Friday, May 4, 2018

Today in Country Music History...May 4, 2018 (Tim McGraw's Fifth Albumn has 5 #1 Hits + others)

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May 4th: On this day

Born on this day, was Al Dexter (born Clarence Albert Poindexter), who was an American country musician and songwriter who helped popularize the style of honky tonk. Best known for his 1944 hit "Pistol Packin' Mama," Dexter who died on January 28, 1984 was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall Of Fame in 2010.

Born on this day, was Tim DuBois, who wrote the satire on divorce, "She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)", which was a #1 US Country hit for Jerry Reed in 1982.

Born on this day in Sevierville, Tennessee, was Stella Parton country singer and songwriter. She is a younger sister of Dolly Parton, and musician and businessman Randy Parton. She charted during the mid-to late-1970s, her biggest hit being 1975's "I Want to Hold You In My Dreams Tonight".

Born on this day in 1954, in Fremont, Nebraska, was singer, songwriter, guitarist, and trumpeter, Don King who in the 1970s and 1980s charted more than fifteen hit singles on the Billboard country music charts. King toured with many artists, such as Alabama, Reba McEntire, John Anderson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Conway Twitty, and Tammy Wynette.

Born on this day in Winthrop, Massachusetts was Robert Ellis Orrall singer, songwriter, and record producer who has penned #1 singles for Shenandoah and Clay Walker and has also written hits for Reba McEntire, Taylor Swift, and Lindsay Lohan. In 1991 he charted the singles "Boom! It Was Over" and "A Little Bit of Her Love", from his first country music album, Flying Colors.

Born on this day in Marshville, North Carolina, was Randy Travis, singer and actor. Since 1985, he has recorded 20 studio albums and charted over 20 #1 hits. Considered a pivotal figure in the history of country music, Travis broke through in the mid-1980s with the release of his album Storms of Life, which sold more than three million copies. The album established him as a major force in the Neotraditional country movement.

Curb Records released A Place in the Sun, the fifth album by Tim McGraw. This album produced the singles "Please Remember Me", "Something Like That", "My Best Friend", "My Next Thirty Years" and "Some Things Never Change", all of which reached #1 on the Hot Country Songs charts.

Flooding on the Cumberland River in Nashville, Tennessee caused damage to the Grand Ole Opry House and Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. Grand Ole Opry performances are moved to the Ryman Auditorium, War Memorial Auditorium and the Two Rivers Baptist Church; all of which were unaffected by the floods. The common areas of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel were destroyed, and parts of the hotel were under 10 feet of water.

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