If At First The King Don’t Succeed…Today In Country Music History [VIDEO]
1954 A Slight Miscalculation On Management's Part
Elvis Presley makes his only appearance on the Grand Ole Opry, singing "Blue Moon Of Kentucky" at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. Opry manager Jim Denny allegedly tells him not to give up his day job.
"The King" wasn’t swayed by discouragement, and it’s a good thing. His innovative music and gyrating performance were not received well at the conservative establishment. Presley swore never to return.
The lack of interest from the Grand Ole Opry may have been a blessing in disguise. Presley went to the Opry’s biggest competitor, the live radio show ‘Louisiana Hayride,’ only two weeks later, and signed a contract to make 52 Saturday night appearances on the show, helping launch his legendary career.
Elvis went on to sell what RCA has estimated at more than one billion albums worldwide, with many of those sales occurring after his untimely death in 1977. The RIAA has certified sales of more than 134 million in the U.S. alone. A total of 149 Presley tunes landed in the Billboard Hot 100 chart, with 18 going all the way to #1.
Sammy Kershaw finishes third with 19% of the vote for lieutenant governor of Louisiana. It was his second attempt to gain the office; he also had an unsucessful run in 2007, when he received 32% of the vote.
Kershaw signed a pledge to the people of Louisiana, promising not to run or campaign for another office during his entire term if he is elected this fall. He is also challenging every other candidate in the race to sign the same pledge.
In what he called “A Real Plan for the Real People of Louisiana,” Kershaw's platform includea plans for a program called “Reintroduce Louisiana,” designed to promote all of Louisiana, and establish Louisiana as the entertainment capital of the country and recruit new industry to the state.
Trace Adkins visited rescue and recovery workers at the site of the September 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York.
Atkins received a request to visit from Lieutenant Commander David Waterman, a Navy public affairs officer who felt his presence would lift the spirits of the workers.
President George H.W. Bush is in attendance at the Country Music Association Awards as Garth Brooks takes Entertainer of the Year, Album (No Fences), Single (“Friends In Low Places”) and Video of the Year (“The Thunder Rolls”), while Vince Gill took Male Vocalist and Song of the Year for "When I Call Your Name", Tanya Tucker was named Female Vocalist, The Judds were named vocal duo and The Kentucky Headhunters were named Top Vocal Group.
Earl Scruggs was seriously injured in an auto accident. Scruggs was hurrying to get to his dying mother's side and lost control of his vehicle sliding off of a road and into a tree.
The accident caused injuries to both of Scrugg's hips and led to double replacement surgery.
1993 – Garth Brooks - “Ain't Goin' Down ('Til the Sun Comes Up)”
1976 – Jim Ed Brown w/ Helen Cornelius - “I Don’t Want To Have To Marry You”
1971 – Freddie Hart - “Easy Loving”
2010 – Jamey Johnson – The Guitar Song
2004 – Tim McGraw – Live Like You Were Dying
1999 – Dixie Chicks – Fly
1993 – Garth Brooks - In Pieces
1982 – Willie Nelson - Always On My Mind
1976 – Linda Ronstadt - Hasten Down the Wind
1971 – Lynn Anderson - You’re My Man
1965 – Roger Miller – The 3rd Time Around
Singer Jo-El Sonnier is 68.
Guitarist Greg Jennings (Restless Heart) is 60.
Singer/Songwriter Gillian Welch is 47.