On This Week In Country Music May 7 – May 13

On
This Week In Country Music May 7 – May 13
7
MAY

On This Day in Country Music
1949
– Hank Williams makes #1 for the first time on the Billboard country
chart with “Lovesick Blues”
1994
– Clint Black jogs to #1 on the Billboard country chart with “Good
Run Of Bad Luck”. It was released in February 1994 as the fourth
single from his 1993 album NO TIME TO KILL >>
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2002
– The T Bone Burnett-produced “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”
soundtrack is certified for shipments of 6 million. Among its
artists: Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, The Soggy Bottom Boys, John
Hartford, Ralph Stanley, The Whites and The Cox Family
2005
– Billy Dean marries Stephanie Paisley in Brentwood, Tennessee
Births
Joanna
Smith
(1985),
American country music singer. After dropping out of Auburn
University to pursue her music career she joined Mustang Sally at age
eighteen. After leaving the band she began songwriting and recording
demos. After signing to a publishing contract with Big Borrassa
Music, she wrote two songs for other artists, including “Flying
By”, which was recorded by Billy Ray Cyrus on his 2007 album
Home at Last. In 2010, she signed to a contract with Columbia Records
Nashville and released her debut single, “Gettin’ Married” #55
on Billboard. Her 2011 single “Georgia Mud” charted at #57
8
MAY

On This Day in Country Music
1982
– Willie Nelson’s “Always On My Mind” reaches #1 on the
Billboard country chart
2001
– Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black have their first baby, a
daughter, Lily Pearl Black
2004
– Keith Urban with “You’ll Think Of Me” tops the Billboard
country singles chart >>
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2005
– Mindy McCready is taken to a Nashville hospital after an
ex-boyfriend broke into her Bellevue home, where he beat and choked
the singer. The ex, William McKnight, is charged with attempted
murder
Births
Ricky
Nelson
(1940),
born in Teaneck, New Jersey. Carried into the limelight through his
role on TV’s “The Adventures Of Ozzie And Harriet,” he
gains success in pop music, but also launches four Top 10 country
hits in 1958.
Billy
Burnette

(1953), born Memphis, Tennessee. In 1994, Billy got back together
with Fleetwood Mac. This time around, the band featured two new
members, long-time friend, vocalist Bekka Bramlett and guitarist Dave
Mason of Traffic fame. In late 1995, Fleetwood Mac went on hiatus.
Billy and Bekka decided to venture out on their own as a country duo.
When Bekka moved together with Billy to Nashville, they got the
attention of famous country music producer Garth Fundis. Garth
decided that he wanted to make a record with the new duo. Bekka &
Billy signed a contract with Almo Sounds and in April 1997 they
released their debut album, BEKKA AND BILLY.
Burnette
underwent quintuple bypass surgery in 2009 but return with a new
album Rock ‘n’ Roll With It in 2011.
Keith
Harling
(1963)
, born Greenwood, South Carolina. He made his debut in 1998 with the
album Write It in Stone, issued on the MCA Nashville label. It
produced four singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles &
Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts. Having been dropped from MCA
Nashville’s roster in early 1999, Harling later signed to Giant
Records, releasing his second album BRING IT ON that year.
Death
Eddy
Arnold
(1918)
born Henderson, Tennessee, (May 15, 1918 – May 8, 2008), country
music singer who performed for six decades. He was a so-called
Nashville sound (country/popular music) innovator of the late 1950s,
and scored 147 songs on the Billboard country music charts, second
only to George Jones. He sold more than 85 million records. A member
of the Grand Ole Opry (beginning 1943) and the Country Music Hall of
Fame (beginning 1966), He co-wrote the country and pop standard “You
Don’t Know Me”.
Eddy
Arnold died on May 8, 2008 in a nursing home in Nashville, exactly
one week before his 90th birthday. His wife of 66 years, Sally
Gayhart Arnold, had preceded him in death by two months.
9
MAY

On This Day in Country Music
1989
– Tim McGraw drops out of Northeast Louisiana University, moves to
Nashville. On his first day in town, he hears “Indian Outlaw,”
destined to become his first hit single. He also meets songwriter
Craig Wiseman, the writer of several future McGraw hits
1992
– Brooks & Dunn’s “Neon Moon” hits #1 on the Billboard
country singles chart. Wrtten by Ronnie Dunn and produced by Don
Cook and Scott Hendricks it was released as the third single from
their debut album, BRAND NEW MAN, as well as marking their third
consecutive Number One single on the country charts.
2001
– “I Hope You Dance” wins three honours-Single Record, Song
and Vocal Event of the Year–for Lee Ann Womack and backing vocalists
Sons of the Desert during the 36th annual Academy of Country Music
awards on CBS from Los Angeles’ Universal Amphitheatre
2005
– A barefoot Kenny Chesney marries actress Renee Zellweger in the
Virgin Islands. The couple first met in January during taping of the
NBC special “Tsunami Aid: A Concert Of Hope”. On September
15 of that same year, after only four months of marriage, they
announced their plans for an annulment. Chesney later suggested the
failure of his marriage was due to “panic” from the intense
media scrutiny. The annulment was finalized in late December 2005.
2010
– Blake Shelton proposes to Miranda Lambert in the woods near her
home in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. She says yes!
2011
– Duo Thompson Square earns a platinum single for “Are You Gonna
Kiss Me Or Not”
Births
Richie
Furay
(1944),
(Poco) born Yellow Springs, Ohio) Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
member who is best known for forming the bands Buffalo Springfield
with Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Bruce Palmer, and Dewey Martin, and
Poco with Jim Messina, Rusty Young, George Grantham and Randy
Meisner. His best known song (originally written during his tenure in
Buffalo Springfield, but eventually performed by Poco, as well) was
“Kind Woman”. In the late 1960s he formed the country-rock
band Poco with Jim Messina and Rusty Young. This band, while
influential to many future country-rock acts, experienced uneven
commercial success. Furay’s best known songs, “Pickin’ Up The
Pieces” and “Good Feelin’ To Know”, however, have
reached classic status and appear on many country rock compilations.
Furay left Poco in 1974 to form the Souther Hillman Furay Band. It
was during this time that Al Perkins, the band’s pedal steel guitar
player, introduced Furay to Christianity.
Hank
Snow
(May 9,
1914 – December 20, 1999), Clarence Eugene “Hank” Snow
born in Brooklyn, Queens County, Nova Scotia, Canada He ran away from
home to escape a brutal stepfather when he was 12 years old and
joined a fishing boat as a cabin boy. He charted more than 70 singles
on the Billboard country charts from 1950 until 1980. Number 1 hits
include “I’m Moving On”, “The Golden Rocket”, “I
Don’t Hurt Anymore”, “Let Me Go, Lover!”, “I’ve
Been Everywhere”, and “Hello Love” as well as other
top ten hits. He is a member of both the Canadian Country Music Hall
of Fame and the Music Hall of Fame.
In
1996, Snow experienced respiratory problems and at 12:30am on
December 20, 1999, he died from heart failure at his Rainbow Ranch in
Madison, Tennessee
Death
1989
– Keith Whitley dies (aged 33) from alcohol poisoning at his home in
Nashville. The rich-voiced husband of Lorrie Morgan was on an upswing
behind the singles “Don’t Close Your Eyes,” “When You
Say Nothing At All” and “I’m No Stranger To The Rain”
10
MAY

On This Day in Country Music
1986
– The Judds reach #1 in Billboard with “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout
The Good Old Days)” “It was written by Jamie O’Hara and was
released in January 1986, and became The Judds’ sixth No. 1 song. >>
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1994
– Willie Nelson is found by police in Hewitt, Texas, asleep at the
side of a road. He’s arrested on drug charges when they discover the
butt from a doobie in his ashtray.
1995
– Reba McEntire leads a pack of four double-winners in the 30th
annual Academy of Country Music Awards, broadcast live on NBC-TV from
Los Angeles’ Universal Amphitheatre. She reclaims Entertainer of the
Year and Top Female Vocalist
2008
– Carrie Underwood is inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, introduced by
Garth Brooks. She performs “Last Name,” “All-American
Girl” and “Jesus, Take The Wheel,” the latter with
backing vocals by Vince Gill
Births
Mother
Maybelle Carter

(May 10, 1909 – October 23, 1978), born in Nickelsville, Virginia.
With her cousin, Sara, and Sara’s husband, A.P. Carter, they form the
Carter Family, one of the pioneering acts in country music. They
enter the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1970.
Maybelle
Carter died in 1978 after a few years of poor health, and was
interred next to her husband, Ezra, in Hendersonville Memory Gardens,
Hendersonville, Tennessee. All three of their daughters, “The
Carter Sisters” – Helen, June, and Anita – are buried nearby in
the same cemetery.
11
MAY

On This Day in Country Music
1957
– The Everly Brothers made their debut on “Grand Ole Opry”
in Nashville, TN
1991
– George Strait’s “If I Know Me” tops the Billboard country
chart. It was written by Pam Belford and Dean Dillon and released in
March 1991 as the lead-off single to his 1991 album CHILL OF AN EARLY
FALL >>
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1993 – Brooks & Dunn
claim three honours during the NBC telecast of the 28th Annual
Academy Of Country Music from Los Angeles’ Universal Amphitheatre:
Top Vocal Duet, Single Record of the Year (“Boot Scootin’
Boogie”) and Album of the Year (“Brand New Man”) .
Vince Gill
wins Male Vocalist and Female Vocalist went to
Mary
Chapin Carpenter.

1996
– Steve Wariner joins the Grand Ole Opry
2004
– Epic releases Gretchen Wilson’s debut album, “Here For The
Party”
Births
Mark
Herndon
(1955)
born in Springfield, Massachusetts. Alabama drummer. He joins the
Hall of Fame band in 1979, just prior to its launch into country’s
mainstream. The band parted ways with drummer Mark Herndon in 2008
during a very public and nasty lawsuit. The band reunited in 2011,
playing with Brad Paisley on his single, “Old Alabama” and
playing the Bama Rising benefit. Alabama played the song live with
Brad Paisley at the ACM Awards in Vegas. Images of drummer Mark
Herndon were cropped out of band photos that were displayed on the
large TV screens during the performance!
12
MAY

On This Day in Country Music
1951
– Hank Williams’ “Cold, Cold Heart” reaches #1 on the
Billboard country singles chart.
1999
– George Jones pled guilty to driving while impaired and violating
the Tennessee’s open-container law in Franklin. He was fined $550.
2007
– Rascal Flatts’ “Stand” lands at Billboard’s #1 position.
Written by Blair Daly and Danny Orton it was the fourth single
released from Rascal Flatts’ ME AND MY GANG album. The song became
their seventh number-one hit on Hot Country Songs chart.
Birth
Kix
Brooks
(1955),
born in Shreveport, Louisiana. He co-writes hits for John Conlee and
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band before forming Brooks & Dunn with
Ronnie Dunn. Their mix of honky-tonk sound with rock concert energy
makes them the most-successful country duo of all-time. The singles
featuring Brooks on lead vocals include, “You’re Gonna Miss Me
When I’m Gone”, which went to Number One, Lost and Found, and
“Rock My World (Little Country Girl).” On August 10, 2009,
Brooks & Dunn announced to their fans, via their website that
they intended to disband after 20 years of touring.
In
2012 Brooks single “New to This Town” (featuring Joe Walsh)
peaked at #35 on the Billboard Country Songs Chart.
Billy
Swan
(1942),
born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. As a child, he learned drums, piano
and guitar, and began writing songs. His first big break was in 1962
when Clyde McPhatter recorded “Lover Please”, a song
written by Swan when he was in a local band called Mirt Mirly &
the Rhythm Stoppers. His first album included the song I CAN HELP, a
rockabilly number that topped both the Billboard Hot 100 and country
charts in 1974, also becoming a hit in many other countries.
Stu
Page
(1954) ,
born Leeds, West Yorkshire. Second son of Handley and Maisie Page a
skilled toolroom fitter and a seamstress. Moved to the then small
town of Pudsey at age six. Sang in the local church choir and was
given his first guitar at the age ten. His first gig in the British
country music scene was with Leeds based band Midnight Flyer. They
were a six piece playing covers of Eagles, Waylon,Don Williams etc
and some bluegrass material. In 1984 he went to Switzerland to work
in a hotel complex as part of a duo with Terry Clayton. Returning
with the money saved they decided to put a country music band
together. It was a big gamble at the time that eventually paid off.
Apart from a few line up changes they together for some twenty years,
recorded seven albums had three videos on CMT and played with
countless American country stars. In 1995 Stu put together an Eagles
tribute band.
13
MAY

On This Day in Country Music
1957
– Elvis Presley’s “All Shook Up” makes #1 on the Billboard
country chart.
1977
– Dolly Parton made her New York City debut with a concert at the
Bottom Line.
1977
– Linda Ronstadt denied reports saying she had been offered $1
million to be photographed nude for a Hustler centerfold.
1997
– Decca releases Lee Ann Womack’s self-titled debut album
2000
– Kenny Rogers’ “Buy Me A Rose” (written by Jim Funk and
Erik Hickenloope) makes it to #1 on the Billboard country chart. It
was released in October 1999 from his album SHE RIDES WILD HORSES.
Upon reaching Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Singles &
Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts in May 2000, the song made
Rogers (who was 61 at the time) the oldest country singer to have a
Number One hit. “Buy Me a Rose” was not only his first
Number One single since 1987’s “Make No Mistake, She’s Mine”
(a duet with Ronnie Milsap), but also the only Number One for both
Billy Dean and Alison Krauss, both of whom received chart credit for
performing background vocals on the song. >>
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2011
– Curb Records accuses Tim McGraw of breach of contract in a lawsuit
that claims he recorded his “Emotional Traffic” album too
soon after the previous release.
Births
Lari
White
(1965),
born in Dunedin, Florida. The soulful vocalist nets three hits in
1994-1995 and appears in the Tom Hanks movie “Cast Away.”
She also becomes the first woman to produce an album by a major male
star: Toby Keith’s “WHITE TRASH WITH MONEY” . She also
co-produced Billy Dean’s 2004 album Let Them Be Little. White has
charted twelve times on the Billboard country music charts, with
three of her singles having reached Top Ten: “That’s My Baby”
and “That’s How You Know (When You’re In Love)” at #10, and
“Now I Know” at #5. In 2006, she was an original cast
member of the Broadway musical Ring of Fire. White is married to
songwriter Chuck Cannon.They have two daughters, M’Kenzy and Kyra
Ciel, and a son, Jaxon.
Ilse
DeLange

(1977), born in Almelo, Netherlands. In 1998 while a member of the
group Cash On Delivery, she traveled to Nashville, U.S. to record her
debut album World Of Hurt with top producer Barry Beckett. She became
well known in the Netherlands because her album was recorded in the
capital of country music. Her album received big success in her home
country, selling 450,000 copies in total. In mid-2008 Ilse released
INCREDIBLE, a #1 album certified 5x platinum (Netherlands
Certification) . In August 2010, Ilse hit the top 10 with her new
single “Next to Me”, the first single off her new album by
the same name, which debuted at #1. Following singles have been “High
Places”, “Beautiful Distraction” and “Carousel”.
In early 2011, NEXT TO ME has been certified 2x Platinum (Netherlands
certification)
Darius
Rucker
(1966),
Charleston, South Carolina. He first gained fame as the lead singer
and rhythm guitarist of the rock band Hootie & the Blowfish,
which he founded in 1986 at the University of South Carolina. In 2008
Rucker signed to Capitol Records Nashville as a country music artist,
releasing the album LEARN TO LIVE that year. Its first single, “Don’t
Think I Don’t Think About It”, made him the first African
American to chart a number one on the Hot Country Songs charts since
Charley Pride in 1983. It was followed by two more number-one
singles, “It Won’t Be Like This for Long” and “Alright”
and the number three “History in the Making”. In 2009, he
became the first African American to win the New Artist Award from
the Country Music Association, and only the second African American
to win any award from the association. A second Capitol album,
CHARLESTON, SC 1966, was released on October 12, 2010. The album
includes the number-one singles “Come Back Song” and
“This”.
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