Big News For No News This Day In Country Music – April 13th (Video)
2009 – Big Machine releases Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me” to radio.
2006 – A resolution is introduced in Savannah, Tennessee, to rename part of Pickwick Street as Darryl Worley Way.
2005 – Willie Nelson’s attorney sends a Texas senator a letter declining to have a toll road named for the singer. Nelson later tells The Austin American-Statesman, “I’d put my name on an electric chair, too, but I don’t think that’d be too great a thing”.
2003 – Prisoner of war Patrick Miller is rescued in Iraq, after several weeks in captivity, during which he annoyed the enemy by loudly singing Toby Keith’s “Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American)”.
1996 – Lonestar hits the top in Billboard for the first time with “No News”.
1983 – CBS-TV celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Country Music Association. Among those on the special: Alabama, The Oak Ridge Boys, Ricky Skaggs, Kenny Rogers, Roy Acuff, Tammy Wynette, Janie Fricke, Mickey Gilley, Anne Murray and The Gatlin Brothers.
1970 – Bettie Azevedez picks up five trophies on behalf of Merle Haggard in the Academy Of Country & Western Music awards at the Hollywood Palladium: Single Record, Song and Album of the Year, for “Okie From Muskogee”; Top Male Vocalist and Top Touring Band.
1965 – Roger Miller wins five trophies in the seventh annual Grammy Awards: Best New Country & Western Artist; C&W Album, for “Dang Me/Chug-A-Lug”; and C&W Single, Song and Male Vocal, for “Dang Me”.
1963 – Bill Anderson goes to #1 on the Billboard country chart with his biggest hit, “Still”.
1959 – George Jones nets his first #1 country single in Billboard as a recording artist with “White Lightning”.
1952 – Fiddler and mandolin player Sam Bush born in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He gains acclaim with the progressive acoustic group New Grass Revival, but also plays on hits by Pam Tillis, Kathy Mattea and Garth Brooks, among others.