February 16 – This Day in Country Music


George Jones and Tammy Wynette married in Ringgold, Georgia, after telling others that their marriage was in August 1968. They quickly earnt the titles such as “The First Couple of Country Music,” “Country’s Sweethearts,” and “The President and First Lady.”

Lynn Anderson was at #1 on the country music album chart with Rose Garden. The title track went on to top the country charts, where it stayed at the #1 position for five weeks, and reached #3 on the pop charts in 1971. Anderson received a Grammy Award for the song for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.

Hank Williams Jr. made his first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry in more than 20 years, joining Travis Tritt and Marty Stuart to pay tribute to the late Waylon Jennings (who had died a few days earlier on February 13), for more than an hour at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.