Halloween Trivia

The last day of October is more than just an excuse to put on a funny costume. As it turns out, the date has been quite an important one for country music. Here's a list of Halloween trivia, courtesy of


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  • Oct 31, 1912 – Dale Evans born in Uvalde, Texas. In December 1947, she marries Roy Rogers, with whom she stars on radio and TV. She also writes their classic closing theme "Happy Trails"
  • Oct 31, 1921—Malissa Monroe dies at the family home near Rosine, Kentucky. No one bothers to tell her son, 10-year-old Bill Monroe, that she's dead until after she's already been buried
  • Oct 31, 1931 – Lester Flatt marries Gladys Stacy at the courthouse in Cookeville, Tennessee
  • Oct 31, 1934 – At a Halloween party in Halifax, Hank Snow meets his future wife, Minnie Aalders
  • Oct 31, 1947 -- Promoter Connie B. Gay books Eddy Arnold for the first-ever country show at Washington, D.C.'s Constitution Hall. Also on the bill are comedians Minnie Pearl and Rod Brasfield
  • Oct 31, 1952 – Hank Williams checks into a Shreveport hospital with acute intoxication

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  • Oct 31, 1954 – When Eddy Arnold plays Memphis' Ellis Auditorium, a young Elvis Presley finds his way backstage. Presley meets Arnold and The Jordanaires, and spots--though he does not talk to--Colonel Tom Parker
  • Oct 31, 1960 – Elvis Presley records "Crying In The Chapel" at Nashville's RCA Studio B. The single goes unreleased, however, for more than four years
  • Oct 31, 1964 – Darryl Worley born in Savannah, Tennessee. Noted for the strong traditional influence on his music, the lanky singer builds a solid career after his 2000 debut, striking a major chord for patriotism with his 2003 release "Have You Forgotten?"
  • Oct 31, 1966 – Decca releases Loretta Lynn's "Don't Come Home A'Drinkin' (With Lovin' On Your Mind)"
  • Oct 31, 1974 – Emmylou Harris records "If I Could Only Win Your Love" and her first single, "Too Far Gone"
  • Oct 31, 1983 – Lee Greenwood tapes the syndicated "Solid Gold" in Los Angeles, then visits the home of MCA chairman Irving Azoff to present him a tape of "God Bless The U.S.A."
  • Oct 31, 1987 – Dolly Parton opens a restaurant in Honolulu, the Dockside Plantation
  • Oct 31, 1991 – Randy Travis accepts a unique Halloween treat: a gold album for "High Lonesome"
  • Oct 31, 1993 – Actor River Phoenix dies of a drug overdose outside the Viper Room in Los Angeles. His final picture was "The Thing Called Love," based on Nashville's famed listening room, The Bluebird Café
  • Oct 31, 1995 – Bryan White, Derek George and John Tirro write "So Much For Pretending" on Halloween, distracted periodically by trick-or-treaters
  • Oct 31, 1998 – Lari White blows out the speakers when she sings the national anthem before the Miami Hurricanes' football game against Boston College
  • Oct 31, 2000 – "I Hope You Dance" becomes Lee Ann Womack's second platinum album
  • Oct 31, 2005 – "Inside TV" lists the Top 10 TV witches of all-time, ranking Lisa Hartman Black at #9 for her portrayal of Samantha Stevens' grown-up daughter in the late-'70s series "Tabitha"
  • Oct 31, 2006 – During a Tuesday edition of the Grand Ole Opry, Jeff Bates gets down on one knee at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium to propose to Kelly Vaughn. She nods yes
  • Oct 31, 2007 – Taylor Swift goes trick-or-treating in Hendersonville, Tennessee, disguised as the hairy "Star Wars" character Chewbacca
  • Oct 31, 2010 – Trace Adkins performs for U.S. soldiers in Basra, Iraq, near the outset of a USO tour
  • Oct 31, 2011 – Songwriter Liz Anderson dies at Nashville's St. Thomas Hospital. The mother of Lynn Anderson, she wrote Merle Haggard's "The Fugitive," among others, and had her own hit with "Mama Spank"
  • Oct 31, 2011 – MCA releases George Strait's single "Love's Gonna Make It Alright" to radio
  • Oct 31, 2012 – Got milk? Miranda Lambert unveils her new milk mustache ad during a media event at the Country Music Association office in Nashville
  • Oct 31, 2012 – George Jones cancels a performance at the Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen, Minnesota, as he battles an upper-respiratory infection. The show was a makeup date for a concert in the spring that was postponed due to illness
  • Oct 31, 2012 – Country is prominent on FOX's "The X Factor." Contestant Tate Stevens sings Craig Morgan's "Tough," Sister C covers "Hell On Heels," female group 1432 does "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and Willie Jones performs "Here For The Party"
  • Oct 31, 2012 – Ray Price reveals in The San Antonio Express that he's undergone six months of chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer
  • Oct 31, 2012 – Broken Bow announces it's signed Joe Nichols to a recording contract with its new label, Red Bow, in Nashville
  • Oct 31, 2013 – "Nashville: Like A Country Song" concludes a six-month run at the Country Music Hall of Fame. The exhibit featured clothing, instruments and a platinum album that appeared on-camera in the ABC-TV show Nashville
  • Oct 31, 2014 – Jake Owen, Gary Allan and Scotty McCreery play a benefit for the T.J. Martell Foundation at the Cannery Ballroom in Nashville. Also appearing are Gloriana, Kristian Bush, Frankie Ballard, Jana Kramer, Thompson Square and Parmalee

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