Songwriter Hank Cochran died on this date last year. He had pancreatic cancer. He was one of the greatest songwriters of all time.  Among his compositions: "I Fall to Pieces," "Make the World Go Away" and "Set 'Em Up Joe". He was at one time married to Grand Ole Opry member Jeannie Seely. We wrote about on her birthday. You can see him interviewed in a fantastic series of videos produced by the Country Music Hall of Fame. Enjoy them.

Happy 16th wedding anniversary Aaron Tippin and Thea Corontzos. They were wed in a traditional Greek ceremony in Nashville.

Wow, on this date in 1961, Whisperin' Bill joined the Grand Ole Opry.

Here's what Bill wrote on his website.

As most of you know, July 15th will mark my 50th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and we're not going to hold anything back insofar as celebrating is concerned. Friday we'll be hosting our fan club dinner and performing two shows inside the Country Music Hall of Fame here in Nashville. Saturday afternoon we'll have a large meet 'n greet at the Texas Troubadour Theater on Music Valley Drive, and then Saturday night we'll mark the occasion with two shows at the Opry itself. I couldn't be more pumped!

On this day in 1957, the Kentucky-born Everly Brothers net their first #1 country single with "Bye Bye Love" written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant. Don and Phil are members of the Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame.