March 1 – This Day in Country Music


Working at Nashville’s Castle Recording Studio, Hank Williams recorded “Mind Your Own Business,” “Honky Tonk Blues,” “You’re Gonna Change (Or I’m Gonna Leave)” and “Lost Highway”.

Born on this day, in Cleveland, Ohio, was Catherine Bach, actress, known for playing Daisy Duke in the television series The Dukes of Hazzard that aired on the CBS television network from 1979 to 1985. The producers were looking for a Dolly Parton-lookalike; despite not looking like what they were searching for, she was hired on the spot. At the hight of the show a poster of ‘Daisy’ in her cut-off jeans sold over 5 million copies.

Johnny Cash married June Carter. Johnny had proposed to June while onstage in London, Ontario the previous month. Cash and Carter continued to work together and tour for 35 years until Carter’s death in 2003. Cash died four months later.

Winners at the 11th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards Song of the Year went to Glen Campbell for “Rhinestone Cowboy”.

Waylon Jennings was at #1 on the Billboard country chart with the Rodney Crowell-penned song “I Ain’t Living Long Like This.” Emmylou Harris had also coverd the song for her 1978 album, Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town.

Dwight Yoakam won Best Male Country Vocal Performance for “Ain’t That Lonely Yet” at the 36th Annual Grammy Awards.

The Country Music Association announced that Reba McEntire would be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. McEntire was unable to attend the announcement after her father had slipped into a coma following a stroke.

Don Williams announced his retirement after six decades in the music business. He began his solo career in 1971, singing popular ballads and amassing 17 #1 country hits.