June 13th: On this day in Country Music
Born on this day in Hazard, Kentucky, was Mary Lou Turner, country music artist. Between 1976 and 1977, she recorded two duet albums with Bill Anderson, and charted four duets with him. One of their duets, “Sometimes”, reached #1 in 1976.
Born on this day in Turkey, Texas, was American country music singer-songwriter Joe Barnhill who along with Wayne Perry wrote “Not a Moment Too Soon,” a #1 hit for Tim McGraw in 1994.
Dolly Parton recorded “I Will Always Love You” which was released as the second single from Parton’s thirteenth solo studio album, Jolene. Parton wrote the song for her one-time partner and mentor Porter Wagoner, from whom she was professionally splitting at the time. Singer Whitney Houston recorded a hugely successful version of the song for the 1992 film The Bodyguard.
Randy Travis’ “Forever and Ever, Amen” spent three weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. It is the first multi-week chart-topping song since “Lost in the Fifties Tonight (In the Still of the Night)” by Ronnie Milsap spent two weeks atop the chart in September 1985.
Jimmy Dean the American country music singer, television host, and businessman died at the age of 81. Dean who had the 1961 country crossover hit “Big Bad John”, became a national television personality in the late 50’s with his television series, The Jimmy Dean Show and was also famous as the creator of the Jimmy Dean sausage brand.