Friday, April 20, 2018

Today in Country Music History...April 20, 2018 (Roger Miller was #1 on the Country Charts)

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April 20th: On this day

Born on this day in Jacksonville, Florida, was Johnny Tillotson, singer and songwriter who scored the 1964 Country #4 hit "It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin'."

Goldband Records released "Puppy Love" by a 13-year old Dolly Parton, a song that was recorded two years earlier when she was just eleven years old. The song didn't chart, but was later to be a hit in 1972 for Donny Osmond.

Roger Miller was at #1 on the US Country charts with “King Of The Road.” The song has been covered by many other artists, including George Jones, Dean Martin, Boxcar Willie, Randy Travis, the Statler Brothers, Rufus Wainwright & Teddy Thompson, The Proclaimers and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Born on this day in Bethel Acres, Oklahoma, was Wade Hayes, singer, songwriter, who scored the 1995 US #1 single “Old Enough to Know Better.” In 2003, he founded the duo McHayes with Alan Jackson's fiddle player Mark McClurg.

Shania Twain released her self-titled debut album which peaked at #67 on the US Country album charts. Also on this day Mercury Records released Toby Keith's self-titled debut album and Curb Records released Tim McGraw’s debut studio album.

John Michael Montgomery confirmed on his website that he had a condition known as acoustic neuroma, which is a non-cancerous growth that interferes with a nerve running between the brain and the ear. This condition can affect balance and hearing and can certainly make singing or any kind of public performing quite difficult for the patient.

Hank Williams, Steve Wariner and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band were all added to the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville.

Jimmy Dean’s house was largely gutted by a fire, although the Deans escaped injury. The Deans rebuilt their home on the same foundation and returned early in 2010.

Willie Nelson helped unveil a statue honoring him in downtown Austin by singing his new song "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die", on a date long reserved to celebrate marijuana use. Over 2,000 people watched the unveiling by Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell in front of the Moody Theater, where the Austin City Limits Studio is now located. Nelson, a 10-time Grammy Award winner who has sold more than 40 million copies of his 150 albums.

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