1952 Born on this day in Kirksville, Indiana, was Junior Brown, country guitarist and singer. Brown’s signature instrument is the “guit-steel” double neck guitar, a hybrid of electric guitar and lap steel guitar. In 1996 he won the CMA Country Music Video of the Year for his video, “My Wife Thinks You’re Dead,” which featured 6-foot-7-inch Gwendolyn Gillingham.
1977 Waylon Jennings was at #1 on the US country album charts with Ol’ Waylon. The album features one of his signature songs, a track featuring Willie Nelson called “Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)”, as well as the Neil Diamond song “Sweet Caroline”, a version of Kenny Rogers’ “Lucille” and a medley of the two Arthur Crudup songs previous recorded by Elvis.
1985 Born on this day, was Chris Young, country music artist who in 2006 was declared the winner of the television program Nashville Star, a singing competition which aired on the USA Network. His self-titled debut album produced two singles: “Drinkin’ Me Lonely” and “You’re Gonna Love Me”. From his second album, “Voices”, “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song)”, and “The Man I Want to Be”; reached #1 on the country singles chart. He scored another #1 with “Tomorrow” off his Neon album and in February 2012 he had his fifth straight #1 with “You”.
1982 The Bellamy Brothers climb to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with “For All The Wrong Reasons”
1995 Epic releases Joe Diffie’s “I’m In Love With A Capital ‘U'” to retail