Born on this day in Titusville, Pennsylvania, was Jeannie Seely country music singer and Grand Ole Opry star. She is best known for her 1966 Grammy award-winning Country hit, “Don’t Touch Me”, which peaked at #2 on the country charts.
Tammy Wynette married songwriter George Richey at her home in Jupiter Beach, Florida. This was the singers fifth marrage and saw Richey becoming her manager throughout much of the 1980s.
Roy Rogers, singer and cowboy actor died of congestive heart failure in Apple Valley, California. One of the most heavily marketed and merchandised stars of his era, as well as being the namesake of the Roy Rogers Restaurants franchised chain. He and his wife Dale Evans, his golden palomino, Trigger, and his German Shepherd dog, Bullet, were featured in more than 100 movies and The Roy Rogers Show. The show ran on radio for nine years before moving to television from 1951 through 1957.
The Dixie Chicks performed a concert at Dallas’ American Airlines Center despite an anonymous threat that group member Natalie Maines would be shot on stage, (after the controversy regarding her comments about President George W. Bush, and the Iraq war). Maines had a police escort to and from the show and then directly to the airport.
Waylon Jennings was inducted to Hollywood’s Rock Wall in Hollywood, California. Between 1966 and 1995, 54 Jennings albums charted, with 11 reaching #1. Jennings was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.
American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Charlie Daniels died age 83 of a hemorrhagic stroke. He is best known for his contributions to Southern rock, country, and bluegrass music and scored the 1979 number-one country hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”. He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2008, the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016.