Jimmie Rodgers, singer, songwriter, and first country music superstar, died at New York’s Taft Hotel of tuberculosis at 35 years old. Rodgers, known as “The Singing Brakeman”, “The Blue Yodeler,” sold over 12 million records and in 1961, was the first person to be elected into the Country Music Hall Of Fame.
Born on this day in Shreveport, Louisiana, was Randall Hank Williams, better known as Hank Williams, Jr. He is the son of country music pioneer Hank Williams and the father of Hank III.
Born in Georgetown, Texas on this day was singer/songwriter Keith Gattis, who has written songs for George Jones, George Strait, Charlie Robison(“El Cerrito Place”), Gary Allan, Randy Rogers Band(“San Antone”) and many more.
Willie Nelson was at #1 on the country album chart with Always on My Mind, which became the Billboard #1 country album of the year. The album spent 22 weeks at the top of the charts and stayed for a total of 253 weeks on the Billboard Top Country Albums charts.
Willie Nelson cut his ‘trademark, waist-length braids.’ A spokesperson for the legendary entertainer explained that Nelson decided to lose his signature style a couple of weeks ago. In trademark laid-back fashion, he didn’t make too big a deal out of the event.