January 2nd, 1975

Austin City Limits premieres on PBS with Willie Nelson as the first featured guest. The set list includes "Good Hearted Woman", "Whiskey River", "Okie From Muskogee" and "Will The Circle Be Unbroken".

Initially created to celebrate the music of Texas, featuring western swing, Texas blues, Tejano music, progressive country, and rock n' roll, the series has gone on to feature regional, national and international artists performing a wide range of musical styles, including jazz, alternative country, alternative rock, folk music, and jam band.

The show inspired the creation of the Austin City Limits Music Festival, an annual live music festival at Zilker Park in Austin. Austin City Limits is the longest-running music series in American television history.

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  • #1 On This Date

    SINGLES

    2010 – Reba McEntire – “Color Me Gone

    1999 – Terri Clark – “You’re Easy On The Eyes

    1992 – Vince Gill – “Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away

    1988 – Highway 101 – “Somewhere Tonight

    1981 – Alabama – "Love In The First Degree"

    1971 – Lynn Anderson– “Rose Garden

    1965 – Connie Smith – “Once A Day”

    1954 – Webb Pierce– “There Stands The Glass

    1944 – Tex Ritter – “I’m Wastin’ My Tears On You

     

    ALBUMS

    2010 – Taylor Swift – Fearless

    1999 – Garth Brooks – Double Live

    1993 – Garth Brooks – The Chase

    1988 – Randy Travis – Always & Forever

    1982 – Alabama – Feels So Right

    1971 – Ray Price – For The Good Times

    1965 – Buck Owens – Together Again

  • Birthdays

    Guitarist and Country Music Hall of Fame member Harold Bradley is 89.

    Keyboard player/songwriter John Jarvis ("I Still Believe In You") is 61

    Keyboard player Chris Hartman (Emerson Drive) is 37

    Singer and Country Music Hall of Fame member Roger Miller is born on this date in 1936 in Fort Worth, Texas. Raised in Erick, Oklahoma, Miller's quirky songwriting and sense of humor lead to such hits as "King Of The Road", "Dang Me" and "Chug-A-Lug".

    A lifelong cigarette smoker, Miller died of lung and throat cancer in 1992, at age 56.