August 24 – This Day in Country Music

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Born on this day in Evansville, Indiana, was Fred Rose an American Hall of Fame songwriter and music publishing executive. Along with Hank Williams and the “Father of Country Music”, Jimmie Rodgers, Fred Rose was one of the three charter members of the Country Music Hall of Fame when it opened in 1961. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970 and into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985. Rose died on December 1, 1954.

1985
Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers were at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with “Real Love”, the title track from Parton’s latest album, Parton and Rogers’ second country chart-topper as a duet act.

1992
American drummer and session musician Larrie Londin died. He played on more hit records during his career than any other drummer, with the possible exception of the legendary session drummer Hal Blaine. Londin moved to Nashville in 1969, and grew to be regarded as Nashville’s top session drummer and played with a wide range of artists, including Emmylou Harris, Charley Pride, Randy Travis, Porter Wagoner, Dolly Parton, Albert Lee, Larry Carlton, Merle Haggard, Hank Snow, Jerry Reed, Rosanne Cash, Reba McEntire, KT Oslin, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Hank Williams, Jr., Chet Atkins, Ronnie Milsap, and many others.

1999
Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris released the album Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions. The album which was nominated for several Grammy Awards peaked at #6 on the Country charts.

2001
Singer, songwriter, June Carter Cash underwent surgery to have a pacemaker installed. June died two years later in Nashville, Tennessee, on May 15, 2003, of complications following heart valve replacement surgery, in the company of her family and her husband of 35 years, Johnny Cash.

2004
Curb Records released Live Like You Were Dying, the eighth studio album by Tim McGraw. The album was nominated for two Grammy’s in 2005 for Best Country Vocal Performance Male and Best Country Album, winning for Best Country Vocal Performance.