Originally country music was referred to as “hillbilly music” and originated in the Southern United States in the 1920’s.
A lot of the country music of the 1920s was pretty rowdy and bawdy more so than it was in the 1930s.
Radio had become the way for promoting country music performers therefore the Country music was cleaned up in the 1930s.
It wasn’t until Ernest Tubb in the 1940’s helped re-brand the type of music to “Country music”
The auto maker, Henry Ford put the most money into promoting country music in the 1920s than anyone.
He organized fiddling contests and promoted square dances across the country to encourage more wholesome forms of entertainment.
Country Music Facts you might well be interested in knowing about is how did “western” get linked to “country”?
Hollywood, California had a roll in that.
When Gene Autry and other Western-cowboy-outfitted artists became more popular in films of the 1930s and 1940s than their Southern-hillbilly-styled counterparts like Roy Acuff.
So, the upcoming honky-tonk artists like Patsy Montana, Ernest Tubb, Hank Snow, Rex Griffin, and Webb Pierce wore cowboy-styled outfits to sing their hillbilly songs too.
And advertisers like Crazy Water Crystals insisted on sanitized lyrics, while George Hay, creator of the Grand Ole Opry, fostered an image of clean family entertainment.
Radio artists eagerly embraced this more positive, folksy image so they could sell products and advance their careers easier.
These are all very interesting country music facts most people aren’t even aware of.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is the largest popular music museum in the world,
The museums architecture of the building is clad with musical symbols and the front windows of the building are in the shape of the ebony keys of the piano keyboard.
There were three charter members who were first elected in 1961 and they were Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers and the music businessman Fred Rose.
The only member of the Country music Hall of Fame to be elected twice, was Roy Rogers.
He was first elected as a member of the Sons of the Pioneers, and secondly as an individual inductee.
Country music facts not many know about Brenda Lee are that she was the only woman in history to be inducted into both the Country Music and Rock and Roll Halls of Fame.
And she sold over a hundred million records and did two command performances for Queen Elizabeth before she was 20 years old.
The famous singers Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson were the four who made up the group called “The Highwaymen”.
Willie Nelson has been known for his bandana and tennis shoes.
The female vocalist Tammy Wynette was a beautician before she became a country star in Nashville.
Another female vocalist Loretta Lynn was born in Butcher Holler, Kentucky.
George Jones was inducteed into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992 and his first chart record was in 1955.
These are just a few of the country music facts most don’t even know.
Take a little quiz to see how many country music facts you may know…..
1. Who wrote the song “Crazy” that was a big hit for Patsy cline?
Would you believe it was written by the one and only Willie Nelson.
2. What profession was Tim McGraw’s father?
How about a professional baseball player Tug McGraw who played for the New York Mets.
3. Dolly Pardon’s first country hit ”Dumb Blonde”?
She’s not called a dumb blonde anymore after 89 more hits.
4. Who had the most top 40 county hits?
Believe it or not, George Jones who has had 142 top 40 hits.
These are just a few of the country music facts and there are so many more.
You can now quiz your friends and leave them wondering how you got so smart….