1952: Hank Williams records “Jambalaya (On The Bayou),” “Settin’ The Woods On Fire” and “I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive” at the Castle Studio in Nashville.
1973: Dolly Parton recorded “I Will Always Love You” which was released as the second single from Parton’s thirteenth solo studio album, Jolene. Parton wrote the song for her one-time partner and mentor Porter Wagoner, from whom she was professionally splitting at the time. Singer Whitney Houston recorded a hugely successful version of the song for the 1992 film The Bodyguard.
1980: The movie Roadie opens, with cameo appearances by Roy Orbison, Asleep At The Wheel, Merle Kilgore, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and Hank Williams Jr. The soundtrack includes Eddie Rabbitt‘s “Drivin’ My Life Away” and Blondie‘s version of “Ring Of Fire.”
1987: Randy Travis’ “Forever and Ever, Amen” spent three weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. It is the first multi-week chart-topping song since “Lost in the Fifties Tonight (In the Still of the Night)” by Ronnie Milsap spent two weeks atop the chart in September 1985.
2004: Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” is proclaimed the #1 country ballad of all-time in the premiere of “CMT 100 Greatest Love Songs.”
2010: Jimmy Dean the American country music singer, television host, and businessman died at the age of 81. Dean who had the 1961 country crossover hit “Big Bad John”, became a national television personality in the late 50’s with his television series, The Jimmy Dean Show and was also famous as the creator of the Jimmy Dean sausage brand.
2012: The Eli Young Band scores a gold single for “Even If It Breaks Your Heart.”