Hank Jr Has A History Of Being Political This Day In Country Music – October 19th
2008 – Hank Williams Jr. sings the national anthem in Roswell, New Mexico, on the campaign trail with
Republican politician Sarah Palin.
2006 – Keith Urban checks into the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California, to cope with a recurrence of substance abuse. In a statement, he says, “One can never let one’s guard down on recovery, and I’m afraid I have”.
2002 – Keith Urban begins a six-week stay at #1 on the Billboard country chart with “Somebody Like You”.
1999 – Capitol releases Keith Urban’s self-titled debut album as a solo artist.
1996 – John Berry performs “Standing On The Edge Of Goodbye” and “Change My Mind” as he makes his Grand Ole Opry debut.
1995 – George Jones & Tammy Wynette perform the only full-fledged Nashville concert of their career, uniting on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry House.
1985 – Reba McEntire sings the national anthem prior to the first game of the World Series in Kansas City. The Cardinals beat the Royals 3-1.
1963 – Buck Owens attains the #1 spot on the Billboard country chart with “Love’s Gonna Live Here”.
1958 – Brenda Lee records “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” at the Bradley Film & Recording Studio in Nashville.
1945 – Jeannie C. Riley born in Anson, Texas. She records “Harper Valley P.T.A.” as a secretary in 1968 and is immediately launched into public consciousness. The single about suburban hypocrisy sells millions of copies, dwarfing the rest of her career.