Tracy Chapman’s This Day In Country Music History Memorial Day Weekend Edition

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Celebrity Birthdays

Bobcat Goldthwait is 56.  Rated the 61st Best Comedian of All Time by Comedy Central.

Brent Musburger is 79.  Retired play-by-play guy.  He was one of our top sportscasters for nearly 50 years.

John Wayne  (1907 – 1979)  The Duke.  Still so popular that in an annual Harris survey, he’s been the only deceased person to rank as one of America’s favorite actors every single year . . . for the past two decades.

Adam Carolla is 54. The Man Show, Love Line Radio Show Host with Dr. Drew, To Catch A Contractor.

It Happened On This Day In Country Music History

1936 Born on this day in Olive Hill, Kentucky, was Tom T. Hall, country music singer-songwriter. Hall has written 11 #1 hit songs, with 26 more that reached the Top 10 including “I Like Beer”

1939 Born on this day in Floydada, Texas, was Don Williams, country singer, songwriter and a 2010 inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame.  He began his solo career in 1971, singing popular ballads and amassing 17 #1 hits.  Williams died at his home in Alabama on 8 September 2017 aged 78.


1943 Born on this day in Phoenix, Arizona, was Jessi Colter country music artist who is best known for her collaboration with her husband, Waylon Jennings and for her 1975 country-pop crossover hit “I’m Not Lisa”.

1949 Born on this day in Shreveport, Louisiana, was Randall Hank Williams, better known as Hank Williams, Jr. His musical style is often considered a blend of Southern rock, blues, and traditional country. He is the son of country music pioneer Hank Williams and the father of Hank Williams III.

1964 Born on this day in Lynchburg, Virginia, was Phil Vassar, country music singer, songwriter who has co-written singles for several country artists, including Tim McGraw (“For a Little While”, “My Next Thirty Years”), Jo Dee Messina (“Bye, Bye”, “I’m Alright”), Collin Raye (“Little Red Rodeo”), and Alan Jackson (“Right on the Money”).  Also many top 10 and #1 singles of his own.



1981 Alabama were at #1 on the country music album chart with Feels So Right, their second studio album. The album produced three #1 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart: “Old Flame”, the title track and “Love in the First Degree”.

1982 Willie Nelson was at #1 on the country album chart with Always on My Mindwhich became the Billboard #1 country album of the year. The album spent 22 weeks at the top of the charts and stayed for a total of 253 weeks on the Billboard Top Country Albums charts.

1988 Kathy Mattea was at #1 on the Country chart with “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses.” The song is about a truck driver called Charlie who is retiring after 30 years to spend the rest of his time with his wife.


1999 Clint Black was at #1 on the US Country music album chart with his debut album, Killin’ Time which featured the hits “A Better Man”, “Nothing’s News”, “Walking Away”, “Nobody’s Home”, and the title track.


2010 Chris Young scored his second consecutive #1 single with “The Man I Want to Be” which was released as the third single and title track from his album.


2011 Scotty McCreery won the tenth-season competition of American Idol, becoming the second country music-focused artist (behind Carrie Underwood) to win. Runner-up Lauren Alaina is also rooted in country music. Days later, both signed lucrative contracts with Mercury Nashville Records.

Country Music Fun Fact

Johnny Cash collected 19th century guns and antique books.




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