1923 in country music

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This is a list of notable events in country music that took place in the year 1923.

List of years in country music (table)

See also: 1923 in music and the List of years in country music


Top hits of the year[edit]


  • January 5 – Sam Phillips, recording executive and Sun Records founder, who was instrumental in fusion of country music and the newly emerging rock and roll music in the 1950s (died 2003).
  • January 20 – Slim Whitman, country artist best known for his high-octave falsetto and yodeling abilities, and songs such as "Indian Love Call" and "Rose Marie" (died 2013).
  • February 5 – Claude King, singer/songwriter best known for his million-selling 1962 hit "Wolverton Mountain" (died 2013).
  • May 27 – Redd Stewart, lead vocalist for Pee Wee King's band, co-writer of "The Tennessee Waltz" (died 2003).
  • July 9 – Molly O'Day, female singer-banjo player of the 1940s, best known for "The Tramp on the Street." (died 1987).
  • August 20 – Jim Reeves, velvet-voiced "Gentleman" singer whose pop-styled songs helped define the Nashville Sound (died 1964).
  • September 17 – Hank Williams, singer-songwriter and honky-tonk music pioneer (died 1953).
  • December 3 – Hubert Long, music executive (died 1972).


Further reading[edit]

  • Kingsbury, Paul, "Vinyl Hayride: Country Music Album Covers 1947–1989," Country Music Foundation, 2003 (ISBN 0-8118-3572-3)
  • Millard, Bob, "Country Music: 70 Years of America's Favorite Music," HarperCollins, New York, 1993 (ISBN 0-06-273244-7)
  • Whitburn, Joel. "Top Country Songs 1944–2005 – 6th Edition." 2005.