1. Garth Brooks Gets Teary During Country Hall of Fame Induction

    October 22, 2012 10:55 AM EDT George Strait, Bob Seger and James Taylor were among the legends who honored Brooks on Sunday night. Garth Brooks promised he'd be emotional during his Country Music Hall of Fame induction. But the tears started before he made it all the way into the building. Reflecting on personal…

  2. Loretta Lynn's 50th Year at Opry Toasted by Miranda Lambert, Lee Ann Womack

    September 27, 2012 2:00 PM EDT In 1960, country newcomer Loretta Lynn and her husband "Mooney" traveled across America on what many country historians call one of the first of what we call 'radio tours' today. One of their destinations was Nashville, where the goal was to try to land a spot on the Grand…

  3. Liz Anderson, Trailblazing Country Songwriter, Dies at 81

    November 02, 2011 10:50 AM EDT Famed songwriter and singer Liz Anderson died Monday evening of complications from heart and lung disease after a brief hospitalization, her family announced. The singer, who is the mother of Lynn Anderson and a key player in the success of Merle Haggard and others, was admitted to St. Thomas…

  4. Johnnie Wright, Country Star & Kitty Wells' Husband, Dies at 97

    September 27, 2011 12:45 PM EDT Nashville lost one of its oldest links to Country Music's past with the passing of Johnnie Wright Tuesday morning (Sept. 27) at the age of 97. Wright, along with Jack Anglin, formed the duo Johnnie & Jack in 1939. The two created a unique sound that influenced many of Country Music&…

  5. Reba McEntire Extends Country Songs Record

    November 03, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 'RADIO' ROYALTY: While Taylor Swift dominates headlines on the Billboard 200, as her "Speak Now" blasts in at No. 1, logging the largest sales week since 2005 , according to Nielsen SoundScan, another country queen continues rewriting history on Country Songs. Reba…

  6. Taylor Swift: By-The-Numbers

    October 26, 2010 9:05 AM EDT Upon the release of Taylor Swift 's third studio album, "Speak Now," Chart Beat looks at the numerous records that the star country singer/songwriter/producer has already set since her arrival just more than four years ago. Swift first graced a Billboard tally when her debut…

  7. Chart Beat Wednesday: Hall & Oates Come On Over To The Country

    September 23, 2009 6:58 PM EDT 'SMILE,' YOU'RE ON COUNTRY SONGS: Jimmy Wayne nets the Hot Shot Debut on Country Songs with "Sara Smile," featuring the classic song's original performers, Daryl Hall & John Oates . The latter two artists, who make their first visit to Country Songs, took the…

  8. This Day in Music

    December 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Cutting Crew guitarist Kevin Macmichael dies after a battle with lung cancer. He is 51. Macmichael formed Cutting Crew in 1985 with English vocalist Nick Van Eede, and the new group quickly sco 2002 - Cutting Crew guitarist Kevin Macmichael dies after a battle with lung cancer. He is…

  9. Chart Beat

    January 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Radiohead, 'Juno,' Taylor Swift, Colbie Caillat and more! 'JUNO' AND THE PAYDIRT: Last week, I asked if the "Juno" soundtrack will be "Uno," as in No. 1 on The Billboard 200. We didn't quite get an answer this week, but we're a…

  10. Chart Beat

    January 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Radiohead, 'Juno,' Kimberley Locke and more! BIGGEST JUMP OF THE CENTURY: Thanks to street date violations, the physical CD release of Radiohead's "In Rainbows" (TBD/ATO) entered The Billboard 200 last week at No. 156. This week, the album becomes the…

  11. This Day in Music

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Jon Lee, drummer with successful rock outfit Feeder, is found dead at his home in Miami. He is 33. 2002 - Jon Lee, drummer with successful rock outfit Feeder, is found dead at his home in Miami. He is 33. 1998 - Legendary Nashville producer Owen Bradley dies at Nashville's St.…

  12. Chart Beat

    January 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Yoko Ono, Taylor Swift, Vince Guaraldi and more! YES ON 'NO': Normally, it's not polite to discuss a woman's age, but when it comes to reporting chart records, civility goes out the window. In 2003, less than a month after turning 70, Yoko Ono topped the Hot…

  13. This Day in Music

    December 31, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Cutting Crew guitarist Kevin Macmichael dies after a battle with lung cancer. He is 51. Macmichael formed Cutting Crew in 1985 with English vocalist Nick Van Eede, and the new group quickly sco 2002 - Cutting Crew guitarist Kevin Macmichael dies after a battle with lung cancer. He is…

  14. Chart Beat Chat

    August 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Carrie Underwood, DeFranco Family hits, Fergie and more! LIVING IN CARRIE'S NATION Mr. Fred Bronson, In your Chart Beat column of July 5, 2007, Carrie Underwood was featured for having the longest-running title ("Before He Cheats") among all of the…

  15. This Day in Music

    January 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Jon Lee, drummer with successful rock outfit Feeder, is found dead at his home in Miami. He is 33. 2002 - Jon Lee, drummer with successful rock outfit Feeder, is found dead at his home in Miami. He is 33. 1998 - Legendary Nashville producer Owen Bradley dies at Nashville's St.…

  16. This Day in Music

    December 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>2000 - </b>Country Music Hall of Fame member Kitty Wells, 81, and her husband, Johnny Wright, 86, perform their farewell show in Nashville. Appearing at the Nashville Night Life Club, they entertai 2002 - Cutting Crew guitarist Kevin Macmichael dies after a battle with lung…

  17. Chart Beat

    January 26, 2006 12:00 AM EST Solo Beyoncé bests her Destiny's Child No. 1 quota, plus inside the stats of Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood, Johnny Cash, Dion DiMucci and Mary J. Blige. PICKING UP THE 'CHECK': With "Check On It" (Columbia) advancing to No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100, Beyoncé…

  18. This Day in Music

    January 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>1964 - </b>Long John Baldry forms Hoochie Coochie Men.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2002 - Jon Lee, drummer with successful rock outfit Feeder, is found dead at his home in Miami. He is 33. 1998 - Legendary Nashville producer Owen Bradley…

  19. This Day in Music

    January 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>Jon Lee, drummer with successful rock outfit Feeder, is found dead at his home in Miami. He is 33. 2002 - Jon Lee, drummer with successful rock outfit Feeder, is found dead at his home in Miami. He is 33. 1998 - Legendary Nashville producer Owen Bradley dies at…

  20. This Day in Music

    December 31, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>Cutting Crew guitarist Kevin Macmichael dies after a battle with lung cancer. He is 51. Macmichael formed Cutting Crew in 1985 with English vocalist Nick Van Eede, and the new group quic 2002 - Cutting Crew guitarist Kevin Macmichael dies after a battle with lung…

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