April 22nd: On this day
Born on this day in Saltillo, Tennessee, was W. S. "Fluke" Holland, drummer who worked extensively with numerous rock and roll musicians, beginning with Carl Perkins, but became well known as the drummer with Johnny Cash's succession of backing bands: The Tennessee Three, The Great Eighties Eight, and The Johnny Cash Show Band. Holland played drums on the 1955 Sun Records recording of "Blue Suede Shoes" by Perkins.
Born on this day in Pike County, Arkansas, was Glen Campbell, country singer, songwriter, actor, TV presenter. Hits include "By the Time I Get to Phoenix", "Wichita Lineman", and "Rhinestone Cowboy." He was a touring member of The Beach Boys, filling in for an ailing Brian Wilson in 1964 and 1965. His guitar playing can be heard on "Strangers in the Night" by Frank Sinatra, "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" by The Righteous Brothers and "I'm a Believer" by The Monkees. Campbell became a patient at an Alzheimer's long-term care and treatment facility in 2014 and died of the disease in Nashville, Tennessee on August 8, 2017 at the age of 81.
Born on this day in Vancouver, British Columbia, was Canadian country music singer and songwriter Ray Griff. He has written many major hits including "Canadian Pacific" for George Hamilton IV, "Who's Gonna Play This Old Piano" for Jerry Lee Lewis, and "Baby" for Wilma Burgess. Others who have had major hit records with Griff songs include Faron Young, Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton, Bob Luman, Gene Watson, and Johnny Duncan. Griff died on March 9, 2016 aged 75.
Born on this day in Moore, Oklahoma, was Kellie Coffey, country music artist. She made her debut in 2002 with the release of her single "When You Lie Next to Me", a Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts. Her debut album, also titled When You Lie Next to Me, was released the same year and in 2003, Coffey won the Top New Female Vocalist award from the Academy of Country Music.
Winners at the Academy of Country Music Awards included: Pioneer Award - Charlie Daniels, Top Female Vocalist of the Year - Trisha Yearwood, Top Male Vocalist of the Year - George Strait, Top Vocal Duo or Group - Brooks & Dunn, Top New Male Vocalist of the Year - Kenny Chesney, Song of the Year and Country Music Video of the Year went to Faith Hill and Tim McGraw for "It's Your Love."
Songwriter Felice Bryant died of cancer. She wrote many hits with her husband Boudleaux including; The Everly Brothers, "Bye Bye Love", "All I Have To Do Is Dream", "Wake Up Little Susie" and "Raining In My Heart", a hit for Buddy Holly. Other acts to record their songs include Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Tony Bennett, Simon & Garfunkel, Grateful Dead, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Beach Boys, Roy Orbison, Elvis Costello, Count Basie, Dean Martin, Ruth Brown, Cher, and Ray Charles.
Emmylou Harris, Wynonna Judd, The Crickets and John Hiatt were all inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville.
Pistol Annies made their debut on the Academy of Country Music's Girls' Night Out: Superstar Women of Country on CBS, performing "Hell on Heels". The women gave themselves the nicknames "Lonestar Annie" (Miranda Lambert), "Hippie Annie" (Ashley Monroe), and "Holler Annie" (Angaleena Presley). They released the album Hell on Heels on August 23, 2011.