January 30 – This Day in Country Music

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1937
Born on this day in Pell City, Alabama, was Jeanne Pruett, Country music singer and Grand Ole Opry star, best-known for her 1973 chart-topping hit, “Satin Sheets.”

1961
Decca Records released “I Fall to Pieces” by Patsy Cline. Taken from her 1961 studio album, Patsy Cline Showcase. “I Fall to Pieces” was Cline’s first #1 hit on the Country charts, and her second hit single to cross over onto the Pop charts. It was the first of a string of songs that would be written by Hank Cochran and Harlan Howard.

1981
Kenny Rogers won four American Music Awards, including Favorite Country Single, for “Coward Of The County” and Country Album, for The Gambler. Other winners include: Barbara Mandrell, The Statler Brothers and The Eagles.

1994
Clint Black, Wynonna Judd, Travis Tritt and Tanya Tucker performed at the halftime show (billed as Rockin’ Country Sunday) at Super Bowl XXVIII. The finale featured a special appearance by Naomi Judd, who joined Wynonna in performing The Judds’ single “Love Can Build a Bridge” (their first major appearance together since their Farewell Tour of 1991).

2000
Faith Hill performed the national anthem before Super Bowl XXXIV at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome.

2022
American session keyboard player Hargus “Pig” Robbins died at the age of 84. He was blind, having poked himself in the eye with a knife at age three and later learned to play piano at age seven, while attending the Nashville School for the Blind. He played his first session in 1957, with his first major recording being George Jones’s ‘White Lightning’. Robbins played on records for many artists, including Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Kenny Rogers, Charlie Rich, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Merle Haggard and Roger Miller.