October 22nd: On this day
At the age of 48, Eddy Arnold became the youngest (to that time) living inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Glen Campbell was at #1 on the US Country music album chart with his sixth studio release, Gentle on My Mind. The title track written by John Hartford, won two 1968 Grammy Awards and received over 5 million radio plays. Campbell used "Gentle on My Mind" as the theme to his television variety show, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour between 1969 and 1972.
Born on this day in Killen, Alabama, was Marsha Thornton, country music singer. Between 1990 and 2003, she released three studio albums, with her first two released on MCA Records; she has also issued four singles on the Hot Country Songs charts. Her highest peaking single was "A Bottle of Wine and Patsy Cline", which reached #59 in 1990.
Born on this day in Mobile, Alabama, was Shelby Lynne, singer and songwriter. Lynne appeared on TNN's country music show Nashville Now in 1987, her first recording was a duet with George Jones, "If I Could Bottle This Up", which became a top-50 hit in 1988. The success of the 1999 album I Am Shelby Lynne led to her winning the Grammy Award for Best New Artist, even though she had been active in the music industry for some time. She appeared in the film Walk The Line playing the role of Carrie Cash.
Born on this day was Michael Elizondo American musician, songwriter, and record producer. He co-wrote Carrie Underwood's single, "Cowboy Casanova."
John Denver released "Sunshine on My Shoulders" which hit #1 early in 1974. It was originally the B-side of one of his earlier songs, "I'd Rather Be a Cowboy". As the Vietnam War came to an end, the song took on a new significance and began to receive airplay. It was also his first of four #1's between 1974-1975, the other three being: "Annie's Song", "Thank God I'm a Country Boy", and "I'm Sorry."
Alabama released "(There's A) Fire in the Night" which went to #1 on the Country charts. The track was the fifthteenth in a string of 21 consecutive #1 singles in as many releases, a string that spanned from 1980 through 1987.
Johnny Cash performed at a benefit show for a drug and alcohol treatment community for adolescents and their families at the Handley High School Auditorium in Winchester, Virginia Before the show Cash was presented with a plaque and told that the day had been declared Johnny Cash Day.
George Strait released "I've Come to Expect It from You" which gave him his twentieth US #1 Country hit. The track released as the third and final single from his album Livin' It Up stayed at the top of the charts for five weeks.
Dixie Chicks fifth studio album Fly was at #1 on the country chart. The album debuted and peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200 and has now sold over 10 million units.
The reality series Tuckerville aired for the first time on The Learning Channel, documenting the life of country music star Tanya Tucker as she recorded an album, ran her record business, and raises her three children. It ran for two seasons for a total of 18 episodes.
Singer Margie Bowes died age 79 in Brentwood, Tennessee after an extended illness. She had a top 10 country hit, "Poor Old Heartsick Me", in 1959.