June 23 – This Day in Country Music

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1929
Born on this day, was June Carter Cash, country singer, and wife of Johnny Cash. She had hits with Johnny Cash including, “Ring Of Fire”, “Jackson”, “If I Were A Carpenter”. She played the guitar, banjo, harmonica, and autoharp, and acted in several films and television shows. Carter Cash won five Grammy Awards. She died 15th May 2003 aged 73.

1973
Charlie Rich was at #1 on the US country album chart with Behind Closed Doors. The album received three Country Music Association awards: Best Male Vocalist, Album of the Year, and Single of the Year, for the title song which gave the singer his first #1 hit.

2001
Lonestar began a six-week residence at #1 on the country chart with “I’m Already There”, the lead-off single to the band’s fifth album.

2010
Willie nelson was inducted into the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry. The NRR is a list of sound recordings that “are culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States.”

2014
A groundbreaking was held for the Jimmy Dean Museum, which opened two years later on the grounds of Wayland Baptist University in his hometown of Plainview, Texas. Dean’s widow, Donna Dean Stevens, was present for the ceremony. The museum houses much of Jimmy Dean’s memorabilia as well as a larger-than-life-size bronze statue created by Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale and funded by Hillshire Brands, owner of the Jimmy Dean sausage brand. The museum is funded by a gift from the Dean Family Foundation.