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.
- 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
- "1942 Turkey in the Straw" - Carson Robison
- "Cherokee Maiden"- Bob Wills
- "Deep in the Heart of Texas"- Gene Autry
- "Deep in the Heart of Texas" - Bing Crosby
- "Fireball Mail" - Roy Acuff
- "Goodbye Mama I'm Off To Yokohama" - Teddy Powell
- "The Honey Song" - Louise Massey and the Westerners
- "I Ain't Honky Tonkin Anymore"- Ernest Tubb
- "I'm A Prisoner Of War"- Johnny Bond
- "Jingle Jangle Jingle" - Gene Autry
- "I'll Always Be Glad To Take You Back" - Ernest Tubb
- "My Life's Been a Pleasure" - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
- "Mussolini's Letter to Hitler" - Carson Robison
- "Please Don't Leave Me" - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
- "Remember Pearl Harbor"- Carson Robinson
- "Ten Years" - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
- "There's a Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere" - Elton Britt
- "We're Gonna Slap The Dirty Little Jap"- Carson Robinson
- "Wreck on the Highway" - Roy Acuff
- "Dusty Skies" - Bob Wills
- "Live And Let Live" - Jimmie Davis
- "When The World Has Turned You Down" - Ernest Tubb
- "First Year Blues" - Ernest Tubb
- "Pins And Needles" - Bob Atcher
- "You Brought Sorrow To My Heart" - Johnny Bond
- "Sorrow On My Mind" - Bob Atcher
- "Don't Make Me Go To Bed And I'll Be Good"- Bob Atcher and Bonnie Blue Eyes
- "I Dreamed Of An Old Love Affair" - Jimmie Davis
- "I Know What It's Like To Be Lonely" - Ernest Tubb
- "Tweedle-O-Twill" - Gene Autry
- "You Nearly Lose Your Mind" - Ernest Tubb
- "Rainbow On The Rio Colorado" - Gene Autry
- "Jingle Jangle Jingle" - Tex Ritter
- "End Of The World" - Jimmie Davis
- "Fort Worth Jail" - Jimmy Wakely
- "Modern Cannonball" - Denver Darling
- "When my Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again" - Zeke Manners
- "She Gave Her Heart To A Soldier Boy" - Roy Rogers
- "Meet Me Down In Honky Tonk Town" - Al Dexter
- "I Hung My Head And Cried" - Elton Britt
- "She's A Hum-Dum Dinger" - Buddy Jones
- "I Hang My Head And Cry" - Gene Autry
- 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."
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