Reba Nell McEntire is an American country singer, songwriter and record producer. She began her career in the music industry as a high school student singing in the Kiowa High School band, on local radio shows with her siblings, at rodeos. While a sophomore in college, she performed the National Anthem at the National Rodeo in Oklahoma City and caught the attention of country artist Red Steagall who brought her to Nashville, Tennessee, she signed a contract with Mercury Records a year in 1975. She released her first solo album in 1977 and released five additional studio albums under the label until 1983. Signing with MCA Nashville Records, McEntire took creative control over her second MCA album, My Kind of Country, which had a more traditional country sound and produced two number one singles: "How Blue" and "Somebody Should Leave"; the album brought her breakthrough success, bringing her a series of successful albums and number one singles in the 1980s and 1990s. McEntire has since released 29 studio albums, acquired 42 number one singles, 16 number one albums, 28 albums have been certified gold, platinum or multi-platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America.
She is referred to as "The Queen of Country". and she is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 75 million records worldwide. In the early 1990s, McEntire branched into film starting with 1990's Tremors, she has since starred in the Broadway revival of Annie Get Your Gun in 2001 and in her television sitcom, Reba for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series–Musical or Comedy. Reba Nell McEntire was born March 28, 1955, in McAlester, Oklahoma, to Jacqueline and Clark Vincent McEntire, her father, her grandfather John Wesley McEntire were both champion steer ropers and her father was a World Champion steer roper three times. John McEntire was the son of Helen Florida McEntire. McEntire's mother had wished to become a country-music artist but instead became a schoolteacher, although she did teach her children how to sing well. Reba taught herself how to play the guitar. On drives home from their father's rodeos, the McEntire siblings learned songs and how to harmonize from their mother forming a vocal group called the "Singing McEntires" with her brother Pake and younger sister Susie.
Reba wrote all of the songs. The group sang at rodeos and recorded Reba's song "The Ballad of John McEntire". Released on the indie label Boss, one thousand copies of the early 45 rpm record were pressed, but the recording was not promoted in a full commercial radio-promoted release. In 1974, McEntire attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University planning to be an elementary school teacher. Between classes, she continued to sing at local venues. In 1974, Reba was hired to perform the national anthem at the National Rodeo in Oklahoma City. Country artist Red Steagall, performing that day, was impressed by her vocal ability and agreed to help her launch a country-music career in Nashville. After recording a demo tape, McEntire signed a recording contract with Mercury Records in 1975. McEntire made her first recordings for Mercury on January 22, 1976, when she released her debut single. Upon its release that year, "I Don't Want to Be a One Night Stand" failed to become a major hit on the Billboard country music chart, peaking at number 88 in May.
She completed her second recording session September 16, which included the production of her second single, " Between a Woman and Man", which reached only number 86 in March 1977. She recorded a third single that April, "Glad I Waited Just for You", which reached number 88 by August; that same month, Mercury issued her self-titled debut album. The album was a departure from any of McEntire's future releases, as it resembled the material of Tanya Tucker and Tammy Wynette, according to AllMusic reviewer Greg Adams; the album itself did not chart the Billboard Top Country Albums chart upon its release. After releasing two singles with Jacky Ward, Mercury issued her second studio album in 1979, Out of a Dream; the album's cover of Patsy Cline's "Sweet Dreams" became McEntire's first Top 20 hit, reaching No. 19 on the Billboard country chart in November 1979. In 1980, "You Lift Me Up" brought her to the Top 10 for the first time, her third studio album, Feel the Fire was released in October and spawned two additional Top 20 hit singles that year.
In September 1981, McEntire's fourth album, Heart to Heart was issued and became her first album to chart the Billboard Top Country Albums list, peaking at No. 2. Its lead single, "Today All Over Again" became; the album received negative reviews from critics. William Ruhlmann of AllMusic gave it two-and-a-half out of five stars, stating she did not get creative control of her music. Ruhlmann called "There Ain't No Love" "essentially a soft pop ballad". Most of the album's material consisted of country pop-styled ballads, not well liked by McEntire herself, her fifth album, Unlimited was issued in June 1982, spawned her first Billboard number one single in early 1983: "Can't Even Get the Blues" and "You're the First Time I've Thought About Leaving". The following y
Diamond Rio is an American country and Christian country music band. The band was founded in 1982 as an attraction for the Opryland USA theme park in Nashville and was known as the Grizzly River Boys the Tennessee River Boys, it was founded by Matt Davenport, Danny Gregg, Ty Herndon, the last of whom became a solo artist in the mid-1990s. After undergoing several membership changes in its initial years, the band has consisted of the same six members since 1989: Marty Roe, Gene Johnson, Jimmy Olander, Brian Prout, Dan Truman, Dana Williams. After assuming the name Diamond Rio, the band was signed to Arista Nashville and debuted in 1991 with the single "Meet in the Middle", which made them the first band to send a debut single to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. The band charted 32 more singles between and 2006, including four more that reached No. 1: "How Your Love Makes Me Feel", "One More Day", "Beautiful Mess", "I Believe". Diamond Rio has recorded nine studio albums, four Greatest Hits compilations, an album of Christmas music.
Three of the band's albums have achieved RIAA platinum certification in the United States. In addition, Diamond Rio has received four Group of the Year awards from the Country Music Association, two Top Vocal Group awards from the Academy of Country Music, one Grammy Award; the band is known for its vocal harmonies, varied instrumentation, near-exclusive use of only its own membership on recordings instead of session musicians. Their sound was defined by mainstream country and rock influences, but albums drew more influence from Christian country music and country pop. In 1982, Matt Davenport and Danny Gregg founded a band at Opryland USA, a former country music-based amusement park in Nashville, Tennessee; the band was first named the Grizzly River Boys, after a new river rafting ride at the park, but changed names to the Tennessee River Boys due to its members disliking the original name. Intended to promote the park through a one-time television special, the band proved popular enough that it became one of many regular performers there.
Davenport, Ty Herndon alternated as lead vocalists, with Davenport playing bass guitar and Gregg on rhythm guitar. The group "swapped lead voices, told jokes, balanced old-school country concert shtick with a contemporary sound." Herndon left the group in 1983 to compete on the talent show Star Search, became a solo artist for Epic Records between 1995 and the early 2000s. Herndon was temporarily replaced by Anthony Crawford and Virgil True before his role was taken over by Marty Roe, who had toured nationally with the Christian band Windsong, worked in the park by doing impersonations of Larry Gatlin. Following Herndon's departure, DeLonibus and Mummert quit as well, with Dan Truman and Jimmy "J. J." Whiteside taking their places. Beard quit shortly afterward and became a session musician, former Mel McDaniel sideman Jimmy Olander took his place; the band, through the assistance of Bill Anderson's drummer Len "Snuffy" Miller, submitted demos to various Nashville record labels with no success.
By 1985, the Tennessee River Boys had quit working at Opryland. According to Roe, while the band enjoyed playing at the park, they felt that their status as a theme park attraction discredited them as "real musicians" to those in the Nashville community. For the next few years, they played at small venues such as high school auditoriums, worked no more than four concerts a month, they competed on Star Search, but were eliminated in the first round. Frustrated by the sporadic touring schedules, Whiteside quit the group and was replaced by Brian Prout, who performed in Hot Walker Band and Heartbreak Mountain. Around 1986, Deal and Gregg both left the group, the latter due to health complications from a serious illness he had developed as a teenager, they chose to operate as a quintet, with Davenport as the sole lead vocalist and Roe and Prout singing harmony. Johnson debuted at a concert in Clewiston, Florida, in May 1987. At this point, the band members supplemented their incomes with outside jobs: Johnson continued to work in carpentry, as he had done before joining the band, while Olander and Roe mowed lawns, Prout drove tour buses.
In 1988, the band caught the attention of Keith Stegall, a singer-songwriter who would become known for his work as Alan Jackson's record producer. Stegall produced demos for the Tennessee River Boys, but noted that Davenport could not record the lead vocal and bass parts at the same time, as they would be difficult to separate in the control room; as a result, Stegall had Roe sing a "scratch" vocal track live with the other musicians, which would be replaced by Davenport's voice in post-production. Upon hearing Roe sing the "scratch" track, Stegall convinced the other members that Roe should be the lead vocalist instead. Due to his discomfort outside the lead role and his wife's dissatisfaction with his career, Davenport quit in late 1988, becoming the last founding member to leave; the group had to find a replacement, as they were scheduled to appear on the talk show N
Bill Anderson (singer)
James William Anderson III, known as Whisperin’ Bill Anderson, is an American country music singer and television personality. He has been a member in long standing of the weekly Grand Ole Opry radio program and stage performance in Nashville, since 1961, he has released more than 40 studio albums and has reached No. 1 on the country charts seven times: "Mama Sang a Song", "Still", "I Get the Fever", "For Loving You", "My Life", "World of Make Believe", "Sometimes". Twenty-nine more of his singles have reached the top ten. One of the most successful songwriters in country music history, Anderson is a popular singer, earning the nickname "Whisperin' Bill" for his soft vocal style and occasional spoken narrations. Artists who have recorded his material include Ray Price, Wanda Jackson, Connie Smith, Lynn Anderson, Jim Reeves, Conway Twitty, Eddy Arnold, Roy Clark, Con Hunley, Lefty Frizzell, Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, George Strait. Bill Anderson had his own television show in the 1960s. Anderson has made several television appearances, including two stints as a game show host: The Better Sex in 1977, the country music-themed quiz show Fandango on The Nashville Network.
He has hosted an interview show called Opry Backstage and was a producer of a talent show called You Can Be a Star, hosted by fellow Opry member Jim Ed Brown, both shows on the former Nashville Network, has made guest appearances on several other television series. Anderson is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Anderson was born on November 1, 1937 to Elizabeth and James William Anderson Jr. in Columbia, South Carolina. He was raised in Decatur, Georgia. Anderson studied journalism at the University of Georgia with an eye toward sports writing, worked his way through school as a radio DJ at WGAU, when he first tried songwriting and singing, he earned a degree in journalism from the university's Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and landed a job at the Atlanta Constitution, he became a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. His composition "City Lights," written when he was 19 years old while working in Commerce, Georgia, at WJJC-AM, was recorded by Ray Price in 1958 and Mickey Gilley in 1975 and both versions went to the top of the country charts.
Anderson took full advantage of his big break, moving to Nashville and landing a recording contract with Decca Records. Before signing to Decca, Anderson recorded for the small TNT label between 1957 and 1959, where he released three singles that failed to hit the country charts, including a version of "City Lights". After signing with Decca in 1959, he left TNT, his first chart hit came with 1959's "That's What It's Like to Be Lonesome," and he had his first top ten entry with 1960's "Tip of My Fingers." Early hits like "Po' Folks", "Mama Sang a Song", "8 X 10" still remain among his best-known. Anderson recorded his biggest hit and signature song, the spoken ballad "Still," in 1963, it not only topped the country charts, but crossed over as well; the song climbed to No. 8 on the pop chart, as well as No. 3 on the adult contemporary chart. He wrote the song Papa's Table Grace, covered by Bobby Hankins. On February 15, 1965, Anderson appeared—along with two "imposters"—on the game show To Tell The Truth, challenging the panel to determine "the real Bill Anderson."
According to the affidavit read at the beginning of his segment, Anderson was at the time "generally considered to be the top composer of country music in the nation." Only two of the four panelists identified Bill. At the end of the segment, he sang one of his own compositions, "Po' Folks." Anderson reached the top five 19 times through 1978. This included the No. 1 songs ones "I Get the Fever", "For Loving You", "My Life", "World of Make Believe", "Sometimes", a duet with Mary Lou Turner. Anderson hit the top ten for the last time in 1978 with "I Can't Wait Any Longer". After this he backed off from releasing a new album every year, he took the opportunity to appear more on the Grand Ole Opry, compose more songs, tour occasionally. Besides his whisper of a singing voice, he was known for his whispering recitations during songs, such as in "Mama Sang a Song" and "Still." In songs such as "Double S," he whispered through the whole single, telling about his fictitious one-night stand with a woman who would not give her name, but mysteriously called herself "Double S." Anderson has been voted and nominated Songwriter Of The Year six times, Male Vocalist Of The Year, half of the Duet Of The Year with both Jan Howard and Mary Lou Turner, has hosted and starred in the Country Music Television Series Of The Year, seen his band voted Band Of The Year, in 1975 was voted membership in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Ten years he was chosen as only the seventh living performer inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. In 1993, he was made a member of the Georgia Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame. In 1994, he was inducted into the South Carolina Entertainment Hall of Fame, and in 2001, he received the ultimate honor, membership in N
Porter Wayne Wagoner was an American country music singer known for his flashy Nudie and Manuel suits and blond pompadour. In 1967, he introduced singer Dolly Parton on his television show, they were a well-known vocal duo throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s. Known as Mr. Grand Ole Opry, Wagoner charted 81 singles from 1954–1983, he was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2002. Wagoner was born in West Plains, the son of Bertha May and Charles E. Wagoner, a farmer, his first band, the Blue Ridge Boys, performed on radio station KWPM-AM from a butcher shop in his native West Plains, where Wagoner cut meat. In 1951, he was hired by Si Siman as a performer on KWTO in Springfield, Missouri; this led to a contract with RCA Victor. With lagging sales and his trio played schoolhouses for the gate proceeds. Starting in 1955, he was a featured performer on ABC-TV's Ozark Jubilee in Missouri, he appeared on the show as part of the Porter Wagoner Trio with Don Warden and Speedy Haworth. Warden, on steel guitar, became Wagoner's long-time business manager.
In 1957, Wagoner and Warden moved to Nashville, joining the Grand Ole Opry. Like many of his contemporaries in country music, Wagoner toured and performed outdoors for fans at American Legion houses in rural towns. Fans sat on wooden benches facing what was a makeshift stage. Wagoner would mingle with the audience during performance breaks and remembered the names of the towns he visited. Wagoner's 81 charted records include "A Satisfied Mind", "Misery Loves Company", "I've Enjoyed as Much of This as I Can Stand", "Sorrow on the Rocks", "Green, Green Grass of Home", "Skid Row Joe", "The Cold Hard Facts of Life", "The Carroll County Accident". Among his hit duets with Dolly Parton were a remake of Tom Paxton's "The Last Thing on My Mind", "We'll Get Ahead Someday", "Just Someone I Used to Know", "Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man", "Better Move it on Home", "The Right Combination", "Please Don't Stop Loving Me" and "Making Plans", he won three Grammy Awards for gospel recordings. His syndicated television program, The Porter Wagoner Show, aired from 1960 to 1981.
There were 686 30-minute episodes taped. At its peak, his show was featured in over 100 markets, with an average viewership of over three million. Reruns of the program air on the rural cable network RFD-TV and its sister channel in the UK Rural TV; the shows featured opening performances by Wagoner with performances by Norma Jean, or Parton, comedic interludes by Speck Rhodes. During Parton's tenure and Wagoner sang a duet; each episode featured a guest who would perform one or two songs. A spiritual or gospel performance was always featured toward the end of the show. After Dolly left the show, Porter began taping the show at Opryland USA in various locations around the park; the shows had a friendly, informal feel, with Wagoner trading jokes with band members and exchanging banter with Parton and Howser. In 1974, Dolly Parton's song "I Will Always Love You", written about her professional break from Wagoner, went to number one on the country music charts. Wagoner's stage alter; the cast included: Singer Norma Jean Singer Jeannie Seely Singer Dolly Parton Singer Barbara Lea Singer Linda Carol Moore Singer Mel Tillis Comedian/stand-up bass Curly Harris Announcer Don Howser Don Warden on steel guitar "Little" Jack Little on fiddle Benny Williams on banjo and guitar Speck Rhodes Comedian/stand-up bass Buck Trent on banjo and guitar George McCormick on rhythm guitar Mack Magaha on fiddle Ray Downs on rhythm guitar and vocal Michael Treadwell on bass guitar Bruce Osborn on lead guitar Fred Newell on banjo/guitar/mandolin Dave Kirby on guitar Stu Basore on steel guitar/dobro Bobby Dyson on bass Jerry Carrigan on drums Mack Magaha on fiddle Colene Walters on vocals/harmonica Mike Pearson on lead guitar Wagoner brought James Brown to the Grand Ole Opry, produced a rhythm & blues album for Joe Simon, appeared in the Clint Eastwood film Honkytonk Man.
During the mid-1980s, Wagoner formed an all-girl group, The Right Combination, named after one of his hit records with Parton. He hosted Opry Backstage during the 1990s on The Nashville Network. Though Parton's departure caused some animosity on both sides, the two reconciled in the late 1980s and appeared together a number of times in the following years. Wagoner made a guest appearance on the HBO comedy series Da Ali G Show in 2004, its second season, interviewed by Borat Sagdiyev. On July 14, 2006, he underwent surgery for an abdominal aneurysm. Wagoner was honored on May 19, 2007 at the Grand Ole Opry for both his 50 years of membership and his 80th birthday, it was telecast on GAC's Grand Ole Opry Live that day with artists including Parton and Patty Loveless. Grand Ole Opry Live host Nan Kelley was part of the birthday celebration as well. On June 5, 2007, Wagoner released; the album was produced by Marty Stuart for the Anti- label. The album received the best reviews of Wagoner's career and brie
Frederick Dierks Bentley is an American country music singer and songwriter. In 2003, he released his eponymous debut album. Both it and its follow-up, 2005's Modern Day Drifter, are certified platinum in the United States. A third album, 2006's Long Trip Alone, is certified gold, it was followed in mid-2008 by a greatest hits package. His fourth album, Feel That Fire was released in February 2009. A bluegrass album, Up on the Ridge, was released on June 8, 2010. Bentley's eighth album, entitled Black, was released in May 2016, his ninth and most recent studio album, The Mountain, was released on June 8, 2018. Bentley's studio albums have accounted for 25 singles on the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts, of which 16 have reached number one: his debut single "What Was I Thinkin'", "Come a Little Closer", "Settle for a Slowdown", "Every Mile a Memory", "Free and Easy", "Feel That Fire", "Sideways", "Am I the Only One", "Home", "5-1-5-0", "I Hold On", "Drunk on a Plane", "Say You Do", "Somewhere on a Beach", "Different for Girls" and "Woman, Amen".
Seven more of his singles have reached the top 5. Bentley was born on November 20, 1975, in Phoenix, as the son of Leon Fife Bentley, a bank vice-president, Catherine Childs, his father was born in Glasgow, Missouri, to Richard Thomas and Mary Cecile Fife Bentley, was a First Lieutenant in World War II. His middle name, Dierks, is his maternal great-grandmother's surname, he attended Culver Academies in Indiana and graduated from The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey in 1993. Afterward, he spent a year at the University of Vermont before transferring to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, where he graduated in 1997. Bentley worked at The Nashville Network. In 2003, Capitol Nashville released Bentley's self-titled debut album; the album's first single, "What Was I Thinkin'," reached number one on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs charts that year. The next two singles from that album, "My Last Name" and "How Am I Doin'," reached number 17 and number 4, respectively; the album was certified Platinum by the RIAA.
Bentley's second album, Modern Day Drifter, was released in 2005. It spawned two number one singles with "Come a Little Closer” and "Settle for a Slowdown" and the number three hit "Lot of Leavin' Left to Do." The album was certified platinum. In 2005, Bentley won the CMA Award for the Horizon Award and was invited to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry; the induction took place on October 1, 2005. Bentley stands as the third youngest member after Josh Turner. On June 10, 2006, Bentley released Long Trip Alone; the album produced two number one hits with "Every Mile a Memory" in 2006 and "Free and Easy" in 2007. The title track reached No. 10 on the country charts, while the fourth single, "Trying to Stop Your Leaving," peaked at number 5. In 2007, Bentley released a live DVD titled Live and Loud at the Fillmore, filmed in Denver, Colorado. In a March 2008 interview, Bentley said he would let his fans be the executive producers of his first greatest hits album, Greatest Hits/Every Mile a Memory 2003–2008.
The album was released on May 6, 2008. An album cut, "Sweet & Wild," reached No. 51 on the Hot Country Songs chart. The song was an uncredited duet with fellow country singer Sarah Buxton. Bentley's fourth studio album, Feel That Fire, was released in February 2009, its title track, co-written by Brett Beavers and The Warren Brothers, became Bentley’s sixth number one hit in February 2009. The album’s second single, "Sideways," became his seventh number one hit in summer 2009; the third and final single, "I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes," peaked at number 2. Bentley released his fifth studio album, Up on the Ridge, on June 8, 2010; the title track was released to iTunes on April 20, 2010. The song peaked at number 21 on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, becoming Bentley's first single to miss the Top 10 since "My Last Name." The second single from the album, "Draw Me a Map," reached number 33. Bentley's sixth album, was released on February 7, 2012, led by the single, "Am I the Only One" which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Country Singles.
The second single off the album is "Home", co-written by Bentley, Brett Beavers, Dan Wilson reached No. 1 on March 24, 2012. A third single, "5-1-5-0", was released shortly after "Home" fell from number one on the country chart. Dierks has been quoted by American Songwriter explaining “I wrote too many songs. I wrote 70. I wrote a lot. There's 64. That’s 64 days that I can’t get back.”On August 21, 2012, Bentley released the Country & Cold Cans EP on iTunes. It includes five songs, including a radio edit of the track "Tip It On Back" from his album Home. Bentley paid for the studio time to record the EP himself. On October 23, Bentley and Miranda Lambert announced the co-headlined 33-show Locked and Reloaded Tour, that began on January 17, 2013. Bentley's seventh album, was released on February 25, 2014; the album's first single, "Bourbon in Kentucky", was released to country radio on June 10, 2013. It peaked at number 45 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, becoming Bentley's lowest charting single to date.
The album's second single, "I Hold On", was released on August 26, 2013. It became his first number one on the Country Airplay chart in April 2014 and his eleventh overall to do so; the third single, "Drunk on a Plane", followed that same month
Franklin is a city in, the county seat of, Williamson County, United States. About 21 miles south of Nashville, it is one of the principal cities of the Nashville metropolitan area and Middle Tennessee; as of 2017, its estimated population was 78,321, it is the seventh-largest city in Tennessee. Williamson County was rural into the late 20th century, with an economy based on traditional commodity crops and livestock. In the 19th century, part of its economy depended on slavery, after the American Civil War racial violence, designed to suppress the black vote, claimed lives; the Ku Klux Klan is believed to have perpetrated the first lynching of a Jewish man in the United States in 1868, Franklin was the site of more lynchings of black men, including one in 1888 of a man, taken from the courtroom and hanged from the balcony of the courthouse. Since 1980, the northern part of the county has begun to be developed for residential and related businesses, in addition to modern service industries; the community of Franklin was founded October 26, 1799, by Abram Maury, Jr..
A state senator, he is buried with his family in Founders Pointe. Maury named the town after national founding father Benjamin Franklin. Ewen Cameron built the first by a European-American in the town of Franklin. Cameron was born February 23, 1768, in Bogallan, Scotland, he immigrated to Virginia in 1785 and traveled into Tennessee along with other migrants after the American Revolutionary War. Cameron died on February 1846, having lived 48 years in the same house, he and his second wife, were buried in the old City Cemetery. Some of his descendants continue to live in Franklin; this area is part of Middle Tennessee, white planters prospered in the antebellum years, with cultivation of tobacco and hemp as commodity crops, raising of livestock. Farmers depended on numerous slaves as workers. During the Civil War, Franklin was the site of a major battle in the Franklin–Nashville Campaign; the Battle of Franklin was fought on November 30, 1864, resulting in 10,000 casualties. 44 buildings were temporarily converted to use as field hospitals.
The Carter and the Lotz homes from this era are still standing and are among the city's numerous examples of historic architecture. After the war, the Franklin area saw considerable violence as whites attempted to dominate the majority-black population and assert white supremacy. In 1866 the Ku Klux Klan, a secret organization of insurgent white Confederate veterans, was founded in Pulaski, Tennessee. Soon it had chapters in many towns, including Franklin, as well as chapters in other states. After Tennessee authorized African Americans to vote in February 1867, well before the Fifteenth Amendment was passed, most freedmen and free people of color joined the Republican Party, which whites and Democrats struggled to suppress. On July 6, 1867, a political rally of Union League black Republicans in Franklin was disrupted by Conservatives, who were white but included some blacks; that evening, what became known as the "Franklin Riot" took place. Black Union League men returned fire. An estimated 25 to 39 men were wounded, most of them black.
One white man was killed outright, at least three black people died soon after. On August 15, 1868, in Franklin, Samuel Bierfield became the first Jewish man to be lynched in the United States, when he was shot by a large group of masked men believed to be KKK members. Bowman, a black man who worked for him and was with him at his store, was fatally wounded in the attack. After Reconstruction, white violence continued against African Americans. Five African Americans were lynched in Williamson County from 1877 to 1950, most during the decades around the turn of the century, a time of high social tensions and legal oppression in the South; some of these murders took place in Franklin after the men were taken from the courthouse or county jail before trial. For example, on August 10, 1888, Amos Miller, a 23-year-old African-American, was lynched before his trial, taken from the courtroom and hanged from the balcony of the Williamson County Courthouse. On April 30, 1891, Jim Taylor, another African-American man, was lynched on Murfreesboro Road in Franklin.
Population growth slowed noticeably from 1910 to 1940, as many African Americans left the area in the Great Migration to escape Jim Crow conditions and the decline in agricultural work. A suburb of Nashville, Franklin has benefited from regional growth in the economy since the late 20th century, its population has increased more than fivefold since 1980, when its population was 12,407. In 2010, it had a population of 62,487; as of 2017 Census estimates, it is the state's seventh-largest city. Many of its residents commute to businesses in Nashville; the regional economy has expanded, with considerable growth in businesses and jobs in Franklin and the county. The city began to grow after the historic preservation movement started, it has worked to identify and preserve historic assets. Five historic districts are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as are many individual buildings. In the early morning of Christmas Eve of 1988, one person died. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 41.4 square miles, of which 41.2 square miles are land and 0.2 square miles, or 0.52%, are covered by water.
Since the late 20th century, the city has grown in population, attracting many businesses. As of the census of 2010, 62,487 people (Williamson County's population was 193
Carl Smith (musician)
Carl Milton Smith was an American country music singer. Known as "Mister Country," Smith was the husband of June Carter and Goldie Hill, the father of Carlene Carter, he was one of country's most successful male artists during the 1950s, with 30 Top 10 Billboard hits, including 21 in a row. Smith's success continued well into the 1970s, he is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. A native of Maynardville, Carl Smith aspired to a musical career after hearing the Grand Ole Opry on the radio, he sold seed to pay for guitar lessons as a teenager. At age 15, he started performing in a band called Her Dude Ranch Ranglers. By age 17, he had learned to play the string bass and spent his summer vacation working at WROL-AM in Knoxville, where he performed on Cas Walker's radio show. After graduating from high school, he served in the U. S. Navy from 1944–47, he returned to WROL and played string bass for country singers Molly O'Day and Skeets Williamson, began his singing career. A colleague at the station sent an acetate disc recording of Smith to WSM-AM and the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, WSM soon signed him.
In 1950, Smith was signed to a recording contract with Columbia Records by producer Don Law. In 1951, his song "Let's Live a Little" was a big hit. During 1951 he had three other hits, including "If the Teardrops Were Pennies" and his first No. 1 hit, "Let Old Mother Nature Have Her Way". The songs made Smith a well-known name in country music, his band, the Tunesmiths, featured steel guitarist Johnny Silbert, who added an element of Western swing. In 1952, Smith married daughter of Maybelle Carter of the Carter Family, it was the first marriage for both. In 1955 the couple had a daughter, Rebecca Carlene Smith, who became known as Carlene Carter, a country singer in her own right; the couple recorded Time's a Wastin' and Love Oh Crazy Love. During the rest of the 1950s, Smith made regular appearances on Billboard's country charts, racking up many hits, including 30 in the Top 10, his biggest hits include "Loose Talk", "Hey Joe!" and "You Are the One". He had five No. 1 hits in his career. "Hey Joe!" got to Number 1 in the UK Singles Chart for Frankie Laine in October 1953 for two weeks.
In 1956, Smith quit the Grand Ole Opry. Soon after, he joined The Phillip Morris Country Music Show and spent more than a year touring the United States in direct competition with touring Opry shows, he made regular appearances on ABC-TV's Jubilee USA and was a fill-in host for Red Foley. In 1957, Smith and June Carter divorced; that same year, he appeared in the movies The Badge of Marshal Brennan and Buffalo Guns, married country music singer Goldie Hill, best known for the No. 1 hit "I Let the Stars Get In My Eyes". Goldie retired from the music business. By the late 1950s, Smith's success began to dwindle on the country charts, soon his string of Top 10s turned into Top 20 hits. By the 1960s, Smith's success as a country singer began to slow, his Top 20 hits included "Air Mail To Heaven" in 1962 and "Take My Ring Off Your Finger" in 1964. His biggest hit of the decade was "Deep Water" in 1967, which peaked at No. 10 and became his first top 10 in eight years. In 1961, he was one of five rotating hosts on the NBC television series Five Star Jubilee.
He hosted Carl Smith's Country Music Hall in Canada, a series syndicated in the United States. Smith appeared on The Jimmy Dean Show on April 9, 1964. In the 1960s and 1970s, Smith incorporated more Western swing into much of his recorded material, he remained with Columbia Records for 25 years, leaving in 1975 to sign with Hickory Records. By this time his singles were making the charts, he appeared in the Hawaii Five-O episode, "Man on Fire", first aired on October 21, 1976. Thanks to his real estate and song publishing investments, he decided to retire from the music business in the late 1970s to concentrate on his second passion, raising horses for cutting, but in 1983, he recorded an album for the Gusto label. In 2003, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, his wife Goldie died in 2005. Smith, who lived on a 500-acre horse farm in Franklin, south of Nashville, followed her in January 2010, he was survived by Carl, Jr. and Larry Dean. Pugh, Ronnie.. "Carl Smith". In The Encyclopedia of Country Music.
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