Born on this day in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, was Loretta Lynn, country singer, who became the first woman to be named Country Music Artist Entertainer Of The Year.Since her first #1 “Fist City”, in 1967 she has scored another 15 chart toppers. Her best-selling 1976 autobiography was made into an Academy Award winning film, Coal Miner’s Daughter, starring Sissy Spacek and Tommy Lee Jones in 1980.
Don Gibson’s “Oh Lonesome Me” was at #1 on the Billboard country chart. The track, which was produced by Chet Atkins, topped the country chart for eight non-consecutive weeks in addition to reaching #7 on the Billboard Hot 100. Both Johnny Cash and Neil Young have recorded versions of the song.
Born on this day in Quantico, Virginia, was Stuart Duncan, bluegrass musician who plays the fiddle, mandolin, guitar and banjo. Duncan has played with numerous well known performers including George Strait, Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire and Alison Krauss.
George Jones released “He Stopped Loving Her Today”, the lead single from his albumI Am What I Am. The song, which was written by Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman has been named in several surveys as the greatest country song of all time. Jones didn’t want to record the song, and when he cut it, he said, “Nobody will buy that morbid S.O.B.”
Unchained Melody: The Early Years a compilation album by LeAnn Rimes was at #1 on the Country charts. Released by Curb Records due to high sales of her debut album Blue, the album consists of tracks recorded previously to Blue and contains cover versions of “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart” by Patsy Montana, “Blue Moon of Kentucky” by Bill Monroe, “I Will Always Love You” by Dolly Parton, and “Yesterday” by The Beatles.
Dolly Parton was awarded the Living Legend Medal by the US Library of Congress for her contributions to the cultural heritage of the United States.