Elvis Presley makes his second appearance on CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show in 1956. Unlike the first appearance, Ed Sullivan is hosting the show himself. The music Elvis picked to sing on the show was “Don’t Be Cruel”, “Love Me Tender”, “Hound Dog” and “Love Me”. Later in the show, Ed Sullivan presents Elvis with a Gold Record for “Love Me Tender”.
The historic T.A.M.I. (Teenage Awards Music International) Show is held at the Santa Monica, California Civic Auditorium in 1964. The first of two all-star live music shows that concluded the next evening. The show featured the famed “Wrecking Crew” session men as backup, the event presented a stunning array of talent: James Brown, The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, The Supremes, Chuck Berry, Marvin Gaye, The Miracles, Lesley Gore, and more. Filmed in front of thousands of screaming high school kids that were let in for free, the resulting movie flopped at the box office, but gained a hardcore cult following.
English-Canadian musician Nick Gilder topped the charts in 1978 with the music single “Hot Child In The City”. The song hit No.1 in the U.S. and Canada. Nick Gilder wanted to bring awareness to child prostitution after witnessing girls as young as 15 and 16 walking Hollywood Boulevard with their pimps in the 70s. The song became a Platinum record for Nick and he donated proceeds to help get young girls off the streets.
American country music artist David Lee Murphy has a big hit with his 1995 music single from his album “Out With A Bang”. The single “Dust On The Bottle” reaches No.1 on the Billboard country chart in 1995. It is his fourth single from the “Out With A Bang” album and the song hits No.9 on the Canadian country Charts. Murphy wrote the song in 15 minutes while playing the guitar at his kitchen table early one morning.
Alan Jackson wakes up at 4:00 a.m. in 2001, inspired to write “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)”, a song about healing from terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon the previous month. The lead single is from his tenth studio album “Drive” released on Arista Nashville. The song’s lyrics center on the reactions of the September 11th attacks and is written in the form of questions. After debuting the song publicly on the Country Music Association’s annual awards show on November 7, 2001, it was released as a single and topped the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart for five weeks.
Big & Rich receive their first gold music single in 2004 for ‘’Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy)”. The song was released as the second music single from their debut album “Horse of a Different Color”. “Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy) reached No.11 on the U.S. Billboard US Country chart in 2004.
American country music artist Tyler Farr goes Platinum in 2013 with his music single “Redneck Crazy”. The song appears on his first album, also titled Redneck Crazy”. Written by Josh Kear, Mark Irwin and Chris Tompkins, the Taste of Country Billy Dukes gave the song two and a half stars out of five. Billy wrote “one expects a song with such a name to be a little more fun, but predictable country rock ballad production hold the three-and-a-half-minute cut back”. Country Weekly’s Jon Freeman praised the song in his review of the album, and said “it’s a bitter, almost scary account of a jilted man stalking his ex and her new guy”.
Jason Aldean and Bob Seger shoot a 2014 installment of “CMT Crossroads” at The Factory in Franklin, Tennessee. Among the songs they tackle: “Hollywood Nights”, “Against The Wind”, “Night Train” and “Tattoos On This Town”.
Telma Hopkins – Born in 1948, Telma an American singer and actress. She was a member of the 1970s pop group Tony Orlando and Dawn and later starred in several television sitcoms including, Bosom Buddies, Getting By and Half and Half. Telma later became Rachel Baines-Crawford on the hit television show Family Matters.
Brad Paisley – born in 1972, Brad is an American country music singer, songwriter and guitarist who blends humor and sensitivity in a career that leads to the Grand Ole Opry membership and Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year award. His 1999 debut album “Who Needs Pictures” was followed up by 10 more studio albums and a Christmas compilation on the Arista Nashville label. All of his albums have been certified Gold by the R.I.A.A. Paisley has sold over 12 million albums and won three Grammy Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, 14 Country Music Association Awards and two American Music Awards.