June 12th: On this day in Country Music
Born on this day, was Chips Moman, American record producer, guitarist, and songwriter. As a record producer, Moman is known for recording Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Gary Stewart, Tammy Wynette and Ronnie Milsap.
Born on this day in Kirksville, Indiana, was Junior Brown, country guitarist and singer. Brown’s signature instrument is the “guit-steel” double neck guitar, a hybrid of electric guitar and lap steel guitar. In 1996 he won the CMA Country Music Video of the Year for his video, “My Wife Thinks You’re Dead,” which featured 6-foot-7-inch Gwendolyn Gillingham.
Waylon Jennings was at #1 on the US country album charts with Ol’ Waylon. The album features one of his signature songs, a track featuring Willie Nelson called “Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)”, as well as the Neil Diamond song “Sweet Caroline”, a version of Kenny Rogers’ “Lucille” and a medley of the two Arthur Crudup songs previous recorded by Elvis.
Johnny Bond died aged 63. Best known for his 1947 hit “Divorce Me C.O.D.”, one of his seven top ten hits on the Billboard country charts. In 1965 at the age of 50, he scored the biggest hit of his career with the comic “Ten Little Bottles”, which spent four weeks at #2. Bond’s other hits include “So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed” (1947), “Oklahoma Waltz” (1948), “Love Song in 32 Bars” (1950), “Sick Sober and Sorry” (1951) and “Hot Rod Lincoln” (1960).
Born on this day, was Chris Young, country music artist who in 2006 was declared the winner of the television program Nashville Star, a singing competition which aired on the USA Network. His self-titled debut album produced two singles: “Drinkin’ Me Lonely” and “You’re Gonna Love Me”. From his second album, “Voices”, “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song)”, and “The Man I Want to Be”; reached #1 on the country singles chart. He scored another #1 with “Tomorrow” off his Neon album and in February 2012 he had his fifth straight #1 with “You”.
Randy Travis was at #1 on the US Country charts with, “I Told You So”, taken from his 1988 album Always & Forever. Carrie Underwood released a cover version of the song on her 2007 album Carnival Ride.