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Country and Western in History

Country and Western: Bluegrass Music

Events in Music

  • 1923-06-14 Recording of 1st country music hit (Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane)

Music History

1927-08-01 Influential country music group the Carter family make their first recording with producer Ralph Peer in Bristol, Tennessee

  • 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
  • 1953-08-02 Betty Jack Davis, American country singer (with Skeeter Davis in The Davis Sisters), killed in car crash at 21

Music Recording

1961-08-21 American country singer Patsy Cline records then-struggling songwriter Willie Neslon's song "Crazy", in Nashville, Tennessee

#1 in the Charts

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

Music History

1963-12-28 Merle Haggard's 1st appearance on country music chart with "Sing a Sad Song"

Music Awards

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

Music Single

1973-10-15 Country music artist Dolly Parton releases her single "Jolene"

  • 1974-10-14 8th Country Music Association Award: Charlie Rich

Music Awards

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

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

Music Awards

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

Music Awards

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

  • 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 win
  • 1990-10-08 24th Country Music Association Award: George Strait wins

Music Awards

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

  • 1991-12-04 Country music mother and daughter act The Judds "farewell" concert at Murphy Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; later re-unions and "farewells" in 2000, 2010, 2015, and 2021
  • 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 Awards

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

  • 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

Album Release

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

  • 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 Awards

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

Music Awards

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

Album Release

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

Music History

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"


Birthdays in Music

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

Jimmie Rodgers

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

  • 1898-07-21 Sara Carter, American country musician, songwriter and vocalist (Carter Family), born in Cooper Creek, Virginia (d. 1979)
  • 1901-12-05 Ray Whitley, American country and western singer-songwriter ("Back in the Saddle Again") and actor (Tim Holt films), born in Atlanta, Georgia (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, American country fiddler, singer ("Wabash Cannonball"; Grand Ole Opry), and music publisher (Acuff-Rose Music), born in Maynardville, Tennessee (d. 1992)
  • 1904-12-18 Wilf Carter, Canadian country and western singer, born in Port Hilford, Nova Scotia (d. 1996)
  • 1906-01-12 (Woodward) "Tex" Ritter, American country singer (5 Star Jubilee, "Wayward Wind"), born in Murvaul, Texas (d. 1974)
  • 1909-05-09 Don Messer, Canadian folk fiddler, and television host (Jubilee, 1959-73), born in Tweedside, New Brunswick (d. 1973)

Maybelle Carter

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

  • 1910-06-17 Red Foley, American country singer (Mr Smith Goes to Washington), born in Blue Lick, Kentucky (d. 1968)
  • 1911-03-18 (Lester) "Smiley" Burnette [Burnett], American country music performer, singer-songwriter ("Ridin' Down the Canyon (To Watch the Sun Go Down)"), and actor (Petticoat Junction - "Charlie"), born in Summum, Illinois (d. 1967)
  • 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 (Louis) "Grandpa" Jones, American country music singer and banjo wizard (Hee-Haw), born in Niagra, Kentucky (d. 1998)
  • 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 Cowboy's Sweetheart"), born in Beaudry, Arkansas (d. 1996)
  • 1915-06-23 Zeb Turner, country-rock performer (Chew Tobacco Rag)
  • 1917-02-01 Mary Jane DeZurik, American country singer and hillbilly yodeler (The Cackle Sisters - National Barn Dance, Grand Ole Opry), born in Royalton, Minnesota (d. 1981)
  • 1917-07-07 Elton Britt {Baker], American country singer-songwriter ("There's a Star-Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere"; Saturday Night Jamboree), born in Zack, Arkansas (d. 1972)
  • 1917-07-07 (Woodrow Wilson) "Red" Sovine, American country music singer ("Phantom 309"; "Teddy Bear"), 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 ("Make The World Go Away"; "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye"), 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, American country singer, and mandolin player (Homer & Jethro -"The Battle of Kookamonga"), born in Conasauga, Tennessee (d. 1989)(
  • 1920-09-29 Tillman Franks, American country music bassist, songwriter and artist manager (Webb Pierce), born in Stamps, Arkansas (d. 2006)
  • 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 honky-tonk country and hillbilly singer, born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • 1921-05-12 (Otis W.) "Joe" Maphis, American session and country music guitarist ("Dim Lights"), born in Suffolk, Virginia (d. 1986)
  • 1921-08-08 Webb Pierce, American honky-tonk country singer-songwriter, and guitarist ("In The Jailhouse Now"; "Wondering"; "There Stands The Glass"), born in West Monroe, Louisiana (d. 1991)
  • 1921-11-05 (Lawrence) "Red" Wootten, American country & western (The Whippoorwills, Gene Autry), jazz (Red Norvo; Tony Pastor), and session acoustic and electric bassist, born in Social Circle, Georgia
  • 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"; "Guess Who"), 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 ("He'll Have To Go"; "Distant Drums"), and actor (Kimberley Jim), born in Panola County, Texas (d. 1964)

Hank Williams

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

  • 1924-04-21 Ira Louvin [Loudermilk], American country singer and mandolin player (Louvin Brothers), born in Section, Alabama (d. 1965)
  • 1925-04-29 Danny Davis [George Nowlan], American 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, American 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 (d. 2021)
  • 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 ("El Paso"; "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)
  • 1926-01-18 Bobby Edwards [Moncrief], American country singer-songwriter ("You're The Reason"), born in Anniston, Alabama (d. 2012)
  • 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 ("Deep Water"; "Ten Thousand Drums"; "Why, Why"), born in Maynardville, Tennessee (d. 2010)
  • 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, American country singer-songwriter (Louvin Brothers - "The Only Way Out (Is to Walk Over Me)"), born in Section, Alabama (d. 2011)
  • 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)
  • 1928-03-31 (William) "Lefty" Frizzell, American country music singer and songwriter ("If You've Got the Money (I've Got the Time)"; "Saginaw, Michigan"), born in Corsicana, Texas (d. 1975)
  • 1928-04-03 Don Gibson, American country musician and songwriter ("Sweet Dreams"; "I Can't Stop Loving You"), 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 and rockabilly singer ("Big Bad John"), television host (Jimmy Dean Show), actor (Diamonds Are Forever), and sausage maker, born in Plainview, Texas (d. 2010)
  • 1928-11-15 C. W. McCall [William Dale Fries, Jr.], American country singer (Convoy), born in Audubon, Iowa (d. 2022)
  • 1928-12-23 (Murrey) "Buddy" Harman, American country music session drummer (Grand Ole Opry; Elvis Presley; Patsy Cline; Brenda Lee; Ween), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2008)
  • 1929-01-14 Billy Walker, American country music singer and guitarist ("Charlie's Shoes"), 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)

June Carter Cash

1929-06-23 June Carter Cash, American Grammy Award-winning country singer (The Carter Family; Johnny Cash Show), songwriter ("Ring Of Fire"), and actress, born in Maces Spring, Virginia (d. 2003)

  • 1929-07-09 (Barton) Lee Hazlewood, American pop-country songwriter, singer, and producer ("Summer Wine"; Nancy Sinatra -"These Boots Are Made For Walkin'"; Frank and Nancy - "Something Stupid"), born in Mannford, Oklahoma (d. 2007)
  • 1929-08-12 (Alvis) "Buck" Owens, American "Bakersfield Sound" country singer-songwriter ("Under Your Spell Again"), bandleader (The Buckaroos - "Act Naturally"), and TV personality (Hee Haw), born in Sherman, Texas (d. 2006)
  • 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], American country singer-songwriter ("Don't Growl"), born in Bethany, Oklahoma (d. 2000)
  • 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)
  • 1931-12-01 Jim Nesbitt, American country music singer, born in Bishopville, South Carolina (d. 2007)
  • 1932-02-25 Faron Young, American country singer ("Hello Walls"; "It's Four in the Morning"), and actor (Hidden Guns; Daniel Boone, Trailblazer), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 1996)

Johnny 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)

  • 1932-03-17 Dick Curless, American country music singer-songwriter (A Tombstone Every Mile), born in Fort Fairfield, Maine (d. 1995)

Loretta Lynn

1932-04-14 Loretta Lynn, American country singer-songwriter ("Coal Miner's Daughter"; "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man"), born in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky

  • 1932-06-12 Charlie Feathers, American country music and rockabilly singer-songwriter, and musician ("Can't Hardly Stand It"), born in Holly Springs, Mississippi (d. 1998)
  • 1932-08-08 (Lonnie Melvin) "Mel" Tillis, American country singer ("Who's Julie"; "M-M-Mel"), born in Pahokee, Florida (d. 2017)

Patsy 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)

  • 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 ("Waterloo"; "A Wound Time Can't Erase"), born in Tabor City, North Carolina (d. 2021)
  • 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; "I Let the Stars Get In My Eyes"), born in Karnes County, Texas (d. 2005)
  • 1933-03-10 Ralph Emery, American country music DJ and television host (Nashville Now), born in McEwen, Tennessee (d. 2022)
  • 1933-04-15 Roy Clark, American country and bluegrass singer, guitarist, and banjo player (Hee Haw; The Tonight Show), born in Meherrin, Virginia (d. 2018)

Willie Nelson

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

  • 1933-07-14 Del Reeves, American country music singer and guitarist, born in Sparta, North Carolina (d. 2007)
  • 1933-08-15 Bobby Helms [Robert Lee Helms], American country music singer (Jingle Bell Rock), born in Bloomington, Indiana (d. 1997)

Weddings in Music

Maybelle Carter

1926-03-13 American folk and singer Maybelle Addington (17) weds music manager Ezra Carter (27)

Hank Williams

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

June Carter Cash

1952-07-09 American country singer June Carter Cash (23) weds singer Carl "Mr. Country" Smith (25); divorce 1956

Patsy Cline

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

Willie Nelson

1963-01-12 Country singer Willie Nelson (29) weds singer Shirley Collie (31) in Las Vegas; divorce in 1971

Merle Haggard

1965-06-28 American country singer Merle Haggard (28) weds singer Bonnie Owens (35); divorce in 1978

Dolly Parton

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

John Denver

1967-06-06 American pop singer John Denver (23) weds psychotherapist Annie Martell at the Christ Chapel in St. Peter, Minnesota; divorce in 1982

Tammy Wynette

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

  • 1969-10-26 American outlaw country singer-songwriter Waylon Jennings (32) weds American singer Jessi Colter (26) in Phoenix, Arizona

Reba McEntire

1976-06-21 Country singer Reba McEntire (21) weds national steer wrestling champion Charlie Battles (31); divorce in 1987

  • 1976-07-18 American country singer Tammy Wynette (34) weds real-estate mogul Michael Tomlin, divorced, later in 1976
  • 1978-07-06 American country singer Tammy Wynette (36) weds record producer George Richey (42) in Florida
  • 1978-10-07 American country singer-songwriter Merle Haggard (41) weds his backup singer Leona Williams (35); divorce in 1983

Rosanne Cash

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

  • 1979-08-18 British rock singer-songwriter Nick Lowe (30) weds American country singer Carlene Carter (23) (her third marriage); divorce in 1990
  • 1985-06-01 Country singer Merle Haggard (48) weds fourth wife Debbie Parret; divorce in 1991

Garth Brooks

1986-05-24 American country singer Garth Brooks (24) weds songwriter Sandy Mahl; divorce in 2001

  • 1988-08-12 American singer-songwriter John Denver (44) weds Australian actress Cassandra Delaney (26); divorce in 1993
  • 1989-06-03 Country singer Rebe McEntire weds her manager Narvel Blackstone at Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Hank Williams Jr

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

Clint Black

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

  • 1991-10-30 American country singer Clint Black (34) weds American actress Lisa Hartman (29) in Katy, Texas,
  • 1992-04-11 Country singer Lee Greenwood weds Miss Tennessee 1989 Kimberly Payne

Julia Roberts

1993-06-27 American actress Julia Roberts (25) weds American singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett (36) at St. James Lutheran Church in Marion, Indiana; divorce in 1995

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

Billy Ray Cyrus

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

Trisha Yearwood

1994-05-21 American country singer Trisha Yearwood (29) weds American roots-rock bassist Robert Reynolds (32); divorce in 1999

Wedding of Interest

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

  • 1996-11-16 "What Part of No" country singer Lorrie Morgan (37) weds singer Jon Randall (29) in Nashville

Kenny Rogers

1997-06-01 Grammy Award-winning pop-country singer Kenny Rogers (59) weds Wanda Miller (31) at his ranch in Athens, Georgia

Blake Shelton

2003-11-17 American country singer Blake Shelton (27) weds Kaynette Williams in Gatlinburg, Tennessee; divorce in 2006

  • 2005-05-07 Country music singer Billy Dean (43) weds Stephanie Paisley at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens in Nashville, Tennessee

Renée Zellweger

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 (for a fourth time) Joe Breen at Cinnamon Hill in Jamaica; divorce 2020

Wedding 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

  • 2007-09-09 Country music artist Joe Nichols (30) weds Heather Singleton (30) at Whitfield Chapel in Savannah, Georgia

Katherine Heigl

2007-12-23 American "Grey's Anatomy" actress Katherine Heigl (29) weds American pop-country singer-songwriter Josh Kelley (27) at Stein Eriksen Lodge in Park City, Utah

  • 2008-06-14 Country singer Sara Evans (37) weds former University of Alabama quarterback Jay Barker (35) in Franklin, Tennessee

Mandy Moore

2009-03-11 Actress and singer Mandy Moore (28) weds alt-country/rock singer-songwriter Ryan Adams (37) in Savannah, Georgia; divorce in 2016

  • 2011-01-01 Singer-songwriter Kellie Pickler (25) weds country music songwriter Kyle Jacobs (34) at the Jumby Bay Resort in Antigua
  • 2011-05-14 Country singer Blake Shelton (34) weds singer Miranda Lambert (27) at Don Strange Ranch in Boerne, Texas
  • 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

Randy Travis

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

  • 2016-01-08 American country music singer Colton Dixon (24) weds longtime love Annie Coggeshall in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 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 (28) in Cedartown, Georgia; divorce in 2022
  • 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

Kacey Musgraves

2017-10-14 American country singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves (29) weds American country singer-songwriter Ruston Kelly (29) in Tennessee; divorce in 2020

  • 2020-08-01 American country singer Luke Combs (30) weds Nicole Hocking (28) at home in Florida

Wedding of Interest

2021-07-03 American pop singer and TV personality Gwen Stefani (51) weds American country singer and TV personality Blake Shelton (45) at Shelton's ranch in Tishomingo, Oklahoma


Divorces in Music

Hank Williams

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.

Tammy Wynette

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

Renée Zellweger

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

Randy Travis

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


Deaths in Music

Jimmie Rodgers

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

Hank Williams

1953-01-01 Hank Williams, American country singer-songwriter ("Cold Cold Heart"; "Hey, Good Lookin'; Your Cheatin' Heart"), dies of an alcohol and painkiller fueled heart attack at 29

  • 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

Patsy 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

  • 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 ("He'll Have To Go"; "Distant Drums"), and actor (Kimberley Jim), dies in airplane crash at 39
  • 1965-06-20 Ira Louvin, American country singer (Louvin Brothers), dies at 41
  • 1967-02-16 (Lester) "Smiley" Burnette [Burnett], American country music performer, singer-songwriter ("Ridin' Down the Canyon (To Watch the Sun Go Down)"), and actor (Petticoat Junction - "Charlie"), dies of leukemia at 55
  • 1968-09-19 Red Foley, American country singer ("Mr Smith Goes to Washington"), dies at 58
  • 1972-06-23 Elton Britt, American country singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Saturday Night Jamboree), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 1973-07-15 Clarence White, American session and country-rock guitarist (The Byrds, 1968-73 - "Ballad of Easy Rider"), struck and killed by a drunk driver at 29
  • 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 [David Akeman], American country singer, comedian, and banjo player (Hee Haw), murdered by burglars at his home at 58
  • 1974-01-02 (Woodward) "Tex" Ritter, American country singer (5 Star Jubilee, "Wayward Wind"), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • 1975-07-19 (William) "Lefty" Frizzell, American country music singer and songwriter ("If You've Got the Money (I've Got the Time)"; "Saginaw, Michigan"), dies at 47
  • 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
  • 1979-01-08 Sara Carter, American country musician, songwriter and vocalist (Carter Family), dies at 81
  • 1979-02-21 Ray Whitley, American country and western singer-songwriter ("Back in the Saddle Again") and actor (Tim Holt films), dies at 77
  • 1980-04-04 Woodrow Wilson "Red" Sovine, American country music singer, dies following a heart attack leading to a car crash at 62
  • 1981-09-03 Mary Jane DeZurik, American country singer and hillbilly yodeler (The Cackle Sisters - National Barn Dance, Grand Ole Opry), dies at 64
  • 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 of cancer at 68
  • 1986-02-10 "Uncle" Art Satherley, British-American record producer (1968 Academy of Country Music Award), dies at 96
  • 1986-06-27 (Otis W.) "Joe" Maphis, American session and country music guitarist ("Dim Lights"), dies of lung cancer at 75
  • 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
  • 1987-09-23 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, American 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
  • 1990-08-15 Lew DeWitt, American country singer and composer (Statler Brothers - "Flowers on the Wall"), dies of Crohn's disease complications at 52
  • 1991-02-24 Webb Pierce, American honky-tonk country singer-songwriter, and guitarist ("In The Jailhouse Now"; "Wondering"; "There Stands The Glass"), dies of pancreatic 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 ("Sixteen Tons"), and actor (I Love Lucy; The Ford Show), dies of liver disease at 72
  • 1992-04-17 Hank Penny, country music singer, dies at 73 of heart failure

Roger Miller

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

  • 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
  • 1995-05-25 Dick Curless, American country music singer-songwriter (A Tombstone Every Mile), dies of stomach cancer at 63
  • 1995-07-25 Charlie Rich, American country singer ("Behind Closed Doors"; "The Most Beautiful Girl"), dies of a pulmonary embolism at 62
  • 1996-02-17 Gus Hardin [Carolyn Ann Blankenship], American country singer, dies at 50
  • 1996-05-03 Patsy Montana [Ruby Rose Blevins], American country singer, songwriter and yodeler ("I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart"), dies at 81
  • 1996-12-05 Wilf Carter, country singer, dies at 91
  • 1996-12-10 Faron Young, American country singer ("Hello Walls"; "It's Four in the Morning"), and actor (Hidden Guns; Daniel Boone, Trailblazer), 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
  • 1998-01-07 Owen Bradley, American pop country music record producer (Patsy Cline; Loretta Lynn; Conway Twitty), dies at 82
  • 1998-01-24 Justin Tubb, American country singer (Grand Ole Opry), dies at 62
  • 1998-02-19 (Louis) "Grandpa" Jones, American country music singer and banjo wizard (Hee Haw), dies at 84
  • 1998-05-07 Eddie Rabbitt, American songwriter ("Kentucky Rain"), and country singer ("I Love a Rainy Night"), dies of lung cancer at 56
  • 1998-08-29 Charlie Feathers, American country music and rockabilly singer-songwriter, and musician ("Can't Hardly Stand It"), dies at from stroke complications at 66
  • 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 ("I'm A 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 ("ake This Job and Shove It"), dies after contracting emphysema and asthma at 64

June Carter Cash

2003-05-15 June Carter Cash, American Grammy Award-winning folk-country singer, musician and songwriter (Ring Of Fire), dies from complications after heart valve replacement surgery at 73

Johnny Cash

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

  • 2003-09-19 Slim Dusty [David Kirkpatrick], Australian country music singer-songwriter, dies of cancer at 76
  • 2003-09-24 Rosalie Allen, American country singer, yodeler, and disc jockey, dies of congestive heart failure at 79
  • 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
  • 2004-12-07 Jerry Scoggins, American country singer ("The Ballad of Jed Clampett"), dies at 91
  • 2004-12-27 Hank Garland, American country, rock, and jazz Nashville-based session guitarist, dies of complications from a staph infection at 74
  • 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
  • 2006-03-25 (Alvis) "Buck" Owens, American "Bakersfield Sound" country singer-songwriter ("Under Your Spell Again"), bandleader (The Buckaroos - "Act Naturally"), and TV personality (Hee Haw), dies of an apparent heart attack at 76
  • 2006-05-21 Billy Walker, American country music singer and guitarist ("Charlie's Shoes"), dies, along with his wife and two band members, in a single vehicle car accident, at 77
  • 2006-10-26 Tillman Franks, American country music bassist, songwriter and artist manager (Webb Pierce), dies at 86
  • 2007-01-01 Del Reeves, American country music 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
  • 2008-04-22 Paul Davis, American country-rock-pop singer-songwriter and piano player ("I Go Crazy"; "65 Love Affair"), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • 2008-05-08 Eddy Arnold, American country music singer ("Make The World Go Away"; "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye"), dies at 89
  • 2008-08-05 Reg Lindsay, Australian country and western singer-songwriter ("Armstrong"; "Close The Door Lightly"), dies of pneumonia, at 79
  • 2008-08-21 Buddy Harman, American 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
  • 2009-03-25 "England" Dan [Seals], American pop and country singer (England Dan & John Ford Coley - "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight"), dies of cancer at 61
  • 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 and rockabilly singer ("Big Bad John"), television host (Jimmy Dean Show), actor (Diamonds Are Forever), and sausage maker,, dies at 81
  • 2011-01-26 Charlie Louvin, American country singer-songwriter (Louvin Brothers - "The Only Way Out (Is to Walk Over Me)")dies of cancer at 83
  • 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