Today in Country Singer History (Part 2)

Country and Western: Bluegrass Music

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 335

  • 1938-11-11 Narvel Felts, American country singer (Reconsider Me), born in Keiser, Arkansas
  • 1939-05-27 Donald "Don" Williams, American country singer (I Believe in You), born in Floydada Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1939-06-16 Billy "Crash" Craddock, American country singer (Boom Boom Baby, Rub It In), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1939-08-16 Billy Joe Shaver, American country singer-songwriter (When I Get My Wings), born in Corsicana, Texas (d. 2020)
  • 1939-12-29 (William Edwin) "Ed" Bruce, American country singer ("Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys"), born in Keiser, Arkansas
  • 1940-01-23 Johnny Russell, American country singer, born in Moorhead, Mississippi (d. 2001)
  • 1940-03-27 Janis Martin, American rockabilly and country singer, born in Sutherlin, Virginia (d. 2007)
  • 1940-04-25 O. B. McClinton, American country singer (Keep your arms around me), born in Senatobia, Mississippi (d. 1987)
  • 1940-07-06 Jeannie Seely, American country music singer (Don't Touch Me), born in Titusville, Pennsylvania
  • 1941-01-18 Bobby Goldsboro, American pop and country singer-songwriter ("Honey"), born in Marianna, Florida
  • 1941-04-09 (Princetta) Kay Adams, American country singer ("I Cried At Your Wedding,"; "Little Pink Mack"), born in Knox City, Texas
  • 1941-05-15 K. T. Oslin, American country singer (80's Ladies), born in Crossett, Arkansas (d. 2020)
  • 1941-08-15 Don Rich, American guitarist and country singer (Hee Haw), born in Olympia, Washington (d. 1974)
  • 1941-10-17 Earl Thomas Conley, American country singer (Too Many Times), born in Portsmouth, Ohio
  • 1941-11-06 Doug Sahm, American musician (Sir Douglas Quintet; Texas Tornadoes), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1999)
  • 1941-11-06 Guy Clark, American country singer (Heartbroke), born in Monahans, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1941-11-27 Eddie Rabbitt, American country singer (I Love a Rainy Night), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1941-12-06 Helen Cornelius, American country singer (Nashville on the Road), born in Monroe City, Missouri
  • 1942-01-21 Mac Davis, American country music singer-songwriter (Baby, Don't Get Hooked On Me) and actor (North Dallas Forty), born in Lubbock, Texas (d, 2020) [1]
  • 1942-03-16 Jerry Jeff Walker [Ronald Clyde Crosby], American country music singer and songwriter (Mr Bojangles), born in Oneonta, New York
  • 1942-04-03 Billy Joe Royal, American country and pop singer ("Down in the Boondocks"), born in Valdosta, Georgia (d. 2015)

Person of interestTammy Wynette

1942-05-05 Tammy Wynette [Virginia Pugh], American country singer ("Stand by your Man"), born in Itawamba County, Mississippi (d. 1998)

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette
  • 1942-07-20 T.G. Sheppard [William Browder], American country singer (Devil in the Bottle), born in Humbolt, Tennessee
  • 1942-09-06 Mel McDaniel, American country singer (Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On), born in Checotah, Oklahoma (d. 2011)
  • 1942-10-27 Lee Greenwood, American country singer (God Bless the USA), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1942-12-26 Earl Cate, American country singer and piano player (Cate Bros - Fire on the Tracks),born in Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • 1942-12-26 Ernie Cate, American country singer and guitarist (Cate Bros - Fire on the Tracks), born in Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • 1943-01-07 Leona Williams, American country music singer (Ladies Get the Blues), born in Vienna, Missouri
  • 1943-01-16 Ronnie Milsap, American country singer (Legend in My Time), born in Robbinsville, North Carolina
  • 1943-04-24 Richard Sterban, American country singer (Oak Ridge Boys-Elvira), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • 1943-04-29 Duane Allen, American country singer (Oak Ridge Boys-Elvira), born in Taylortown, Texas
  • 1943-05-25 Jessi Colter [Miriam Johnson], American country singer (I'm Not Lisa), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1943-08-05 Sammi Smith, American country music singer (Help Me Make It Through the Night), born in Orange County, California (d. 2005)
  • 1943-10-11 Gene Watson, American country singer (Heartaches, Love & Stuff), born in Palestine, Texas

Person of interestJohn Denver

1943-12-31 John Denver, American country singer ("Sunshine On My Shoulders"; "Thank God I'm A Country Boy"), born in Roswell, New Mexico (d. 1997)

Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver
  • 1944-05-28 Gary Stewart, American country singer (She's Actin' Single), born in Jenkins, Kentucky (d. 2003)
  • 1944-06-18 Sandy Posey, American pop/country singer ("Single Girl"), born in Jasper, Alabama
  • 1944-08-19 Eddy Raven [Futch], American country singer (Right Hand Man), born in Lafayette, Louisiana
  • 1944-10-08 Susan Raye, American country music singer (L.A. International Airport), born in Eugene, Oregon
  • 1945-03-14 Michael Martin Murphey, American country singer (Wildfire), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1945-04-09 Gus Hardin [Carolyn Ann Blankenship], American country singer, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 1996)
  • 1945-06-05 Don Reid, American country singer (Statler Bros-Flowers on the Wall), born in Staunton, Virginia
  • 1945-10-19 Jeannie C. Riley, American country singer (Harper Valley P.T.A.; Hee Haw), born in Stamford, Texas
  • 1945-11-10 Donna Fargo, American country singer (Happiest Girl in Whole USA), born in Mount Airy, North Carolina
  • 1946-01-11 Naomi Judd [Diana Ellen], American country singer (Judds - Why Not Me), born in Ashland, Kentucky

Person of interestDolly Parton

1946-01-19 Dolly Parton, American country singer-songwriter ("Jolene"; ""I Will Always Love You", "9 to 5"), actress, and literacy advocate, born in Sevierville, Tennessee

Country Singer Dolly Parton
Country Singer
Dolly Parton
  • 1946-07-03 Johnny Lee [John Lee Ham], American country music singer (Lookin' for Love), born in Texas City, Texas
  • 1946-08-11 John Conlee, Versailles Ky, country singer (Common Man)
  • 1946-10-02 Jo-El Sonnier, American country singer (Louisiana), born in Rayne, Louisiana
  • 1946-10-10 John Prine, American country folk singer-songwriter (Hello in There, Angel From Montgomery), born in Maywood, Illinois (d. 2020)
  • 1946-10-13 Lacy J. Dalton, American country singer (Crazy Blue Eyes), born in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania [1]
  • 1947-01-06 Sandy Denny, English singer-songwriter (Fairport Convention-If You Gotta Go), born in London, England
  • 1947-01-21 Jimmy Ibbotson, American country and folk-rock singer (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1947-02-09 Joe Ely, American country singer-songwriter (Honky Tonk Masquerade), born in Amarillo,Texas
  • 1947-04-02 Emmylou Harris, American country singer ("Together Again"; "Blue Kentucky Girl"), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1947-05-24 Mike Reid, American country singer (Walk on Faith), born in Altoona, Pennsylvania
  • 1947-07-11 Jeff Hanna, country singer (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1947-08-23 Rex Allen Jr, American country singer (Nashville on the Road), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1947-09-09 Freddy Weller, American rock guitarist (Paul Revere and The Raiders), and country singer, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1947-09-23 Mary Kay Place, American actress (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman - "Loretta"), and country singer ("Baby Boy"), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1947-09-26 Lynn Anderson, American country singer (I Never Promised you a Rose Garden), born in Grand Forks, North Dokota (d. 2015)
  • 1947-12-19 Janie Fricke, American country music singer (It Ain't Easy Bein' Easy), born in South Whitley, Indiana
  • 1948-02-08 "England" Dan [Seals], American pop and country singer (England Dan & John Ford Coley - "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight"), born in McCamey, Texas (d. 2009)
  • 1948-05-02 Larry Gatlin, American country singer (Gatlin Bros-Broken Lady), born in Seminole, Texas
  • 1948-05-18 Joe Bonsall, country singer (Oak Ridge Boys-Elvira), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1948-06-05 Gail Davies, Broken Bow Ok, country singer (Blue Heartache)
  • 1948-10-02 Chris LeDoux, American country singer (Ridin' for a Fall), born in Biloxi, Mississippi (d. 2005)
  • 1948-10-28 Rickie Lee Reynolds, American country guitarist (Black Oak Arkansas)
  • 1948-11-03 Hugh Moffatt, American country music singer and songwriter, born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1948-12-07 Gary Morris, American country singer and actor (Colbys), born in Fort Worth, Texas

Person of interestBarbara Mandrell

1948-12-25 Barbara Mandrell, American country singer and TV host (Mandrell Sisters), born in Houston, Texas

Country Singer and TV Host Barbara Mandrell
Country Singer and TV Host
Barbara Mandrell
  • 1949-01-07 Marshall Chapman, American country singer, born in Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • 1949-02-12 Stanley Knight, American southern rock guitarist (Black Oak Arkansas - High on the Hog), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 2013)
  • 1949-03-04 Carroll Baker, Canadian country singer and songwriter, born in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia

Person of interestHank Williams Jr

1949-05-26 Hank Williams Jr, country singer (Honky Tonk), born in Shreveport, Louisiana

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams Jr
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams Jr
  • 1949-09-26 Martin Delray, American country singer (Get Rhythm), born in Texarkana, Arkansas
  • 1949-10-05 B. W. Stevenson, American country singer, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1988)
  • 1949-10-27 Jack Daniels, American country guitarist (Highway 101 - "Cry, Cry, Cry"; "Who's Lonely Now?"), born in Choctaw, Oklahoma,
  • 1949-11-08 Bonnie Raitt, American blues country singer-songwriter (Nick of Time, Something To Talk About), born in Burbank, California
  • 1950-01-15 David Lynn Jones, American country singer (Bonnie Jean), born in Bexar, Arkansas
  • 1950-03-25 Ronald "Ronnie" McDowell, American country singer ("The King Is Gone"), born in Portland, Tennessee
  • 1950-08-07 Rodney Crowell, American country singer (She's Crazy for Leavin'), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1951-01-09 Crystal Gayle, American country singer ("Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue"; "One From The Heart"), born in Paintsville, Kentucky
  • 1951-03-16 Ray Benson, American country singer (House of Blue Lights), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1951-04-04 Steve Gatlin, American country singer (Gatlin Bros-Broken Lady), born in Olney, Texas
  • 1951-04-07 John Dittrich, American country music drummer (Restless Heart - "Wheels"; "The Bluest Eyes In Texas"), born in Union, New Jersey
  • 1951-05-23 Judy Rodman, country singer (Girls Ride Horses Too), born in Riverside, California
  • 1951-06-06 Dwight Twilley, country singer (Twilley Don't Mind), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1952-01-12 Ricky Van Shelton, American country singer (Wild-Eyed Dream), born in Danville, Virginia
  • 1952-01-22 Teddy Gentry, American country music bassist (Alabama - "Mountain Music"), born in Fort Payne, Alabama
  • 1952-02-18 (Judy) "Juice" Newton, American pop and country singer-songwriter ("Queen of Hearts'), born in Lakehurst, New Jersey
  • 1952-04-18 Jim Scholten, American country singer ("Betty's Bein' Bad"), born in Midland, Michigan
  • 1952-05-18 George Strait, Pearsall Tx, country singer (All My Exes Live in Texas)
  • 1952-08-20 Rudy Gatlin, American country singer (Gatlin Bros-Broken Lady), born in Olney, Texas
  • 1952-09-17 Steve Sanders, American country baritone singer (Oak Ridge Boys, 1987-95), born in Richland, Georgia (d. 1998)
  • 1952-11-10 Pat Severs, American country singer (Pirates of Mississippi-Fred Jake), born in Camden, South Carolina
  • 1953-03-26 Michael Bonagura, American country singer (Baille & Boys - "Oh Heart"), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1953-04-09 Hal Ketchum, American country singer ("Small Town Saturday Night"), born in Greenwich Village, New York (d. 2020)
  • 1953-09-30 Deborah Allen, American country singer (Jim Stafford Show), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1953-11-23 Francis Cabrel, French folk and country singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Agen, France

Weddings in Music


Divorces in Music


Deaths in Music

  • 2019-01-21 Maxine Brown, American country music singer (Browns), dies at 87
  • 2019-06-10 Chuck Glaser, American country singer (Tompall & the Glaser Brothers), dies at 83
  • 2020-03-28 Jan Howard [Lula Grace Johnson], American country music singer and songwriter (For Loving You), dies at 91
  • 2020-03-29 Joe Diffie, American country singer and guitarist (Home), dies of COVID-19 complications at 61
  • 2020-09-29 Mac Davis, American country music singer-songwriter (Baby, Don't Get Hooked On Me) and actor (North Dallas Forty) dies following heart surgery at 78 [1]
  • 2020-10-16 Johnny Bush, American country singer, dies at 85
  • 2020-10-28 Billy Joe Shaver, American country singer-songwriter (When I Get My Wings), dies of a stroke at 81
  • 2020-11-23 Hal Ketchum, American country singer (Small Town Saturday Night), dies at 67
  • 2020-12-12 Charley Pride, American country singer (Sweet Country), dies of Covid-19 complications at 86 [1]
  • 2020-12-21 K. T. Oslin, American country singer (80's Ladies), dies at 78 [1]

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