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Saturday January 12th Has Country Music History

Johnny Paycheck Striking With Teamsters, 1977.
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As we enjoy a classic country Saturday on KXRB, we are hearing some legendary songs from legendary artists. Let’s top it all off with a look at this day in country music history.

On the list we will see that Johnny Paycheck really did spend time in prison. And four big names were born on this day.

On This Day January 12:

  • 2006 Sugarland appears on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.” Kristen Hall is absent, a sign of her departure, which the group announces within days
  • 2001 Three weeks after its release in New York and Nashville, “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” reaches movie theaters across the U.S. The soundtrack features Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski, The Whites and Ralph Stanley, among others
  • 1991 Garth Brooks rises to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with “Unanswered Prayers”
  • 1991 Johnny Paycheck is released from an Ohio prison after serving two years for shooting a man in a Hillsboro, Ohio, bar during December 1985. Paycheck was originally sentenced to seven years
  • 1952 Ricky Van Shelton was born in Grit, Virginia. A smooth and powerful vocalist, Shelton earns a reputation for revitalizing old country staples such as “From A Jack To A King” and “Statue Of A Fool,” winning the CMA’s male vocalist trophy in 1989
  • 1939 William Lee Golden was born in Brewton, Alabama. He joins The Oak Ridge Boys in January 1965, aiding their leap from gospel to country to pop. A baritone with a mountain-man image, he leaves the group in 1987, but returns 10 years later
  • 1926 Ray Price was born in Perryville, Texas. Nicknamed the “Cherokee Cowboy,” he aids in the growth of the country shuffle and the use of recorded strings. His legacy includes “Crazy Arms,” “For The Good Times” and a plaque in the Country Music Hall of Fame
  • 1905 Maurice “Tex” Ritter was born near Murvaul, Texas. A successful silver screen cowboy, he builds a music career on top of his acting, with the theme to “High Noon” and several recitations. He joins the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1964

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