With over 100 million records sold worldwide, 60 No. 1 hits and three CMA Entertainer of the Year awards to his name, George Strait has certainly earned his "King of Country" nickname. Even at 62 years old, his influence on country music remains strong, and he himself remains relevant to the genre.
47 years ago today (Feb. 22, 1968), Johnny Cash was one happy man. It was on this day that the Man in Black proposed to his then-girlfriend, June Carter, while performing together on stage in London, Ontario.
Sixty-seven years ago today (Feb. 21, 1948) was an historic day for Little Jimmy Dickens. It was on this day that the then-27-year-old made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry, performing "John Henry" and "I Dreamed of an Old Love Affair."
Rising country star John King knows he has big shoes to fill. The Georgia native, whose debut single "Tonight Tonight" was released last year, says he looks to superstars like Garth Brooks and Kenny Chesney for inspiration, especially when it comes to his fans.
The Cadillac Three's Jaren Johnston practically grew up at the Grand Ole Opry, and the singer and guitarist has a lot of memories of meeting some of country music's biggest stars. Johnston specifically recalls a funny (in hindsight) run-in with country legend Porter Wagoner.
Willie Nelson is a country music icon, and his trusted Martin N-20 acoustic guitar, affectionately named Trigger, is a staple in the singer's music and success. Nelson recalls the day he purchased the beloved instrument as "a good day."
Billy Burnette, Shawn Camp and Dennis Morgan are the writers behind George Strait's No. 1 song "River of Love." The King of Country released the tune as the third single from his Troubador album in November of 2008. Inside, the three co-writers tell The Boot how the hit came to be.
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