Trigger History 24 Comments. But few remember the actual murder that occurred on the Music Row campus in that left a young magazine employee who knew too much laying dead, an aspiring country music entertainer seriously injured, and a mystery that went unsolved for many years until the eventual exposure of an elaborate scheme involving cash payments to embellish numbers and help launch country music stars under false pretenses eventually led investigators to the motive, and the killer. As the two men were getting into their car, an armed gunman wearing a ski mask and dark clothes approached them and opened fire.
Kevin Hughes, who was years-old at the time, was shot three times as he attempted to flee down 16th Avenue, including a fatal shot to the back of the head. The year-old Sammy Saddler was shot in the shoulder and was severely wounded, but was able to run to a nearby building for cover.
Saddler would later recover from his wounds, though his career never would. When Kevin Hughes and Sammy Sadler were found, the crime was a complete mystery. They were especially known for their jukebox charts which kept up with spins of songs in jukebox consoles all around the country, along with their charts for record sales and radio play.
Other members of the media such as journalists and DJs also consulted the periodical and cited its charts. At the time Sammy Sadler was just getting ready to release his debut album on Evergreen Records. Even though he suffered a near fatal gunshot wound in the attack that took multiple surgeries to heal, suspicion that Saddler was somehow involved in the killing helped kill his musical career, even though no evidence ever surfaced that he had any involvement in the plot to kill Kevin Hughes, who Sadler considered a close friend.
Sadler also suffered from PTSD after the incident. After years of the case remaining cold or leading to dead ends, police began to slowly piece the puzzle together when people who had paid the Cashbox bribes or knew about them began to come forward, explaining how the Cashbox scheme worked. Chuck Dixon, who was also thought to be part of the murder, had already passed away in under somewhat suspicious circumstances as well. Cashbox still exists in an online version after being relaunched in As for Sammy Sadler, he is now trying to relaunch a music career.
But hauntingly, the song seems to foretell what happened. They never found the fingerprint or the weapon that was used…. Meanwhile when artists, labels, managers, publishers, and others are accused of engaging in underhanded practices to launch artists in country music—these days most manifested in concerns for the manipulations of streaming data—this accusation does not come from hypothetical scenarios or conspiracy theories.
Rob March 11, pm. Keeping it Country March 11, pm. I had no idea that there was actually a murder there. I always thought Alan Jackson and George strait did that song first. Just hope that Nashville will eventually get their act together and start making country music again. Buddy March 11, pm. Speaking of nashville and country radio, remember when we thought the George Strait and Kacey Musgraves songs might have a chance?? Trigger March 11, pm.
Actually I remain pretty optimistic about both of those singles. Most singles take months to develop. Sam March 12, am. I actually considered calling them and thanking them for playing an actual country song. Still, its a step in the right direction. OlaR March 11, pm. Great article! I remember reading an article about the music row shooting.
Not bad for a 21 year old guy. The songs are on YouTube. Corncaster March 11, pm. Karen March 11, pm. BrandonWard March 11, pm. Janice Brooks March 11, pm. Chris March 11, pm. Rick March 11, pm. Atomic Zombie Redneck March 12, am. A fascinating story. Bill March 12, am. It is about many of the murders in the Nashville area over several decades. Paula Winters March 13, pm. Smitty March 18, am. Shelly Mullins May 13, pm. Thank you for this Trigger! Can you update with the info?? Trigger May 13, pm. Ann Laws May 28, am.
Anthony, Paul Bonneux January 18, pm. John C. Anderson May 26, pm. Your email address will not be published. Notify me of follow-up comments via e-mail. Willie Nelson on Kimmel. Love to hear about stuff like this, neat article Trigger. Got it. This was highlighted on Unsolved Mysteries years back. The Church sec of Kill Nashville Pop still has her office. Thanks for the story, Trig. Very erudite presentation of it. Great article….
Wonderful article. Very well thought out and executed. I assumed this was gonna be about Stringbean. Enjoyed this one, Trigger. Very good article 0. Excellent article, thank you very much. I still love the song. Anderson 0. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.