1942 in country music

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This is a list of notable events in country music that took place in the year 1942.

List of years in country music (table)


  • August 1 — The American Federation of Musicians authorizes a ban on recording by bands following a dispute over musicians' royalties; many country and popular music singers opt to continue recording without musical backing. The strike - which came to be known as the Petrillo ban - lingers into 1943.
  • October 3 — Acuff-Rose Music is formed. Fred Rose is the chief of creative activities, while Mildred Acuff takes care of business matters.

Top hits of the year[edit]


  • January 21 — Mac Davis, singer-songwriter who rose to prominence in the 1970s.
  • March 15 — Wayland Holyfield, songwriter whose compositions were popular during the 1970s and 1980s.
  • March 26 – Larry Butler, producer best known for his association with Kenny Rogers (died 2012).
  • May 5 — Tammy Wynette, "The First Lady of Country Music" (died 1998).
  • May 8 - Jack Blanchard, singer-songwriter who, with wife Misty Morgan, had a string of animal-themed hit recordings in the 1970s.
  • May 15 — K. T. Oslin, singer who rose to fame during the 1980s, after she had reached her mid-40s.
  • August 7 — B.J. Thomas, pop-styled vocalist of the 1970s and 1980s.
  • September 6 — Mel McDaniel, honky tonk-styled singer of the 1980s (died 2011).
  • October 27 — Lee Greenwood, singer-songwriter of the 1980s, best known for the patriotic anthem "God Bless the USA."


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).