1948 Born on this day in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, was Gail Davies singer/songwriter and the first female record producer in the history of country music. She is also the daughter of country singer Tex Dickerson and the younger sister of songwriter Ron Davies. During the 1970s and 1980s she scored numerous Top 10 and Top 20 Billboard hits becoming one of country music’s most influential artists.
1993 Country singer Conway Twitty died from an abdominal aortic aneurysm. He had the 1958 US & UK #1 single “It’s Only Make Believe”. Until 2000, he held the record for the most #1 singles of any country act, with 45 #1’s. He lived in Hendersonville, Tennessee, just north of Nashville, where he built a country music entertainment complex called Twitty City.
2013 Songwriter and comedian Don Bowman dies at a nursing home in Forsyth, Missouri. He wrote the Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson duet “Just To Satisfy You” and Jim Stafford’s pop hit “Wildwood Weed”
1972 Johnny Cash records “Oney” in Hendersonville at the House Of Cash
1980 The John Travolta movie “Urban Cowboy” premieres. It includes music by Kenny Rogers, Johnny Lee, Mickey Gilley, Anne Murray, The Eagles, The Charlie Daniels Band, Jimmy Buffett, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt and J.D. Souther.
1978 Waylon Jennings records “The Conversation,” which becomes a duet hit with Hank Williams Jr. five years later, at the Jack Clement Studios in Nashville. Part of the session is also devoted to overdubs on “I’ve Always Been Crazy”.
1989 Epic announces it will change the title of George Jones’ “Ya Ba Da Ba Do (So Are You)” to “The King Is Gone (And So Are You),” to avoid a lawsuit from Hanna-Barbera Productions, which owns the rights to “The Flintstones”