June 25th: On this day
Born on this day in Binghamton, New York, was Tim Malchak country music singer-songwriter. Malchak partnered with Dwight Rucker in 1982 to form the country music duo Malchak & Rucker. Together, they became the first black/white duo in country music history with a charting single "Just Like That."
Waylon Jennings' hit "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)" spent its sixth week at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. It was just the third (and final) six-week #1 song of the 1970s, and would be the last song to spend as long atop the charts for 20 years (until 1997's "It's Your Love" by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill).
Jenifer Strait, the 13 year-old daughter of George Strait, was killed in a car accident in San Marcos, Texas. The family set up the Jenifer Lynn Strait Foundation, which donates money to children's charities in the San Antonio area.
Songwriter Boudleaux Bryant died. With his wife Felice, he wrote many hits including: The Everly Brothers hits, "Bye Bye Love", "All I Have To Do Is Dream", "Wake Up Little Susie" and "Raining In My Heart" a hit for Buddy Holly. Other acts to record their songs include Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Tony Bennett, Simon and Garfunkel, Sarah Vaughan, the Grateful Dead, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, Roy Orbison, Elvis Costello, Count Basie, Dean Martin, and Ray Charles.
Lyle Lovett married actress Julia Roberts at St. James Lutheran Church in Marion, Indiana. The couple separated in March 1995 and subsequently divorced.
The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974 was designated a National Historic Landmark. During its tenure at Ryman Auditorium, the Opry hosted the biggest country music stars of the day, and the show became known around the world.
Keith Urban married Australian actress Nicole Kidman at the Cardinal Cerretti Memorial Chapel on the grounds of St Patrick's Estate, Manly in Sydney, Australia.
A fire destroyed singer, songwriter Jack Clemmet's home and studio on Belmont Blvd. in Nashville. Clement was unhurt, but many priceless recordings and memorabilia were lost in the fire.
Amid the fallout from the George Floyd protests, the Dixie Chicks became known as The Chicks amid criticism that the word "Dixie" had connotations of American slavery.