Country Music Hall of Famers in bold
Dusty Springfield born in London, England, 1939 (died 1999). The legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer hit the country charts in 1962 as part of the Springfields with "Silver Threads and Golden Needles."
Craig Anderson of Heartland born in Huntsville, Alabama, 1973 (now 37)
Eddie Cochran died (car wreck), 1960 (was 21). The rockabilly pioneer co-wrote "Summertime Blues," which Alan Jackson covered in country.
Dorsey Dixon died (heart attack), 1968 (was 70)
Hank Penny died (heart failure), 1992 (was 73)
Linda McCartney died (breast cancer), 1998 (was 56). Linda and husband Sir Paul McCartney's band, Wings, hit the country charts in 1974 with "Sally G."
Glenn Sutton died (heart attack), 2007 (was 69)
Walt Richmond of the Tractors born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1947 (now 63)
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown born in Vinton, Louisiana, 1924 (died 2005)
Your blogger born in Louisville, Kentucky, 19(censored) (now feeling that old age creeping on)
Milton Brown died in Fort Worth, Texas (pneumonia resulting from injuries in an April 13 car wreck), 1936 (was 32)
Bill Rice born in Datto, Arkansas, 1939 (now 71)
Gary Brewer born in Louisville, Kentucky, 1965 (now 45)
Bobby Russell born in Nashville, Tennessee, 1941 (died 1992)
Earl Bolick of the Blue Sky Boys died (unknown cause), 1998 (was 78)
The "National Barn Dance" debuted on WLS, Chicago, 1924
Johnny Tillotson born in Jacksonville, Florida, 1939 (now 71)
Doyle Lawson of the Country Gentlemen and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver born in Ford Town, Tennessee, 1944 (now 66)
Wade Hayes born in Bethel Acres, Oklahoma, 1969 (now 41)
Frank "Hylo" Brown born in River, Kentucky, 1922 (died 2003)
Benny Hill found dead in his London flat (coronary thrombosis), 1992 (was 68). The British comedian's Benny Hill Show featured Boots Randolph's "Yakety Sax" as its theme song.
Wade Mainer born in Buncombe, North Carolina, 1907 (now 103!)
Paul Davis born in Meridian, Mississippi, 1948 (died 2008)
Ira Louvin born in Rainsville, Alabama, 1924 (died 1965)
Carl Belew born in Salina, Oklahoma, 1931 (died 1990)
Glen Campbell born in Delight, Arkansas, 1936 (now 74)
Ray Griff born in Vancouver, British Columbia, 1940 (now 70)
Pat Enright of the Nashville Bluegrass Band born in Huntington, Indiana, 1945 (now 65)
Cleve Francis born in Jennings, Louisiana, 1945 (now 65)
Larry Groce born in Dallas, Texas, 1948 (now 62). The Mountain Stage host had one charted record, 1977's "Junk Food Junkie," which was a minor country hit.
Reuben Gosfield of Asleep at the Wheel born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1951 (now 59)
Heath Wright of Ricochet born in Vian, Oklahoma, 1967 (now 43)
Steve Sholes died (heart attack), 1968 (was 57)
Felice Bryant died (cancer), 2003 (was 77)
Paul Davis died (heart attack), 2008 (was 60)
Richard Nixon died (stroke), 1994 (was 81). The former president's political troubles were chronicled in Tom T. Hall's song "Watergate Blues." Nixon also appeared on the Grand Ole Opry during its first night at the Opry House in 1974.
Roland White of the Nashville Bluegrass Band born in Madawaska, Maine, 1938 (now 72)
Roy Orbison born in Vernon, Texas, 1936 (died 1988)
Shirley Boone born in Chicago, Illinois, 1934 (now 76). Pat Boone's wife is also the daughter of Red Foley.
Rebecca Lynn Howard born in Salyersville, Kentucky, 1979 (now 31)
Harry McClintock died (unknown cause), 1957 (was 74). His greatest success would come years after his death when his recording of "Big Rock Candy Mountain" began the film O Brother, Where Art Thou.
Bonnie Owens died (Alzheimer's disease), 2006 (was 73)
Larry Robbins of the Johnson Mountain Boys born in Dickerson, Maryland, 1945 (now 65)
Karl Farr of the Sons of the Pioneers born in Rochelle, Texas, 1909 (died 1961)
Cliff Bruner born in Texas City, Texas, 1915 (died 2000)
Vassar Clements born in Kinard, South Carolina, 1928 (died 2005)
O.B. McClinton born in Senatobia, Mississippi, 1940 (died 1987)
The musical Big River opened on Broadway, 1985. It won a "Best Musical" Tony for songwriter Roger Miller, making him, to date, the only country performer to ever win a Tony Award.
Johnny Mosby born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, 1933 (now 77)
Duane Eddy born in Corning, New York, 1938 (now 72)
Fiddlin' Doc Roberts born in Richmond, Kentucky, 1897 (died 1978)
Cecil Null born in East War, West Virginia, 1927 (died 2001)
Tim Spencer of the Sons of the Pioneers died (unknown cause), 1974 (was 65)
Wesley Rose died (unknown cause), 1990 (was 72)
Maxine Brown of the Browns born in Campti, Louisiana, 1931 (now 79)
Herb Pedersen of the Dillards and Desert Rose Band born in Berkley, California, 1944 (now 65)
Sydney Nathan, founder of King Records, born in Cincinnati, Ohio, 1904 (died 1968)
Jimmie Skinner born in Blue Lick, Kentucky, 1909 (died 1979)
Dale Potter born in Puxico, Missouri, 1929 (died 1996)
Tommy Caldwell of the Marshall Tucker Band died (car wreck), 1980 (was 30)
Ken Curtis died (natural causes), 1991 (was 74). The Gunsmoke star was also a one-time member of the Sons of the Pioneers.
Billy Mize born in Arkansas City, Kansas, 1929 (now 81)
Duane Allen of the Oak Ridge Boys born in Taylortown, Texas, 1943 (now 67)
Wayne Secrest of Confederate Railroad born in Alton, Illinois, 1950 (now 60)
Karen Brooks born in Dallas, Texas, 1954 (now 56)
Danny Davis of the Nashville Brass born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, 1925 (died 2008)
Eddie Noack born in Houston, Texas, 1930 (died 1978)
Vern Gosdin died (stroke), 2009 (was 74)
Fuzzy Owen born in Conway, Arkansas, 1929 (now 81)
Willie Nelson born in Abbott, Texas, 1933 (now 77)
Darrell McCall born in New Jasper, Ohio, 1940 (now 70)
Robert Earl Reynolds of the Mavericks born in Kansas City, Missouri, 1962 (now 48)
Johnny Horton born in Los Angeles, California, 1930 (died 1960)
Curly Chalker died (natural causes), 1998 (was 66)
WLS airs the final broadcast of the National Barn Dance, 1960, after 36 years on the air.