September 30 – This Day in Country Music


The Grand Ole Opry was televised for the first time form the the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.

Born on this day in Thurmond in Memphis, Tennessee, was Deborah Allen who scored the 1983 crossover hit “Baby I Lied” which reached #4 on the country charts. Allen has also written hits for Janie Fricke, John Conlee, Patty Loveless, Tanya Tucker, The Whites and others.

22 year-old Patsy Cline signed her first recording contract with Bill McCall of Four Star Records. The contract would only allowed her to record songs from the Four Star Records publishing company and also stipulated that Cline only sing country songs. She later left Four Star Records to sign with Decca Records, and her self-titled debut album on Decca was released in 1957.

Born on this day in Philadelphia, Mississippi was Marty Stuart, country music singer-songwriter, known for both his traditional style, and eclectic merging of rockabilly, honky tonk, and traditional country music. Stuart married country artist Connie Smith on July 8, 1997.

Born on this day in in Danville, Kentucky was Eddie Montgomery one half of the Country duo Montgomery Gentry. Both the Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association named them Duo of the Year in 2000.

Vince Gill and Garth Brooks were double-winners in the 26th annual Country Music Association awards at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House. Gill, who co-hosted the show with Reba McEntire on CBS, also won Male Vocalist and Song of the Year, for “Look At Us”.

Faith Hill released “Let Me Let Go.” The song which features background vocals by Vince Gill became her fifth US Country #1 single. The song was also remixed into a pop version and used as the soundtrack for the movie Message in a Bottle.

George Strait finally broke Conway Twitty’s record by scoring his record 41st #1 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with “Give It Away”.