Friday, July 31, 2009

Dates of Note in Country Music, August 1-15

Category: News

Hall of Fame members in bold

August 1:
oward "Howdy" Forrester of the Smoky Mountain Boys died (unknown cause), 1987 (was 65)

August 2:
Hank Cochran born in Isola, Mississippi, 1935 (now 74)
Betty Jack Davis died (car wreck), 1953 (was 21)
Joe Allison died (illness), 2002 (was 77)
Redd Stewart died (complications from a head injury), 2003 (was 82)

August 3:
Randy Scruggs born in Nashville, Tennessee, 1953 (now 56)
Gordon Stoker of the Jordanaires born in Gleason, Tennessee, 1924 (now 85)
Little Roy Wiggins died (heart disease and diabetes complications), 1999 (was 73)

August 4:

Louis Armstrong born in New Orleans, 1901 (died 1971). The legendary jazz trumpet player and singer recorded with Jimmie Rodgers.
Carson Robison born in Oswego, Kansas, 1890 (died 1957)
James Blackwood of the Blackwood Brothers born in Ackerman, Mississippi, 1919 (died 2002)
Kenny Price died (heart attack), 1987 (was 56)

August 5:
Bobby Braddock born in Lakeland, Florida, 1940 (now 69)
Tim Wilson born in Columbus, Georgia, 1961 (now 48)
Terri Clark born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 1968 (now 41)
Hal Durham born in McMinnville, Tennessee, 1931 (died 2009)
Vern "The Voice" Gosdin born in Woodland, Alabama, 1934 (died 2009)
Sammi Smith born in Orange, California, 1943 (died 2005)
Luther Perkins died (injuries from a house fire), 1968 (was 40)

August 6:
Patsy and Peggy Lynn born in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, 1964 (now 45)
Lisa Stewart born in Louisville, Mississippi, 1968 (now 41)
Colleen Carroll Brooks died (throat cancer), 1999 (was 70). The former Ozark Mountain Jubilee singer was the mother of Garth Brooks.

August 7:
Rodney Crowell born in Houston, Texas, 1950 (now 59)
Raul Malo of the Mavericks born in Miami, Florida, 1965 (now 44)
B.J. Thomas born in Hugo, Oklahoma, 1942 (now 67)
Felice Bryant born in Milwaukee, Wisconcin, 1925 (died 2003)
Henry "Homer" Haynes died (heart attack), 1971 (was 51)
Billy Byrd died (natural causes), 2001 (was 81)

August 8:
Jamie O'Hara born in Toledo, Ohio, 1950 (now 59)
Mel Tillis born in Tampa, Florida, 1932 (now 77)
Phil Balsley of the Statler Brothers born in Staunton, Virginia, 1939 (now 70)
Webb Pierce born in West Monroe, Louisiana, 1926 (died 1991)

August 9:
Merle Kilgore born in Chickasha, Oklahoma, 1934 (died 2005)

August 10:
Jimmy Dean born in Plainview, Texas, 1928 (now 81)
Jerry Kennedy born in Shreveport, Louisiana, 1940 (now 69)
Jonie Mosby born in Van Nuys, California, 1940 (now 69)
Jimmy Martin born in Sneedville, Tennessee, 1927 (died 2005)
Alvin "Junior" Samples born in Buena Park, California, 1926 (died 1983)

August 11:
John Conlee born in Versailles, Kentucky, 1946 (now 63)
Don Helms died (heart attack), 2008 (was 81)
Hank Williams fired from the Grand Ole Opry, 1952

August 12:
Mark Knopfler born in Glasgow, Scotland, 1949 (now 60). Knopfler, best known as guitarist and lead singer of Dire Straits, won a "Best Country Vocal Collaboration" Grammy with Chet Atkins in 1990 for the song "Poor Boy Blues."
Rex Griffin born in Gadsden, Alabama, 1912 (died 1958)
Porter Wagoner born in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, 1927 (died 2007)
Buck Owens born in Sherman, Texas, 1929 (died 2006)
Linda Parker of the WLS National Barn Dance died (peritonitis), 1935 (was 23)

August 13:
Dan Fogelberg born in Peoria, Illinois, 1951 (died 2007)

August 14:
Connie Smith born in Elkhart, Indiana, 1941 (now 68)
Charles K. Wolfe born in Sedalia, Missouri, 1943 (died 2006)
Johnny Duncan died (heart attack), 2006 (was 67)

August 15:
Rose Maddox born in Boaz, Alabama, 1925 (died 1998)
Bobby Helms born in Bloomington, Indiana, 1933 (died 1997)

Lew DeWitt died (complications from Chron's disease), 1990 (was 52)
Will Rogers died (plane crash with Wiley Post), 1935 (was 55

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