Several cool things happened on this date:
2010: Songwriters Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett win the Oscar award for Best Original Song, recognizing “The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart),” at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles.
1971: Gilley’s nightclub opens in Pasadena, Texas. Named for part-owner Mickey Gilley, the home of the mechanical bull provides the inspiration for the 1980 movie “Urban Cowboy,” which results in a short-term country trend.
1944: Singer/songwriter Townes Van Zandt is born in Fort Worth, Texas. A vivid songwriter and wild personality, he authors a pair of 1980s hits: Merle Haggard & Willie Nelson cover “Pancho And Lefty”; Emmylou Harris & Don Williams do “If I Needed You.”