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Today in Country Music, October 22 featuring "The Texas Troubadour"

Posted By: Barry Kent · 10/22/2012 10:19:00 AM

Today in Country Music, October 22 featuring Ernest Tubb.

On this day in 2011, Loretta Lynn was forced to cancel a couple of concerts due to illness… the country icon had been hospitalized with pneumonia, she recovered and is still touring today.

Today in 2008, for the fifth time in his career, Kenny Chesney landed at #1 on the all-genre Billboard top 200 albums chart - this time for his release, Lucky Old Sun.

Alan Jackson's single, "Where I Come From" was in the middle of a three-week stay on top of the billboard country singles chart in 2001.

And on this day in 1965, Ernest Tubb was inducted into the country music hall of fame… years after his death his record store still operates in downtown Nashville on Broadway.

Ernest Dale Tubb was born February 9, 1914 and died  September 6, 1984.  Ernest was nicknamed the Texas Troubadour.  Ernest Tubb was one of the pioneers of country music. His biggest career hit song, "Walking the Floor Over You" (1941), marked the rise of the honky tonk style of music. In 1948, he was the first singer to record a hit version of "Blue Christmas", a song more commonly associated with Elvis Presley and his mid-1950s version. Another well-known Tubb hit was "Waltz Across Texas" (1965), which became one of his most requested songs and is often used in dance halls throughout Texas during waltz lessons. Tubb recorded duets with the then up-and-coming Loretta Lynn in the early 1960s, including their hit "Sweet Thang". Tubb became a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1965.

Current fans may know Tubb primarily for the Ernest Tubb Record Shop in Nashville, which opened in May 1947. There are also Ernest Tubb Record Shops in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and Fort Worth, Texas. The record shops have been meeting places for country music stars and fans for decades.

He was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999, and he ranked No. 21 in CMT's 40 Greatest Men of Country Music in 2003.

One of Tubb's sons, Justin Tubb, made a minor splash on the country music scene in the 1950s; and Justin's sons, Carey and Zachary Tubb, also became musicians. Tubb's nephew, Billy Lee Tubb, was his lead guitarist briefly (fall 1959–April 1960). He also had solo careers under several pseudonyms (Ronny Wade, X. Lincoln) and played with John Anderson, writing several songs with him. Tubb's great nephew, Lucky Tubb, has toured with Hank Williams III.

Cal Smith, who played guitar for the Texas Troubadours during the 1960s, went on to a successful country music career of his own in the 1970s, recording hits such as "Country Bumpkin".

Ernest Tubb nephew Glenn Douglas Tubb {}wrote his 1st hit song for his Uncle Ernest Tubb in 1952 then went on to write over 50 hits songs for more than 2 dozen different country and rock music super stars including Bob Dylan Johnny Cash B J Thomas George Jones Kentucky Headhunters Charlie Pride Ann Murray Kitty Wells Ernest Tubb winning a Grammy for Skip A Rope Glenn currently performs The Ernest Tubb Tribute Show at The Texas Troubadour Theater broadcast on WSM Radio and Theaters across America.

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