Country Music Artist's Trivia

Loretta Lynn is an American country music singer-songwriter with multiple gold albums in a career spanning almost 60 years. 

1. Lynn is the daughter of coal miner Theodore Melvin "Ted" Webb and Clara Marie "Clary". 
2. Loretta is the second of eight children. 
3. Loretta Lynn is a multiple gold album American country music singer-songwriter. 
4. Her work spans almost 60 years. 
5. She has received numerous awards and other accolades for her groundbreaking role in country music, including awards from both the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music as a duet partner and individual artist. 
6. She remains the most awarded female country recording artist. 
7. At age 15 in January 1948, Loretta married Oliver "Doolittle" Lynn. 
8. Life together with her husband helped inspire the music she wrote. 
9. In 1953 Doolittle bought her a $17 Harmony guitar. 
10. She taught herself to play guitar. 
11. Worked to improve her guitar playing and with Doolittle's encouragement started her own band, "Loretta and the Trailblazers", with her brother, Jay Lee, playing lead guitar. 
12. She often appeared at Bill's Tavern in Blaine, Washington, and the Delta Grange Hall in Custer, Washington, with the Pen Brothers' band and The Westerneers. 
13. She eventually cut her first record, "Honky Tonk Girl", in February 1960. 
14. She became a part of the country music scene in Nashville in the 1960s. 


Kristoffer Kristofferson is an American singer-songwriter and actor. Among his songwriting credits are the songs "Me and Bobby McGee", "For the Good Times", "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down", and "Help Me Make It Through the Night", all of which were hits for other artists. 


1. In June 1999, Kristofferson underwent elective heart bypass. 
2. Attended Pomona College in Claremont, California, with a B.A. in Creative Literature; graduated in 1958. 
3. Special guest at Roger Ebert's 4th annual Overlooked Film Festival in Champaign, Illinois in March 2002 where his film A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (1998) was one of 14 neglected movies screened. 
4. Has been awarded an honorary Doctorate from Pomona College 
5. He wrote the song "Me and Bobbie (later Bobby) McGee" which Janis Joplin recorded. The song was a hit for Roger Miller in 1969, who started recording it even before Kristofferson was done writing it. 
6. He got his start in the music business by landing a helicopter in Johnny Cash's backyard and presenting him with a song he had written. Cash went on to record the song 
7. A young Kris Kristofferson can be seen on one of of his album covers in Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver (1976). 
8. Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2004. 
9. Brother of Karen Kirschenbauer. 
10. Father of Tracy Kristofferson (b1962) and Kris Kristofferson (b. 1968) with Frances Beir. Daughter Casey Kristofferson (b. 1974) Heather Lynn Kristofferson born 1977 with Rita Coolidge. Jesse Turner Kristofferson (b. 1984), Jody Ray Kristofferson (b. 1985), Johnny Kristofferson (b. 1988), Kelly Marie Kristofferson (b. 1991) and Blake Cameron Kristofferson (b. 1994) with Lisa Marie Meyers. 
11. Was a member of The Highwaymen with fellow country music stars Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. 
12. He got the leading male role of A Star Is Born (1976) after Elvis Presley couldn't do it. Elvis has also recorded a song written by Kristofferson. 
13. Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985. 


Clyde Julian Foley known professionally as Red Foley, was an American singer, musician, and radio and TV personality who made a major contribution to the growth of country music after World War II. For more than two decades, Foley was one of the biggest stars of the genre, selling more than 25 million records. 

1. Father-in-law of singer Pat Boone. 
2. Father of Shirley Boone. 
3. Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1967. 
4. Elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1967. 
5. Grandfather of Debby Boone, Cherry Boone, Linda Boone and Laura Boone. 
6. Recorded vocals for Hank Garland's famous Sugarfoot Rag. 
7. Portrayed by actor Gerald Emerick in the film Crazy (2008). 
8. Sang "Peace in the Valley" at the funeral of Hank Williams alongside C&W greats Roy Acuff and Ernest Tubb who, respectively sang, "I Saw the Light" and "Beyond the Sunset" 
9. He was awarded 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6225 Hollywood Boulevard and for Television at 6300 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. 
10.  Red sang in the Inaugural Ball for President Truman in 1949 and also in a federal court(as a witness to the ownership rights to "Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy".
11. In April 1946, Foley signed on to emcee and perform on The Prince Albert Show, the segment of the Grand Ole Opry carried on NBC Radio.
12. In 1951, Foley's second wife, Judy Martin, took her own life.
13. Foley was an inspiration to rock 'n' roll, in particular Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley, who both covered many of his songs. His country boogie material was a clear precursor of the style.


Woodrow Wilson "Red" Sovine was an American country music singer and songwriter associated with truck driving songs, particularly those recited as narratives, but set to music. The most noted examples are his 1965 number one hit "Giddyup Go" and his 1976 number one hit "Teddy Bear". 

1. Best known for his hit spoken word records "Giddyup Go" and "Teddy Bear" 
2. Country singer. 
3. Best known for his sentimental recitation songs. Of his three Billboard magazine No. 1 country hits, two of those were recitations -- "Giddyup Go" (1966) and "Teddy Bear" (1976). 
4. His other No. 1 hit was a singing duet with Webb Pierce, 1956's "Why Baby Why." 
5. "Teddy Bear" is the last country song to climb to No. 1 within three weeks of its top 40 debut on Billboard magazine's country singles chart. 
6. Earned the nickname "Red" because of his reddish-brown hair. 
7. He had two brothers and two sisters. 
8. Sovine (whose last name was pronounced So VINE) was taught to play guitar by his mother. 
9. His first venture into music was with his childhood friend Johnnie Bailes, with whom he performed as "Smiley and Red, the Singing Sailors" in the country music revue Jim Pike's Carolina Tar Heels on WWVA-AM in Wheeling, West Virginia. 
10. Another Louisiana Hayride co-star who helped Sovine was country music legend Webb Pierce. 
11. In 1961, a song copyrighted, in 1955, by Sovine and co-writer Dale Noe became a sizeable hit on the Pop charts.  
12. Sovine was married to the former Norma Searls, who died in 1976 at the age of 57. 
13. On April 4, 1980, Sovine suffered a heart attack while driving his 1979 Ford Econoline 150 van near the intersection of Battery and Lealand Lanes in southern Nashville, causing him to run a red light and strike an oncoming vehicle driven by Edgar Primm, 25, also of Nashville, before coming to rest against a tree near the intersection.  
14. He died on April 4, 1980.


James Travis Reeves was an American country and popular music singer-songwriter. With records charting from the 1950s to the 1980s, he became well known as a practitioner of the Nashville sound. Known as "Gentleman Jim", his songs continued to chart for years after his death. 

1. Elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame, 1967. 
2. A prolific recording artist, many of his posthumously released songs became hits many years after his death, such as 1970's "Angels Don't Lie". 
3. Was a member of the Grand Ole Opry from 1955 until his death. 
4. With his soft baritone voice, "Gentleman" Jim Reeves was one of the biggest and most consistent hit-makers in country music history. His many hits on RCA Victor, now considered country music classics, include "He'll Have to Go", "Four Walls", "Am I Losing You", "Blue Side of Lonesome", "Welcome to My World", "Bimbo", "Distant Drums" and "Mexican Joe". 
5. His fan-base in Norway is so huge his widow, Mary Reeves, has received countless gold, platinum and even diamond (!) records from Norway up till this day. There was even a special album made for Norwegian fans: "Jim Reeves - Norwegian hits" in 1999. In the early 1960s Reeves was the first US artist to sell to gold in Norway, and after his death he dominated the Norwegian charts through the entire 1960s. To top it all, one of the last live recording made of Reeves was from his concert in Njårdhallen, Oslo, Norway, three months before his death. 
6. Recorded and played with legendary Nashville session guitarist Hank Garland. 
7. Wore a toupee, which he and his wife Mary Reeves kept a closely guarded secret. She even tried to keep the fact unknown for many years after his death, once suing an overseas magazine for reporting it. His manager in the early 1950s, Charlie Lamb, acknowledged Jim wore a toupee, and said he discussed with Jim whether he should wear it on his first guest appearance on the Opry in 1953. Lamb' said, "He decided to go with the toupee". 
8. Made the eventually unfortunate decision to learn to fly himself after a commercial airliner he was on encountered turbulent weather on a return flight from South Africa in 1962. He wanted to be "in control" of the situation. He was taught to fly by the same instructor who taught Randy Hughes (Patsy Cline's manager and pilot) to fly, and received his pilot's license in March 1963 shortly after Cline's plane crashed. 
9. Was originally hired by the "Louisiana Hayride " radio showing 1952 as an announcer, not a singer. The "Big Daddy" who ran the Hayride, Horace Logan, didn't like Jim's singing style (which, early in his career, was more of a high-pitched style as opposed to the smooth, mellow style he developed after "Four Walls" in 1957). After "Mexican Joe" became a hit in 1953, Jim took some time off from the Hayride to tour and promote the record. Logan told him, "You'll be back. As a singer, you make a great announcer." In his later years Logan admitted he was wrong about Jim. 
10. According to Billboard Magazine, Jim had 51 Top 10 hits - 19 after his death. One of his posthumous hits, "Blue Side Of Lonesome", had been released as an album cut in 1962. The original version ran well over 3 minutes, so when Mary Reeves and Chet Atkins "overdubbed" it with new background music for re-release as a single, they deleted an entire verse because they feared it would not get airplay on radio stations. The song became a #1 hit in the fall of 1966. 


Richard Edward "Eddy" Arnold was an American country music singer who performed for six decades. He was a Nashville sound innovator of the late 1950s, and scored 147 songs on the Billboard country music charts, second only to George Jones. He sold more than 85 million records. 

1. One of his early managers was Tom Parker. 
2. Elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1966. 
3. One of country music's most beloved performers, with a smooth baritone voice and relaxed style, his many hits, all of them on RCA Victor, include: "Cattle Call," "What Is Life Without Love?," "Bouquet of Roses," "Make the World Go Away," "Turn the World Around," "Anytime," "Will Santy Come to Shanty Town?," "Lonely Again," "I Want to Go With You," "Here Comes My Baby," and "What's He Doing in My World?". 
4. Toured and recorded with legendary Nashville guitarist, Hank Garland. 
5. He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 2000 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C. 
6. Was one of the volunteer searchers who found the wreckage of his friend and fellow Country Music star Jim Reeves' plane on August 2, 1964, two days after it crashed. Several pictures show Arnold at the sight with several other searchers, with a blanket over Reeves' body, shortly after it was found. 
7. According to Billboard Magazine, holds the record for most Top 10 hits on the Country Charts (92), and the most weeks with songs at the #1 position on the Country Charts (145). 
8. Father of Richard Edward Arnold, Jr. and Jo Ann Pollard, both of Brentwood, Tennessee and grandfather of two. 
9. From 1945 through 1983 he had 145 charted songs, including 28 number-one hits. 
10. According to a formula derived by Joel Whitburn, he is the all-time leader in an overall ranking for hits and their time on the charts. 
11. In 1967, he was the first recipient of the Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year. 
12. He avoided the nasal twang of many country singers, and sang with a fuller, richer tone that appealed to a wider audience. 
13. He started out on radio in 1936, and struggled until he was hired as lead male vocalist with the Pee Wee King band. 
14. His father died and his family lost its farm when he was 11. 
15. He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio at 6775 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. 
16. He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6225 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.


James Charles Rodgers was an American singer-songwriter and musician in the early 20th century, known most widely for his rhythmic yodeling. 

1. An American singer-songwriter and musician in the early 20th century. 
2. Known most widely for his rhythmic yodeling.  
3. Rodgers, along with his contemporaries the Carter Family, was among the first country music stars. 
4. Rodgers was also known as "The Singing Brakeman", "The Blue Yodeler", and "The Father of Country Music." 
5. According to tradition, Rodgers' birthplace is usually listed as Meridian, Mississippi; however, in documents signed by Rodgers later in life, his birthplace was listed as Geiger, Alabama. 
6. Rodgers' mother died when he was about six or seven years old. 
7. Rodgers' affinity for entertaining came at an early age, and the lure of the road was irresistible to him.  
8. By age 13, he had twice organized and begun traveling shows, only to be brought home by his father. 
9. His father found Rodgers his first job working on the railroad as a water boy.  
10.He became a brakeman on the New Orleans and Northeastern Railroad, a position formerly secured by his oldest brother, Walter, who had been promoted to conductor on the line running between Meridian and New Orleans. 
11. In 1924 at age 27, Rodgers was diagnosed with tuberculosis. 


James Robert Wills was an American Western swing musician, songwriter, and bandleader. Considered by music authorities as the co-founder of Western swing, he was widely known as the King of Western Swing.

1. Said to be first artist to use drums on the Grand Ole Opry. 
2. Pictured on one of four 29¢ US commemorative postage stamps in the Legends of American Music series, featuring Country & Western music. This set of stamps also honored Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, and The Carter Family. Issued 25 September 1993 in sheet and booklet formats. 
3. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (under the category Early Influence) in 1999 (as a member of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys). 
4. Brother of Lorene Wills, Luther Wills and Johnny Lee Wills. 
5. First of ten children to John and Emma Wills. 
6. December 3, 1973 had a stroke that put him in a coma. He died 17 months later of pneumonia.
7. Wills formed several bands and played radio stations around the South and West until he formed the Texas Playboys in 1934 with Wills on fiddle, Tommy Duncan on piano and vocals, rhythm guitarist June Whalin, tenor banjoist Johnnie Lee Wills, and Kermit Whalin, who played steel guitar and bass.
8. Wills and the Texas Playboys recorded with several publishers and companies, including Vocalion, Okeh, Columbia, and MGM, frequently moving.
9. In 1950, he had two Top 10 hits, "Ida Red Likes The Boogie" and "Faded Love", which were his last hits for a decade.
10. Throughout the 1950s, he struggled with poor health and tenuous finances, but continued to perform frequently despite the decline in popularity of his earlier music as rock and roll took over.
11. Wills had a heart attack in 1962 and a second one the next year, which forced him to disband the Playboys although Wills continued to perform solo.
12. The Country Music Hall of Fame inducted Wills in 1968 and the Texas State Legislature honored him for his contribution to American music.
13. In 1972, Wills accepted a citation from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers in Nashville.

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