Loretta and Mooney …

October 15, 1960 … Loretta Lynn made her debut on the Grand Ole Opry, singing “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl.”

Source: What a great pic … – You Can’t Make This Stuff Up …

The Hillbilly Shakespeare

Born on September 17, 1923, Hiram King “Hank” Williams Sr. scored his first hit in 1947 with “Move It On Over.” Although his career in the spotlight only lasted 4 years, in that 4 years he forever changed the face of popular music. His songs would be recorded by everyone from Perry Como to Isaac Hayes to the Melvins to Social Distortion.

Very few artists have transcended the genres like Hank and certainly no one has ever put words to paper quite like him. His nickname, “Hillbilly Shakespeare,” only speaks to his greatness.

The Silk Gentleman

b. August 20, 1923, Jim Reeves was perhaps the biggest male star to emerge from the Nashville sound. Detractors call the sound country-pop (or plain pop), but Reeves was capable of singing hard country (“Mexican Joe” went to number one in 1953.)

Gentleman Jim was at the height of his career when his private plane crashed outside of Nashville on July 31, 1964. His popularity actually grew over the years — in fact, there wasn’t a year between 1970 and 1984 when there wasn’t a Reeves single in the charts, either at the top or in the lower regions. Reeves was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1967, and two years later, the Academy of Country Music instituted the Jim Reeves Memorial Award.