Drumming Up Some Business – Today In Country Music History [VIDEO]
December 30th, 1944
Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys appear on the Grand Ole Opry, causing a stir when Monte Mountjoy's drum set is moved onto the stage at the last minute. Drums were previously not allowed. Their first number is "New San Antonio Rose."
When Wills appeared on the Opry, he was already a huge star in Texas, so he didn't feel he needed the Opry's approval. In response, he wasn't really patient with their rules. Bob went onstage with his cigar in his mouth and was immediately told not to smoke on stage. Wills then walked off stage and as far as I know, that was his one and only appearance on the Opry.
But, because of this one appearance, drums soon would become a staple in county music.
Several country drummers used the instrument to break into the business before becoming stars, including Roger Miller, who drummed with Faron Young, and Jack Greene, who worked with Ernest Tubb. Even Roy Acuff used a snare drum with brushes on the Opry after the drum was allowed to be seen. In 1973, when the Opry moved to Opryland, full drum sets were permitted on the stage at last.
Brenda Lee suffers a minor eye injury and has her hair singed when she tries unsuccessfully to rescue her poodle, CeeCee, from a house fire in Nashville.
Lee's nine-room home, valued at $37,000, is destroyed along with $25,000 worth of clothing
2006 – Sugarland – “Want To”
2000 – Tim McGraw – “My Next Thirty Years”
1995 – Aaron Tippen – “That’s As Close As I’ll Get To Loving You”
1989 – Highway 101 – “Who’s Lonely Now”
1978 – Kenny Rogers – “The Gambler”
1972 – Ray Price – “She’s Got To Be A Saint”
1967 – Bill Anderson & Jan Howard – “For Loving You”
1957 – Bobby Helms – “My Special Angel”
1950 – Hank Williams – “Moanin’ The Blues”
1944 – Tex Ritter – “I’m Wastin’ My Tears On You”
2006 – Carrie Underwood – Some Hearts
2000 – Tim McGraw – Greatest Hits
1995 – Garth Brooks – Fresh Horses
1989 – Randy Travis – No Holdin’ Back
1978 – Waylon Jennings – I’ve Always Been Crazy
1972 – Merle Haggard – The Best Of
1967 – Eddy Arnold – Turn The World Around