In 1965, former Sun recording star Onie Wheeler persuaded his band members the Nelson Brothers, Doyal and A.J.
to join him in Nashville. A.J. had been working at a toy factory in Sikeston for nine years, and he and Doyal now joined Onie at Sho-Bud. Soon after that,
they joined Roy Acuff as well.
The comings and goings continued; Onie and the Nelsons quit Acuff and tried to make it on their own for a while.
Then the Nelsons opted for a little more security; Doyal became a preacher and A.J. stayed with Sho-Bud.
''At first'', said A.J., ''you're yung-ho, you'll break out your instrument and pick at the drop of a hat, you just love to do it. Then after years and years, you just lose that interest. I'd
lost my weekends for too many years''.
For the remainder of his career, Wheeler flitted in and out of the music business. Between 1960 and 1966 he recorded for a variety of labels, had a slot on George
Jones's package show...
...for two years and worked with Roy Acuff. He did not record again until 1971. "John's Been Shucking My Corn" was initially released
on Old Windmill Records in late 1971, and re-released a year later on Royal American. Onie's only hit brought in a few show dates, but he couldn't find a follow-up. During the late 1970s and early 1980s he owned and operated a guitar repair shop. He was operated on for an
aneurysm in January 1984, but started to work again a few months later. While performing at Jimmie Snow's Grand Ole Gospel radio
show on May 25, 1984, he collapsed on stage and died of a massive heart attack.
Sun 395 ''Peek-a-Boo'' b/w ''Mountain High''
by Randy And The Radiants issued.
JANUARY 1, 1965 FRIDAY
Acuff concludes a 10-day USO (United Service Organization) tour of West Germany, in which he gave 19 performances for American soldiers.
JANUARY 2, 1965 SATURDAY
Martin Luther King, Jr. addressed a mass meeting in Brown Chapel in defiance of an anti-meeting injunction.
JANUARY 4, 1965 TUESDAY
Leo Fender sells his company, Fender Guitars,
for $13 million to CBS.
player Steve Arnold is born. He appears on the Grammy-winning ''Same Old Train'', produced by Marty Stuart for the album ''Tribute To Tradition''.
Mercury Records released Roy Drusky's version of ''(From Now On All My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers''.
JANUARY 5, 1965 WEDNESDAY
Billy Walker recorded ''Matamoros'' in a morning
session at the Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.
Faron Young is arrested for assault after throwing his drink in the face of a policeman cracking down on a violation of Nashville liquor policies at the Music City Club on 16th Avenue. Young is required to pay
a $75 fine.
7, 1965 THURSDAY
Jimmy Dean Show'' features Roger Miller, Minnie Pearl and Bobby Rydell as guests in the ABC prime-time lineup.
Hank Williams JR. recorded his voice alongside Hank Sr's vocals on ''Crazy Heart'' and ''May You Never Be Alone'' in Nashville in the first session for the Grammy-nominated
album ''Father and Son''.
9, 1965 SATURDAY
Jean joins the Grand Ole Opry at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
JANUARY 11, 1965 MONDAY
Columbia Records released Johnny Cash's ''Orange Blossom Special''.
JANUARY 13, 1965 WEDNESDAY
Eddy Arnold recorded ''What's He Doing In My World'' at RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee.
Johnny Cash performs ''Orange Blossom Special'' on ABC's ''Shindig!''. Also in the lineup are
The Righteous Brothers, Herman's Hermits and The Statler Brothers.
Rick Nelson songs ''Happy Guy'' during a collegiate-themed episode of ''The Adventures Of Ozzie and Harriet''.
JANUARY 14, 1965 THURSDAY
Actress Jeanette MacDonald dies of heart failure in Houston, Texas. Her 1936 movie ''Rose Marie'' introduced the title song and ''Indian
Call'', both performed with Nelson Eddy. Slim Whitman revived both numbers as country hits in the 1950s.
Jimmy Dean Show'' welcomes musical gusts Eddy Arnold and Roy Clark on the ABC prime-time lineup.
JANUARY 15, 1965 FRIDAY
The Steve McQueen movie ''Baby The Rain Must Fall'' opens in theaters, with Glen Campbell making a cameo appearance as a musician.
Bob Dylan recorded ''Subterranean Homesick Blues'' in New York. The song will inspire
Eddie Rabbitt, David Malloy and Even Stevens to write the million-selling ''Drivin' My Life Away'' some 15 years later.
JANUARY 16, 1965 SATURDAY
Sandy Mahl is born in Owasso, Oklahoma. She is destined to become Mrs. Garth Brooks and to co-write his hit ''That Summer''.
JANUARY 17, 1965 SUNDAY
The TV movie ''The Man Who Bought Paradise'', starring Angie Dickinson
and Buster Keaton, also features a role for ''Georgia On My Mind'' songwriter Hoagy Carmichael.
JANUARY 18, 1965 MONDAY
Singer and fiddler Tammy Rogers is born in Rogersville, Tennessee. She becomes a member of the Grammy-nomination bluegrass band The Steel Drivers and appears as a backing vocalist on Terry
Clark's ''A Little Gasoline''.
19, 1965 TUESDAY
John D. Loudermilk's ''Tobacco Road'' is performed by The Nashville Teens on the second episode of NBC's ''Hullabaloo''. Also appearing, Paul Anka, Dionne Warwick and Johnny Rivers.
JANUARY 20, 1965 WEDNESDAY
John Michael Montgomery is born in Danville, Kentucky. His hits ''I Love The Way You Love Me'', ''I Swear''
and ''I can Love You Like That'' make him one of the top balladeers of the 1990s.
The Byrds recorded
Bob Dylan's ''Mr. Tambourine Man'' at the Columbia Studios in Hollywood, with Glen Campbell playing guitar and Leon Russell on piano.
Smokey Robinson and The Miracles recorded ''The Tracks Of My Tears'' at the Hitsville Studio in Detroit, Michigan. More than a decade later, the song
is re-jiggered as a country hit for Linda Ronstadt.
JANUARY 20, 1965 WEDNESDAY
Defamed disc jockey Alan Freed, nabbed in a payola scandal dies in a Palm Springs, California hospital from uremia and cirrhosis brought on by alcoholism. He was 43 years old. Freed was initially interred in the Ferncliff
Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York. In March 2002, Judith Fisher Freed, carried his ashes to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. On August 1, 2014, the Hall of Fame asked Alan Freed's son, Lance Freed, to permanently remove the ashes,
which he did. The Freed family later announced the ashes would be interred at Cleveland's Lake View Cemetery. Freed co-write credit for The McGuire Sisters' hit ''Sincerely'', later covered by The Forester Sisters.
Glen Campbell covers the Roy Orbison hit ''Crying'' and ''Dream Baby
(How Long Must I Dream)'' an ABC-TV's ''Shindig!''. Others on the episode include Petula Clark, The Kinks and The Rolling Stones.
Sonny James recorded ''I'll Keep Holding On (Just To Your Love)'' and ''Behind The Tear'', the latter penned by fellow artist Ned Miller.
JANUARY 21, 1965 THURSDAY
ABC-TV's ''The Jimmy Dean Show'' features
Buck Owens, Norm Crosby and pop group The Mills Brothers.
JANUARY 23, 1965 SATURDAY
''The King Family Show'' debuts on ABC-TV. The variety series stars The King Sisters, who picked up a 1946 country hit with their remake of ''Divorce Me C.O.D.''. They're backed by the Alvino Rey Orchestra.
JANUARY 24, 1965 SUNDAY
Former English prime minister Winston Churchill
dies in London. He coined the phrase ''If you're through hell, keep going'', which will be turned into a country song, Rodney Adkins' ''If You're Going Through Hell (Before The Devil Even Knows)''.
JANUARY 25, 1965 MONDAY
Guitarist Al Nevins dies in New York City. He was a member of the instrumental pop group
trio The Three Suns, who earned a country hit in 1950 by teaming with Rosalie Allen and Elton Britt on ''Beyond The Sunset''.
JANUARY 27, 1965 WEDNESDAY
With his song ''I Feel Fine'' in the pop charts, Beatles songwriter John Lennon and his wife, Cynthia, begin a 10-day ski vacation in the Alps.
Two dozen years later, the song becomes a country hit for Sweethearts Of The Rhodeo.
Glen Campbell delivers three songs on an episode of ABC's ''Shindig!'' that also features Aretha Franklin and The Righteous Brothers. A medley of Crescent City songs also finds The Serendipity Singers covering
''The Battle Of New Orleans''.
Reeves joins the American Federation of Musicians in Nashville, Tennessee.
JANUARY 28, 1965 THURSDAY
Bass player Greg Cook is born in Vian, Oklahoma. He joins Ricochet, which wins two trophies from the Academy of Country Music in 1996.
''A Country Coyote Goes Hollywood'' debuts in theaters. Produced by Disney, the picture features Rex Allen
pop singer Jack Jones and western fashion guru Nudie Cohn appear on ABC's ''The Jimmy Dean Show''.
JANUARY 29, 1965 FRIDAY
Brenda Lee recorded the pop hit ''Too Many Rivers'' at the Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. It later becomes a country hit for The Forester Sisters.
Dean Martin's album ''Everybody Loves Somebody'',
produced by future country executive Jimmy Bowen, goes gold.
The Wilburn Brothers recorded ''It's Another World''.