November 29th: On this day
Born on this day in Rosewood, Kentucky was Merle Travis. The American country and Western singer, songwriter known for his hit "Sixteen Tons". Travisí guitar style became known as "Travis picking", and his songs often discussed the life and exploitation of coal miners in the lyrics. Travis who was was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970 and elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1977 died on October 20, 1983.
Born on this day in Phoenix, Arizona, was Jody Miller, country music singer who in 1965 released an answer record to Roger Miller's hit "King of the Road", titled "Queen of the House" (which became her signature hit, peaking at #5 on the country singles chart). Miller won the Grammy award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for the song in 1966.
At the 2nd Annual Grammy Awards held at Los Angeles and New York, (the first televised Grammy Award ceremony), Best Country & Western Performance went to Johnny Horton for "The Battle of New Orleans."
Taylor Swift became the first solo female artist in 20 years to headline a national stadium tour through Australia, (with the last being Madonna's Girlie Show Tour in 1993), when she kicked off the Oceania leg of her Red World Tour. Swift performed to a capacity crowd of over 40,900 fans at the Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia, becoming the first female artist in history to sell out the stadium since it was opened in 1988.