Daily Almanac for Tuesday, April 2, 2024

By Annie Walker

Country music singer Emmylou Harris turns 77 today. Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell are seen performing in 2012.By Doug Anderson – https www.flickr.com photos dougandme, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org


Emmylou Harris (born April 2, 1947) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, bandleader, and activist. A highly regarded figure in contemporary music, she is known for having a consistent artistic direction. Harris is considered one of the leading music artists behind the country rock genre in the 1970s and the Americana genre in the 1990s. Her music united both country and rock audiences in live performance settings. Her characteristic voice, musical style and songwriting have been acclaimed by critics and fellow recording artists.

Harris developed an interest in folk music in her early years which led to her performing professionally. Moving to New York City in the 1960s, she recorded a folk album and performed regionally. She was discovered by Gram Parsons, who influenced her country rock direction. Following his 1973 death, Harris obtained her own recording contract from RepriseWarner Bros. Her second album, Pieces of the Sky (1975), found both critical acclaim and commercial success. Follow-up 1970s albums further elevated Harris’ career such as Elite Hotel (1976), Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town (1978) and Blue Kentucky Girl (1979). By 1980, she had acquired four number one songs on the US and Canadian country charts: “Together Again“, “Sweet Dreams“, “Two More Bottles of Wine” and “Beneath Still Waters“.

Harris had a continued string of commercially and critically successful albums like Roses in the Snow (1980), Evangeline (1981) and Last Date (1982). Her backing group The Hot Band helped establish a musical foundation for her concerts and albums. Her 1980s albums spawned the top ten singles “Wayfaring Stranger“, “Born to Run” and “Last Date“. The 1985 album The Ballad of Sally Rose was among Harris’ first self-written projects. The album (along with its follow-ups) failed to sustain the commercial momentum of previous albums. Harris then collaborated with Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt on Trio (1987). The platinum-selling album was also a critical success that spawned four top ten singles.

In 1992, Warner Bros. released the live album At the Ryman. It garnered critical praise and renewed interest in its live venue, the Ryman Auditorium. Harris was inspired to move in a new musical direction with 1995’s Wrecking Ball. She then reunited with Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt for Trio II (1999). By the 2000s, Harris had signed with Nonesuch Records and recorded several albums of self-composed material like Red Dirt Girl (2000), All I Intended to Be (2008) and Hard Bargain (2011). She also found collaborative partnerships, such as with Mark Knopfler on the internationally successful All the Roadrunning (2006). She then collaborated with Rodney Crowell on the critically acclaimed Old Yellow Moon (2013) and The Traveling Kind (2015). She also became involved in activism during this time, including starting her own dog rescue called Bonaparte’s Retreat.

Harris has been estimated to have sold over 15 million records worldwide. She has also earned 13 Grammy Awards, placed 27 singles into the top ten of the US country chart, and several of her albums have received gold certifications in the US. She was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008 and was ranked among Rolling Stones list of the 200 Greatest Singers of All Time in 2022.


Question of the Day

What is a sous-chef? I hear the term regularly on cooking shows.

Sous is the French word for under, beneath, below. “Chef” is also French, meaning chief, head, commander; the term is defined in the United States as “head cook.” Sous-chef means deputy head or deputy commander, but we use it exclusively as the title given an assistant to a restaurant or hotel chef.

Advice of the Day

It is bad luck to step in a cloud reflected in a puddle.

Home Hint of the Day

Avoid adding plywood or pressure-treated wood to your burn pile. The fumes from these materials can be toxic.

Word of the Day


When the Sun crosses the celestial equator. This occurs two times each year: Vernal around March 21 and Autumnal around September 23.

Puzzle of the Day

Why did the chicken cross the playground?

To get to the other slide.


  • Hans Christian Andersen (author) – 
  • Erastus Brigham Bigelow (industrialist, inventor, a founder of Massachusetts Institute of Technology) – 
  • Buddy Ebsen (actor) – 
  • Charles “Honi” Coles (tap dancer) – 
  • Sir Alec Guinness (actor) – 
  • Emmylou Harris (country music singer) – 
  • Christopher Meloni (actor) – 
  • Clark Gregg (actor) – 


  • Samuel Morse (inventor) – 
  • C. S. Forester (author) – 
  • Pope John Paul II – 
  • Jane Henson (co-creator of The Muppets) – 


  • Juan Ponce de Leon discovered Florida and claimed it for the King of Spain– 
  • U.S. Mint established– 
  • American Farmer journal founded– 
  • Bread riot occurred in Richmond, Virginia– 
  • 7.9 earthquake triggered tsunami, Hawaii– 
  • Charles Martin Hall patented an inexpensive way to make aluminum– 
  • As the World Turns debuted on television– 
  • 199.5+ mph wind gust recorded at Cannon Mountain, New Hampshire – 
  • Dallas made its television debut– 


  • Wind gusted to at least 199.5 miles per hour at Cannon Mountain, New Hampshire– 
  • A severe storm blasted the northeastern United States for three days. Winds reached 140 miles per hour on top of Mount Washington, New Hampshire, and Maine received two to three feet of snow– 
  • 9.4 inches of snow closed Chicago’s O’Hare airport– 
  • Twisters tore through the Midwest and South, killing 18 people– 
  • A rare 0.1” snowfall occurred in Charlotte, North Carolina– 

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