A Day in Music - August 21st

Today in country music history:

2008 – Buddy Harman, who played drums on over 18 thousand recordings from Elvis, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash and many others, died at the age of 79.  Harman was the first house drummer for the Grand Ole Opry.

1999 - Alan Jackson headlined Brazil’s largest rodeo, the Barreto Rodeo.  He played in front of 50 thousand fans.

1994 – John Denver was charged with drunk driving after crashing his Porsche into a tree.

1980 – Linda Ronstadt made her Broadway debut.  The production was Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance.

1976 - It was announced by RCA Victor records that the sales of Elvis Presley records passed the 400 million mark.

1966 - Jerry Lee Lewis signed on to play Iago in the London stage production of the rock opera Catch My Soul, based on Shakespeare’s Othello.



Birthdays:

Kenny Rogers - singer, "Lady," "The Gambler"

Harold Reid - singer, The Statler Brothers, Country Music Hall of Fame member

 

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