Thursday, May 10, 2018

Today in Country Music History...May 10, 2018 (Loretta Lynn's "Coal Miner's Daughter" is Released + others)

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May 10th: On this day

Born on this day in Nickelsville, Virginia, was Maybelle Carter, country musician. She is best known as a member of the historic Carter Family act in the 1920s and '30s and also as a member of Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters. Maybelle Carter was inducted as part of The Carter Family in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1970. In 1993, her image appeared on a US postage stamp honoring the Carter Family. She died on Oct 23rd 1978 aged 69.

Born on this day in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was Jeff Wood, country music artist. He penned "Cowboy Love", a Top 5 hit for John Michael Montgomery in 1996.

Decca records released "Coal Miner's Daughter" by Loretta Lynn. The autobiographical song became Lynn's signature song, one of the genre's most widely-known songs, and provided the basis for both her autobiography and a movie on her life. In addition to reaching #1 on the Country charts, "Coal Miner's Daughter" also became Lynn's first single to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #83.

The final edition of Dolly the television variety show hosted by Dolly Parton aired on ABC. Guest stars featured in the series had included Tammy Wynette, Merle Haggard, Tyne Daly, Bruce Willis, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Tom Petty, Tom Selleck, the Neville Brothers, Alabama, Willie Nelson, Glen Campbell, Dudley Moore, and Oprah Winfrey

Police in Hewitt, Texas found Willie Nelson asleep on the back seat of his Mercedes where he had parked at the side of a road. After waking the singer and searching him, he was arrested on drug charges. The country singer was taken to the McLennan County Jail in Waco. After posting bail, he told reporters he had been returning to Austin from a poker game in Hillsboro, about 140 miles northeast of Austin."I played all night long and I was driving back to Austin. It was foggy and the weather was bad, so I pulled over on the side of the road to sleep, and the policemen found me there in the back seat. They found a roach in the ashtray," Nelson said.

Winners at the Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Clint Black, Tanya Tucker and Jeff Foxworthy included: Pioneer Award - Loretta Lynn, Top Female Vocalist of the Year - Reba McEntire, Top Male Vocalist of the Year - Alan Jackson, Top Vocal Group - The Mavericks, Top New Male Vocalist of the Year - Tim McGraw, Song of the Year went to John Michael Montgomery for "I Swear" and Country Music Video of the Year was Garth Brooks "The Red Strokes."

Shel Silverstein, American poet, singer-songwriter, cartoonist, screenwriter, and author of children's books died of a massive heart attack aged 68. He wrote Tompall Glaser's highest-charting solo single "Put Another Log on the Fire", "One's on the Way" (a hit for Loretta Lynn), and wrote one of Johnny Cash's best known whimsical hits, "A Boy Named Sue." Other songs co-written by Silverstein include "The Taker" by Waylon Jennings and hits for Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show.

Trisha Yearwood announced she was leaving MCA Records where she had been for 16 years and selling over 12 million albums. She announced she was signing with Big Machine Records. Yearwood and Big Machine CEO Scott Borchetta met in her intern days at MTM records. Trisha's last top 10 hit with MCA was "I Would've Loved You Anyway" in 2001.

The winner of the fourth season of American Idol, in 2005, Carrie Underwood was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, being introduced by Garth Brooks. She performed "Last Name," "All-American Girl" and "Jesus, Take The Wheel."

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