1925 in country music

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This is a list of notable events in country music that took place in the year 1925.

List of years in country music (table)


  • November 28 – Nashville radio station WSM begins a national institution with its first broadcast of the "WSM Barn Dance" – the weekly program that would go on to be known as the Grand Ole Opry.

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  • Radio station WSM signs on the air, and is credited for helping spread the popularity of the fledgling country music genre.
  • "The Prisoner's Song" by Vernon Dalhart becomes country music's first-ever million-seller, and has two waves of popularity — during the early summer months and again at the end of the year. The song goes on to sell 7 million copies.
  • Beginning of "Old Familiar Melodies" series on Columbia Records.
  • Bradley Kincaid joins the cast of WLS Barn Dance.

Top hits of the year[edit]


  • February 16 – Jo Walker-Meador, music executive.
  • May 23 – Mac Wiseman, leading bluegrass artist from the 1940s onward.
  • August 7 – Felice Bryant, songwriter (with husband Boudleaux) of many 1950s and 1960s hits (died 2003).
  • August 15 – Rose Maddox, fiddle player, leader of the Maddox Brothers and Rose, and early innovator of rockabilly (died 1998).
  • August 28 – Billy Grammer, Grand Ole Opry member best known for his hit "Gotta Travel On". (died 2011)
  • September 3 – Hank Thompson, singer who fused western swing and honky tonk for a series of successful records from the 1940s through 1970s (died 2007).
  • September 26 – Marty Robbins, multi-genre singer-songwriter and television host (died 1982).
  • December 3 – Ferlin Husky, honky-tonk styled singer of the 1950s through early 1970s, best known for "Gone" and "Wings of a Dove," and hits under his comic alias "Simon Crum" ("Country Music is Here to Stay")(died 2011).

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. "Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890–1954: The History of American Popular Music", Record Research Inc., Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, 1986 (ISBN 0-89820-083-0).