1937 – Jeanne Pruett, country music singer/Grand Ole Opry star, was born on Jan. 30, 1937, in Pell City, Alabama. Pruett is best-known for her 1973 chart-topping hit, “Satin Sheets.”
1938 – Norma Jean was born Jan. 30 in Wellston, Oklahoma. Norma Jean was a country music singer and member of The Porter Wagoner Show from 1961–1967. She had 13 country singles in Billboard’s Country Top 40 between 1963 and 1968, recorded twenty albums for RCA Victor between 1964 and 1973, and received two Grammy nominations.
1961 – Decca Records releases “I Fall to Pieces” by Patsy Cline, taken from her 1961 studio album, Patsy Cline Showcase. “I Fall to Pieces” was Cline’s first #1 hit on the country charts, and her second hit single to cross over onto the Pop charts.
1972 – American country music artist Tammy Cochran was born Jan. 30 in Austinburg, Ohio.
1981 – Kenny Rogers wins four American Music Awards on Jan. 30, 1981, including Favorite Country Single, for “Coward Of The County” and Country Album for The Gambler. Other winners included: Barbara Mandrell, The Statler Brothers, and The Eagles.
1994 – Clint Black, Wynonna Judd, Travis Tritt and Tanya Tucker perform at the halftime show (billed as Rockin’ Country Sunday) at Super Bowl XXVIII. The finale featured a special appearance by Naomi Judd, who joined Wynnona in performing The Judds’ single “Love Can Build a Bridge”. It was their first major appearance together since their Farewell Tour of 1991.
2000 – Faith Hill (pictured) performs the national anthem at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome before Super Bowl XXXIV.
2008 – Don Pavel, acclaimed bluegrass guitarist, dies at 60-years-old. He began partnering with Warren Nelson in the mid-1970s and helped found the Lost Nation String Band and the Big Top Chautauqua Blue Canvas Orchestra.