December 21, 1950: Hank Williams records "Cold, Cold Heart"

December 21, 1950: Hank Williams recorded "Cold Cold Heart", "Dear John", "Just Waiting" and "Men With Broken Hearts" in a session at Castle Studios in the Tulane Hotel located in Nashville, Tennessee. The session was held from 7:15 p.m. to…

Remembering Roy Acuff (1903-1992)

“What I mean by sincerity, Roy Acuff is the best example. He's the biggest singer the music ever knew. You booked him and you didn't worry about crowds. For drawing power in the South, it was Roy Acuff and then…

Remembering Johnny Cash (1932-2003)

Johnny Cash transcended all labels applied to popular music. He was never country enough, never rock and roll enough, never paint by number enough to put into any one genre. He was very aware of this himself. One of my…

Remembering George Jones (1931-2013)

George Jones started his career as a great singer, and over the years as he developed his style and his voice, he became one of, if not the, greatest country singers of all time. There was never any doubt that…

Remembering Jimmie Rodgers (1897 – 1933)

Jimmie Rodgers provided the blueprint, Ernest Tubb was the prototype and Hank Williams was the fully realized concept of a country music superstar. In my opinion, those three form the foundation of country music. Jimmie Rodgers was the first to…

Remembering Ernest Tubb (1914 – 1984)

Anyone who has ever discussed country music with me knows how much respect and admiration I have for Ernest Tubb. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, he is the single most important person in country music history. 

Remembering Hank Thompson (1925-2007)

With a career that spanned seven decades, Hank Thompson was one of the most popular country artists during the 50s and 60s, keeping both Western swing and the Honky Tonk style of country music alive as the industry fully embraced…

#1 Hits: "Always Late (With Your Kisses)" (September 1, 1951)

September 1, 1951: Lefty Frizzell claims the top spot on Billboard’s “Best Sellers” country chart with “Always Late.” Written by Frizzell and Blackie Crawford, the song was recorded on May 24, 1951 at Jim Beck’s Studio in Dallas, Texas with…

#1 Hits: "Mama Tried" (August 31, 1968)

August 31, 1968: Merle Haggard claims the #1 spot on the country Billboard charts with his signature song, “Mama Tried.” It was Haggard’s fifth #1 song and the first single to be released from the album of the same name…

Tammy Wynette records "Stand By Your Man" (August 28, 1968)

August 28, 1968: Tammy Wynette recorded "Stand By Your Man" at Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. Based on an idea that originated with Wynette's producer, Billy Sherrill, the two reportedly wrote the song in about 15 minutes. Released as…

The Last Hayride (August 27, 1960)

August 27, 1960: With Rock & Roll having changed the American musical landscape forever, The Louisiana Hayride signed off the air for the last time on this day in 1960. What started as a country music radio program and later…

"Goodnight, Irene"

August 26, 1950: Ernest Tubb and Red Foley claimed the number one spot on the Jukebox and Best Sellers Billboard country charts with their duet of “Goodnight, Irene.” The song was made popular by a folk band called The Weavers…