So many years have gone by since the Country genre thrived so well in the music industry. Several artists shone brightly and released memorable, timeless songs and each helped shape the era where they were first recognized and heard by audiences. Bright stars came and left, with each cycle making way for more new names to dominate the worldwide stage.
With that being said, we’ve collected some Country music milestones that took place on this day.
1939: Outlaw country music singer, songwriter, and guitarist David Allan Coe was born in Akron, Ohio. He is best known for his hit songs, Would You Lay With Me (In a Field of Stone) and Take This Job and Shove It. The song was later covered by artists like Tanya Tucker. His songs were later covered by Tanya Tucker and Johnny Paycheck.[like_button]
1950: The song I’m Moving On led singer Hank Snow to his Billboard success after it reached number 1 on the Country Music Singles charts and reigned in that spot for over 21 weeks. The song was among the seven songs of Snow that made breakthrough in his career by snagging the first spot on the Billboard charts.
1951: The birth of Eric Clapton’s band’s drummer, Jamie Oldaker took place on September 5, 1951, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Oldaker performed with Clapton’s band during the 1970’s and the 1980’s. He then joined the band, The Tractors, and served as a valuable contributor to the band’s successful gold debut album for Baby Likes to Rock It.
1955: Fans and critics send rave reviews and dozens of letters to Tennessee Ernie Ford after he performed the eye-opening coal miner anthem, Sixteen Tons on one episode of his daytime variety show.
1957: The song Blue Christmas was recorded by The King, and country music legend Elvis Presley. The day’s recording kick-started three-days-worth of recording sessions for Presley’s first-ever holiday album. His album was recorded at Radio Recorders in Hollywood.
1969: In 1969, Johnny Cash reached the number 1 spot on the US Country Chart for his song, At San Quentin. Aside from that Cash’s album remained in the top spot for a total of 20 weeks, received countless Grammy Award nominations and ultimately bagged the Best Male Country Vocal Performance for A Boy Named Sue. A live concert of At San Quentin was also recorded and given to the inmates detained at the San Quentin State Prison.
1970: Janis Joplin, who, from the beginning of her career until her demise was a lover and dear friend to Kris Kristofferson, began her recording sessions for her cover of Me and Bobby McGee. The said song was originally recorded by Kristofferson and Fred Foster. Following Joplin’s demise in 1971, her rendition soared to the top spot on the US singles chart. It was then recognized as the second posthumous number 1 single in the history of the US charts, after Otis Redding’s prior reign in 1968 for (Sittin On’) The Dock of the Bay
1978: Heartbreaker by Dolly Parton made it to number 1 on the Us Country Music Album chart. It was Parton’s 20th solo album, with its title single written by Carole Bayer Sager. The song became the third top-forty pop hit in Dolly Parton’s songs.
1992: The talented and highly acclaimed Vince Gill receives his first number 1 single on the Billboard charts with his song, I Still Believe in You.
2001: Hit country singer Reba McEntire starts her shoot for the WB sitcom titled, Reba in Los Angeles
2005: The video for Come A Little Closer by Dierks Bentley premieres on CMT[like_button]
2009: The number 1 four-week streak of Jason Aldean’s hit track, Big Green Tractor on the Billboard Country Singles chart begins.
2012: Joe South, a renowned American singer-songwriter, record producer and guitarist passed away at the age of 72. The talented and legendary artist was best remembered for being a songwriting genius. He won the Song of the Year Grammy Award for Games People Play in 1970 and eventually wrote what would become singer Lynn Anderson’s most commercially successful song, Rose Garden.[like_button]