February 15 in Country Music History
1917: Singer, manager, music promoter, and businessman Wally Fowler is born near Adairsville, Georgia. He was the founder of The Oak Ridge Quartet, a gospel act that eventually became The Oak Ridge Boys. Fowler died on June 3, 1994.
1918: Lawrence Hankins Locklin (better known as Hank Locklin) is born in the Florida Panhandle. A member of the Grand Ole Opry for nearly 50 years, Locklin had a long recording career.
1979: Willie Nelson takes home two trophies during the 21st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles: Best Country Vocal Performance, Male, for “Georgia On My Mind”; and Best Country Vocal Duo or Group (shared with Waylon Jennings), for “Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys.”
1983: The TV film starring Johnny Cash, Murder in Coweta County is released in the US. The film was set in 1948, in rural Georgia, and based on a true story.
2012: A Kenny Chesney fan is arrested for trespassing on the singer’s property. Melissa Mansfield of Murrieta, California, was arrested around 2AM and charged with trespassing and public intoxication. Reports state that Chesney was not home at the time of the incident.