On this day in 2001, the Country Music Association inducted 12 new members, probably the most at one time.  In alphabetical order they were:

Bill Anderson, The Delmore Brothers, The Everly Brothers, Don Gibson, Homer & Jethro, Waylon Jennings, The Jordanaires, Don Law, The Louvin Brothers, Ken Nelson, Sam Phillips and Webb Pierce.

In 1991, the "King of Country Music" Roy Acuff was awarded the National Medal of Arts by former President George Bush (41). Here is what the medal means.

1954 was a seminal year in Country and Rock 'N Roll as Elvis Presley was recording his first songs in Sun Studios in Memphs. On this date, he rendered Bill Monroe's BLUE MOON OF KENTUCKY in a style only Elvis could do. His intitial nickname, "The Hillbilly Cat", was applied to these early Sun records.

Here is Elvis's version as heard on You Tube. And, here is Bill Monroe's.