Category: Years Ago

Real Country History…

February 22
  • 1956 - Elvis Presley opens for Little Jimmy Dickens at City Auditorium in Waycross, Georgia. In the front row: future Byrd Gram Parsons, who goes backstage to collect The King's autograph


  • 1968 - Johnny Cash proposes to tour partner June Carter when they perform in London, Ontario. She says yes


  • 1969 - Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs make their final public appearance on the Grand Ole Opry before a nasty split


  • 1989 - K.T. Oslin's "Hold Me" takes a pair of honors--Best Country Song and Best Country Vocal Performance, Female--during the 31st annual Grammy awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles


  • 1997 - Brooks & Dunn climb to #1 on the Billboard country chart with "A Man This Lonely"


  • 1999 - Arista releases Brad Paisley's debut single, "Who Needs Pictures"


  • 2000 - Arista releases Phil Vassar's self-titled debut album


February 23
  • 1935 - Gene Autry has his first starring movie role in the sci-fi western "The Phantom Empire." With Smiley Burnette co-starring, Autry finds a lost race equipped with laser guns living beneath his ranch. He sings "That Silver-Haired Daddy Of Mine"