May 8 – This Day in Country Music


Johnny Cash received an honorary Doctorate of Human Letters from San Diego’s National University. San Diego mayor Pete Wilson also declared this day ‘Johnny Cash Day’.

American singer, songwriter Eddy Arnold died in a nursing home in Nashville, exactly one week before his 90th birthday. So-called ‘Nashville sound’ innovator of the late 1950s, Arnold scored 147 songs on the Billboard country music charts, second only to George Jones and has sold more than 85 million records. He co-wrote with Cindy Walker the country and pop standard “You Don’t Know Me” which became a hit for Ray Charles in 1962.

Dolly Parton gave the commencement speech at the commencement ceremony in Knoxville, Tennessee, for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s College of Arts and Sciences. During the ceremony she received an honorary degree, a doctorate of humane and musical letters, from the university. It was only the second honorary degree given by the university.

Why Not? with Shania Twain premiered on the OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. The American reality television series starring Shania Twain shed light on the journey of the singer, who by the age of 22, had survived a childhood of poverty and the loss of both her parents in an accident as well as her personal tragedies and how she’s now dealing with them.