Friday, June 22, 2018

Country Music History...June 22, 2018 (Charlie Rich was at #1 on the US Country chart + others)

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June 22nd: On this day

1930
Born on this day in Atlanta, Georgia, was Roy Drusky, singer who was popular from the 1960s through the early 1970s. Known for his baritone voice. His highest-charting single was the #1 "Yes Mr. Peters", a duet with Priscilla Mitchell. He died on September 23, 2004.

1936
Born on this day in Brownsville, Texas, was Kris Kristofferson, musician, actor, and writer, known for such hits as "Me and Bobby McGee", "For the Good Times", "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down", and "Help Me Make It Through the Night". In 1985, Kristofferson joined fellow country artists Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash in forming the country music supergroup "The Highwaymen". In 2004, Kristofferson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.


1972
American country music guitarist and singer-songwriter Elton Britt died aged 58. He recorded over 60 albums for RCA and is best known for such hit songs as "Someday (You'll Want Me to Want You)," "Detour," "Chime Bells," "Maybe I'll Cry Over You," "Pinto Pal," and the million-selling wartime hit "There's a Star-Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere".

1974
Charlie Rich was at #1 on the US Country 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 written by Kenny O'Dell. Rich won the Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance, and he took home four Academy of Country Music awards.

1984
The movie Rhinestone, starring Dolly Parton and Sylvester Stallone was released to universally negative reviews. The much-hyped movie - about a singer's effort to transform a New York City taxicab driver into a country star within two weeks - flops, but still produced several hit singles, most notably the #1 hit "Tennessee Homesick Blues."

2001
New York City observes Reba McEntire Day as the singer ended her five-month run on Broadway in a production of Annie Get Your Gun. Crystal Bernard took over McEntire's role in the production.

2011
Glen Campbell announced he has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. This news came five months after Campbell announced his retirement from the music business.

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