April 26 – This Day in Country Music


Born on this day in Tarrant County, Texas, was Jeff Huskins, country fiddle and keyboard player, producer, and record label founder and one time member of Little Texas who scored the 1994 US Country #1 hit “My Love”.

Johnny Lee and Lane Brody were at #1 on the US Country charts with, “The Yellow Rose”. The song was set to the tune of the folk song “The Yellow Rose of Texas” and was recorded as the theme song to the NBC television series The Yellow Rose starring Cybill Shepherd.

During an episode of NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice, country singer Clint Black won $20,000 for charity as the project manager for the winning team on The task which was: develop a four-page advertorial for Right Guard.

US country singer George Jones, who had a string of #1 songs between the 1950s and 1990s, died aged 81. Nicknamed ‘Possum’, his signature song was “He Stopped Loving Her Today”, a track about love and death. He was married to Tammy Wynette between 1969 and 1975 and the pair recorded several songs together in the 1970s. During his life, Jones had more than 150 hits during his career, both as a solo artist and in duets with other artists.

Willie Nelson was inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame held at their first induction ceremony at the original home of ACL, KLRU-TV’s Studio 6A. Nelson was the first artist to ever appear on the show and had been a frequent guest ever since.