Hank Snow, Lefty Frizzell, Eddie Dean, Freddie Hart and The Collins Kids performed the first-ever country concert at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.
Patsy Cline released Sentimentally Yours her third studio album on Decca Records, produced by Owen Bradley. The album featured two of Cline’s major hits singles that year. The first single, “She’s Got You” was released early in 1962 and became a #1 hit on the Country Chart and crossed over into the Pop chart to #14, becoming another major crossover hit for Cline. The second single, a cover of “Heartaches”, charted only on the Pop Chart in the United States. The album was the final studio album Cline would release before her death in a plane crash less than a year later.
George Jones scored his first Country #1 album with I’m a People, his 24th album release spent two weeks at the top of the charts.
Willie Nelson was at #1 on the US Country charts with Always On My Mind. The album was the Billboard #1 country album of the year for 1982, peaking at the top of the charts for a total of 22 weeks, as well as spending 99 weeks on the chart.
Capitol Records released “Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks. The first single from his second album, No Fences, the song spent four weeks at #1 on the US country singles charts. The idea for the song was born when Earl Bud Lee and some songwriting friends gathered for lunch one day at Tavern on the Row, in Nashville eatery. When the check came, Lee realized he had forgotten his money. He was asked how he was going to pay for the meal, and he replied, “Don’t worry. I have friends in low places. I know the cook.”
Alan Jackson was at #1 on the US Country charts with “Chattahoochee”, the third single from his 1992 album A Lot About Livin’ (And a Little ’bout Love). The album is named for a line in the song itself. “Chattahoochee” also received CMA awards for Single of the Year and Song of the Year.