April 19th: On this day in Country Music
Born on this day in Nashville, Tennessee, was , singer and songwriter. Between 1966 and 1973, he charted five singles on the Hot Country Songs charts. “Little Green Apples” won Russell the 1969 Grammy Award for Song of the Year and the Grammy Award for Best Country Song.
Glen Campbell was at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with the Jimmy Webb song “Galveston”, which also made #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song describes a soldier waiting to go into battle who thinks of the woman he loves and his hometown of Galveston, Texas: “I still hear your sea waves crashing/as I watch the cannons flashing/ I clean my gun/And dream of Galveston.” In 2003, this song ranked #8 inCMT’s 100 Greatest Songs in Country Music.
For the first time in chart history, the top 5 positions on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart were held (or co-held) by female artists. “It’s Like We Never Said Goodbye” by Crystal Gayle, “A Lesson in Leavin'” by Dottie West, “Are You on the Road to Lovin’ Me Again” by Debby Boone, “Beneath Still Waters” by Emmylou Harris and “Two Story House” by Tammy Wynette (Duet with George Jones).
The Eagles played the first of two shows at Nashville’s Starwood Amphitheatre. The celebrity-packed audience included; Reba McEntire, Clay Walker, Brooks & Dunn, Tim McGraw, Doug Supernaw, Steve Winwood, Lorrie Morgan and Diamond Rio’s Brian Prout.
News sources confirmed that actor Jeff Bridges had signed a recording contract with jazz music label Blue Note Records. He was set to work with producer T-Bone Burnett and would release his debut album in 2011. Bridges previously won an Oscar for his portrayal of a country music singer-songwriter.