August 17 – This Day in Country Music


August 17th: On this day

Born on this day was American country singer and harmonica player Wayne Raney. His longtime musical associate was Lonnie Glosson and the two men established a harmonica mail order business which sold millions of harmonicas and played a major role in turning the harmonica into a widely popular instrument. His 1949 single, “Why Don’t You Haul Off and Love Me”, was a #1 country hit. He died on January 23, 1993.

Hank Williams was arrested in Alexander City, Alabama for public drunkeness. The famous and much used photo of Hank Williams shirtless was taken as he was let out of jail later in the day.

Highwayman featuring Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson was at #1 on the Billboard Country album chart.

George Strait’s “You Know Me Better Than That” was at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart, the second single from his 1991 album Chill of an Early Fall.

Linda Ronstadt received a tribute by various artists including BeBe Winans and Wynonna Judd, when she was honored with the Trailblazer Award, presented to her by Pl�cido Domingo at the 2008 ALMA Awards a ceremony later televised in the US on ABC.