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.
- Country music's earliest recordings are recorded and released to the public. These include Eck Robertson's "Sally Gooden" (issued in April) and Fiddlin' John Carson's two-sided recording "Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane"/"The Old Hen Cackled and the Rooster's Going to Crow" on July 13.
- In addition to Fiddlin' John Carson, Henry Whitter also produces his first recordings.
- The first radio barn dance is heard on WBAP in Fort Worth, Texas.
Top hits of the year
- "Arkansaw Traveler" – Eck Robertson and Henry Gilliland
- "It Ain't Gonna Rain No Mo'" – Wendell Hall
- "Little Old Cabin In the Lane" – Fiddlin' John Carson
- "Sally Gooden" – Eck Robertson
- "Turkey In the Straw" – Eck Robertson and Henry Gilliland
- "Wreck On the Southern Old 97" – Henry Whitter
- 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).
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- 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.