Interesting Music Facts: Rock, Country, Blues & Bluegrass
September 26, 1964:
Roy Orbison started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Oh Pretty Woman'. The title was inspired by Orbison's wife Claudette interrupting a conversation to announce she was going out; when Orbison asked if she was okay for cash, his co-writer Bill Dees interjected "A pretty woman never needs any money."
September 25, 1954:
Sun Records releases Elvis Presley's second single 'Good Rockin' Tonight,' a song made popular in 1948 by Wynonie Harris.
September 21, 1968:
Jeannie C. Riley becomes the first woman to top the Country and Pop charts simultaneously. The song? Harper Valley P.T.A.
Riley B. King, better known as, BB King. Born September 16, 1925 in a small cabin on a cotton plantation outside of Berclair, Mississippi.
September 16, 1946:
Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs record for the first time with Bill Monroe in Columbia Records' Chicago studio. The day's session yields "Blue Moon Of Kentucky" and "Toy Heart."
September 21, 1995:
Bill Monroe visits Rosine, Kentucky, for the unveiling of a bronze plaque bearing his likeness. He plays "Blue Moon Of Kentucky" and "Uncle Pen" with a Navy bluegrass band in what amounts to his final performance in his hometown.
George Glenn Jones (September 12, 1931 – April 26, 2013). Born in Saratoga, Texas.
James Charles "Jimmie" Rodgers (September 8, 1897 – May 26, 1933), "the singing brakeman," "the blue yodeler" and the "father of country music."
Record producer, Thomas Blanchard Wilson Jr.
(March 25, 1931 – September 6, 1978) . Best known for his work in the 1960s with Bob Dylan, Frank Zappa, Simon and Garfunkel and The Velvet Underground.
John R. "Johnny" Cash (February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003).
September 13, 1980:
Willie Nelson and his band perform at the White House with President Jimmy Carter in attendance. Later that night, Nelson allegedly retired to the White House roof to a smoke a joint.
September 6, 1952:
Hank Williams' "Jambalaya (On The Bayou)" #1 on the Billboard country singles chart.
September 5, 1955:
Tennessee Ernie Ford sings "Sixteen Tons" on his daytime variety show. Fan mail pours in, and Ford records it two weeks later.
September 4, 1954
Elvis Presley, along with Bill Black and Scotty Moore made their first appearance at The Grand Old Opry. The Opry's manager Jim Denny told Elvis that he should go back to driving a truck. This photo was taken five days later at the opening of the Lamar-airways Shopping Center.
September 1, 1956
19 year old Jerry Lee Lewis arrived at Sun Records hoping for an audition, only to find that owner Sam Phillips was on vacation in Florida. Jerry Lee recorded some demos that Phillips would hear when he returned.
August 23, 1969
Johnny Cash #1 on the Billboard country chart with "A Boy Named Sue."
August 23, 1952
Kitty Wells becomes the first woman to reach #1 on the Billboard country chart with "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels"
August 21, 2003
Johnny Cash holds his final session, recording "Engine One-Forty-Three" at the Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee. This photo by Daniel Coston was taken a month earlier at the Carter Family Fold July 5, 2003.
James Travis "Jim" Reeves
(August 20, 1923 – July 31, 1964). Born in Galloway, Texas.
August 11, 1951
Hank Williams #1 on Billboard's country chart with 'Hey, Good Lookin'
August 18, 1961
Jimmy Dean records "Big Bad John" at the Bradley Film & Recording Studio in Nashville, TN.
The great Rose Maddox!
Born August 15, 1925
in Boaz, Alabama
August 13, 1924
Vernon Dalhart records "The Wreck Of The Old '97" and "The Prisoner's Song." The two sides comprise the first million-selling single in country music history.
Alvis Edgar Owens, Jr. (August 12, 1929 – March 25, 2006), known professionally as Buck Owens. Born in Sherman, Texas.
August 10, 1937
First-ever electric guitar patent awarded to the Electro String Corporation
Aug 9, 1952
Hank Williams misses a scheduled appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. Two days later, Opry manager Jim Denny fires Williams.
August 8, 1934
The Sons Of The Pioneers record "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" in Los Angeles during the group's first recording session
August 7, 1963
Day 2 of recording sessions for Bob Dylan's The Times They Are A-Changin' LP. Master takes recorded include The Ballad of Hollis Brown, With God on Our Side, Only a Pawn in the Game, and Boots of Spanish Leather.
August 6, 1971
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band begins a week of recording at Woodland Sound in Nashville for the three-record set "Will The Circle Be Unbroken." The first day features collaborations with Merle Travis on "I Am A Pilgrim" and "Nine Pound Hammer."
Mac Wiseman -
Born May 23, 1925
in Crimora, Virginia.
Webb Michael Pierce (August 8, 1921 – February 24, 1991). Born in West Monroe, Louisiana.
Born October 23, 1956 in Pikeville, Kentucky
June 18, 1941
Gene Autry records "You Are My Sunshine" at the CBS Studios in Hollywood, CA.
October 23, 1939
Bill Monroe auditions for the Grand Ole Opry at the WSM Radio studios in downtown Nashville, performing "Foggy Mountain Top," "Mule Skinner Blues" and "Fire On The Mountain." He debuts five days later.
June 18, 1915
A.P. Carter marries Sara Dougherty in Clinch Mountain, Virginia.
The legendary Patsy Cline
Born Virginia Patterson Hensley; September 8, 1932 in Winchester, Virginia.
July 20, 1968
Johnny Cash is #1 on the Billboard country singles chart's with a live version of "Folsom Prison Blues"