COUNTRY MUSIC CALENDAR:

Jan 28,

1906 – Churchill Kohlman is born in Pittsburgh. While working as a security guard, he authors “Cry,” a pop hit for Johnnie Ray covered in country by both Lynn Anderson and Crystal Gayle

1918 – Lyricist Bob Hilliard is born in New York City. Known for the pop classic “Our Day Will Come,” he also writes Ronnie Milsap’s “Any Day Now,” Bobby Helms’ “Jacqueline” and Mickey Gilley’s “Bouquet Of Roses”

1927 – Frank Hutchison records “Stackalee” in New York. It appears on the influential “Anthology Of American Folk Music” and ranks among country’s 500 greatest singles of all-time in the Country Music Foundation book “Heartaches By The Number”

1927 – Songwriter/sax player/club owner Ronnie Scott is born in London. He authors Bonnie Tyler’s “It’s A Heartache” and Shelly West’s “Flight 309 To Tennessee”

1935 – Milton Brown & His Brownies record “Who’s Sorry Now?” in Chicago

1936 – Bill Phillips is born in Canton, North Carolina. He earns four Top 10 records in the 1960s. The biggest, “Put It Off Until Tomorrow,” features background vocalist Dolly Parton, who co-wrote it

1936 – Pop balladeer Jack Scott is born in Windsor, Ontario. His self-penned 1960 hit “What In The World’s Come Over You” finds new life in country music 15 years later, in the hands of Sonny James

1938 – The Monroe Brothers hold their final recording session as partners for Bluebird Records in Charlotte, North Carolina. Their split paves the way for Bill Monroe’s influential solo career

1938 – Producer Jim Rooney is born in Boston, Massachusetts. Associated with such folk acts as John Prine, Iris DeMent and Nanci Griffith, he co-produces Hal Ketchum’s hits, including “Small Town Saturday Night” and “Past The Point Of Rescue”

1941 – Decca releases Bing Crosby’s pop version of the Bob Wills-penned “New San Antonio Rose” backed by a remake of Floyd Tillman’s “It Makes No Difference Now”

1941 – “Arkansas Judge” debuts in theaters with Roy Rogers portraying an attorney for a slandered young woman

1945 – Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys record “I Can’t Go On This Way” in Hollywood

1947 – Roy Acuff records “Wabash Cannonball,” “(Our Own) Jole Blon” and “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain” at the CBS Studios in Los Angeles. Acuff had recorded the original version of “Wabash” 11 years prior, but this session marks the first time that Acuff–rather than a sideman–sings it on record

1949 – Drummer Eddie Bayers is born in Pautaxant, Maryland. His lengthy credits include: George Strait’s “The Fireman,” Alan Jackson’s “Chattahoochee,” Craig Campbell’s “Family Man” and Vince Gill’s “When I Call Your Name”

1950 – Barbara Klein is born in Sacramento, California. Under the name Barbi Benton, she gains fame first as a 1970s Playboy cover girl, then for a 1975 country hit, “Brass Buckles.” She also joins the cast of “Hee Haw”

1956 – Elvis Presley makes his first national TV appearance on The Dorsey Brothers’ “Stage Show.” He sings “Shake, Rattle And Roll”

1957 – Stonewall Jackson records “Don’t Be Angry” during his first recording session for Columbia Records, although it takes another seven years before a second recording of the song becomes a hit. On hand to observe: Ernest Tubb

1957 – Decca releases Brenda Lee’s first country hit, “One Step At A Time”

1958 – Jerry Lee Lewis and Ronald Hargrave secure copyright for “High School Confidential”

1962 – A truck hits Charley Pride at a Montana smelter, damaging his ankle, which has a pin permanently embedded

1963 – Elvis Presley begins filming “Fun In Acapulco” in Los Angeles

1963 – Decca releases Bill Anderson’s “Still”

1964 – Buck Owens records “My Heart Skips A Beat” and “Together Again” in Hollywood

1964 – Columbia releases Marty Robbins’ “Girl From Spanish Town”

1965 – Bass player Greg Cook is born in Vian, Oklahoma. He joins Ricochet, which wins two trophies from the Academy of Country Music in 1996

1965 – “A Country Coyote Goes Hollywood” debuts in theaters. Produced by Disney, the picture features Rex Allen as narrator

1965 – Rex Allen, pop singer Jack Jones and western fashion guru Nudie Cohn appear on ABC’s “The Jimmy Dean Show”

1966 – Jimmy C. Newman records the Tom T. Hall-penned “Back Pocket Money” at Nashville’s RCA Studio B

1966 – The Everly Brothers and Jody Miller are guests on ABC’s “The Jimmy Dean Show”

1967 – The Monkees are featured on the cover of TV Guide. Their recording of “Last Train To Clarksville” will be ranked among country’s 500 all-time greatest singles in the 2003 Country Music Foundation book “Heartaches By The Number”

1969 – Country/pop singer Jimmie Rodgers performs at the Cocoanut Grove in Los Angeles, his first live appearance since his skull was fractured 14 months prior

1969 – Columbia releases Ray Price’s “Sweetheart Of The Year”

1970 – Glen Campbell, who has his own TV show, makes his second guest appearance on ABC-TV’s “The Johnny Cash Show.” To close the episode, Cash joins The Statler Brothers and The Carter Family for “Daddy Sang Bass” and “Peace In The Valley”

1970 – “From Elvis In Memphis” becomes the 15th gold album of Elvis Presley’s career

1970 – Roy Drusky records “Too Far Gone” and “Sunday Morning Coming Down” at Nashville’s Monument Studio. Both songs will become hits for other artists–the former for Joe Stampley, the latter for Johnny Cash

1970 – Merle Haggard sings “I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am” and Loretta Lynn delivers “Fist City” on the CBS series “Hee Haw.” Buck Owens and Roy Clark host, joined by regulars Lulu Roman, Grandpa Jones, Gordie Tapp, Stringbean and Junior Samples

1970 – Eddy Arnold sings the “Tennessee Waltz” on an episode of NBC’s weekly variety series “The Kraft Music Hall.” Also appearing: Sid Caesar and Florence Henderson

1970 – Future “Hee Haw” star Barbi Benton receives a red Maserati for her 20th birthday from boyfriend Hugh Hefner

1973 – “Elvis On Tour” shares a Golden Globe award with “Walls Of Fire” for Best Feature Documentary as the trophies are handed out in Hollywood

1973 – Keyboard player Brandon Bush is born. A member of the rock band Train, he plays on several Sugarland hits, including “Baby Girl,” “It Happens” and “Stay”

1975 – Willie Nelson sings the national anthem at San Antonio’s HemisFair Arena for the American Basketball Association All-Star Game. The Eastern Conference beats the West, 151-124

1976 – B.J. Thomas is “born again”

1976 – The Statler Brothers record “Your Picture In The Paper” at the US Recording Studio in Nashville
1976Ronnie Milsap records “What Goes On When The Sun Goes Down” in Nashville

1976 – Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Proud Mary” is certified gold. It’s referenced in the lyrics of The Eli Young Band’s 2009 country hit “Always The Love Songs”

1976 – Fiddler Skeeter Willis dies in a Nashville hospital. He was a member of The Willis Brothers, who played on numerous Eddy Arnold hits and backed Hank Williams on his first recording session

1977 – Joey Fatone is born in New York City. He becomes a member of the pop band ‘N Sync, which joins Alabama when it remakes the boy band’s own hit, “God Must Have Spent A Little More Time On You”

1978 – Roy Rogers & Dale Evans appear on an edition of “Hee Haw,” where they perform “Happy Trails” with Buck Owens

1980 – Hank Snow meets with president Jimmy Carter in an attempt to receive assistance for the Hank Snow International Foundation for the Prevention of Child Abuse

1980 – “Elvis: How Did He Die?”: The cover of People magazine is devoted to Elvis Presley’s alleged addiction to prescription drugs

1980 – MCA releases Brenda Lee’s “The Cowgirl And The Dandy,” written by Bobby Goldsboro

1981 – Warner Bros. releases Emmylou Harris’ “Evangeline” album

1981 – RCA releases Elvis Presley’s “Guitar Man” album, featuring new instrumental support for the late singer’s vocal performances

1982 – Jimmy Fortune, filling in for ailing Lew DeWitt, performs with The Statler Brothers for the first time in Savannah, Georgia

1982 – Charley Pride records “You’re So Good When You’re Bad”

1982 – “Take It Easy” co-writer Jackson Browne and his second wife, Lynne Sweeney, welcome a son, Ryan Daniel Browne, in Los Angeles

1982 – Barbi Benton receives two cars, a tan-and-maroon Rolls-Royce and a brown Mercedes coupe, from husband George Gradow for her birthday

1983 – Tammy Wynette is released from an Akron hospital, following a collapse earlier in the week. Wynette charters a plane for a show in Sioux City

1983 – WDHA, a radio station in Dover, New Jersey, becomes the first commercial broadcaster to use a CD on the air

1983 – MCA releases The Oak Ridge Boys’ album “American Made”

1984 – Al Dexter dies of a heart attack in Texas. His career, which included both western swing and honky-tonk, was best known for 1944’s “Pistol Packin’ Mama”

1984 – Ed Bruce sings “After All” and “The Last Cowboy Song” on “Hee Haw.” The episode also features songwriters Sonny Throckmorton and Karen Taylor-Good

1985 – RCA releases Alabama’s “Forty Hour Week” album

1985 – Alabama, Willie Nelson and Anne Murray each win two American Music Awards, while Loretta Lynn takes home a special Award of Merit. Other country winners include: Barbara Mandrell, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton and The Oak Ridge Boys

1985 – Willie Nelson and Kenny Rogers join 43 other artists to record “We Are The World” under the name USA For Africa at the A&M Studios in Los Angeles. Among other contributors are Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Kim Carnes, Ray Charles, Billy Joel and Waylon Jennings

1985 – MCA releases Reba McEntire’s “Somebody Should Leave”

1985 – Jimmy Buffett holds the grand opening of Margaritaville, a restaurant and souvenir shop in Key West, Florida

1985 – Appalachian fiddler Tommy Jarrell dies. Three years earlier, he received a National Heritage Fellowship honor from the National Endowment for the Arts

1985 – RCA releases Dolly Parton’s “Real Love” album

1986 – George Strait records “It Ain’t Cool To Be Crazy About You” at Sound Stage in Nashville

1986 – The Challenger space shuttle explodes after takeoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida, killing seven people. Many radio stations stop playing Billy Joe Royal’s “Burned Like A Rocket.” The disaster is recalled in Mark Wills’ 2002 hit “19 Somethin'”

1987 – Jerry Lee Lewis III is born in Memphis to Jerry Lee Lewis and Kerrie McCarver

1989 – Kathy Mattea leads the guest list for the week’s edition of “Hee Haw,” joined by Glen Campbell, Roger Miller, Big Al Downing and Ricky Skaggs & Sharon White

1989 – Randy Travis’ “Deeper Than The Holler” climbs to #1 on the Billboard country chart

1990 – Doug Kershaw performs “Diggy Diggy Lo” during halftime and Aaron Neville sings the national anthem at the Super Bowl in New Orleans, where San Francisco beats Denver, 55-10. Ray Charles debuts in “You got the right one, baby” ads for Diet Pepsi

1991 – Reba McEntire wins two trophies at the American Music Awards, while George Strait, Alabama, Garth Brooks and The Kentucky HeadHunters also make the winners circle. Merle Haggard claims a special Award of Merit

1991 – Atlantic releases pop singer Marc Cohn’s self-titled debut album. It includes “Walking In Memphis,” destined to become a country hit for Lonestar a dozen years later

1992 – MCA releases Reba McEntire’s “Is There Life Out There”

1993 – MCA releases Reba McEntire’s duet with Vince Gill, “The Heart Won’t Lie,” written by pop artist Kim Carnes

1995 – Alan Jackson’s “Gone Country” occupies the top spot on the Billboard country chart, floating a Bob Dylan reference in the process

1996 – Songwriter Jerry Capehart appears on Nashville’s WRLT-FM, in what turns out to be his last public performance. Capehart wrote the rock classic “Summertime Blues,” reprised as a country hit in 1994 by Alan Jackson

1996 – Anita Cochran breaks her finger at Radnor Lake in Nashville, providing a physical hurdle as the singer and guitarist prepares to record her debut album

1996 – Pepsi debuts a new commercial featuring Hank Williams’ “Your Cheatin’ Heart” during Super Bowl XXX, while Ford debuts a southeastern regional spot that uses Joe Diffie’s “Pickup Man.” The Dallas Cowboys beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 27-17

1996 – Tracy Lawrence meets his future wife, Dallas Cowboys cheerleader Stacie Drew, during Super Bowl XXX at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. The Cowboys beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 27-17

1997 – Record executive Clive Davis gains a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Through his work with Columbia and Arista Records, he has a hand in the careers of Sonny James, Alan Jackson, Lynn Anderson, Brooks & Dunn and others

1997 – Windham Hill releases pop piano player Jim Brickman’s “Picture This” album. It includes Martina McBride’s performance of “Valentine”

1997 – Rising Tide releases The Buffalo Club’s debut single, “If She Don’t Love You,” to retail

1998 – Martina McBride is hailed on a character’s T-shirt in the “Nancy” comic strip

1998 – Alan Jackson, Billy Ray Cyrus and George Strait nab six nominations apiece for the TNN/Music City News Awards

1998 – Buddy, a miniature collie that belongs to “What If I Said” singer Anita Cochran, disappears. The dog is never found

2000 – “Eye Of The Beholder” opens in movie theaters, with appearances by Ashley Judd and k.d. lang

2002 – Brad Paisley begins a week of appearances on “Hollywood Squares,” where most of the other squares are filled by former contestants on the reality series “Survivor”

2002 – Riders In The Sky’s Woody Paul spends seven hours in a Laughlin, Nevada, emergency room, after mistakenly drinking windshield wiper fluid on the bus. The error causes no health problems

2002 – Horn player Steven Caldwell, formerly of The Swingin’ Medallions, dies of cancer. The band had a 1966 pop hit with “Double Shot (Of My Baby’s Love),” covered for the country charts in 1983 by Joe Stampley

2003 – Virgin releases the soundtrack to “How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days.” Included: Keith Urban’s “Somebody Like You”

2003 – Lewis Pruitt dies. Recording for the Peach and Decca labels, he earned a trio of country hits from 1959-1961: “Timbrook,” “Softly And Tenderly (I’ll Hold You In My Arms)” and “Crazy Bullfrog”

2005 – The Nashville Kats play their first game since Tim McGraw became a co-owner of the Arena Football League team, taking on the Columbus Destroyers at Ohio’s Nationwide Arena. The Kats win the match, 47-38

2005 – The Associated Press reports Marie Osmond’s syndicated adult-contemporary radio show, “Marie & Friends,” has been cancelled. The show aired from the KBEE studios in Provo, Utah

2005 – Cello Studios closes in Hollywood. Once known as Western Recorders, the facility was the site where Elvis Presley recorded the pre-produced music for his 1968 comeback special

2006 – Billboard indicates RCA has parted company with Tracy Byrd, Andy Griggs and Rachel Proctor

2007 – Olivia Newton-John makes a return as a guest judge on the NBC reality series “Grease: You’re The One That I Want”

2007 – Rascal Flatts films its contribution to a Super Bowl ad touting the NFL Network in Miami with football pros Chad Johnson and Edgerrin James. Also featured in the spot: Janet Reno, David Beckham, Martha Stewart, Reggie Bush and Jimmy Fallon

2007 – Alex LeVasseur, the 13-year-old son of songwriter Jeffrey Steele, dies after he’s thrown from a four-wheeler in Franklin, Tennessee. Steele’s credits include “What Hurts The Most,” “Speed,” “Big Deal” and “A Cowboy’s Born With A Broken Heart”

2007 – Wilf Carter and Joni Mitchell are inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Toronto

2007 – Faith Hill’s biological mother, Paula White, dies in Florida

2008 – Songwriter Victoria Shaw, a co-writer of Garth Brooks’ “The River,” attends president George W. Bush’s final State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., as a guest of Maryland congressman Steny Hoyer

2009 – Alan Osmond appears on FOX-TV’s “American Idol” in support of son David Osmond, who passes his audition and moves on in the competition. A really bad version of Carrie Underwood’s “Last Name” is heard during the hour

2009 – Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboard player Billy Powell dies at his home outside Jacksonville, Florida. He played on “Sweet Home Alabama,” sampled in the previous year’s Kid Rock country hit “All Summer Long”

2009 – Warner Bros. releases John Rich’s “Shuttin’ Detroit Down” to radio

2010 – Keith Anderson leads a benefit for a child with cancer at The Listening Room in Nashville, where he’s joined by Lonestar’s Dean Sams and songwriters Gary Burr, Billy Yates, Cory Batten and Lisa Carver

2010 – Six members of Willie Nelson’s band and road crew, including bass player Bee Spears, are arrested in North Carolina on misdemeanor charges for the possession of a controlled substance

2010 – Willie Nelson cancels a show in Kenansville, North Carolina, citing a recurrence of pain in his left hand that required surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome in 2004

2010 – With a major snowstorm on the way, George Strait postpones a pair of weekend shows with Reba McEntire and Lee Ann Womack in Tennessee and Virginia

2010 – The IRS files a lien on Dwight Yoakam’s property in Los Angeles to recover $457,873 in unpaid back taxes

2011 – Reba McEntire watches from the stands as son Shelby Blackstock competes in the Rolex 24 Grand-Am race at the Daytona Motor Speedway in Florida

2011 – Carrie Underwood takes in “Phantom Of The Opera” at the Majestic Theater in New York’s Theater District

2012 – Trace Adkins plays a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters at the Amarillo Civic Center in Texas

2014 – Barbara Mandrell and Roy Orbison are added to the Musicians Hall of Fame at Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium. Other new members include guitarists Jimmy Capps and Corki Casey O’Dell, steel guitar player Ben Keith, bass player Velma Williams Smith and record executive Mike Curb

2014 – Eric Paslay hosts and performs in the Country Music Association’s fifth annual Keep The Music Playing concert featuring local student musicians at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. The CMA donates $1 million to music education

2014 – Songwriter Hank Cochran receives a Mississippi Country Music Trail marker in Isola. He wrote Patsy Cline’s “I Fall To Pieces,” George Strait’s “The Chair” and Vern Gosdin’s “Set ‘Em Up Joe”

2014 – “Duck Dynasty” star Willie Robertson attends Barack Obama’s state of the union address in Washington, D.C., as a guest of Louisiana representative Vance McAllister. “Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas” was a #1 country album the previous month

2014 – Trace Adkins leaves the Florida rehab facility where he’s undergoing treatment to spend time with his ailing father

2014 – A Craig Campbell performance in Nashville draws a surprise guest: Cole Swindell, who joins Campbell on “Outta My Head,” and sings his own hit, “Chillin’ It”

2014 – Tyler Farr’s “Whiskey In My Water” video premieres on Vevo

2015 – “Nice pratfall, dude!” Keith Urban gets slapped by fellow judge Harry Connick Jr. in an acting skit on FOX’s “American Idol.” Later, he passes on a contestant who sang his song “Somebody Like You”

2015 – Flaming Saddles, a country-themed gay bar, opens on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, California. Special guest for the event is Billy Gilman, spurring the city to proclaim Billy Gilman Day

2015 – Jack White brings out opening act Loretta Lynn to duet on her album cut, “Whispering Sea,” during a concert at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. The show also features a surprise appearance by one of White’s side projects, former CMA awards nominees The Raconteurs

2016 – Merle Haggard cancels two concerts as he continues his recovery from a December bout with pneumonia

2016 – An ailing Kenny Rogers postpones three shows

2016 – Kelsea Ballerini sings “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” with Cyndi Lauper and Ingrid Michaelson on the livestreamed “Skyville Live” from Nashville. Lauper also chips in a solo version of “Heartaches By The Number”

2016 – Lee Greenwood makes a surprise appearance to sing “God Bless The U.S.A.” during a Big & Rich concert outside the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. That song and “Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy)” are shot for the next day’s NBC Sports Network’s special “NHL All-Star Game Music Show”

2016 – “Need You Now” and “Undo It” are performed during an episode of FOX’s “American Idol,” featuring judge Keith Urban

2016 – Cole Swindell collects a gold single from the RIAA for “Let Me See Ya Girl”

2017 – Thomas Rhett performs “Star Of The Show” before the Pegasus World Cup horse racing event at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. Arrogate claims $7 million out of the $12-million purse after finishing first

2018 – Maren Morris is featured with electronic musicians Zedd and Grey in a Target ad that debuts during the Grammy awards