April 1 – This Day in Country Music


Born on this day in Sparkman, Arkansas, was Jim Ed Brown, singer who achieved fame in the 1950s with his two sisters as a member of The Browns. He later had a successful solo career from 1965 to 1974, followed by a string of major duet hits with Helen Cornelius who had the 1976 US Country #1 hit “I Don’t Want to Have to Marry You”. Brown is currently the host of the Country Music Greats Radio Show, a syndicated country music program from Nashville, Tennessee. He died from lung cancer at the age of 81 on June 11 2015.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum opened on Music Row (Sixteenth Avenue and Division Street) in Nashville. The Museum opened in a $37 million landmark, new building in May 2001 located on the west bank of the Cumberland River, just a few steps from the historic Ryman Auditorium.

Johnny Cash and George Jones appeared at the opening of Jones Country Music Park, Colmesneil, Texas. During the show the pair performed their new duet “I Got Stripes”.

Born on this day in Nashville, Tennessee, was Hillary Scott, country music singer-songwriter with Lady Antebellum, who scored the 2009 US #1 Country hit “I Run To You.” The group won five awards at the 2011 Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year for “Need You Now”. Lady Antebellum was also awarded the “Best Country Album” award at the 54th Grammy Awards.

Alan Jackson was at #1 on the Country singles chart with “Small Town Southern Man”, the lead single from his album Good Time and becoming Jackson’s twenty-third #1 hit.

Loretta Lynn celebrated her 87th birthday (which is actually April 14) with an all-star concert held at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Performers include: Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, Alison Krauss, Lee Ann Womack, Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark, Brandi Carlile, Miranda Lambert, Pistol Annies, Keith Urban, Darius Rucker, Tanya Tucker, Crystal Gayle, Alan Jackson and George Strait. Lynn herself sang live for the first time since 2017, performing her signature song “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”