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Elton John At Farm Aid, Bobby Bare Born-Today In Country History

The Music and Memories of April 7

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1990- Willie Nelson hosts Farm Aid IV in Indianapolis. Garth Brooks, Bonnie Raitt, Alan Jackson and Kris Kristofferson all perform.  Elton John dedicates “Candle In The Wind” to AIDS patient Ryan White, who dies that night.  

1959- It’s a hit making afternoon when Marty Robbins records ‘El Paso’ and ‘Big Iron’ in the same recording session while cutting the entire ‘Gunfighter Ballads And Trail Songs’ album in a single day.  ‘El Paso’ goes to No. 1 on both the Billboard Country and Pop charts and wins a Grammy in 1961.

1956- Carl Perkins and his ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ kick to No. 1 on the Billboard Country singles chart.


Bobby Bare, 1935.  After a short stint in pop music in 1959, under the name Bill Parsons, Bobby breaks through with the Grammy winning Top 10 hit ‘Detroit City’ in 1963.  A consistent hit maker in the ’60s with songs like ‘500 Miles Away From Home’ and ‘The Streets Of Baltimore,’ by the ’70s and early ’80s he changes his style to deliver bar room singalongs like ‘Marie Laveau’ and ‘Numbers.’  Bobby also opens up one of Nashville’s most popular tourist shops, The Bobby Bare Trap.

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