Happy Birthday Zac! This Day in Country Music – July 31st (Video)
In honor of the the birthday boy, today I feature a video from two of my favorite artists!
2006 – Jason Aldean’s “Why” earns a gold single from the Recording Industry Association of America.
2004 – Faith Hill records “Mississippi Girl” at Emerald Entertainment in Nashville.
2002 – The Dixie Chicks record an episode of “CMT Crossroads” with James Taylor in Nashville.
2001 – Warner Bros. releases Blake Shelton’s self-titled debut album.
1978 – Singer-songwriter Zac Brown born in Atlanta’s Piedmont Hospital. The Zac Brown Band becomes a major country act, mixing jam-band tendencies and well-crafted ballads while nabbing multiple gold and platinum albums following the act’s 2008 debut with “Chicken Fried”.
1969 – Elvis Presley begins a historic four-week run at Las Vegas’ International Hotel in his first live show since 1961. In the audience are Liberace, Herb Alpert, Dick Clark, Cary Grant, Fats Domino, Burt Bacharach, Pat Boone and Paul Anka.
1964 – Jim Reeves and pianist Dean Manuel die in a plane crash in Brentwood, Tennessee. Numerous locals–including Eddy Arnold, Chet Atkins and Ernest Tubb–search for three days before discovering the wreckage. Reeves is ultimately enshrined in the Country Music Hall of Fame.
1963 – Chad Brock born in Ocala, Florida. He has less than 20 matches as a professional wrestler before embarking on a singing career in the 1990s, topped by his autobiographical love song, “Yes!”.
1948 – Country music appears on national television for the first time, with a show taped at Washington, D.C.’s Constitution Hall. Kitty Wells, Eddy Arnold and Johnny & Jack are beamed to five cities.
1937 – Bonnie Brown born in Sparkman, Arkansas. She joins older siblings Maxine and Jim Ed in forming The Browns, whose million-selling crossover hit “The Three Bells” precedes their 1963 induction into the Grand Ole Opry.