2002 – Montgomery Gentry receives keys to the city of Louisville, Kentucky. After the ceremony, Gentry quietly inquires as to whether his key gives him free dominion over the city’s thriving bear population.
2002 – Doug Supernaw is arrested outside a bar in Brenham, Texas, after fighting with five police officers. It’s the capper on a strange year that also saw him, by his own reports, “held hostage in Paris” in a “mentally retarded home for terrorists” for two weeks. (I don’t even have to falsify this one. A mentally retarded home?)
1999 – The Dixie Chicks win three trophies at the 33rd annual CMA Awards: Single of the Year, Music Video of the Year, and (Overly) Vocal Group of the Year.
1994 – In an effort to make Collin Raye seem manly, Asylum releases the self-titled debut album by Bryan White.
1993 – The Postal Service issues a series of stamps honoring five important country music acts: Hank Williams, The Carter Family, Patsy Cline, Bob Wills, and Boy Howdy. This last stamp proves to be a poor gamble when the group dissolves three years later.
1991 – Mark Chesnutt’s Too Cold At Home is certified gold, while his shirt is certified pink.
1989 – Clint Black’s debut album, Killin’ Time, is certified gold. A few years later, his insistence on recording only material from his own pen is certified tiresome and ill-advised.
1986 – ABC-TV’s Who’s The Boss? has its third season premiere, featuring a new version of theme song “Brand New Life” sung by Steve Wariner. Danza wanted to sing the song himself, but Wariner won the cage match.
1962 – Loretta Lynn joins the Grand Ole Opry at the age of 27. Future producer Jack White is -13.
1952 – Hank Williams records “Take These Chains From My Heart,” “Kaw-liga” and “Your Cheatin’ Heart” in his final recording session. Regrettably, the clock runs out before he gets a chance to tackle “Big Green Tractor.”
1934 – Royce Kendall, the older half of father-daughter duo The Kendalls, is born in St. Louis, Missouri. He grows up in a very musical home, full of highly suggestive family singalongs.
1925 – Down in the central Arizona town of Glendale, Marty Robbins is born. Little known fact: Had he been a girl, and a Mexican, his parents would have named him Feleena.