May 12th: On this day in Country Music
Born on this day in De Soto, Missouri, was The Duke of Paducah (Benjamin Francis Ford), an American country comedian, radio host and banjo player popular from the 1940s to the 1960s. He was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in February 1986. He died on 20 June 1986.
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.
Born on this day, was Kix Brooks III, country music artist, best known for being one half of the duo Brooks & Dunn who have won more Country Music Association awards and Academy of Country Music awards than any act in the history of country music.
Connie Francis and Hank Williams Jr, recorded “Singing The Blues”, “Wabash Cannonball”, “Blue Blue Day” and “If You’ve Got The Money” at Columbia Recording Studio, Nashville, Tennessee.
Dolly Parton had the country #1 single with “It’s All Wrong, But It’s All Right”. Originally appearing on Parton’s Here You Come Again album, “It’s All Wrong, But It’s All Right” became Dolly Parton’s seventh #1 country single as a solo artist.
During a UK tour, Johnny Cash appeared at The Royal Albert Hall in London, England. Glen Campbell joined Cash on stage where they played a selection of each other’s hits.
The Pizza Hut chain of restaurants introduced the new Blake Shelton signature product, Blake’s Smokehouse BBQ Pizza.