August 12th: On this day
Born on this day, in West Plains, Missouri was Porter Wagoner, Country singer known for his flashy Nudie and Manuel suits and blond pompadour. In 1967, he introduced a then little known Dolly Parton on his long-running television show. Also known as Mr. Grand Ole Opry, Wagoner has scored over 80 US singles from 1954-1983. He died from lung cancer on October 28, 2007.
Born on this day in Sherman, Texas was Buck Owens, Jr., singer and guitarist, who scored twenty 21 #1 hits on the Billboard country music charts and pioneered what has come to be called the Bakersfield sound a reference to Bakersfield, California. Owens died in his sleep of an apparent heart attack on March 25th 2006.
Charley Pride was at #1 on the Country charts with 'All I Have to Offer You (Is Me)'. In doing so he accomplished a feat not done in 25 years: an African American entertainer having a #1 hit on the Billboard country chart. The last song by a black performer to reach the summit was "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby" by Louis Jordan, in July 1944. Pride became the third black singer to have a #1 country hit (the Nat King Cole-led King Cole Trio had a #1 hit earlier in 1944).
The estranged father of 17 year-old Shelby Lynn shot and killed her mother and then himself at their home in St. Stephens, Alabama. She and her younger sister Allison Moorer subsequently moved in with relatives.
Liberty Records released "Rodeo" by Garth Brooks. Written by Larry Bastian the single which was taken from his album Ropin' the Wind peaked at #3 on the US country chart.
Lonestar were at #1 on the country music charts with "What About Now", the fourth single from their 1999 album, Lonely Grill.
"Body Like a Back Road" by Sam Hunt broke two Billboard Hot Country Songs chart records for #1 longevity within a month of each other. On July 22, upon spending its 22nd week at #1, "... Back Road" became the longest-running #1 song by a male artist since the start of the charts in 1944. On August 12, the song's 25th week at #1, Hunt bumped Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" for lengthiest #1 run (previously 24 weeks) in chart history; the song eventually logged 34 weeks at the top. The song's long-running popularity was attributed in part due to downloads and live streaming, and its #6 peak on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, all without a music video for the track.