1928: The Carter Family holds its third recording session, cutting its theme song, “Keep On The Sunny Side,” plus “Little Darling, Pal Of Mine” and “Anchored In Love” at the Victor Studio in Camden, New Jersey.
1950: Born on this day in Macon, Georgia was Country singer Randy Howard who was part of the Outlaw Country movement that spawned Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Paycheck and more. His released his debut album, Now and Then, in 1976. He was killed in a gunfight with a bounty hunter at the age of 65 on June 11 2015.
1968: Merle Haggard records “Mama Tried” at the Capitol Recording Studio in Hollywood, with Glen Campbell joining the band on the session.
1989: Keith Whitley dies from alcohol poisoning at his home in Nashville. The rich-voiced husband of Lorrie Morgan was on a career upswing behind the singles “Don’t Close Your Eyes,” “When You Say Nothing At All” and “I’m No Stranger To The Rain.”
2015: Johnny Gimble died at his home in Dripping Springs, Texas. Gimble was considered one of the most important fiddlers in the genre and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999 in the early influences category as a member of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys.