March 3 – This Day in Country Music

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1962
George Jones recorded “She Thinks I Still Care” which later became his third Country #1 hit. The song has been recorded by multiple artists, including Connie Francis, Anne Murray, Elvis Presley and Patty Loveless.

1963
Patsy Cline performed at a benefit at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, Kansas City, Kansas, along with George Jones, George Riddle and The Jones Boys, Billy Walker, Dottie West, Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins. The concert was in aid of the family of disc jockey “Cactus” Jack Call who had died in an automobile crash a little over a month earlier. This was the last perfomance by Cline who died in a plane crash two days later.

1974
Johnny Cash was a special guest in an episode of the TV decective series Columbo staring Peter Falk entitled Swan Song. Cash played the role of a musical star who murdered his wife, an evangelist who has been exploiting his talent to finance her own religious crusade.

1994
John Michael Montgomery was at #1 on the US Country music album chart with his second studio album Kickin’ It Up which included the Country hit singles “I Swear,” “Rope the Moon,” “Be My Baby Tonight” and “If You’ve Got Love.”

2002
George Strait played at the Houston Livestock & Rodeo Show concert held at Houston’s Astrodome, to more than 68,000 fans. He dedicated “Love Without End, Amen” to George and Barbara Bush, who are part of the crowd. The rodeo has drawn some of the world’s biggest recording artists, including Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Brooks & Dunn, George Strait, Garth Brooks, Keith Urban and Willie Nelson.

2002
American songwriter Harlan Howard died aged 74. In a career spanning six decades, Howard wrote songs, recorded by a variety of different artists including “Fall to Pieces”, co-written with Hank Cochran and recorded by Patsy Cline. Howard was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1997.