Country Music Hall Becomes A Reality – Today In Country Music History [VIDEO]
November 3, 1961
The Country Music Hall of Fame was established. The first inductees were Jimmie Rogers, Hank Williams and songwriter Fred Rose.
Fred Rose started in the music industry with a radio show in his home town of Nashville, but moved to New York to try in hopes of making a living as a songwriter in New York City's infamous Tin Pan Alley.
In 1942 he returned to Nashville, teaming up with Roy Acuff to create the first Nashville-based music publishing company. Their Acuff-Rose Music was almost immediately successful, particularly with the enormous hits of client Hank Williams. Acuff-Rose Music remained a foundation of the country music business even after Fred's death; his son, Wesley Rose, took over the presidency and continued with Roy Acuff until 1985, when the company's catalog was sold to Gaylord Entertainment Company, parent company of the Grand Ole Opry.
While running the business, Fred Rose continued to write numerous country songs and eventually became one of the industry's most important personalities. He also wrote songs under the name Floyd Jenkins.
Jimmie Rogers influence as both a performer and a songwriter goes beyond the boundaries of country music. Rogers' songs have been covered by artists from all genres, from Bob Dylan to Merle Haggard, from Muddy Waters to Jerry Garcia and from Elvis Presley to Lynyrd Skynyrd to U2. His influence on music spans style, generation and genre. The 1982 Clint Eastwood film Honkytonk Man is loosely based on Rogers life. His most famous compositions are probably "Blue Yodel no. 1 (T for Texas)", "Frankie & Johnnie" and "I'm In The Jail House Now."
Rogers died of tuberculosis just days after his final recording sessions in May of 1933. True to form, his final recording was a song he wrote and recorded completely by himself, "Years Ago."
Known primarily as a performer, Hank Williams was also a prolific songwriter. Many of his songs went unrecorded until after his death, when they were covered by artists such as Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Jerry Lee Lewis, Merle Haggard, Gene Vincent, Carl Perkins, Ricky Nelson, Jack Scott and Conway Twitty.
On April 12, 2010, the Pulitzer Prize Board awarded Williams a posthumous special citation that paid tribute to his "craftsmanship as a songwriter who expressed universal feelings with poignant simplicity and played a pivotal role in transforming country music into a major musical and cultural force in American life."
Keith Urban announced he would undergo vocal surgery, requiring the postponement of numerous concerts. Urban would return on February 5th, 2012 with a sold out performance at The Grand Ole Opry.
Kenny Chesney’s album When The Sun Goes Down was certified triple platinum. The album featured the singles "There Goes My Life" (# 1), "When the Sun Goes Down" (duet with uncle Kracker - #1), "I Go Back" (#2), "The Woman with You" (#2), "Anything but Mine" (#1), and "Keg in the Closet" (#6).
The album, which sold 550,000 copies in its debut week (02/03/04), has since been certified by the RIAA 4x platinum.
Bob Dylan ("To Make You Feel My Love"), Shel Silverstein ("A Boy Named Sue") and Dean Dillon ("Ocean Front Property") enter the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame during ceremonies at Loews Vanderbilt Plaza.
Reba McEntire appears with Kenny Rogers in the NBC-TV movie "The Gambler Returns: Luck Of The Draw."
In the TV movie, Reba would share scenes with her future husband. No, not Norville Blackstock, Christopher Rich, who would later play her husband 'Brock Hart" on the TV series Reba.
Minnie Pearl celebrated her 50th anniversary with the Grand Ole Opry.
Roger Miller records "King Of The Road" in Nashville.
Merle Haggard is released from San Quentin Prison and allowed to complete the more than two years remaining of his sentence on parole.
The Stanley Brothers record "I'm A Man Of Constant Sorrow" at the Castle Studio in Nashville. Their version of the song provides a template for the version by the fictitious Soggy Bottom Boys, which appears in the film "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"
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2007 – Kenny Chesney – “Don’t Blink”
2001 – Alan Jackson – “Where I Come From”
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1979 – Kenny Rogers – “You Decorated My Life”
1973 – George Jones & Tammy Wynette – “We’re Gonna Hold On”
1962 – Bill Anderson – “Momma Sang A Song”
1958 – Ray Price – “City Lights”
1956 – Ray Price – “Crazy Arms”
1951 – Hank Williams – “Hey Good Lookin’”
1945 – Tex Ritter – “You Two-timed Me Once Too Often”
2012 – Jason Aldean – Night Train
2007 – Rascal Flatts – Still Feels Good
2001 – O, Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack
1990 – Garth Brooks – No Fences
1984 – Willie Nelson – City of New Orleans
1979 – Waylon Jennings – Greatest Hits
1973 – Kris Kristofferson – Jesus Was A Capricorn