June 5th: On this day
Born on this day, was Don Reid, Country singer, songwriter with The Statler Brothers who had the 80’s US Country #1 hits "Elizabeth" and “Do You Know You Are My Sunshine”.
Born on this day in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, was Gail Davies singer/songwriter and the first female record producer in the history of country music. She is also the daughter of country singer Tex Dickerson and the younger sister of songwriter Ron Davies. During the 1970s and 1980s she scored numerous Top 10 and Top 20 Billboard hits becoming one of country music's most influential artists.
Born on this day in Columbia, Missouri, was Brett James, singer, songwriter and record producer. As a solo artist in 1995, James charted three singles and released a self-titled debut album that year. Since the early 2000s, James has become known primarily as a songwriter for other country and pop music artists. Among his compositions is Carrie Underwood's 2006 #1 hit "Jesus, Take the Wheel," which received Grammy Awards for Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song.
Country singer Conway Twitty died from an abdominal aortic aneurysm. He had the 1958 US & UK #1 single "It's Only Make Believe". Until 2000, he held the record for the most #1 singles of any country act, with 45 #1's. He lived in Hendersonville, Tennessee, just north of Nashville, where he built a country music entertainment complex called Twitty City.
Gretchen Wilson was at #1 on the country charts with One of the Boys, her third album. The album produced three chart singles for Wilson on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts: "Come to Bed" (a duet with John Rich of Big & Rich), followed by the title track and "You Don't Have to Go Home", the first single of Wilson's career to miss Top 40 on the country charts.
Don Bowman died aged 75. He was the original host of radio's American Country Countdown and writer of Waylon Jennings-Willie Nelson duet "Just to Satisfy You."
A limited-edition Forever stamp honoring Johnny Cash went on sale. The stamp featured a promotional picture of Cash taken around the 1963 release of Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash.