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Country Calendar-Jan.16

The Music and Memories of January 16

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Kevin’s Country Calendar

The Headlines:

2006- The Johnny Cash biopic “Walk The Line” collects three Golden Globes, including Best Musical or Comedy and Best actor wins for Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon. The “Brokeback Mountain” piece “A Love That Will Never Grow Old” performed by Emmylou Harris wins Best Original Song.

1953- Bill Monroe suffers 19 broken bones in a head-on collision on Highway 31 near White House, Tennessee. He still manages to get out of the car and pull another passenger, Bessie Lee Mauldin, out of the other side.  After a slow recovery, Bill bounces back to the stage and continues to make musical history as the “Father of Bluegrass.”

The #1 Hits:

1993 Somewhere Other Than The Night- Garth Brooks

1988 One Friend- Dan Seals

1982 I Wouldn’t Have Missed It For The World- Ronnie Milsap

Birthdays:

Ronnie Milsap, 1943.  Ronnie overcomes several obstacles to become a groundbreaking recording artist.  Ronnie was given up by his mother as she viewed his blindness as punishment from god.  Then, he endured strict discipline in schools for the blind where he was hit and verbally abused for performing Rock and Roll and Country songs on the piano.  Ronnie’s love of music was his escape from this cold, cruel, dark world.  In 1974, Ronnie goes to #1 with his third Billboard single “Pure Love.”

Deaths:

Carl Smith, 2010.  Carl was one of the most underrated male country stars of his time.  In all, he placed 93 songs on the Billboard Country Charts, with 21 top tens in a row from 1951-1955.  Some of his hits included “Let Old Mother Nature Have Her Way,” “Hey Joe!” and “Loose Talk.”  In addition, Carl was married to June Carter.  Together they are the parents of Carlene Carter, known for the 90′s hits “I Fell In Love” and “Every Little Thing.”  After his marriage to June Carter, Carl Smith married Goldie Hill in 1957.

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

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