Jean Shepard's book "Down Through the Years" is about her career from the golden age of country music up to her 2011 induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame and more. Mentioned in this book are her 45 albums and 70 singles and her appearance on the first country music television show, "The Ozark Jubilee."
Shepard started out in an all-girl band called the Melody Ranch Girls and was discovered by Hank Thompson, who also discovered Kitty Wells. Her first boyfriend was Johnny Horton, another country music singer. Because she started out at the age of 19, Shepard needed a guardian, and Ferlin Husky signed up. The two went on to duet on the number one single called "A Dear John Letter."
Shepard was involved in a bus accident with Hank Williams Jr., in which she nearly died. Her husband, Hawkshaw Hawkins, died in a plane crash along with Patsy Cline and Cowboy Copas when Shepard was eight months pregnant.
Other facts about Jean Shepard covered in the book include how she was the first female in country music to sell 1 million records, the first to overdub her voice on recordings, and the first to create a color television commercial.