Music Facts - Country, Rock, Blues & Bluegrass Music
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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 21, 1968:
Jeannie C. Riley becomes the first woman to top the Country and Pop charts simultaneously. The song? Harper Valley P.T.A.
George Glenn Jones (September 12, 1931 – April 26, 2013). Born in Saratoga, Texas.
September 6, 1952:
Hank Williams' "Jambalaya (On The Bayou)" #1 on the Billboard country singles chart.
September 25, 1954:
Sun Records releases Elvis Presley's second single 'Good Rockin' Tonight,' a song made popular in 1948 by Wynonie Harris.
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 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.
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.
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.
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."
John R. "Johnny" Cash (February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003).
James Charles "Jimmie" Rodgers (September 8, 1897 – May 26, 1933), "the singing brakeman," "the blue yodeler" and the "father of country music."
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.