1969 Glen Campbell was at #1 on the Billboard country album chart with Galveston. The singers thirteenth studio album spent 11 weeks at #1 and 26 weeks on the chart. The title track written by Jimmy Webb, describes a soldier waiting to go into battle who thinks of the woman he loves and his hometown of Galveston, Texas.
1979 Lester Raymond Flatt the bluegrass musician died. Best known for his work in the Bluegrass duo The Foggy Mountain Boys he was also known as “Flatt and Scruggs,” with banjo picker Earl Scruggs .He also released many solo and collaboration works and hed been a member of Bill Monroe’s band during the 1940s.
1993 Winners at the 28th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by George Strait, Reba McEntire and Randy Owen included Top Male Vocalist of the Year – Vince Gill & also Song of the Year for “I Still Believe in You”
2004 Gretchen Wilson released her debut album Here for the Party, which featured her breakthrough single, “Redneck Woman.” The album received four Grammy nominations: Best New Artist, Best Country Album, Best Country Song (“Redneck Woman”) and Best Female Country Vocal Performance (“Redneck Woman”). Gretchen Wilson won Best Female Country Vocal Performance.
2015 Little Big Town were at #1 on the country singles chart with “Girl Crush”, (which topped the chart for 13 weeks). Some radio stations were reported to have pulled “Girl Crush” from their playlists, in response to concerns from listeners who interpreted the song to be about lesbianism.
1996 – Steve Wariner joined the Grand Ole Opry.
1942 Born on this day in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, was Billy Swan, singer, songwriter best known for his 1974 US Country #1 and crossover hit single, “I Can Help”. Swan also penned country songs for numerous artists, including Conway Twitty, Waylon Jennings, and Mel Tillis.
1914 Born on this day in Mount Juliet, Tennessee, was Johnnie Wright, the singer-songwriter who worked with Jack Anglin in the duo Johnnie & Jack, who had the 1965 #1 hit “Hello Vietnam”, which was used as the opening theme in the film Full Metal Jacket. He died on Sept 27th 2011.
1966 Born on this day in Charleston, South Carolina, was Darius Rucker, lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the rock band Hootie & the Blowfish who had the 2008 US Country #1 hit “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It.” Rucker won the Country Music Association’s New Artist of the Year in 2009. Rucker scored two US Country #1’s in 2010 with “Come Back Song’, and “This”.
1975 American Western swing musician Bob Wills died. Wills who was also a member of The Texas Playboys is considered by music authorities as the co-founder of Western swing. He was recording an album with fan Merle Haggard in 1973 when a stroke left him comatose until his death. From the 1970’s until his 2002 death, Waylon Jennings performed a song called “Bob Wills is Still the King”.