(Country Music Hall of Famers in bold)
Ralph Mooney born in Duncan, Oklahoma, 1928 (now 82)
David Bellamy of the Bellamy Brothers born in Darby, Florida, 1950 (now 60)
Bobby Randall of Sawyer Brown born in Midland, Michigan, 1952 (now 58)
Terry McBride of McBride & the Ride born in Austin, Texas, 1958 (now 52)
Sheb Wooley died (leukemia), 2003 (was 82)
Hank Williams born in Mount Olive, Alabama, 1923 (died 1953)
John Ritter, son of Tex Ritter, born in Burbank, California, 1948 (died 2003)
Steve Sanders (William Lee Golden's one-time replacement in the Oak Ridge Boys) born in Richland, Georgia, 1952 (died 1998)
Bill Black born in Memphis, Tennessee, 1926 (died 1965)
RCA's 33 1/3 RPM "long-playing" (LP) record born, 1931
Priscilla Mitchell born in Marietta, Georgia, 1941 (now 69). In addition to her own singing career, she was married to Jerry Reed from 1959 until his death in 2008.
Carl Jackson born in Louisville, Mississippi, 1953 (now 57)
Ervin T. Rouse born in Craven County, North Carolina, 1917 (died 1981)
Trisha Yearwood born in Monticello, Georgia, 1964 (now 46)
Clyde Moody born in Cherokee, North Carolina, 1915 (died 1989)
Danny Dill born in Carroll County, Tennessee, 1924 (died 2008)
Red Foley died (heart attack), 1968 (was 58)
Gram Parsons died (drug overdose), 1973 (was 26)
Skeeter Davis died (cancer), 2004 (was 72)
Slim Dusty ("Australian king of country music") died (cancer), 2003 (was 76)
Carl Smith married singer Goldie Hill, 1957
Pearl Butler born in Nashville, Tennessee, 1927 (died 1988)
Karl Farr died (heart attack), 1961 (was 52)
Jim Croce died (plane crash), 1973 (was 30). The folk singer/songwriter's pop hit "I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song" made the country charts a year after his death.
Steve Goodman died (liver and kidney failure/leukemia), 1984 (was 36)
Hank Williams re-joined the Louisiana Hayride after being fired from the Grand Ole Opry, 1952
Faith Hill born in Jackson, Mississippi, 1967 (now 43)
Dickey Lee born in Memphis, Tennessee, 1936 (now 74)
Don Felder, former guitarist/steel guitarist for the Eagles, born in Gainesville, Florida, 1947 (now 63)
Daryl Mosley of New Tradition born in Waverly, Tennessee, 1964 (now 46)
Ronna Reeves born in Big Spring, Texas, 1966 (now 44)
Kenny Starr born in Topeka, Kansas, 1952 (now 58)
Ted Daffan born in Beauregard Parish, Louisiana, 1912 (died 1996)
Walter Brennan died (emphysema), 1974 (was 80). Among the actor's charted hits were "Old Rivers" and a version of Bill Anderson's "Mama Sang a Song."
June Forester of the Forester Sisters born in Lookout Mountain, Georgia, 1952 (now 58)
Debby Boone born in Hackensack, New Jersey, 1956 (now 53). The "You Light Up My Life" singer is Red Foley's granddaughter.
Roy "Pop" Lewis Sr. of the Lewis Family, born in Pickens, South Carolina, 1905 (died 2004)
Don Herron Jr. of BR5-49 born in Steubenville, Ohio, 1962 (now 48)
Roy Drusky died (emphysema), 2004 (was 74)
Bradley Kincaid died (natural causes), 1989 (was 94)
O.B. McClinton died (cancer), 1987 (was 45)
Jimmy Wakely died (emphysema), 1982 (was 68)
Roy Horton died (unknown cause), 2003 (was 88)
Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys make their first recording session, 1935
Rosalie Allen died (congestive heart failure), 2003 (was 79)
Jim Denny fired as Opry manager, 1956
Ian Tyson born in Victoria, British Columbia, 1933 (now 77)
Larry Sparks born in Lebanon, Ohio, 1947 (now 63)
Royce Kendall born in St. Louis, Missouri, 1934 (died 1998)
Little Jimmy Dickens became a member of the Grand Ole Opry, 1948. He is celebrating 62 years as an Opry member, which is one of the longest tenures in the history of the show.
David Frizzell born in El Dorado, Arkansas, 1941 (now 69)
Lynn Anderson born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, 1947 (now 63)
Carlene Carter born in Madison, Tennessee, 1955 (now 55)
Doug Supernaw born in Bryan, Texas, 1960 (now 50)
Marty Robbins born in Glendale, Arizona, 1925 (died 1982)
The Beverly Hillbillies debuted on CBS, 1962. The program featured appearances by Roy Clark as Cousin Roy and Flatt and Scruggs as friends of the Clampetts, and the show was frequently sponsored by Kellogg's Corn Flakes with ads featuring Homer and Jethro.
Uncle Josh Graves born in Tellico Plains, Tennessee, 1928 (died 2006)
Charlie Monroe died (cancer), 1975 (was 72)
Johnny Mathis born in Maud, Texas, 1933 (now 77). Because of the rise of a pop singer by the same name, Mathis became known as "Country Johnny Mathis."
Ronnie Reno born in Buffalo, South Carolina, 1947 (now 63)
Laurie Lewis born in Long Beach, California, 1950 (now 60)
Mandy Barnett born in Crossville, Tennessee, 1975 (now 35)
Jerry Clower born in Liberty, Mississippi, 1926 (died 1998)
Tommy Collins (ne Leonard Sipes) born in Bethany, Oklahoma, 1930 (died 2000)
Joseph Falcon born in Rayne, Louisiana, 1900 (died 1965). Falcon is credited with the first Cajun recording, "Allons a Lafayette," in 1928.
Jim Boyd (of Bill Boyd and the Cowboy Ramblers) born in Fannin County, Texas, 1914 (died 1993)
Johnny Horton married Billie Jean Williams (widow of Hank Williams), 1953
Jerry Lee Lewis born in Ferriday, Louisiana, 1935 (now 75)
Gene Autry born in Tioga Springs, Texas, 1907 (died 1998)
Bill Boyd born in Fannin County, Texas, 1910 (died 1977)
Tillman Franks born in Stamps, Arkansas, 1920 (died 2006)
Wesley Tuttle died (natural causes), 2003 (was 85)
Mickey Newbury died (lung disease), 2002 (was 62)
Richard Bowden born in Linden, Texas, 1945 (now 65)
Johnny Burns born in Knoxville, Tennessee, 1948 (now 62). The son of Jethro Burns is a singer/songwriter/guitarist on his own, and worked for many years with country-folk icon John Prine.
Deborah Allen born in Memphis, Tennessee, 1953 (now 57)
Marty Stuart born in Philadelphia, Mississippi, 1958 (now 52)
Mary Ford died (diabetes complications), 1977 (was 53)
Ruby Wright died (heart disease), 2009 (was 69)
Billboard magazine changed the name of the "Hillbilly and Western" chart to the "Country and Western" chart, 1950. Ernest Tubb is considered by many to be one of the people responsible for this, as he claimed that "hillbilly" was a derogatory term.