First live television broadcast of the CMA Awards.
Johnny Cash set a record by winning five Awards in a single night, including: Entertainer; Male Vocalist; Single for "Boy Named Sue;" Album; and Vocal Group of the Year for his work with June Carter. The record remains unsurpassed to this day, but has been matched twice.
Gene Autry and Bill Monroe were named to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
The first "CMA Awards Banquet and Show" was not a televised event.
Sonny James and Bobbie Gentry hosted the inaugural gala.
Eddy Arnold was named Entertainer of the Year.
Red Foley, J.L. (Joe) Frank and Jim Reeves were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.