Sunday, July 1, 2018

This Day in Country Music History...July 1, 2018 (Patsy Cline made her network television debut + others)

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July 1st: On this day

Born on this day in Ashland, Kentucky, was Keith Whitley, country music singer who charted 19 singles on the Billboard country charts, including five consecutive #1’s: "Don't Close Your Eyes", "When You Say Nothing at All", "I'm No Stranger to the Rain", "I Wonder Do You Think of Me" and "It Ain't Nothin'". He died on May 9, 1989, the cause of death was determined to be acute ethanolism (alcohol poisoning).

Patsy Cline made her network television debut on the short-lived television version of the Grand Ole Opry on ABC-TV.

Claude King was at #1 on the Country chart with "Wolverton Mountain." The hit that established his career was a rewrite of the original version by Merle Kilgore, which was based on a real character named Clifton Clowers who lived on the mountain north of Morrilton, Arkansas.

Born on this day was American actress and comedian Melissa Peterman best known for her role as Barbra Jean in the television comedy series Reba.

Waylon Jennings was at #1 on the US country charts with "Amanda", a song written by Bob McDill and which was also recorded by Don Williams. Taken from his 1974 album The Ramblin' Man, "Amanda" would be Waylon Jennings's eighth solo #1 on the country chart.

Glen Campbell began serving 10 nights in jail along with two years of probation for a November 2003 drink-driving, hit-and-run collision. The 68 year old entertainer was also sentenced to 75 hours of community service and fined $900.

Charles Carr died aged 79. The Auburn University freshman chauffeured Hank Williams on his last ride from Montgomery to a New Year's Eve show in Charleston and then to another concert scheduled for Jan 1st 1953, in Canton, Ohio. He drove to a nearby hospital, where the singer was pronounced dead.

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