The Music and Memories of January 19

Kevin's Country Calendar

The Headlines:

1993- Kenny Rogers and Trisha Yearwood perform in "The Presidential Inaugural Gala" a day before Bill Clinton takes office.  Kenny and Trisha join a diverse line-up that includes Fleetwood Mac, Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Chuck Berry and Elton John.

1990- Reba McEntire's first movie, the sci-fi picture "Tremors," debuts, with Kevin Bacon in the leading role.  Reba goes on to star in made for TV movies like "Forever Love," "Gambler 5," "The  Secret Of Giving," and "Is There Life Out There."  In addition, she lands roles in major motion pictures like "One Night At McCool's" and "The Little Rascals."

The #1 Hits:

1985- How Blue- Reba McEntire

1974- I Love- Tom T. Hall

1963- The Ballad Of Jed Clampett- Flatt & Scruggs

1959- Billy Bayou- Jim Reeves


Dolly Parton, 1946.  From Porter Wagoner's duet partner to "Aunt" Dolly on the Hannah Montana show, this woman has done it all!  It all started with her first Billboard hit in 1967 titled "Dumb Blonde."  Then, a lucky gig on Porter Wagoner's television show introduced her to an ever growing fan base.  By 1978, she was on top of the world by winning the CMA Entertainer of the Year award.  Dolly soon became a household name appearing on network TV shows and starring in the major motion picture, "9 T0 5" in 1980.

Dolly also got involved in several successful business ventures, most notably the theme park Dollywood in East Tennessee. In 1985 she and other investors opened the park, which has become one of the South’s leading tourist attractions. Through Dollywood and the non-profit Dollywood Foundation, she has contributed in many ways to her home county’s economy, to scholarship programs for high school students to her "Imagination Library" providing free books for area schoolchildren.  In 1999 Dolly was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Phil Everly, of The Everly Brothers, 1939.  Although they were teen pop sensations, they started their career in Country Music with the help of producer Chet Atkins.  "Bye Bye Love," "Wake Up Little Susie," "All I Have To Do Is Dream," and many of their other hits were all produced in Nashville with Music City's finest session players.  Furthermore, all of these records hit #1 on the Billboard Country Music charts.

Record producer Ken Nelson, 1911.  A master behind the scenes, Ken was instrumental in building Capitol Records' country roster and hit catalog, his credits include Sonny James' "Young Love," Buck Owens' "I've Got A Tiger By The Tail" and Merle Haggard's "Workin' Man Blues."  Ken is also credited with helping discover what would become known as "The Nashville Sound."  Thanks to records like Ferlin Husky's "Gone."  Ken replaced traditional Country instruments with a vocal chorus and lush orchestration.  Chet Atkins would later expand on this idea to produce several country crossover records in the late 5os and 60s.

Kevin Richards' Classic Country Hall of Fame Show is heard every Sunday, 6-9am eastern on Country 107.7/WGNA-FM.

Sources: Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, The Country Music Foundation, Billboard Magazine, CMT, The Country Music Association, and The Academy of Country Music