On This Day

Country and Western in History (Part 2)

Country and Western: Bluegrass Music

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 453

  • 1933-09-01 Conway Twitty [Harold Jenkins], American country and rockabilly singer-songwriter ("Linda On My Mind"; "There's a Honky Tonk Angel (Who'll Take Me Back In)"), born in Friars Point, Mississippi (d. 1993)
  • 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)
  • 1935-04-02 Warner Mark [McPherson], American country music singer-songwriter (Sittin' on a Rock (Cryin' in a Creek)); Talkin' to the Wall), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2022)
  • 1935-04-07 Bobby Bare, American country singer ("500 Miles Away From Home"; "Come Sundown"; "Marie Laveau"), born in Ironton, Ohio
  • 1935-08-20 Justin Tubb, American country singer (Grand Ole Opry), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1998)

Jerry Lee Lewis

1935-09-29 Jerry Lee Lewis, American rock and roll piano player and singer ("Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On"; "Great Balls Of Fire"), born in Ferriday, Louisiana

  • 1935-12-09 David Houston, American country music singer (Almost Persuaded), born in Bossier City, Louisiana (d. 1993)

Roger Miller

1936-01-02 Roger Miller, American country singer-songwriter ("King of the Road"; "Dang Me"), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 1992)

  • 1936-02-09 "Stompin' Tom" Connors, Canadian country and folk singer-songwriter ("The Hockey Song"), born in St. John, New Brunswick, (d. 2013)
  • 1936-02-27 Chuck Glaser, American country singer (Tompall & the Glaser Brothers), born in Spalding, Nebraska (d. 2019)
  • 1936-03-09 Mickey Gilley, American nightclub owner (Urban Cowboy) and country singer (Roomful of Roses), born in Natchez, Mississippi (d. 2022) [1]
  • 1936-03-22 Roger Whittaker, Kenyan British country singer ("The Last Farewell"; "Durham Town"), born in Nairobi, Kenya
  • 1936-05-25 Tom T. Hall, American country singer, songwriter ("Harper Valley PTA"), and author, born in Olive Hill, Kentucky (d. 2021)
  • 1936-06-22 Kris Kristofferson, American country singer-songwriter ("Me And Bobby McGee"; "Help Me Make It Through The Night"), and actor (Amerika; Millennium; A Star Is Born), born in Brownsville, Texas
  • 1936-07-31 Bonnie Brown, American country singer (The Browns), born in Sparkman, Arkansas (d. 2016)
  • 1936-09-21 (Royden) Dickey Lee [Lipscomb], American pop-country singer-songwriter ("Patches"; "Laurie"), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1936-10-28 Charlie Daniels, American country-rock guitarist, fiddler, and singer ("Devil Went Down to Georgia"), born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 2020)
  • 1937-01-14 Billie Jo Spears, American country singer, born in Beaumont, Texas (d. 2011)
  • 1937-03-06 Doug Dillard, American country rock musician (The Dillards; Gene Clark; Dillard & Clark) and actor (Popeye - "Clem"), born in East St. Louis, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1937-03-20 Jerry Reed, American country music singer (When You're Hot, You're Hot) and actor (Bat 21; Smokey & The Bandit), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2008)

Merle Haggard

1937-04-06 Merle Haggard, American country singer-songwriter ("Mama Tried"; "If We Make It Through December"; "Okie from Muskogee"), born in Oildale, California (d. 2016)

  • 1937-06-15 Waylon Jennings, American country singer and guitarist ("I'm A Ramblin' Man"), born in Littlefield, Texas (d. 2002)
  • 1937-07-19 George Hamilton IV, American country musician, born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (d. 2014)
  • 1937-10-20 Wanda Jackson, American country singer ("Let's Have a Party"), born in Maud, Oklahoma
  • 1937-11-01 Bill Anderson, American country music singer and songwriter ("Still"; "Sometimes"; "I Can't Wait Any Longer"), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1937-12-30 John Hartford [Harford] American country and bluegrass banjo player, fiddler, and singer-songwriter ("Gentle on My Mind"), born in New York City (d. 2001)
  • 1938-03-12 Lew DeWitt, American country singer and composer (Statler Brothers - "Flowers on the Wall"), born in Roanoke, Virginia (d. 1990)
  • 1938-03-18 Charley Pride, American country singer (Sweet Country), born in Sledge, Mississippi (d. 2020) [1]
  • 1938-04-26 Duane Eddy, American twangy guitarist ("Rebel Rouser"; Peter Gunn"; "Cannonball"), born in Corning, New York
  • 1938-05-31 Johnny Paycheck [Donald Lytle], American country singer ("Take This Job and Shove It"), born in Greenfield, Ohio (d. 2003)
  • 1938-07-26 Bobby Hebb, American country singer and songwriter ("Sunny"), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2010)

Kenny Rogers

1938-08-21 Kenny Rogers, American pop and country singer-songwriter ("The Gambler"; "Through the Years") and entrepreneur (Kenny Rogers Roasters), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2020)

  • 1938-11-11 Narvel Felts, American country singer (Reconsider Me), born in Keiser, Arkansas
  • 1939-04-18 Glen Hardin, American rock n roll and country piano player, and arranger (Crickets), born in Wellington, Texas
  • 1939-05-27 Donald "Don" Williams, American country singer ("I Believe in You"), born in Floydada Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1939-05-27 Leo LeBlanc, American country musician and pianist who was legally blind, born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1995)
  • 1939-06-16 Billy "Crash" Craddock, American country singer ("Boom Boom Baby"; "Rub It In"), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1939-08-08 Philip E Baisley, American country singer (Statler Brothers - "Class of '57"), born in Augusta, Virginia
  • 1939-08-16 Billy Joe Shaver, American country singer-songwriter (When I Get My Wings), born in Corsicana, Texas (d. 2020)
  • 1939-09-06 David Allan Coe, American country musician ("Mona Lisa Lost Her Smile"; Mysterious Rhinestone Cowboy), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1939-10-27 Dallas Frazier, American country music songwriter ("Alley Oop"; "Elvira"; "There Goes My Everything"), born in Spiro, Oklahoma (d. 2022)
  • 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 (d. 2021)
  • 1940-01-08 Cristy Lane, American country music and gospel singer, born in Peoria, Illinois
  • 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 songwriter ("Kentucky Rain"), and 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"; "In The Ghetto"; "I Believe In Music") 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)

Tammy Wynette

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

  • 1942-05-12 Billy Swan, American country-rock singer-songwriter ("I Can Help"), born in Cape Giradeau, Louisiana
  • 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"; "I Don't Mind the Thorns (If You're the Rose)"), born in South Gate, 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 [Millsaps], American country singer ("It Was Almost Like a Song"; "Any Day Now"), 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
  • 1943-05-31 Wayne Carson, American country musician and songwriter ("Always On My Mind"), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2015)
  • 1943-07-25 Roy Acuff Jr., American country musician ("Looks Like baby's Gone"), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 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 ("Love in the Hot Afternoon"; "Fourteen Carat Mind"), born in Palestine, Texas

John Denver

1943-12-31 (Henry) John Denver [Deutschendorf], American pop songwriter ("Leaving On A Jet Plane"), country-pop singer ("Sunshine On My Shoulders"; "Calypso"; "Thank God I'm A Country Boy"), and actor (Oh, God!), born in Roswell, New Mexico (d. 1997)

  • 1944-01-08 Joel "Taz" DiGregorio, American country-rock keyboardist (Charlie Daniels Band), born in Southbridge, Massachusetts (d. 2011)
  • 1944-02-12 Marian "Moe" Bandy, American country vocalist (Just Good Ol' Boys), born in Meridian, Mississippi
  • 1944-05-28 Gary Stewart, American country singer ("She's Actin' Single"), born in Jenkins, Kentucky (d. 2003)
  • 1944-06-07 Clarence White, American session and country-rock guitarist (The Byrds, 1968-73 - "Ballad of Easy Rider"), born in Lewiston, Maine (d. 1973)
  • 1944-06-18 Sandy Posey, American pop and 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
  • 1944-11-01 (Richard) "Kinky" Friedman, American country rocker ("Ride 'Em Jewboy"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1944-12-11 Brenda Lee [Brenda Mae Tarpley], American pop and country singer ("I'm Sorry"; "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 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 Brothers - "Flowers on the Wall"), born in Staunton, Virginia
  • 1945-10-19 Jeannie C. Riley (née Stephenson), American Grammy and CMA Award-winning pop-country and gospel singer ("Harper Valley P.T.A."), born in Stamford, Texas
  • 1945-11-10 Donna Fargo [Yvonne Vaughn], American country singer ("The Happiest Girl in Whole USA"), born in Mount Airy, North Carolina
  • 1946-01-11 (Diana) "Naomi" Judd, American Grammy Award-winning country singer (The Judds - "Why Not Me"), born in Ashland, Kentucky (d. 2022)

Weddings in Music


Divorces in Music


Deaths in Music

  • 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 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
  • 2012-07-31 Bobby Edwards [Moncrief], American country singer-songwriter ("You're The Reason"), dies at 86
  • 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
  • 2013-07-25 Michael Shipley, Australian audio engineer, and record producer of rock and country music, dies of an apparent suicide at 56
  • 2013-08-13 (Thomas Paul) "Tompall" Glaser, American country singer ("Put Another Log on the Fire"), 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

Merle Haggard

2016-04-06 Merle Haggard, American country music singer-songwriter ("Mama Tried"; "If We Make It Through December"; "Okie from Muskogee"), dies on his 79th birthday

  • 2016-05-17 Guy Clark, American folk and country singer-songwriter (Heartbroke), dies of lymphoma at 74
  • 2016-07-16 Bonnie Brown, American country singer (The Browns), dies at 77
  • 2016-07-20 Wayne Carson, American country musician and songwriter ("Always On My Mind"; "The Letter"), dies at 73
  • 2016-09-21 John D. Loudermilk, American country singer and songwriter ("Tobacco Road"), dies at 82
  • 2016-09-25 Jean Shepard, American country singer (Ozark Jubilee), dies of Parkinson's disease at 82
  • 2016-11-14 Holly Dunn, American country singer (Daddy's Hands), dies of cancer at 59
  • 2017-09-08 Donald "Don" Williams, American country singer ("I Believe in You"), dies from emphysema at 78
  • 2018-01-23 Lari White, American country music singer and actress (You Can Be a Star winner- 1988), dies of peritoneal cancer at 52
  • 2018-11-15 Roy Clark, American country singer and banjo player (Hee Haw, The Tonight Show), dies at 85
  • 2018-12-06 John "Ace" Cannon, American pop, rock and country music saxophonist (Tuff Sax), dies at 84
  • 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"; "In The Ghetto"; "I Believe In Music") 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]
  • 2021-01-08 [William Edwin] Ed Bruce, American country singer ("Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys"), dies at 81
  • 2021-04-23 Charlie Black, American country music songwriter (Anne Murray - "Shadows in the Moonlight"; K.T. Oslin - "Come Next Monday"), dies at 71
  • 2021-08-20 Tom T. Hall, American country singer, songwriter ("Harper Valley PTA"), and author, dies at 85
  • 2021-09-23 Sue Thompson [Eva Sue McKee], American pop and country music singer ("Sad Movies (Make Me Cry")), dies at 96
  • 2021-12-04 Stonewall Jackson, American country music musician ("Waterloo"; "A Wound Time Can't Erase"), dies from complications of vascular dementia at 89
  • 2022-01-14 Dallas Frazier, American country music songwriter ("Alley Oop"; "Elvira"; "There Goes My Everything"), dies from stroke complications at 82
  • 2022-01-15 Ralph Emery, American country music DJ and television host (Nashville Now), dies at 88
  • 2022-02-17 Dallas Good, Canadian alt-country-rock guitarist and singer-songwriter (The Sadies -"Through Strange Eyes"), dies at 48
  • 2022-03-01 Warner Mark [McPherson], American country music singer-songwriter (Sittin' on a Rock (Cryin' in a Creek)); Talkin' to the Wall), dies at 86
  • 2022-04-01 C. W. McCall [William Dale Fries, Jr.], American country singer (Convoy), dies of cancer at 93
  • 2022-04-30 (Diana) "Naomi" Judd, American Grammy Award-winning country singer (The Judds - "Why Not Me"), dies of a self-inflicted gunshot at 76
  • 2022-05-07 Mickey Gilley, American nightclub owner (Urban Cowboy) and country singer (Roomful of Roses), dies at 86 [1]