February 20th: On this day
"Slowly" by Webb Pierce became the first #1 song on Billboard's country charts to feature the pedal steel guitar. (His biggest hit was "In the Jailhouse Now," which charted for 37 weeks in 1955).
Born on this day in Oceanside, California, was Chris Thile, musician, with the acoustic folk/progressive bluegrass quintet Punch Brothers. He was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance for "The Eleventh Reel" in 2006.
Born on this day was American singer and songwriter Audra Mae, (she is the great-great-niece of Judy Garland). As well as releasing her own records she co-wrote "Little Red Wagon" recorded by Miranda Lambert.
Country music winners at the 33rd Annual Grammy Awards included; Kathy Mattea for "Where've You Been" who won Best Country Song and Best Country Vocal Performance, Best Male Country Vocal Performance, went to Vince Gill for "When I Call Your Name", Best Country Performance by a Group was The Kentucky Headhunters for Pickin' on Nashville and Best Country Vocal Collaboration went to Chet Atkins & Mark Knopfler for "Poor Boy Blues."
Billy Ray Cyrus was at #1 on the US Country music album chart with his debut album, Some Gave All which included his breakthrough hit "Achy Breaky Heart".
Alan Jackson made a guest appearance on Home Improvement, singing "Mercury Blues" on the fictitious handyman show Tool Time. Part of the show's attraction was its token "Tool Time girl", whose primary roles were to look good, be curvaceous, roll out various props and help introduce the two hosts.
LeAnn Rimes performed "Nothin' 'Bout Love Makes Sense" and Big & Rich performed "Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy)" at halftime during the NBA all-star basketball game at Denver's Colorado Convention Center.
Country Music Hall of Fame member Fred Foster died age 87. He is credited as producer behind all of Roy Orbison’s biggest hits including "Oh, Pretty Woman", "Only the Lonely" and "Crying" and also produced major hits for Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Ray Stevens and Kris Kristofferson.