- 2011, Hank Williams Jr. compares president Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler on a FOX News broadcast. ESPN subsequently pulls Bocephus’ theme song from that night’s telecast of “Monday Night Football”
– 2002, Faith Hill’s “Cry” video premieres on CMT
– 1998, Willie Nelson holds Farm Aid ’98 at the New World Music Theatre in Tinley Park, Illinois, with Neil Young, Brian Wilson, Michael Peterson, Toby Keith, Vern Gosdin, David Allan Coe, K.T. Oslin, Steve Earle, John Mellencamp and Martina McBride
– 1992, Collin Raye’s “In This Life” rises to #1 on the Billboard country chart
- 2010, Carrie Underwood performs her first concert at the historic Hollywood Bowl. Randy Travis is a surprise guest on “I Told You So,” and rock guitarist Orianthi joins Underwood on “Last Name”
– 1996, George Strait takes three trophies during the 30th annual Country Music Association awards, aired by CBS from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. Strait takes Male Vocalist of the Year; Album, for “Blue Clear Sky”; and Single, for “Check Yes Or No”
– 1986, The Everly Brothers receive a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame
– 1954, Elvis Presley makes his only appearance on the Grand Ole Opry, singing “Blue Moon Of Kentucky” at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Opry manager Jim Denny allegedly tells him not to give up his day job
Loretta Lynn: 10 Prime Hits
Loretta Lynn began writing songs as a teenager on her Sears Roebuck guitar during the downtime between laundering other folks’ clothes and raising her own kids. Today, she indisputably stands as one of country music’s greatest singers, writers and performers ever — not bad for a poor coal miner’s daughter from Appalachia.
Lynn placed No. 11 on CMT All-Time Top 40: Artist’s Choice. Each influential musician or band is ranked based on an artist poll conducted by CMT among the biggest stars in country music. The ballot isn’t limited to just country artists, thus highlighting artists from all genres that influence country’s biggest names. One by one, the countdown is revealed each week on CMT Hot 20 Countdown.
Here, in chronological order, are 10 prime hits that trace the incredible path of the Country Music Hall of Famer’s groundbreaking career.
“You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man)”
Lynn issued this razor-sharp takedown of a competitor for her man’s affection in 1966. The title track of her second album, the self-penned song climbed to No. 2, becoming her highest-charting single to date. The Grateful Dead, Martina McBride and Paramore have all covered the hit, in which the rival has naively come to tell Lynn to get lost. Lynn turns the tables: “Women like you, they’re a dime a dozen/You can buy ‘em anywhere.”
“Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind)”
This swift right hook was Lynn’s chart-topping answer to years of men singing country songs glorifying honky-tonk carousing. The first No. 1 single of her career, the tune’s simultaneously coy and direct treatment of sex ruffled plenty of feathers in 1966 — one year before Lynn became the first woman ever to win CMA entertainer of the year. It was far from the last time she courted controversy.
Another rollicking threat written and inimitably sung by Lynn, 1968’s “Fist City” warned women to stay away from her husband, Oliver “Doolittle” Lynn. She promises some serious brawling if those women chose to ignore her, sweetly snarling: “I’ll grab you by the hair of the head and I’ll lift you off of the ground.” Lynn wrote several songs cautioning ladies to steer clear of Doo, whose alcoholism and womanizing over more than 50 years of marriage gave Lynn ample writing material.
“Coal Miner’s Daughter”
The second of eight children born to Clara and coal miner Ted Webb in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, Lynn was married as a teenager and a mother several times over before she hit her 20s. This 1970 smash is the story of her life — a portrait of poverty and love, proudly delivered. The best-selling autobiography and iconic film of the same name followed, while Sissy Spacek’s portrayal of Lynn earned her the Oscar for best actress.
“After the Fire Is Gone” with Conway Twitty
Artistic chemistry has rarely topped the sparks that flew as Conway Twitty and Lynn sang about passion, lying and cheating. The two became one of country music’s most beloved pairs, and in 1971, this scorcher became their first No. 1 duet and won a Grammy. The song kicks off with the gut-wrenching chorus, as Twitty and Lynn cry together about the chill that settles in once love has died: “There’s nothing cold as ashes/After the fire is gone.”
“One’s on the Way”
When Lynn tackled women’s issues in her music, she was upfront, plainspoken and never lost her sense of humor, which is on dazzling display in this 1971 hit written by the brilliant Shel Silverstein. Without a trace of bitterness or self-pity, Lynn reels off tabloid-worthy tidbits from the glamorous lives led by Elizabeth Taylor and Jackie Kennedy before breaking into a chorus that acknowledges leaky faucets, clueless husbands and humble, overwhelming motherhood.
This send-up of society’s treatment of divorced women as damaged goods topped the charts in 1973. Like most of Lynn’s work, the song features Nashville’s legendary A-Team studio musicians and was produced by Music Row rajah Owen Bradley, whose lush arrangements provided ideal juxtaposition for Lynn’s unpolished power. In 2001, devoted fan Jack White included a live cover of “Rated ‘X'” as the B-side to the White Stripes’ single “Hotel Yorba,” off the White Blood Cells album that he also dedicated to Lynn.
“Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man” with Conway Twitty
Thankfully, Twitty and Lynn could be as mischievously giddy as they could be sorrowful. This 1973 Cajun-infused romp about one man and one woman who refuse to let the Mississippi River and its alligators keep them away from each other became the pair’s third No. 1.
She had stirred the pot before, but with the 1975 release of this song extoling the virtues of birth control, Lynn set off high-voltage alarms. Numerous country stations banned the tune, which still climbed to No. 5 on the Billboard charts in spite of its critics. In her signature sly drawl, she compares herself to a worn-out hen sick of roosting and looks forward to miniskirts and hot pants now that those baby-making days are behind her.
“Portland, Oregon” featuring Jack White
Jack White produced Lynn’s 2004 studio album Van Lear Rose, which clinched Lynn’s first Grammy in more than three decades. White and Lynn trade flirtatious lines on “Portland, Oregon,” a blues-laced barroom jaunt that introduced a generation or two of new fans to one of country music’s defining voices and proved the girl from Butcher Hollow has still got it in spades.
2010, Jason Aldean’s “My Kinda Party” video premieres on CMT
2005, Dierks Bentley is inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, performing “Come A Little Closer” after being introduced by Marty Stuart
1986, MCA releases Patty Loveless’ self-titled debut album
1977, Kenny Rogers collects a #1 country single in Billboard with “Daytime Friends”
Kerr is a former American Idol contestant from the 2012 season and a former LadyCat, NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats basketball cheerleaders. Her Instagram bio now describes her simply as “Lucky in love, Animal Lover, Gypsy Life, Roll Tide.”
On Thursday, Kerr Instagrammed a picture of herself at the zoo feeding a sea lion in jean cutoffs, a white tank top and black booties, but no visible sign of an engagement ring. “My man did it again. Today was amazing,” she wrote, without any specific mention of the marriage proposal.
The couple has been openly dating since the summer of 2014 when Aldean brought Kerr as his date to the CMT Music Awards in June. Prior to that, Kerr posted her first photo of the two of them together in May and continues to share photos and videos of the life they are building together.
- 2003, Mercury releases Billy Currington’s self-titled debut album
– 1989, The Judds gallop to #1 on the Billboard country chart with “Let Me Tell You About Love”
– 1985, Steve Earle records “Guitar Town” at Nashville’s Sound Stage
– 1958, Marty Stuart is born in Philadelphia, Mississippi. He plays mandolin for Lester Flatt as a teen before building a solo career that features rockabilly-tinged hits and a Golden Globe nomination. He marries fellow Grand Ole Opry star Connie Smith
- 2005, Kenny Chesney’s “Who You’d Be Today” video and Toby Keith’s “Big Blue Note” debut on CMT
– 1996, Buck Owens, Norro Wilson (“The Grand Tour”), Jerry Chesnut (“A Good Year For The Roses”) and Kenny O’Dell (“Behind Closed Doors”) join the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame during a ceremony at Loews Vanderbilt Plaza in Nashville
– 1973, Guitar player Danick Dupelle is born in Notre-Dame Perrot, Quebec. He joins the Alberta-based band Emerson Drive, which scores hits with “I Should Be Sleeping,” “Fall Into Me” and “Moments”
– 1907, Gene Autry is born in Tioga, Texas. Noted for his signature song “Back In The Saddle Again,” he becomes a recording artist, a movie star and, later, the owner of the California Angels baseball team. He enters the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1969
- 2009, Trace Adkins’ “All I Ask For Anymore” video debuts on CMT
– 2001, The Recording Industry Association of America awards a gold album for Jamie O’Neal’s “Shiver”
– 1974, Waylon Jennings’ “I’m A Ramblin’ Man” resides at #1 on the Billboard country chart
– 1968, She really socks it to ‘em: Jeannie C. Riley goes to #1 in Billboard with “Harper Valley P.T.A.”
- 2012, Emmylou Harris joins Mumford & Sons as a new edition of “CMT Crossroads” debuts. It includes performances of “The Boxer” and “If I Needed You”
– 2007, Sugarland kicks off its first headlining tour at the North Charleston Coliseum in South Carolina. Sponsored by CMT, the tour lineup includes Little Big Town and Jake Owen
– 2002, Brad Paisley’s CMT-sponsored show at Los Angeles’ Universal Amphitheatre ends with a huge jam. “According To Jim” star Jim Belushi sings “The House Is Rockin'” with Paisley and his band, plus Steve Azar, Shannon Lawson and guitarist Albert Lee
– 1977, Patrick Bourque is born in Terrebonne, Quebec. He replaces Jeff Loberg in Emerson Drive in August 2002, just months after the group picked up its first American hit
- 2002, Terri Clark’s “I Just Wanna Be Mad” video debuts on CMT
– 1960, Doug Supernaw is born at St. Joseph Hospital in Bryan, Texas. The rough-necked performer has a handful of successful singles in the 1990s, most notably “Reno” and “I Don’t Call Him Daddy”
– 1947, Lynn Anderson is born in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The daughter of songwriters Liz and Casey Anderson, she achieves more than 15 hit singles from 1967-1983 with the million-selling “Rose Garden” emerging as her signature song
– 1925, Martin Robinson is born in Glendale, Arizona. Under the name Marty Robbins, he brings a smooth style and confident swagger to country, mixing pop crossover material, western story songs and country ballads, ultimately landing in the Country Music Hall of Fame