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Forty Six Years Ago: Loretta Lynn’s ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’ Reaches #1 On Billboard

Forty Six Years Ago: Loretta Lynn’s ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’ Reaches #1 On Billboard

On this date, December 19th, in 1970, Loretta Lynn reached #1 on the Billboard country chart with “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” The song became Lynn’s signature song, one of the genre’s most widely known songs, and provided the basis for both her ...

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December 19th, 2016

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Thirteen Years Ago: Honky-Tonk Singer Gary Stewart Dies

Thirteen Years Ago: Honky-Tonk Singer Gary Stewart Dies

On this date, Dec 16th, in 2003, Gary Stewart was found dead at his home in Fort Pierce, Florida, from a gunshot to the neck in an apparent suicide just weeks after his wife’s death. Country musician and songwriter known for his distinctive vibrato voice and his ...

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December 16th, 2016

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Thirty Four Years Ago: Ronnie Milsap Records ‘Stranger In My House’

Thirty Four Years Ago: Ronnie Milsap Records ‘Stranger In My House’

On this date, December 15th, in 1982 Ronnie Milsap recorded the song “Stranger In My House” at Groundstar Laboratory in Nashville, Tennessee. The song was written by Mike Reid and was released in April 1983 as the first single from the album Keyed Up. His 35th ...

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December 15th, 2016

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Thirty One Years Ago: Willie Nelson Records ‘Living In The Promiseland’

Thirty One Years Ago: Willie Nelson Records ‘Living In The Promiseland’

On this date, November 28th in 1985, Willie Nelson recorded the song “Living In The Promiseland” at the Pedernales Recording Studio in Spicewood, Texas. “Living in the Promiseland” was written by David Lynn Jones and released in February 1986 as the ...

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November 28th, 2016

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Forty Eight Years Ago: Glen Campbell Records ‘Galveston’

Forty Eight Years Ago: Glen Campbell Records ‘Galveston’

On this date, November 26, in 1968, Glen Campbell recorded the song “Galveston” at Los Angeles’ Capitol Recording Studios. “Galveston” was song written by Jimmy Webb and recorded with the instrumental backing of members of The Wrecking Crew. In ...

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November 26th, 2016

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Thirty Three Years Ago: Conway Twitty Records ‘Somebody’s Needin’ Somebody’

Thirty Three Years Ago: Conway Twitty Records ‘Somebody’s Needin’ Somebody’

On this date, November 21st, in 1983, Conway Twitty recorded the song “Somebody’s Needin’ Somebody” in an evening session at Nashville’s Sound Stage. The song was written by Len Cher and it was released in March 1984 as the first single from the

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November 21st, 2016

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Forty Four Years Ago: Loretta Lynn Releases “Rated X”

Forty Four Years Ago: Loretta Lynn Releases “Rated X”

On his date, November 20th, back in 1972, Decca releases Loretta Lynn’s single “Rated ‘X'”. Written by Lynn, “Rated ‘X'” was her sixth number one country single as a solo artist. The single spent one week at number one and a total of

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November 20th, 2016

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Public Memorial Service Planned For Leon Russell

Public Memorial Service Planned For Leon Russell

Funeral services have been set for Leon Russell. The funeral will be open to the public and will be conducted on Friday, Nov. 18 at Victory Baptist Church in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, beginning at 1 p.m. CT. Visitation will be private. Russell will then be transported to Tulsa,

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November 16th, 2016

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Eleven Years Ago: Willie Nelson’s ‘Super Hit’ Goes Double Platinum

Eleven Years Ago: Willie Nelson’s ‘Super Hit’ Goes Double Platinum

On this date, November 16th, in 2005, Willie Nelson’s Super Hits¬†album was certified double¬†platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. As of May 21, 2014, the album has sold more than 2,600,000 copies in the United States. Super Hits peaked at #34 on ...

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November 16th, 2016

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Jessi Colter To Release New Autobiography: ‘An Outlaw And A Lady’

Jessi Colter To Release New Autobiography: ‘An Outlaw And A Lady’

Jessi Colter, singer, songwriter and the widow of Waylon Jennings has announced she is releasing her autobiography. The daughter of a Pentecostal evangelist and a race-car driver, Jessi Colter played piano and sang in church before leaving Arizona to tour with rock-n-roll ...

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November 14th, 2016

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