Real Country History…

July 22
  • 1947 - Drummer-vocalist Don Henley born in Gilmer, Texas. A founding member of The Eagles, Henley watches his songs become country hits for Johnny Rodriguez and Conway Twitty. He also adds supporting vocals to Trisha Yearwood's "Walkaway Joe"


  • 1961 - Patsy Cline comes on stage at the Grand Ole Opry in a wheelchair to assure fans she'll return to performing soon, following her June car accident


  • 1972 - Charley Pride lays claim to the #1 slot on the Billboard country chart with "It's Gonna Take A Little Bit Longer"


  • 1982 - Dolly Parton's "The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas," co-starring Burt Reynolds, makes its Nashville premiere. The movie includes her remake of her own "I Will Always Love You"


  • 1989 - George Strait ascends to #1 on the Billboard country chart with "What's Going On In Your World"


  • 1992 - Earl Scruggs and Minnie Pearl received National Medals of Arts from President George Bush at a White House ceremony.


  • 1992 - The Judds' album "Why Not Me" was certified double-Platinum.


  • 1992 - The "Read Between the Lines" album by Aaron Tippin was certified Gold.