On the show today we are going to pay tribute to some great artists, as well as some great songwriters! Hope you can join me on The Source 620 CKRM.
2009 Darius Rucker was awarded a gold single for “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It”, which was his first single off his studio album Learn to Live. Rucker became the first solo African American artist to reach the top of the country charts since Charley Pride’s “Night Games” in 1983.
1964 Born on this day in Nashville, Tennessee, was Matraca Berg, country music singer and songwriter. Besides recording her own material, She writes Deana Carter’s “Strawberry Wine,” Reba McEntire’s “The Last One To Know,” Martina McBride’s “Wild Angels” and Kenny Chesney’s “You And Tequila,” among others. In 2008 she was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. 2012 “You And Tequila,” by Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter, is certified platinum
1990 “Nobody’s Home” by Clint Black became the first song to stay for three weeks at #1 since Randy Travis’ “Forever and Ever, Amen” in 1987.
1982 Born on this day was Jessica Harp, American songwriter and former country artist from Kansas City, Missouri. Between 2005 and 2007, Harp and Michelle Branch recorded and performed as The Wreckers, a duo that topped the country charts in 2006 with the Grammy nominated “Leave the Pieces.” After The Wreckers disbanded, Harp began a solo career with her single, “Boy Like Me,” debuted in March 2009 and was a Top 30 hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
2000 Dixie Chicks were at #1 on the US country album chart with there fifth studio album Fly which went on to win them a Grammy for Best Country Album. The tracks “Ready to Run”, “Cowboy Take Me Away”, “Without You”, “Goodbye Earl”, “Cold Day in July”, “Heartbreak Town”, “Some Days You Gotta Dance” and “If I Fall You’re Going Down with Me” were all released as singles.
1930 Guitarist Bob Morris is born in Hasty, Arkansas. A member of Buck Owens’ Buckaroos, he also writes the Owens hits “Buckaroo” and “Made In Japan,” as well as Sylvia’s “The Matador”
1951 Songwriter Linda Hargrove is born in Tallahassee, Florida. She writes “Let It Shine,” for Olivia Newton-John; “Tennessee Whiskey,” for George Jones; and “Just Get Up And Close The Door,” for Johnny Rodriguez.
1963 Merle Haggard’s prison sentence ends. He served two years, nine months behind bars and two years, three months on parole
1971 Lynn Anderson receives a gold single for “Rose Garden”
1998 MCA releases Tracy Byrd’s single “I’m From The Country”