Country and Western in History

Country and Western: Bluegrass Music - Country Singers

Events in Music

  • 1923-06-14 Recording of 1st country music hit (Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane)
  • 1939-03-25 Billboard Magazine introduces hillbilly (country) music chart
  • 1941-03-29 WPAT radio in NJ begins broadcasting (country music format)
  • 1944-05-09 Country singer Jimmie Davis becomes Governor of Louisiana
  • 1948-01-13 1st country music TV show, "Midwestern Hayride", premieres on WLW-T in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1961-12-13 Jimmy Dean's Big Bad John album is country music 1st million $ seller

Music release#1 in the Charts

1962-06-02 Ray Charles' cover "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" from his influential crossover album "Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music" hits #1 on Billboard

Musician Ray Charles
Musician
Ray Charles

Music awardsMusic Awards

1968-11-20 2nd Country Music Association Award: Glen Campbell and Tammy Wynette win

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette
Country Singer Glen Campbell
Country Singer
Glen Campbell

Music awardsMusic Awards

1969-10-15 3rd Country Music Association Award: Johnny Cash and Tammy Wynette win

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash
Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette

Music awardsMusic Awards

1970-10-14 4th Country Music Association Award: Merle Haggard wins

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • 1971-10-10 5th Country Music Association Award: Charlie Pride wins
  • 1973-10-15 7th Country Music Association Award: Roy Clark wins
  • 1974-10-14 8th Country Music Association Award: Charlie Rich

Music awardsMusic Awards

1975-10-13 9th Country Music Association Award: John Denver wins

Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver
  • 1976-01-09 C. W. McCall CB song "Convoy" hits #1 on the country music charts
  • 1976-10-11 10th Country Music Association Award: Mel Tillis wins

  • 1977-10-10 11th Country Music Association Award: Ronnie Milsap wins

Music awardsMusic Awards

1978-10-09 12th Country Music Association Award: Dolly Parton, Crystal Gayle, and Don Williams win

Country Singer Dolly Parton
Country Singer
Dolly Parton

Music awardsMusic Awards

1979-10-08 13th Country Music Association Award: Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers & Barbara Mandrell wins

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson
Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers
Country Singer and TV Host Barbara Mandrell
Country Singer and TV Host
Barbara Mandrell

Music awardsMusic Awards

1980-10-13 14th Country Music Association Award: Barbara Mandrell, Emmylou Harris, and George Jones win

Country Singer and TV Host Barbara Mandrell
Country Singer and TV Host
Barbara Mandrell

Music awardsMusic Awards

1986-10-13 20th Country Music Association Award: Reba McEntire wins

Country Singer Reba McEntire
Country Singer
Reba McEntire
  • 1987-07-01 WHN-AM in NY City changes call letters to WFAN (now WEVD) replacing WHN's country music, WYNY-FM adopts country music format
  • 1987-10-12 21st Country Music Association Award: Hank William Jr wins
  • 1988-10-10 22nd Country Music Association Award: Highway 101, K. T. Oslin win
  • 1989-10-09 23rd Country Music Association Award: George Strait, Kathy Mattea wins
  • 1990-10-08 24th Country Music Association Award: George Strait wins

Music awardsMusic Awards

1991-10-03 25th Country Music Association Award: Garth Brooks, Tanya Tucker & Vince Gill wins

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
Country Singer Vince Gill
Country Singer
Vince Gill
  • 1992-04-29 Country singer Doug Stone, 35, undergoes quadruple bypass surgery
  • 1992-05-05 American country singer Tammy Wynette hospitalized with bile duct infection

  • 1992-09-30 26th Country Music Association Award: Garth Brooks wins

Music awardsMusic Awards

1993-09-29 27th Country Music Association Award: Vince Gill wins

Country Singer Vince Gill
Country Singer
Vince Gill
  • 1994-09-12 American country singer-songwriter George Jones undergoes successful triple bypass surgery
  • 1994-10-05 28th Country Music Association Award: Vince Gill & Pam Tillis wins
  • 1994-12-28 American country singer Tammy Wynette admitted to the hospital with bile duct infection

Music releaseAlbum Release

1995-02-07 Bluegrass and country musician Alison Krauss releases her compilation album "Now that I've Found You"

Country Singer and Musician Alison Krauss
Country Singer and Musician
Alison Krauss
  • 1995-10-04 29th Country Music Association Award: Krauss Jackson win
  • 1996-10-02 30th Country Music Association Award: Brooks & Dunn win
  • 2002-05-06 "The Good Stuff" single released by Kenny Chesney (Billboard Song of the Year 2002)

Music awardsMusic Awards

2005-11-15 39th Country Music Association Award: Keith Urban & Gretchen Wilson wins

Country Singer-Songwriter Keith Urban
Country Singer-Songwriter
Keith Urban

Music awardsMusic Awards

2006-11-06 40th Country Music Association Award: Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood & Keith Urban wins

Singer Carrie Underwood
Singer
Carrie Underwood
Country Singer-Songwriter Keith Urban
Country Singer-Songwriter
Keith Urban

Music awardsMusic Awards

2009-11-11 43rd Country Music Association Award: Taylor Swift & Brad Paisley wins

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Singer-songwriter
Taylor Swift
Country Singer Brad Paisley
Country Singer
Brad Paisley

Music awardsMusic Awards

2010-11-10 44th Country Music Association Award: Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert & Blake Shelton wins

Country Singer Brad Paisley
Country Singer
Brad Paisley
Country Singer Blake Shelton
Country Singer
Blake Shelton
Country Music Singer-Songwriter Miranda Lambert
Country Music Singer-Songwriter
Miranda Lambert

Music awardsMusic Awards

2012-11-01 46th Country Music Association Award: Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert wins

Country Singer Blake Shelton
Country Singer
Blake Shelton
Country Music Singer-Songwriter Miranda Lambert
Country Music Singer-Songwriter
Miranda Lambert

Music releaseAlbum Release

2018-03-30 Country singer songwriter Kacey Musgraves releases her fourth album "Golden Hour" (Grammy Album of the Year 2019)

Singer Songwriter Kacey Musgraves
Singer Songwriter
Kacey Musgraves

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2020-06-25 American country music band "The Dixie Chicks" change their name to "The Chicks" to remove connotations of Confederate history, two weeks after band "Antebellum" changed their name to "Lady A"

Singer-Songwriter Natalie Maines
Singer-Songwriter
Natalie Maines

Birthdays in Music

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  • 1889-10-19 Uncle Art Satherley, British-American record producer (1968 Academy of Country Music Award), born in Bristol, England (d. 1986)

Person of interestJimmie Rodgers

1897-09-08 Jimmie Rodgers [James Charles], American country singer and singing brakeman, born in Meridian, Mississippi (d. 1933)

Country Singer Jimmie Rodgers
Country Singer
Jimmie Rodgers
  • 1898-07-21 Sara Carter, American country musician, songwriter and vocalist (Carter Family), born in Cooper Creek, Virginia (d. 1979)
  • 1902-09-14 Giorgos Papasideris Greek country singer, composer and lyricist, born in Salamis Island, Greece (d. 1977)
  • 1903-09-15 Roy Acuff, Maynardville Tenn, country musician (Hee Haw)
  • 1904-12-18 Wilf Carter, Canadian country and western singer, born in Port Hilford, Nova Scotia (d. 1996)
  • 1906-01-12 Tex Ritter, American country singer (5 Star Jubilee, Wayward Wind), born in Murvaul, Texas (d. 1974)
  • 1909-05-09 Don Messer, Canadian country musician (d. 1973)

Person of interestMaybelle Carter

1909-05-10 Maybelle Carter, American country singer (Johnny Cash Show), born in Nickelsville, Virginia (d. 1978)

Country Singer Maybelle Carter
Country Singer
Maybelle Carter
  • 1910-06-17 Red Foley, American country singer (Mr Smith Goes to Washington), born in Blue Lick, Kentucky (d. 1968)
  • 1911-09-13 Bill Monroe, American singer known as the "Father of Bluegrass" (Blue Moon of Kentucky), born in Rosine, Kentucky (d. 1996)
  • 1913-07-15 Lloyd "Cowboy" Copas, American country singer ("Candy Kisses"; "Alabam"), born in Blue Creek, Ohio (d. 1963)
  • 1913-10-20 Grandpa [Louis M] Jones, Niagra KY, country musician (Hee-Haw)
  • 1914-02-09 Ernest Tubb, American country musician ("Walking the Floor Over You"), born in Crisp, Texas (d. 1984)
  • 1914-02-16 Jimmy Wakely, American country vocalist (5 Star Jubilee), born in Mineola, Arkansas
  • 1914-02-18 Pee Wee King [Julius Frank Kuczynski], American country singer, accordionist, and songwriter ("Tennesee Waltz"; "Slow Poke"), born in Abrams, Wisconsin (d. 2000)
  • 1914-05-09 [Clarence] Hank Snow, Canadian country singer (I'm Moving On, I Went to Your Wedding), born in Brooklyn, Nova Scotia (d. 1999)
  • 1914-09-28 Jim Boyd, American country and western musician (Men of the West) (d. 1993)
  • 1914-10-30 Patsy Montana [Ruby Rose Blevins], American country singer, songwriter and yodeler (I Want To Be A Cowboys' Sweetheart), born in Beaudry, Arkansas (d. 1996)
  • 1915-06-23 Zeb Turner, country-rock performer (Chew Tobacco Rag)
  • 1917-07-07 Elton Britt, Marshall Ark, country singer (Sat Night Jamboree)
  • 1917-07-07 Woodrow Wilson "Red" Sovine, American country music singer, born in Charleston, West Virginia (d. 1980)
  • 1917-08-23 Tex Williams, American country-western singer, born in Ramsey, Illinois (d. 1985)
  • 1917-11-29 Merle Travis, American country singer, guitarist and songwriter (16 Tons), born in Rosewood, Kentucky (d. 1983)
  • 1918-05-15 Eddy Arnold, American country music singer (Cattle Call, Anytime), born in Henderson Tennessee (d. 2008)
  • 1918-07-20 Cindy Walker, American songwriter ("Dream Baby"; "You Don't Know Me") and country singer, born in Mart, Texas (d. 2006)
  • 1919-02-13 "Tennessee" Ernie Ford, American country music singer ("Sixteen Tons"), and actor, born in Bristol, Tennessee (d. 1991)
  • 1919-08-30 Kitty Wells [Ellen Deason], American country singer (It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2012)
  • 1920-02-13 Boudleaux Bryant, American country music and pop songwriter ("Love Hurts"; "Bye Bye Love"; "Wake Up Little Susie"), born in Shellman, Georgia (d. 1987)
  • 1920-02-22 Del Wood [Adelaide Hazelwood], American country musician, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1989)
  • 1920-03-10 Kenneth "Jethro" Burns, US country singer (Homer & Jethro)
  • 1920-12-19 "Little" Jimmy Dickens, American country singer (Grand Ole Opry), born in Bolt, West Virginia (d. 2015)
  • 1921-02-20 Mervin Shiner, American country singer, born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • 1921-05-12 Joe (born Otis W.) Maphis, Suffolk, Virginia, American country music guitarist
  • 1921-12-22 Harold "Hawkshaw" Hawkins, American country singer (Ozark Jubilee; "Lonesome 7-7203"), born in Huntington, West Virginia (d. 1963)
  • 1923-01-20 (Ottis) "Slim" Whitman, American country singer (Rose Marie), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2013)
  • 1923-02-05 Claude King, American country music singer (Wolverton Mountain), born in Keithville, Louisiana (d. 2013)
  • 1923-08-20 Jim Reeves, American country singer and actor (Gun Fury, Kimberley Jim), born in Panola County, Texas (d. 1964)

Person of interestHank Williams

1923-09-17 Hank Williams, American country singer (Cold, Cold Heart, Hey Good Lookin'), born in Mount Olive, Alabama (d. 1953)

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams
  • 1924-04-21 Ira Louvin, Rainsville Ala, country singer, Louvin Brothers)
  • 1925-04-29 Danny Davis [George Nowlan], country musician (Nashville Brass), born in Randolph, Massachusetts (d. 2008)
  • 1925-04-30 Johnny Horton, American country music and rockabilly singer (The Battle of New Orleans), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1960)
  • 1925-07-02 Marvin Rainwater, country singer (Ozark Jubilee), born in Wichita, Kansas (d. 2013)
  • 1925-07-19 Sue Thompson [Eva Sue Mckee], American pop and country music singer ("Sad Movies (Make Me Cry"), born in Nevada, Missouri
  • 1925-08-28 Billy Grammer, American country music singer and guitarist, born in Benton, Illinois (d. 2011)
  • 1925-09-03 Hank Thompson, American country music singer (The Brazos Valley Boys), born in Waco, Texas (d. 2007)
  • 1925-09-26 Marty Robbins, American country singer (Devil Woman, I Walk Alone), born in Glendale, Arizona (d. 1982)
  • 1925-12-03 Ferlin Husky, American country singer (Born to Lose; Gone), born in Desloge, Missouri (d. 2011)
  • 1926-01-12 Ray Price, American country singer (Good Times), born in Perryville, Texas (d. 2013)
  • 1926-04-10 Junior Samples, American comedian and country singer (Hee Haw), born in Cumming, Georgia (d. 1983)
  • 1927-02-25 Ralph Stanley, American bluegrass musician, born in Dickenson County, Virginia (d. 2016)
  • 1927-03-15 Carl Smith, American country singer (Grand Ole Opry), born in Maynardville, Tennessee
  • 1927-06-13 Slim Dusty [David Kirkpatrick], Australian country music singer-songwriter, born in Kempsey, New South Wales (d. 2003)
  • 1927-07-07 Charlie Louvin, Rainsville Ala, country singer (Louvin Brothers)
  • 1927-08-12 Porter Wagoner, American country singer, discovered Dolly Parton (Y'All Come, "A Satisfied Mind"), born in West Plains, Missouri (d. 2007)
  • 1927-09-08 Harlan Howard, American country music songwriter ("I Fall To Pieces"; "Busted"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2002)
  • 1928-04-03 Don Gibson, American country musician (Sweet Dreams), born in Shelby, North Carolina (d. 2003)
  • 1928-05-03 Dave Dudley, American country singer (Six Days on the Road), born in Spencer, Wisconsin (d. 2003)
  • 1928-08-10 Jimmy Dean, American country music singer, television host, actor, and businessman (Jimmy Dean Show, Diamonds are Forever), born in Plainview, Texas (d. 2010)
  • 1928-11-15 C. W. McCall [William Dale Fries, Jr.], American country singer, born in Audubon, Iowa
  • 1928-12-23 Buddy Harman, American drummer (Grand Ole Opry, Elvis Presley), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2008)
  • 1929-01-14 Billy Walker, American country singer (Ozark Jubilee), born in Ralls, Texas (d. 2006)
  • 1929-01-17 Grady Martin, country music guitarist (The Nashville A-Team), born in Chapel Hill, Tennessee (d. 2001)
  • 1929-03-13 Jan Howard [Lula Grace Johnson], American country music singer and songwriter (For Loving You), born in West Plains, Missouri (d. 2020)
  • 1929-05-01 Sonny James [James Loden], country music singer-songwriter (Young Love), born in Hackelburg, Alabama (d. 2016)

Person of interestJune Carter Cash

1929-06-23 June Carter Cash, American country singer (Johnny Cash Show), born in Maces Spring, Virginia (d. 2003)

Country Singer June Carter Cash
Country Singer
June Carter Cash
  • 1929-07-09 Lee Hazlewood, American country singer and songwriter (Summer Wine, These Boots Are Made For Walkin'), born in Mannford, Oklahoma (d. 2007)
  • 1929-08-12 Buck Owens [Alvis Edgar], Sherman Texas, country singer (Hee Haw)
  • 1929-10-04 Leroy Van Dyke, American country singer (Walk on By), born in Mora, Missouri
  • 1930-01-13 Liz Anderson, American country music singer-songwriter (Mama Spank, The Game of Triangles), born in Roseau, Minnesota (d. 2011)
  • 1930-09-28 Tommy Collins [Leonard Sipes], country singer (Don't Growl)
  • 1930-11-11 Hank Garland, American country, rock and jazz guitar virtuoso ("Sugarfoot Rag"; "(Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame"; "Jingle Bell Rock"), born in Cowpens, South Carolina (d. 2004)
  • 1931-04-27 Maxine Brown, American country music singer (Browns), born in Campti, Louisiana (d. 2019)
  • 1931-05-27 Kenny Price, American country singer (Walking on New Grass, Happy Tracks), born in Florence, Kentucky (d. 1987)
  • 1931-09-12 George Jones, American country singer-songwriter ("Golden Rings"; "Oh Lonesome Me"), born in Saratoga, Texas (d. 2013)
  • 1932-02-25 Faron Young, American country singer and actor (Hidden Guns, Daniel Boone), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 1996)

Person of interestJohnny Cash

1932-02-26 Johnny Cash, American country singer (I Walk the Line, Ring of Fire, A Boy Named Sue), born in Kingsland, Arkansas (d. 2003)

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash

Person of interestLoretta Lynn

1932-04-14 Loretta Lynn, American country singer-songwriter (Coal Miner's Daughter), born in Butcher's Hollow, Kentucky

Singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn
Singer-songwriter
Loretta Lynn
  • 1932-08-08 Mel Tillis [Lonnie Melvin Tillis], American country singer (Who's Julie, M-M-Mel), born in Pahokee, Florida (d. 2017)

Person of interestPatsy Cline

1932-09-08 Patsy Cline [Virginia Henlsey], American country singer ("Crazy"; "I Fall To Pieces"; "Walkin' After Midnight"), born in Winchester, Virginia (d. 1963)

Country Music Singer Patsy Cline
Country Music Singer
Patsy Cline
  • 1932-10-11 Dottie West, American country singer (Here Comes My Baby), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1991)
  • 1932-11-06 Stonewall Jackson, American country music musician, born in Tabor City, North Carolina
  • 1932-12-14 Charlie Rich, American country vocalist (Behind Closed Doors), born in Colt, Arkansas (d. 1995)
  • 1933-01-11 Goldie Hill, American country singer (Grand Ole Opry), born in Karnes County, Texas
  • 1933-04-15 Roy Clark, American country singer (Hee Haw, The Tonight Show), born in Meherrin, Virginia (d. 2018)

Person of interestWillie Nelson

1933-04-29 Willie Nelson, American country singer (On the Road Again), born in Abbott, Texas

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson
  • 1933-08-15 Bobby Helms [Robert Lee Helms], American country music singer (Jingle Bell Rock), born in Bloomington, Indiana (d. 1997)
  • 1933-09-01 Conway Twitty [Harold Jenkins], Miss, country singer (Hello Darlin')
  • 1933-10-27 Floyd Cramer, American Country Music Hall of Fame pianist (Last Date; On the Rebound), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 1997)
  • 1933-11-21 Jean Shepard, American country singer (Ozark Jubilee), born in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma (d. 2016)
  • 1934-01-06 Bobby Lord, American country singer (Ozark Jubilee), born in Sanford, Florida (d. 2008)
  • 1934-03-31 John D. Loudermilk, country singer and songwriter (Tobacco Road), born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 2016)
  • 1934-04-01 Jim Ed Brown, American country music singer (Nashville on the Road), born in Sparkman, Arkansas
  • 1934-05-05 John "Ace" Cannon, American pop, rock and country music saxophonist (Tuff Sax), born in Grenada, Mississippi (d. 2018)
  • 1934-08-05 Vern Gosdin, American country singer (Set 'Em Up Joe), born in Woodland, Alabama (d. 2009)
  • 1934-08-20 "Sneaky" Pete Kleinow, American country-rock musician (Flying Burrito Brothers), born in South Bend, Indiana (d. 2007)
  • 1935-01-12 William Lee Gloden, American country music singer (Oak Ridge Boys), born in Brewton, Alabama
  • 1935-02-17 Johnny Bush, American country singer, born in Houston, Texas (d. 2020)
  • 1935-04-07 Bobby Bare, Irontown Oh, country singer (Detroit City)
  • 1935-08-20 Justin Tubb, American country singer (Grand Ole Opry), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1998)

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

1917-05-01 Country singer Jimmie Rodgers (19) weds Stella Kelley

Country Singer Jimmie Rodgers
Country Singer
Jimmie Rodgers

LoveWedding of Interest

1926-03-13 Country singer Maybelle Carter (17) weds Ezra Carter

Country Singer Maybelle Carter
Country Singer
Maybelle Carter

LoveWedding of Interest

1944-12-15 Country music star Hank Williams (21) weds Audrey Sheppard. It was her second marriage and his first.

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams

LoveWedding of Interest

1952-07-09 Country singer June Carter Cash (23) weds singer Carl Smith (25)

Country Singer June Carter Cash
Country Singer
June Carter Cash

LoveWedding of Interest

1957-09-15 Country music legend Patsy Cline (25) weds linotype operator Charles Dick (23) in Winchester, England

Country Music Singer Patsy Cline
Country Music Singer
Patsy Cline

LoveWedding of Interest

1963-01-12 Country singer Willie Nelson (29) weds singer Shirley Collie (31) in Las Vegas

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson

LoveWedding of Interest

1965-06-28 Country singer Merle Haggard (28) weds singer Bonnie Owens (35)

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard

LoveWedding of Interest

1966-05-30 American country singer-songwriter Dolly Parton (20) weds Carl Dean (23) in Ringgold, Georgia

Country Singer Dolly Parton
Country Singer
Dolly Parton

LoveWedding of Interest

1967-06-06 Country singer John Denver (23) weds psychotherapist Annie Martell at the Christ Chapel in St. Peter, Minnesota

Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver

LoveWedding of Interest

1969-02-16 American country singer Tammy Wynette (26) weds American country singer-songwriter George Jones (37), divorced 1975

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette

LoveWedding of Interest

1976-06-21 Country singer Reba McEntire (21) weds national steer wrestling champion Charlie Battles

Country Singer Reba McEntire
Country Singer
Reba McEntire
  • 1976-07-18 American country singer Tammy Wynette (34) weds real-estate mogul Michael Tomlin, divorced, later in 1976

LoveWedding of Interest

1978-02-14 Country singer Roger Miller (42) weds Mary Arnold

Country Singer Roger Miller
Country Singer
Roger Miller

LoveWedding of Interest

1979-04-07 Country singer Rosanne Cash (23) weds singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell (28)

Country Singer Rosanne Cash
Country Singer
Rosanne Cash

LoveWedding of Interest

1986-05-24 Country singer Garth Brooks marries songwriter Sandy Mahl

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
  • 1988-08-12 Country singer John Denver (44) weds actress Cassandra Delaney
  • 1989-06-03 Country singer Rebe McEntire weds her manager Narvel Blackstone at Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe, Nevada

LoveWedding of Interest

1990-07-01 Country singer-songwriter Hank Williams Jr (41) weds model Mary Jane Thomas at a Congregational church near his ranch in Missoula, Montana

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams Jr
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams Jr

LoveWedding of Interest

1991-10-20 Actress Lisa Hartman weds country singer Clint Black

Country Singer Clint Black
Country Singer
Clint Black
  • 1992-04-11 Country singer Lee Greenwood weds Miss Tennessee 1989 (Kimberly Payne)

LoveWedding of Interest

1993-06-27 Actress Julia Roberts (25) weds country singer Lyle Lovett (36) at St. James Lutheran Church in Marion, Indiana

Actress Julia Roberts
Actress
Julia Roberts
  • 1993-09-11 Country singer Merle Haggard (56) weds fifth wife Theresa Ann Lane at his ranch near Redding, California

LoveWedding of Interest

1993-12-28 Country singer Billy Ray Cyrus (32) weds Leticia Finley (26)

Country Singer-Songwriter Billy Ray Cyrus
Country Singer-Songwriter
Billy Ray Cyrus

LoveWedding of Interest

1994-05-21 Country singer Trisha Yearwood (29) weds Robert Reynolds (32)

Country Singer Trisha Yearwood
Country Singer
Trisha Yearwood

LoveWedding of Interest

1996-10-06 American country singer Faith Hill (29) weds singer and actor Tim McGraw (45) in Rayville, Louisiana

Country Singer Faith Hill
Country Singer
Faith Hill
Country Musician and Actor Tim McGraw
Country Musician and Actor
Tim McGraw
  • 1996-11-16 "What Part of No" country singer Lorrie Morgan (37) weds singer Jon Randall (29) in Nashville
  • 2005-05-07 Country music singer Billy Dean (43) weds Stephanie Paisley at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens in Nashville, Tennessee

LoveWedding of Interest

2005-05-09 Oscar-winning actress Renée Zellweger (36) weds country-music heartthrob singer Kenny Chesney (37) on the island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands

  • 2005-09-17 Country music singer Terri Clark (37) weds her tour manager Greg Kaczor at a resort on Lake Louise in Calgary, Canada
  • 2005-09-26 Country music singer-songwriter Billy Joe Shaver (66) weds Wanda Lynn Canady in Corsicana, Texas
  • 2005-12-10 Country music artist Garth Brooks (43) weds singer Trisha Yearwood (41) in Claremore, Oklahoma
  • 2005-12-17 "Modern Day Drifter" country singer Dierks Bentley (30) weds Cassidy Black in Mexico
  • 2005-12-17 Australian country singer Kasey Chambers (29) weds singer-songwriter Shane Nicholson in Avoca, New South Wales
  • 2006-02-04 Daughter of June Carter country singer Carlene Carter (50) weds Joe Brown began at Cinnamon Hill in Jamaica

LoveWedding of Interest

2006-06-25 Actress Nicole Kidman (39) weds country music singer-songwriter Keith Urban (38) at Cardinal Ceretti Memorial Chapel in Manly, Australia

Actress Nicole Kidman
Actress
Nicole Kidman
Country Singer-Songwriter Keith Urban
Country Singer-Songwriter
Keith Urban
  • 2007-09-09 Country music artist Joe Nichols (30) weds Heather Singleton (30) at Whitfield Chapel in Savannah, Georgia
  • 2008-06-14 Country singer Sara Evans (37) weds former University of Alabama quarterback Jay Barker (35) in Franklin, Tennessee
  • 2009-03-11 Actress and singer Mandy Moore (28) weds alt-country/rock singer-songwriter Ryan Adams (37) in Savannah, Georgia
  • 2011-01-01 Singer-songwriter Kellie Pickler (25) weds country music songwriter Kyle Jacobs (34) at the Jumby Bay Resort in Antigua

LoveWedding of Interest

2011-05-14 Country singer Blake Shelton (34) weds singer Miranda Lambert (27) at Don Strange Ranch in Boerne, Texas

Country Singer Blake Shelton
Country Singer
Blake Shelton
Country Music Singer-Songwriter Miranda Lambert
Country Music Singer-Songwriter
Miranda Lambert
  • 2011-05-20 Actor Doug Hutchison (51) weds country singer Courtney Stodden (16) in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2012-06-10 Country music singer Wynonna Judd (48) weds "Highway 101" drummer Cactus Moser in Leiper's Fork, Tennessee
  • 2013-10-24 Country music singer-songwriter Ashley Monroe (27) weds MLB pitcher John Danks (28) at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee
  • 2015-03-21 Country music singer Jason Aldean (38) weds former American Idol contestant Brittany Kerr (27) in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

LoveWedding of Interest

2015-03-21 Country music star Randy Travis (55) weds longtime girlfriend Mary Davis in Texas

Country Music Singer Randy Travis
Country Music Singer
Randy Travis
  • 2016-05-04 Country singer Randy Houser (39) weds Tatiana Starzynski in an intimate outdoor ceremony in Tennessee
  • 2017-03-12 Country music singer-songwriter and guitarist Frankie Ballard (34) weds Old Smokey Boots owner Christina Murphy
  • 2017-04-15 Country music singer and songwriter Sam Hunt (32) weds Hannah Lee Fowler in Cedartown, Georgia
  • 2017-05-06 Country music singer Josh Gracin (36) weds partner Katie Weir in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 2017-05-13 Country music vocalist Dan Smyers (29) weds longtime love Abby Law in Nashville, Tennessee

LoveWedding of Interest

2017-10-14 Country singer songwriter Kacey Musgraves marries Ruston Kelly in Tennessee

Singer Songwriter Kacey Musgraves
Singer Songwriter
Kacey Musgraves

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1952-05-29 Country music legend Hank Williams and Audrey Sheppard granted divorce for the second and final time after seven years of marriage. Their first divorce was in 1948.

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1975-03-21 American country singer Tammy Wynette (33) divorces American country singer-songwriter George Jones (43), after 6 years of marriage

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2005-12-20 Actress Renée Zellweger (36) annuls her marriage to country-music singer Kenny Chesney (37) citing fraud, after 4 months of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2010-10-29 Country singer Randy Travis (51) divorces manager Lib Hatcher due to state of incompatibility exists between the two parties after 19 long years of marriage. One of country music's longest-lasting couples

Country Music Singer Randy Travis
Country Music Singer
Randy Travis

Deaths in Music


Person of interestJimmie Rodgers

1933-05-26 Jimmie Rodgers [James Charles], American country singer and singing brakeman, dies of a pulmonary hemorrhage at 35

Country Singer Jimmie Rodgers
Country Singer
Jimmie Rodgers

Person of interestHank Williams

1953-01-01 Hank Williams, American country singer (Cold Cold Heart), dies at 29

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams
  • 1960-11-05 Johnny Horton, American country and rockabilly singer (The Battle of New Orleans), dies in a car accident at 33
  • 1963-03-05 Harold "Hawkshaw" Hawkins, American country singer (Ozark Jubilee; "Lonesome 7-7203"), dies in a plane crash at 41

Person of interestPatsy Cline

1963-03-05 Patsy Cline [Virginia Henlsey], American country singer ("Crazy"; "I Fall To Pieces"; "Walkin' After Midnight"), dies in a plane crash at 30

Country Music Singer Patsy Cline
Country Music Singer
Patsy Cline
  • 1963-03-05 Lloyd "Cowboy" Copas, American country singer ("Candy Kisses"; "Alabam"), dies in a plane crash at 49
  • 1964-07-31 Jim Reeves, American country singer and actor (Gun Fury, Kimberley Jim), dies in air crash at 39
  • 1965-06-20 Ira Louvin, country singer (Louvin Brothers), dies at 41
  • 1968-09-19 Red Foley, American country singer (Mr Smith Goes to Washington), dies at 58
  • 1972-06-23 Elton Britt, country singer (Sat Night Jamboree), dies at 54
  • 1973-09-19 Gram Parsons [Cecil Ingram Connor III], American country-rock singer-songwriter (Byrds - Sweethearts of the Rodeo; Flying Burrito Brothers; "Grievous Angel"), dies of a drug overdose at 26
  • 1973-11-10 Stringbean, country singer/comedian/banjoist (Hee Haw), dies at 58
  • 1974-01-02 Tex Ritter, American country singer (5 Star Jubilee), dies at 67
  • 1975-07-19 Lefty Frizzell, American country music singer and songwriter (b. 1928)
  • 1977-10-08 Giorgos Papasideris, Greek country singer, composer and lyricist, dies at 75
  • 1978-01-10 Zeb Turner, country-rock performer (Chew Tobacco Rag), dies at 62
  • 1978-04-21 Sandy Denny, country singer, dies at 37

Person of interestMaybelle Carter

1978-10-23 Maybelle Carter, country singer (Johnny Cash Show), dies at 69

Country Singer Maybelle Carter
Country Singer
Maybelle Carter
  • 1979-01-08 Sara Carter, American country musician, songwriter and vocalist (Carter Family), dies at 81
  • 1980-04-04 Woodrow Wilson "Red" Sovine, American country music singer, dies following a heart attack leading to a car crash at 62
  • 1982-09-23 Jimmy Wakely, country western singer, dies of heart failure at 68
  • 1982-12-08 Marty Robbins, American country singer (Devil Woman, I Walk Alone), dies of complications following cardiac surgery.at 57
  • 1983-10-20 Merle Travis, American country singer, dies at 75
  • 1983-11-13 Alvin "Junior" Samples, American comedian and country singer (Hee Haw), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • 1984-09-06 Ernest Tubb, American country musician (Walking the Floor Over You), dies of emphysema at 70
  • 1985-10-11 Tex Williams, American country-western singer, dies at 68 of cancer
  • 1986-02-10 Uncle Art Satherley, British-American record producer (1968 Academy of Country Music Award), dies at 96
  • 1986-06-27 Joe Maphis, American country music guitarist dies aged 65
  • 1987-06-25 Boudleaux Bryant, American country music and pop songwriter (Rocky Top, Love Hurts, Bye Bye Love), dies at 67
  • 1987-08-04 Kenny Price, American country singer (Walking on New Grass, Happy Tracks), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • 1987-08-29 Archie Campbell, American country music comedian (b. 1914)
  • 1987-09-23 O. B. McClinton, American country singer (Man needs a woman), dies at 47
  • 1988-04-28 B. W. Stevenson, American country singer, dies at 38
  • 1989-02-04 Kenneth "Jethro" Burns, country singer (Homer & Jethro), dies at 69
  • 1989-05-09 Keith Whitley, American country music singer (Don't Close Your Eyes), dies of alcohol poisoning at 33
  • 1989-10-03 Del Wool [Adelaide Hazelwood], American country musician, dies at 69
  • 1991-02-24 Webb Pierce, US country singer (Bye Bye Love), dies of cancer at 64
  • 1991-09-04 Dottie West, American country singer (Here Comes my Baby), dies at 58 in a car
  • 1991-10-17 Tennessee Ernie Ford, American country music singer and actor (Sixteen Tons), dies of liver disease at 72
  • 1992-04-17 Hank Penny, country music singer, dies at 73 of heart failure

Person of interestRoger Miller

1992-10-25 Roger Miller, American country singer (King of the Road, Dang Me), dies at 56

Country Singer Roger Miller
Country Singer
Roger Miller
  • 1992-11-23 Ray Acuff, country singer (Wahbash Cannonball), dies
  • 1993-02-25 Toy Caldwell, American Southern-rock musician (Marshall Tucker Band), dies of cocaine induced cardio-respiratory failure at 45
  • 1993-11-30 David Houston, American country music singer (Almost Persuaded), dies at 57
  • 1995-04-02 Leo LeBlanc, American country musician and pianist who was legally blind, dies of cancer at 55
  • 1995-07-25 Charlie Rich, American country singer (Lonely Weekends), dies at 62
  • 1996-02-17 Gus Hardin [Carolyn Ann Blankenship], American country singer, dies at 50
  • 1996-12-05 Wilf Carter, country singer, dies at 91
  • 1996-12-10 Faron Young, American country singer and actor (Hidden Guns, Daniel Boone), commits suicide at 64
  • 1997-06-19 Bobby Helms [Robert Lee Helms], American country music singer (Jingle Bell Rock), dies at 63
  • 1997-12-21 Amie Comeaux, American country music singer, dies at 21
  • 1997-12-31 Floyd Cramer, American Country Music Hall of Fame pianist ("Last Date"; "On the Rebound"), dies of cancer at 64
  • 1998-01-24 Justin Tubb, American country singer (Grand Ole Opry), dies at 62
  • 1998-05-07 Eddie Rabbitt, American country singer (I Love a Rainy Night), dies at 56
  • 1999-11-18 Doug Sahm, American musician (Sir Douglas Quintet; Texas Tornadoes), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 1999-12-20 [Clarence] Hank Snow, Canadian country singer (I'm Moving On, I Went to Your Wedding), dies of heart failure at 85
  • 2001-12-03 Grady Martin, American country music guitarist (The Nashville A-Team), dies at 72
  • 2002-02-13 Waylon Jennings, American country singer and guitarist (Ramblin' Man), dies of diabetic complications at 64
  • 2002-03-03 Harlan Howard, American country music songwriter, dies at 74
  • 2003-02-19 Johnny Paycheck [Donald Lytle], American country singer (Take This Job and Shove It), dies after contracting emphysema and asthma at 64

Person of interestJohnny Cash

2003-09-12 Johnny Cash, American country singer (I Walk the Line, Ring of Fire, A Boy Named Sue), dies at 71

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash
  • 2003-09-19 Slim Dusty [David Kirkpatrick], Australian country music singer-songwriter, dies of cancer at 76
  • 2003-11-17 Don Gibson, American country musician (Sweet Dreams), dies at 75
  • 2003-12-16 Gary Stewart, American country singer (She's Actin' Single), commits suicide by shooting himself in the neck at 59
  • 2003-12-22 Dave Dudley, American country singer (Six Days on the Road), dies at 75
  • 2005-02-12 Sammi Smith, American country music singer (Help Me Make It Through the Night), dies at 61
  • 2005-03-09 Chris LeDoux, American country singer (Ridin' for a Fall), dies at 56
  • 2006-03-23 Cindy Walker, American songwriter ("Dream Baby"; "You Don't Know Me") and country singer, dies at 87
  • 2007-01-01 Del Reeves, American country singer, dies at 74
  • 2007-01-06 Sneaky Pete Kleinow, American country-rock musician (Flying Burrito Brothers), dies at 72
  • 2007-08-04 Lee Hazlewood, American country singer and songwriter (Summer Wine, These Boots Are Made For Walkin'), dies of renal cancer at 78
  • 2007-10-28 Porter Wagoner, American country singer, discovered Dolly Parton (Y'All Come, "A Satisfied Mind"), dies of lung cancer at 80
  • 2007-11-06 Hank Thompson, American country music singer (The Brazos Valley Boys), dies at 82
  • 2008-04-12 Danny Davis [George Nowlan], American country musician (Nashville Brass), dies at 83
  • 2008-05-08 Eddy Arnold, American Country music singer, dies at 89
  • 2008-08-05 Reg Lindsay, Australian country and western singer/songwriter (b. 1929)
  • 2008-08-21 Buddy Harman, Country music drummer (Grand Ole Opry, Elvis Presley), dies at 79
  • 2008-08-31 Jerry Reed, American country music singer (When You're Hot, You're Hot) and actor (Bat 21, Smokey & the Bandit), dies of complications from emphysema at 71
  • 2009-04-28 Vern Gosdin, American country singer (Set 'Em Up Joe), dies after a stroke at 74
  • 2010-06-13 Jimmy Dean, American country music singer, television host, actor, and businessman (Jimmy Dean Show, Diamonds are Forever), dies at 81
  • 2011-03-17 Ferlin Husky, American country singer (Born to Lose, Gone), dies at 85
  • 2011-03-31 Mel McDaniel, American country singer (Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On) dies of lung cancer at 68
  • 2011-09-27 Johnny "Country" Mathis, American country singer (b. 1933)
  • 2011-10-12 Joel "Taz" DiGregorio, American country-rock keyboardist (Charlie Daniels Band), killed in a car accident at 67 [1]
  • 2011-10-31 Liz Anderson, American country music singer-songwriter (Mama Spank, The Game of Triangles), dies of heart and lung disease at 81
  • 2012-04-23 John Christopher "Chris" Ethridge, American country rock bass guitarist (International Submarine Band, The Flying Burrito Brothers), dies from pancreatic cancer at 65
  • 2012-05-16 Doug Dillard, American country rock musician (The Dillards, Gene Clark, Dillard & Clark) and actor (Clem-Popeye), dies of a lung infection caused by a collapsed lung at 75
  • 2012-07-16 Kitty Wells [Ellen Deason], American country singer (It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels), dies from complications after a stroke at 92
  • 2013-02-17 Mindy McCready, American country singer, commits suicide by gunshot at 37
  • 2013-03-07 Claude King, American country music singer (Wolverton Mountain), dies at 90
  • 2013-04-26 George Jones, American country singer-songwriter ("Golden Rings"; "Oh Lonesome Me"), dies from hypoxic respiratory failure at 81
  • 2013-06-19 Slim Whitman, American country singer (Rose Marie), dies from heart failure at 90
  • 2013-08-13 Tompall Glaser, American country singer, dies at 79
  • 2014-09-17 George Hamilton IV, American country musician, dies from complications from a heart attack at 77
  • 2015-01-02 "Little" Jimmy Dickens, American country singer (Grand Ole Opry), dies at 94
  • 2015-06-11 Jim Ed Brown, American country music singer (Nashville on the Road), dies at 81
  • 2015-07-30 Lynn Anderson, American country singer (I Never Promised you a Rose Garden), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • 2016-02-22 Sonny James [James Loden], American country music singer-songwriter (Young Love), dies at 87

Person of interestMerle Haggard

2016-04-06 Merle Haggard, American country music singer (Death Valley Days), dies at 79

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • 2016-05-17 Guy Clark, American country singer (Heartbroke), dies at 74