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May 19th: On this day in Country Music

May 19th: On this day in Country Music

May 19th: On this day in Country Music 1958 Johnny Cash released “Guess Things Happen That Way”. Written by Jack Clement, the single, a song about ‘a man struggling after the love of his life has left him’, was Johnny Cash’s fourth #1 on the country chart spending eight weeks at the top and a […]

May 18th: On this day in Country Music

May 18th: On this day in Country Music

May 18th: On this day in Country Music 1936 Born on this day in Covington, Georgia was Leon Ashley who is known mainly for his #1 hit “Laura (What’s He Got That I Ain’t Got)”, which topped the country singles charts in September 1967. Ashley made chart history as the first country artist to have […]

May 17th: On this day in Country Music

May 17th: On this day in Country Music

May 17th: On this day in Country Music 1967 Working at the Capitol Recording Studio in Hollywood, Glen Campbell recorded “Gentle On My Mind,” a song written by John Hartford and arranged by Leon Russell. The song went on to win won four Grammy Awards the following year and became the theme to the television […]

May 16th: On this day in Country Music

May 16th: On this day in Country Music

  May 16th: On this day in Country Music 1969 Roger Miller recorded a version of the Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster song “Me and Bobby McGee”. His version peaked at #12 on the Country charts in August of this year.         1971 Born on this day in Houston, Texas, was Rick […]

May 15th: On this day in Country Music

May 15th: On this day in Country Music

May 15th: On this day in Country Music 1918 Born on this day near Henderson, Tennessee, was Richard Edward Arnold, who became known as Eddy Arnold. So-called ‘Nashville sound’ innovator of the late 1950s, Arnold scored 147 songs on the Billboard country music charts, second only to George Jones and has sold more than 85 […]

May 14th: On this day in Country Music

May 14th: On this day in Country Music

May 14th: On this day in Country Music Merle Haggard was at #1 on the country charts with “Hungry Eyes” one of the most famous of his career. “Hungry Eyes” is a tribute to Oklahomans and others who lived in labor camps during the Great Depression, the time period in which this song is set. […]

May 13th: On this day in Country Music

May 13th: On this day in Country Music

May 13th: On this day in Country Music 1914 Born on this day in Mount Juliet, Tennessee, was Johnnie Wright, the singer-songwriter who worked with Jack Anglin in the duo Johnnie & Jack, who had the 1965 #1 hit “Hello Vietnam”, which was used as the opening theme in the film Full Metal Jacket. He […]

May 12th: On this day in Country Music

May 12th: On this day in Country Music

May 12th: On this day in Country Music   1942 Born on this day in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, was Billy Swan, singer, songwriter best known for his 1974 US Country #1 and crossover hit single, “I Can Help”. Swan also penned country songs for numerous artists, including Conway Twitty, Waylon Jennings, and Mel Tillis.   […]

May 11th: On this day in Country Music

May 11th: On this day in Country Music

May 11th: On this day in Country Music 1965 Johnny Cash was arrested and held overnight at the city jail in Starkville, Mississippi. The event inspired Cash to write the song “Starkville City Jail”.             1969 Glen Campbell was at #1 on the Billboard country album chart with Galveston. The […]

May 10th: On this day in Country Music

May 10th: On this day in Country Music

May 10th: On this day in Country Music 1909 Born on this day in Nickelsville, Virginia, was Maybelle Carter, country musician. She is best known as a member of the historic Carter Family act in the 1920s and ’30s and also as a member of Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters. Maybelle Carter was inducted […]