I wanted to get Country California’s After the Beep podcast launched. I also wanted to do another This Week in Country Music History. So, I decided to complete both tasks in one fell swoop.
Listen to the podcast version for my impeccable delivery and some bits not included in the text below. If I can be so bold, I’d also recommend subscribing to After the Beep via your pod-listening program or app of choice. The feed can be found at afterthebeep.libsyn.com/rss. This thing’s so new that it won’t show up in the iTunes directory or anywhere like that yet, so you’ll need the super-secret feed address to get into the club. (If you don’t know what to do with said address, that’s okay. I’m sure I’ll be posting about new episodes here on the main site for the foreseeable future.)
Here’s the boring old text version, which has been abridged:
1788 – Georgia becomes the fourth state to join the union, where it remains until 2015. Having created Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert, Luke Bryan, Colt Ford, and the Peach Pickers, the territory is finally sold off to Bolivia.
1923 – Los Angeles radio station KFI becomes the first in America licensed by ASCAP. The idea that songwriters deserve compensation remains controversial for the next 92 years.
1930 – Victor releases Jimmie Rodgers’ “Tuck Away My Lonesome Blues.” On the B side is Rodgers’ cover of “All About That Bass.”
1936 – Roger Miller is born in Fort Worth, Texas. He comes out scatting and improvises three songs in the time it takes them to cut the umbilical cord.
1953 – Hank Williams is pronounced dead at Oak Hill General Hospital in West Virginia, after passing away en route to a show. Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan pay tribute to the late star with “This Is How We Roll” in 2013.
1957 – Patty Loveless is born in Kentucky. Birds sing.
1959 – David Lee Murphy is born in Illinois. He immediately commences the search for a party crowd.
1966 – Ernest Tubb quits smoking and gains 49 pounds within three months, bringing him up to a fighting weight of 93 pounds.
1969 – George Jones, Mel Tillis, Tammy Wynette and Dolly Parton join the Grand Ole Opry on the same day. This remains the biggest Opry induction until Rascal Flatts in 2011.
1974 – John Rich is born in Amarillo, Texas. He goes on to pen autobiographical songs like “Redneck Woman” and “Mississippi Girl.”
1975 – Capitol releases Jessi Colter’s self-evident “I’m Not Lisa.”
1977 – Waylon Jennings records “Luckenbach, Texas (Back To The Basics Of Love)” at the American Studios in Nashville. Ironically, the song’s popularity turns Luckenbach into a bustling metropolis, like Boston.
1981 – At a New Year’s party in Waikiki, Glen Campbell takes off his belt and threatens to spank Tanya Tucker. Tucker’s father threatens to kill Campbell. They eventually settle the dispute with a dance-off.
1990 – Notorious mobsters Knuckles and Small Fry Macarelli move to Nashville, adopting the names John and Martina McBride upon arrival.
1992 – Epic releases Joe Diffie’s Regular Joe album. Your dad grows a mullet.
1995 – Jeff Foxworthy goes platinum with the album You Might Be A Redneck If… Everyone agrees that this joke will never get old.
1996 – Fiddler Chubby Wise dies of heart failure in Maryland. Doctors express surprise that a man named Chubby would die of heart failure.
1997 – Warner Bros. releases Bill Engvall’s novelty single “Here’s Your Sign (Get The Picture),” featuring Travis Tritt. Everyone agrees this is somehow even funnier than Jeff Foxworthy.
2000 – Jamey Johnson moves to Nashville hoping to land a gig as a background singer on Shania Twain’s next world tour.
2003 – SoundScan reports consumers bought 77 million country albums in 2002. Hey, not so bad! Record executives bury their heads in the sand.
2004 – LeAnn Rimes collects a gold album for her Greatest Hits. She has her plaque melted down and fashioned into a hard-shell bikini.
2012 – Nielsen SoundScan announces 42.9 million country albums were sold in 2011, a 44% decline from 2002. But this new trio called The Farm is gonna be HUGE.
2012 – Having embarked on a solo career to pursue substance over style, Ronnie Dunn is forced to halt a show at Tennessee’s Franklin Theatre when his smoke machine triggers the fire alarm.
2013 – MCA releases Kip Moore’s single “Hey Pretty Girl” to radio. Bruce Springsteen says “Hey, that sounds familiar…”
2013 – Preternaturally deep-voiced Scotty McCreery announces he had his wisdom teeth taken out. For his next recording, he sounds like Kristin Chenoweth.
Historical information comes from Tom Roland’s indispensable country database at RolandNote.com. All the lies and quips, such as they are, come from me.