It’s Big Bad John Day August 10th This Day in Country Music (Video)
1928 – Jimmy Dean born in Olton, Texas. A network TV host and sausage-company owner, he sells a million copies of the 1961 single “Big Bad John.” He joins the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010. See if you can identify all the famous faces in the crowd from this video.
2009 – “It’s time to call it a day”: Brooks & Dunn announce in a five-sentence note to their fans that they’re ending their run as a duo after one last tour.
2009 – Capitol releases Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” to radio.
2006 – Kenny Chesney’s nine-minute “You Save Me” video debuts on CMT.
2002 – When The Dixie Chicks perform on the Grand Ole Opry, Natalie Maines interrupts the proceedings to announce the newest inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame: Opry members Porter Wagoner and “Jumpin'” Bill Carlisle.
2001 – The Dixie Chicks’ Martie Seidel marries Gareth Maguire in Kailua, Hawaii.
1991 – Vince Gill joins the Grand Ole Opry, introduced by Roy Acuff, who sheds tears as Gill delivers “When I Call Your Name”.
1973 – Jennifer Hanson born in Whittier, California. Blending influences such as Dolly Parton and Sheryl Crow, she earns a hit in 2002 with her first single, “Beautiful Goodbye.” She also writes The Wreckers’ “Leave The Pieces” and Bucky Covington’s “A Different World”.
1972 – Bobby Pinson born in Panhandle, Texas. The gritty-voiced singer-songwriter nets a 2005 hit with “Don’t Ask Me How I Know” and writes Sugarland’s “It Happens,” Toby Keith’s “She Never Cried In Front Of Me” and Trent Tomlinson’s “One Wing In The Fire”.
1949 – Gene Johnson born in Jamestown, New York. He plays fiddle and mandolin for Diamond Rio, a harmony-based sextet that wins multiple awards from the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music in the 1990s.