Country and Western in History (Part 2)

Country and Western: Bluegrass Music - Country Singers

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 397


Person of interestJerry 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

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

Person of interestRoger Miller

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

Country Singer Roger Miller
Country Singer
Roger Miller
  • 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 country singer (Urban Cowboy), born in Natchez, Mississippi
  • 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 and writer (Harper Valley PTA), born in Olive Hill, Kentucky
  • 1936-07-31 Bonnie Brown, country singer (The Browns), born in Sparkman, Arkansas (d. 2016)
  • 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)

Person of interestMerle 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)

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • 1937-06-15 Waylon Jennings, American country singer and guitarist (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, Maud Oklahoma, country singer (Let's Have a Party)
  • 1937-11-01 Bill Anderson, American country music singer (Still, From This Pen), 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)
  • 1938-03-08 Lew DeWitt, American country singer (Statler Brothers - "Flowers On The Wall"), born in Virgina
  • 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 guitarist (Peter Gunn, Cannonball), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 1939-08-16 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 (Mysterious Rhinestone Cowboy), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 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
  • 1940-01-08 Cristy Lane, American country music & 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 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
  • 1943-05-31 Wayne Carson, country musician and songwriter (Always On My Mind), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2015)
  • 1943-07-25 Roy Acuff Jr., American country musician, 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 (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
  • 1944-01-08 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)
  • 1944-06-18 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
  • 1944-11-01 Richard "Kinky" Friedman, American country rocker (Ride 'em Jewboy), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 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
  • 1946-02-02 Howard Bellamy, American pop and country vocalist (Bellamy Bros - Let Your Love Flow), born in Darby, Florida
  • 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]
  • 1946-11-05 Gram Parsons [Cecil Ingram Connor III], American country-rock singer-songwriter (Byrds - Sweethearts of the Rodeo; Flying Burrito Brothers; "Grievous Angel"), born in Winter Haven, Florida (d. 1973)
  • 1947-01-06 Sandy Denny, English singer-songwriter (Fairport Convention-If You Gotta Go), born in London, England
  • 1947-01-16 James "Sandy" Pinkard, American country music songwriter, born in Abbeville, Louisiana
  • 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
  • 1947-02-10 John Christopher "Chris" Ethridge, American country rock bass guitarist (International Submarine Band, The Flying Burrito Brothers), born in Meridian, Mississippi (d. 2012)
  • 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)

Weddings in Music


Divorces in Music


Deaths in Music

  • 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-songwriter ("Mama Tried"; "If We Make It Through December"; "Okie from Muskogee"), dies on his 79th birthday

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
  • 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), 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 (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) 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]