Thursday, March 29, 2018

Today in Country Music History...March 29, 2018 (Johnny Cash was #1 on the Country Album Charts + others)


March 29th: On this day

Born on this day near Corrigan, Polk County, Texas was Moon Mullican, country and western singer, songwriter, and pianist. He is associated with the hillbilly boogie style which greatly influenced rockabilly and in 1945, put together his own band, the Showboys. He scored the 1950 #1 hit "I'll Sail My Ship Alone." Mullican died on January 1, 1967 aged 57.

Texas Ruby, of the duo Curly Fox and Texas Ruby, was killed in a trailer fire while Fox was performing in Nashville, Tennessee on the Grand Ole Opry. The singer had fallen asleep smoking in their mobile home and was killed in the resulting fire.

Born on this day in Hamilton, Ohio, Brady Seals, (the cousin of Jim Seals of Seals & Crofts) and Dan Seals and Johnny Duncan. Seals made his debut in 1988 as co-lead vocalist and keyboardist in Little Texas, he later formed the band Hot Apple Pie who recorded a self-titled debut album for DreamWorks Records and charted three country singles, including the #26 hit "Hillbillies."

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.

Conway Twitty was at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with "I'd Love To Lay You Down", his 24th Country #1.

Reba McEntire was at #1 on the Billboard country chart with "How Was I To Know", the second single released from her album, What If It's You.

The American thriller film Panic Room directed by David Fincher was released. The film stars Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart as a mother and daughter whose new home is invaded by burglars, played by Forest Whitaker, Jared Leto, and Dwight Yoakam.

Sara Evans was at #1 on the Country chart with her sixth album Stronger, the first studio album to be released by Evans in nearly six years. During this six-year period, Evans was involved in a high profile divorce with, her now ex-husband Craig Schelske. "A Little Bit Stronger" was released as the album's lead-off single which became a #1 hit.

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