February 4th: On this day
Born on this day in Sheffield, Alabama, was session guitarist and record producer Jimmy Johnson. He worked with hundreds of artists including: Billy "Crash" Craddock, Oak Ridge Boys, Ronnie Milsap, Delbert McClinton, Eddie Rabbitt and Willie Nelson. He died from kidney failure in 2019 at the age of 76.
Born on this day in Long Branch, New Jersey, was Clint Black, country music singer-songwriter, record producer, multi-instrumentalist and actor. Black made his debut with his Killin' Time album, which produced four #1 singles on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles charts. He has amassed more than 30 singles on the US country charts (of which 13 have reached #1). Black has also ventured into acting, having made a cameo appearance in the 1994 film Maverick, as well as a starring role in 1998's Still Holding On: The Legend of Cadillac Jack.
Patsy Cline started what would be her last recordings at Bradley Studios cutting a dozen tracks including "Love Letters In The Sand", "Crazy Arms", and "The Blue Moon Of Kentucky."
Charlie Rich was at #1 on the US country album chart with Behind Closed Doors. The album received three Country Music Association awards: Best Male Vocalist, Album of the Year, and Single of the Year, for the title song which gave the singer his first #1 hit.
Dolly Parton released her thirteenth solo studio album Jolene. The title track became Parton's second solo #1 country single and was also a moderate pop hit. One of the album's songs, "I Will Always Love You", was reportedly written to express the remorse Parton felt over the professional breakup with Porter Wagoner.
Old 8 x 10 the third album by Randy Travis was at #1 on the US Country chart. The album produced the singles "Honky Tonk Moon", "Deeper Than the Holler", "Is It Still Over", and "Promises". All of these except "Promises" reached #1 on the Hot Country Songs charts.
Kenneth C. "Jethro" Burns American country musician, comedian, and mandolin player died aged 68. He was better known by his stage name Jethro from his years with Henry D. Haynes as part of the comedic musical duo Homer and Jethro beginning in 1936.
Alabama released "Down Home" the fourth single from their album Pass It On Down which went to #1 on the Country chart. It became the groups thirtieth #1 Country hit.
Shania Twain was at #1 on the US country album chart with her Greatest Hits album, which featured 21 tracks from her three Diamond albums The Woman in Me, Come on Over and Up!. The album became the biggest selling country album of the year.
Husband and wife, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill announced that they would return to the road in the summer of 2007 with Soul2Soul 2007 due to the success of Soul2Soul II. They aimed to visit US and Canadian cities they could not reach in 2006; the restart a year later was to still mainstain a mostly-summertime schedule, to accommodate their school-age children.
Taylor Swift was at #1 on the Country chart with her fourth studio album Red. The album debuted at #1 on the US Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 1.2 million copies, giving Swift her third consecutive #1 album and making her the first female artist to have two million-selling album openings.
LANCO were at #1 on the Country album chart with their debut album Hallelujah Nights. The album includes the hit singles "Long Live Tonight", "Greatest Love Story", and "Born to Love You."
Country star Morgan Wallen was dropped by his record label, after a video emerged of him using a racial slur. Nashville's Big Loud Records said it had "made the decision to suspend Morgan Wallen's recording contract indefinitely" in light of the video. In the footage, reportedly filmed by a neighbour the singer is seen saying goodbye to some friends and calling one of them the N-word.