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 height 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 hosted by Marty Robbins at The Palladium Hollywood included: Top Male Vocalist of the Year – Conway Twitty, Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year – Crystal Gayle, Song of the Year went to Glen Campbell for “Rhinestone Cowboy” and Album of the Year went to Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn for Feelings.

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 covered 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. Mary Chapin Carpenter won Best Female Country Vocal Performance, for “Passionate Kisses” and Best Country Vocal Collaboration went to Linda Davis & Reba McEntire for “Does He Love You.”

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.