- 2006, The Recording Industry Association of America awards a gold single for Little Big Town’s “Boondocks”
- 2001, Cranes hoist Elvis Presley’s gold Cadillac, Webb Pierce’s gaudy Pontiac and Nudie’s sign onto the third floor of the new Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum before the last wall is sealed
- 1985, Randy Travis signs a recording contract with Warner Bros., two weeks after recording “On The Other Hand”
- 1967, Eddy Arnold attends a White House dinner in Washington, D.C., at the request of the president’s daughter, Lynda Bird Johnson. Arnold barely makes it in time after getting stuck in an elevator
- 2008, Carrie Underwood collects gold awards for her singles “Wasted” and “So Small”
- 2003, Banjo great Earl Scruggs receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
- 1988, Rosanne Cash earns a #1 single in Billboard with a remake of the Johnny Cash song “Tennessee Flat Top Box”
- 1971, Sammi Smith goes to #1 in Billboard with the Kris Kristofferson-penned “Help Me Make It Through The Night”
- 2011, Dolly Parton’s classic “I Will Always Love You” tops the list as CMT debuts “40 Greatest Love Songs”
- 1998, Alabama picks up three multi-platinum albums: “Mountain Music” is certified quintuple-platinum, “Roll On” hits quadruple-platinum, and “Greatest Hits, Volume III” reaches double-platinum
- 1986, The Judds grab their second gold album, for “Rockin’ With The Rhythm”
- 1963, Buck Owens records “Act Naturally” at the Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood. The session also includes his first attempt at “My Heart Skips A Beat”
At the beginning of that decade, Cash teamed with producer Billy Sherrill to work on a new album for Columbia Records. However, the label ultimately shelved several of the recordings, including Cash and Jennings’ energetic rendition of Hank Snow’s “I’m Movin’ On.” Within a few years, Cash was dropped from the roster.
For about three decades, these Cash recordings were left neglected in an archive. Then in 2012, John Carter Cash found the material while he was sorting through his late father’s belongings. Working with Sony Music Entertainment, he recruited musicians like Marty Stuart (who played on the original sessions), Buddy Miller and Carlene Carter to polish the tracks for release.
As a result, 12 previously unreleased songs will be issued as Out Among the Stars on March 25 through Legacy Recordings. The collection features two duets with June Carter Cash — “Baby Ride Easy” and “Don’t You Think It’s Come Our Time.” Cash’s compositions “Call Your Mother” and “I Came to Believe” are represented as well.
Cash and Sherrill worked with Nashville A-Team members Jerry Kennedy (guitar), Pete Drake (steel guitar), Hargus “Pig” Robbins (piano) and Henry Strzelecki (bass) on the sessions. The recordings were made in Nashville at Columbia Studios in 1981 and 1111 Sound Studios in 1984. The album’s restoration took place at the Cash Cabin Studios in Hendersonville, Tenn.
Cash was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1980, just prior to the recordings on Out Among the Stars. He died in 2003. Jennings, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001, died in 2002.
Be the first to hear Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings’ “I’m Movin’ On.”
The Beatles: The Night That Changed America — A Grammy Salute aired on CBS exactly 50 years to the day the British supergroup made their debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. And their music once again won the hearts of America.
Everyone from Paisley and Keith Urban to Joe Walsh to Katy Perry to Stevie Wonder to Gary Clark Jr. and Alicia Keys stepped onstage to perform for Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and the families of the late John Lennon and George Harrison before McCartney and Starr took the stage themselves during the recent taping in Los Angeles.
Because Paisley and Urban were both a part of the celebration, my house was on extra-high alert to watch, so we had a family viewing party. It’s really the only way to watch a special like this. It’s as much fun listening to my mama ask who that great singer in the funky hat is (in this case, she as referring to Pharrell Williams) as it is listening to her recall actually watching the Beatles’ original performance as a teenager.
So let’s talk about Paisley and Williams — or, as Paisley called their pairing in a hilarious tweet, the “mad hatters.” Their performance of “Here Comes the Sun” allowed for Williams to inject his soulfulness while Paisley brought the country flavor to Harrison’s song.
By all appearances, it may have seemed like a risky collaboration because the only two things Williams and Paisley seem to have in common is their affinity for hats. (I have to say, I’m a huge Williams fan, but I did prefer Paisley’s signature white-hot cowboy hat to Williams’ slightly Smokey-the-Bear inspired style. But, hey, it’s all a matter of opinion, right?)
But the collaboration did work because great songs can do that. When the songs mean something, they can come to life, inspire and move in any style. The Beatles’ songs are just that — incredibly special and timeless songs. That’s why just about any artist from any musical genre will usually name the legendary group as an influence or, at the very least, a favorite. It’s also why stars like Paisley and Urban will jump at the chance to take part in such a prestigious tribute.
Urban’s performance of “Don’t Let Me Down” with John Mayer was also an audience favorite. Urban and Mayer are former collaborators, including an appearance on CMT Crossroads, so the pairing wasn’t as unexpected as Paisley and Williams. Nonetheless, it was another home run and another good showing for the country music community.
- 2007, The Dixie Chicks take five trophies in the 49th annual Grammy Awards at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. “Not Ready To Make Nice” earns Record and Song of the Year, plus Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group; “Taking The Long Way” claims Album of the Year and Best Country Album
- 1989, Alabama’s “Song Of The South” hits #1 on the Billboard country chart
- 1982, Columbia releases Willie Nelson’s “Always On My Mind”
- 1967, Loretta Lynn makes her first appearance at #1 in Billboard with “Don’t Come Home A’Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind)”
So it was very fitting — and very moving — that Brooks serenaded Leno with his 1990 hit “The Dance” on Thursday’s (Feb. 6) episode of The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.
Leno started as the host of the show in 1992 and said during his farewell show that his time there was the greatest 22 years of his life. He fought back tears as he talked about turning over the reins to Jimmy Fallon, who will take over the show starting Feb. 17.
“I am the luckiest guy in the world,” Leno said. “This is tricky.”
“The Dance,” one of Brooks’ signature songs, was written by Tony Arata. It first appeared on Brooks’ self-titled debut album.
“To a lot of people, I guess ‘The Dance’ is a love-gone-bad song. Which that it is. To me, it’s always been about life,” Brooks explains in the song’s touching music video. “If for some reason, God forbid, I should leave this world unexpectedly, I hope they play ‘The Dance’ for me. I could’ve missed the pain, but I’d have had to miss the dance. And I wouldn’t miss this for the world.”
No matter how you interpret the song — is it about love, life, death or dreams? — for Leno it was the perfect way to say goodbye.
“And now, I’m glad I didn’t know/The way it all would end, the way it all would go/Our lives are better left to chance/I could have missed the pain/But I’d have had to miss the dance.”
After that three minutes of melancholy, Leno knew the audiences in the studio and at home needed a little bit of levity.
“Now that I brought the room down,” he said, asking Brooks to lighten it up. Brooks complied, closing out Leno’s very last show with “Friends in Low Places.”
- 2008, “Before He Cheats” wins twice in the 50th annual Grammys aired by CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. It brings Best Female Country Vocal Performance to Carrie Underwood and Best Country Song to writers Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins
- 2002, Nashville observes Joe Diffie Day as the singer hosts his 10th annual Country Steps In For First Steps concert. On the bill: The Judds, Trace Adkins, Ricky Skaggs, Cyndi Thomson and comedian Cledus T. Judd
- 1986, The “Highwayman” album is certified gold for Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson
- 1979, Singer/songwriter Craig Campbell is born in Metter, Georgia. The traditionally-leaning performer nets his first hit with the 2010 release “Family Man”
- 2006, “Alcohol,” by Brad Paisley, goes gold
- 1991, Mark Chesnutt’s “Brother Jukebox” fills the #1 slot on the Billboard country singles chart
- 1975, Willie Nelson records “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain” at the Autumn Sound recording studio in Garland, Texas
- 1947, Joe Ely is born in Amarillo, Texas. Mixing country and rock, he becomes a fixture on the Texas red-dirt circuit. He also forms a side project, The Flatlanders, with fellow Texans Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore
- 2006, Alison Krauss + Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas win three trophies during the 48th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles: Best Country Album, for “Lonely Runs Both Ways”; Best Country Vocal by a Duo or Group, “Restless”; and Best Country Instrumental, “Unionhouse Branch”
- 2004, Alison Krauss wins three times in the 46th annual Grammy Awards at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. “Alison Krauss + Union Station – Live” wins Best Bluegrass Album, “Cluck Old Hen” takes Best Country Instrumental Performance, and she shares Best Country Collaboration with James Taylor, for “How’s The World Treating You”
- 1997, Mark Chesnutt makes a timely appearance at the top of the Billboard country chart with “It’s A Little Too Late”
- 1996, Travis Tritt proposes to Theresa Nelson at home near Marietta, Georgia, a year after they first met. He gets down on one knee and offers a six-carat diamond