Legendary Births This Day In Country Music – January 12th (Video)
2009 – Capitol releases Lady Antebellum’s “I Run To You” to radio.
2006 – Sugarland appears on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.” Kristen Hall is absent, a sign of her departure, which the group announces within days.
2001 – Three weeks after its release in New York and Nashville, “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” reaches movie theaters across the U.S. The soundtrack includes music by Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Dan Tyminski, The Whites and Ralph Stanley, among others.
1991 – Garth Brooks rises to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with “Unanswered Prayers”.
1991 – Johnny Paycheck is released from an Ohio prison after serving two years for shooting a man in a Hillsboro, Ohio, bar during December 1985. Paycheck was originally sentenced to seven years.
1968 – Keith Anderson born in Miami, Oklahoma. He finds his way into the Big & Rich-led creative family known as the MuzikMafia, attaining a gold album with his 2005 debut, “Three Chord Country And American Rock & Roll”.
1952 – Ricky Van Shelton born in Grit, Virginia. A smooth and powerful vocalist, Shelton earns a reputation for revitalizing old country staples such as “From A Jack To A King” and “Statue Of A Fool” on his way to winning the CMA’s male vocalist trophy in 1989.
1939 – William Lee Golden born in Brewton, Alabama. He joins The Oak Ridge Boys in January 1965, and is the first to predict their leap from gospel to country to pop. A baritone with a mountain-man image, he leaves the group in 1987, but returns 10 years later.
1926 – Ray Price born in Perryville, Texas. Nicknamed the “Cherokee Cowboy,” he aids in the growth of the country shuffle and the use of recorded strings. His legacy includes “Crazy Arms,” “For The Good Times” and membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame.
1905 – Maurice “Tex” Ritter born near Murvaul, Texas. A successful silver screen cowboy, he builds a music career on top of his acting, with the theme to “High Noon” and several recitations. He joins the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1964.