August 1 – This Day in Country Music


Johnny Cash was part of a 5-date Webb Pierce package tour with Elvis Presley and Wanda Jackson, which played the opeening night at the Mississippi- Alabama Fairgrounds in Tupelo, Mississippi.

During recording sessions, Merle Haggard recorded “The Fugitive” (later titled “I’m a Lonesome Fugitive”), at the Capitol Recording Studio in Hollywood, California. The song which was written by Liz Anderson and Casey Anderson, (parents of country star Lynn Anderson), became one of the most closely associated with the early part of his career.

Hank Williams Jr. shot the video to “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight.” Directed by John Goodhue the video features artists such as Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Cheech and Chong, and several other celebrities in a party thrown by Hank Williams, Jr. At the end of the video, a ghost Cadillac flies into the night sky, referencing the fact that his father, Hank Williams, Sr., died while riding in a Cadillac. The video was the first video to ever win the CMA Music Video of the Year Award.

After Dottie West’s financial problems had mounted, her bank foreclosed her mansion outside of Nashville, and sent West an eviction notice. The singer owed the IRS $1.3 million and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy; she later switched to Chapter 7, which allowed her to liquidate her assets.

Garth Brooks reaches #1 on the Billboard country chart with a Bob Dylan song, “To Make You Feel My Love”. The song that appeared on Dylan’s 1997 album Time Out of Mind has also been covered by Billy Joel, and British singer Adele.