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-1925 Born on this day in Los Angeles, California, was Johnny Horton, most famous for his semi-folk, so-called “saga songs” which began the “historical ballad” craze of the late 1950s and early 1960s. With them, he had several major successes, most notably during 1959 with the song “The Battle of New Orleans” (written by Jimmy Driftwood) which was awarded the 1960 Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording. Horton was killed in a car crash near Milano, Texas involving a truck on November 5, 1960.
1977 Glen Campbell went to #1 on the US singles chart with “Southern Nights”, (a song written by Allen Toussaint), and Campbell’s second US chart topper.
-1971 Born on this day in Grande Prairie, Alberta, was Carolyn Dawn Johnson, country music singer-songwriter. Johnson co-wrote Chely Wright’s 1999 single, “Single White Female,” which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.
1957 – Elvis recorded “Jailhouse Rock” 1957.
-1981 the 16th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Larry Gatlin, Tammy Wynette and Con Meredith at the Shrine Auditorium, Hollywood included the Top New Male Vocalist of the Year and it went to Johnny Lee.
1974 – Merle Haggard recorded “Old Man From The Mountain,” on the same day his Capitol album “The Best of the Best of Merle Haggard” was certified Gold.
-1990 Capitol Nashville released “The Dance” by Garth Brooks. The song, written by Brooks’ friend, Tony Arata, was a key track on his self-titled debut album Garth Brooks and became #1 chart hit. It is considered by many to be Brooks’ signature song. “The Dance” won both Song of the Year and Video of the Year by the Academy of Country Music.
1988 – Rodney Crowell and Rosanne Cash’ s “It’ s Such A Small World,” went to #1.
1983 Reba McEntire waltzes to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with “You’re The First Time I’ve Thought About Leaving”
1991 MCA releases Trisha Yearwood’s debut single, “She’s In Love With The Boy”