Tennessee, August 1, 1927.

 

Uncle Dave Macon made his last Grand Ole Opry appearance on March 1, 1952. He became sick after the show and died three weeks later in a Murfreesboro, hospital.

 

Talkin' 'Bout Bands

Coleman County Cowboys: Red Steagall's Western Swing band was formed in the 1970's.

 

Vagabonds: A Chicago based trio that joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1931.

 

The Tenneva Ramblers: This band was first named the Jimmie Rodgers Entertainers in the 1920's. After an argument with Rodgers, the group left Jimmie a short time before he recorded his first record, and then changed the name of the group.

 

Golden West Cowboys: This was Gene Autry's band when he was a cast member of the WLS National Barn Dance in Chicago. After Autry moved to the west coast in the 1930's, it became Pee Wee King's band.

 

Crazy Hickory Nuts: The Crazy Water Company sponsored this band. They were cast members of the "Crazy Barn Dance" on WBT in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

Wedding Bells

 

Rex Allen and Bonita Linder were married August 25, 1946.

Harold Breau and Rita Cote were married on June 29, 1940. They then formed "Lone Pine & Betty Cody"

Johnny Cash and Vivian Liberto were married in San Antonio, Texas, August 6, 1954. The best man was John's brother Roy. Marshall Grant bass player for the Tennessee Two, loaned John the money to get to San Antonio for the wedding.

Spade Cooley and Ella Mae Evans were married in 1945. Spade murdered Ella in front of their young daughter on April 3, 1961. He was sentenced to life in California's Vacaville penitentiary. Spade died two months prior to being released from prison on parole.

Hollywood Walk of Fame

Webb Pierce's star is located at 1600 Vine Street, Hollywood, California.

Reba McEntire's star is located at 7018 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, California.

 

Gone But Not Forgotten

David "Stringbean" Akeman 1916-1973
Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Goodlettsville, Tennessee


Bill Carlisle "Jumping Bill" 1908-2003
Cremated

 

Howard Gerald "Jerry" Clower 1926-1998
East Fork Cemetery, East Fork, Mississippi

 

Betty Jack Davis 1932-1953
Member of the "Davis Sisters" along with Skeeter. Betty was killed in a car wreck, and Skeeter was seriously injured.
Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell, Kentucky

 

Pete Drake -1932-1988
(Steel guitarist,) Dobro, Guitar, Music Publisher, and Record Producer
Spring Hill Cemetery, Nashville, Tennessee

 

Did You Know?

 

When Frank King was hired to play the accordian in Gene Autry's band, there were already two other members of the group named Frank. As a result, Frank was given the nickname "Pee Wee," because he was 5'6" short. Frank "Pee Wee" King was born Julius Frank Kuczynski in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on February 16, 1914.

Jan Howard released a tribute single "My Son" in 1968. Two weeks later her son was killed in Vietnam.

 

Tennessee Ernie Ford served as a bombardier during World War II.

 

Patty Loveless replaced Loretta Lynn as featured singer on the Wilburn Brother's

TV Show when she was still in high school. She remained a part of the show for three

years.

 

If Ricky Nelson was still alive he would have celebrated his 68th birthday on March 8th, 2008. Where have all of those decades gone? Never mind ... I was just thinking out loud.

 

The California based Academy of Country Music presented their first awards in 1965. The Country Music Association initiated their awards two years later.

 

Chet Atkins father was a voice coach, and piano teacher in Lutrell, Tennessee. Chet's half-brother Jim played guitar in the Les Paul Trio.

Moe Bandy formed his first band in San Antonio, Texas, while working as a metalworker. He named his group "The Mavericks," and began recording for some of the record labels in the area. From 1974-1989 Moe charted over 50 singles, including nineteen Top Ten's.

R.C. Bannon was born Dan Shipley on May 2, 1945, in Dallas, Texas. This singer, songwriter, guitarist charted seventeen singles from 1977-1982 on five different labels. Dan and Louise Mandrell were married in 1979, and divorced in 1991.

Jack Barlow recorded for Dot Records. His birth name was Jack Butcher, and he also recorded as Zoot Fenster. No, I didn't make that up ... every hillbilly knows that truth is stranger than fiction.

 

Jimmie Davis 1899-2000, served as Governor of Louisiana from 1944-1948 and 1960-1964. A prolific songwriter, Jim recorded his self-penned "You Are My Sunshine" on February 4, 1940. The Decca single was released in March and sold over a million copies in the U.S. His recording was covered by Guy Lombardo, Wayne King, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Faron Young, the Andrew Sisters, Willie Nelson, Jimmy Wakely, Delbert McClinton, Ray Charles and many others. Jimmie Davis died on November 5, 2000, at the age of 101. The "Singing Governor" was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1971, and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1972. Jimmie Davis was laid to rest in the Davis Family Cemetery, in Quitman, Louisiana.

Answers To Ten Questions

 

1.    Eddy Arnold

2.    Pee Wee King on April 3, 1948; the record went to #3

Cowboy Copas on May 1, 1948; #3

Roy Acuff on November 6, 1948; #12

Patti Page on December 30, 1950; #2

Lacy J. Dalton on February 2, 1980; #17

3.    Jimmie Rodgers

4.    Dottie West-1964 "Here Comes My Baby"

5.    Ralph Emery

6.    Clarence Eugene "Hank" Snow

7.    Barbara Mandrell

8.    Asher Sizemore and Little Jimmie

9.    Willie Nelson. Willie's publicist refused to comment on the remarks. In fairness to Willie, I don't think we should be too critical of his political opinions. He will celebrate his 75th birthday later this year. How many decades can one man consume large amounts of illegal drugs, and be expected to retain any significant amount of functioning brain matter. Sing Willie sing, and leave the politics to the two pathetic choices we'll have to choose between next November.

         10.  Billy Walker 

 

From The Wisdom Desk

 

The Christian and Government:

 

Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God's minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God's minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.   Romans 13: 1-4

 

God said it. I believe it. And that's it.

 

Please pray for our troops and their families ... because they deserve our thanks and prayers.  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and our nations leaders because God said we should.

Well, thanks for dropping by RCNV, it's always good to cyber-see you. Good Lord willing I'll see you here next month. If not ... it's to a much better place I go. I pray that I'll see you there to ... Shalom.

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