April 18th: On this day
Born on this day in Wellington, Texas, was Glen Hardin, piano player and arranger. He was a member of the house band at the Palamino Club in North Hollywood, called "Country Music's most important West Coast club" by the Los Angeles Times. It featured such performers as Buck Owens, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Linda Ronstadt, Hoyt Axton and Willie Nelson. He became a member of the Shindogs with a young Glen Campbell and James Burton.
Born on this day in Datto, Arkansas, was Bill Rice, country music singer and songwriter. Rice has written songs for artists such as Johnny Paycheck, Reba McEntire, Charley Pride and Jerry Lee Lewis. Rice has had more awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers than any other songwriter.
Earl Scruggs married Louise Certain in Gaffney, South Carolina, two months after leaving Bill Monroe's band. She later became the manager of Flatt & Scruggs.
Johnny Cash was at #1 on the US Country singles charts with “Understand Your Man.” The song which enjoyed a 6 week run at the top of the charts borrowed parts of the melody from Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right."
Eddy Arnold was at #1 on the Country singles chart with "I Want to Go with You" which was written by country music singer-songwriter Hank Cochran.
Johnny Cash was at #1 on the Country album chart with Hello, I'm Johnny Cash, his 33rd album release. The album featured "If I Were a Carpenter", the famous duet with his wife, June Carter Cash, which earned the couple a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1971.
Olivia Newton-John was at #1 on the US Country album chart with Have You Never Been Mellow. The title track was also a US #1 single. Newton-John received a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for her work on the song "Have You Never Been Mellow."
Lady Antebellum won in three categories, Top Vocal Group, Single Record and Song of the Year, for "Need You Now", at the 45th Academy of Country Music Awards from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Carrie Underwood became the first woman in history to win the Entertainer of the Year award at the Academy of Country Music Awards twice. Underwood previously won the award at the 2009 ceremony.