September 16th: On this day1946
Born on this day in Hampton, Arkansas, was Wood Newton, songwriter and musician based in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1978 and 1979, Newton charted the singles "Last Exit for Love", "Lock, Stock & Barrel" and "Julie (Do I Ever Cross Your Mind?)". He later became a songwriter for other artists, with his credits including Razzy Bailey's #1 single "Midnight Hauler".
Born on this day in Darby, Florida, was David Bellamy, singer, songwriter of The Bellamy Brothers. The duo had success in the 1970s and 1980s, starting with the release of their crossover hit "Let Your Love Flow" in 1976, a #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100. Starting in the late 1970s, the Bellamy Brothers found success in country music as well, charting twenty #1 singles.
Johnny Cash was at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with "A Boy Named Sue". The song tells the tale of a young man's quest for revenge on a father who abandoned him at 3 years of age and whose only contribution to his entire life was naming him Sue, commonly a feminine name, which results in the young man suffering from ridicule and harassment by everyone he meets in his travels.
John Denver was at #1 on the US country album chart with Back Home Again. The multi-platinum album contained the hit singles "Annie's Song" (#1 pop, #1 adult contemporary), "Back Home Again" (#5 pop, #1 AC, #1 country), and "Sweet Surrender" (#13 pop, #1 AC). In addition, the studio version of "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" appeared on this album.
Sheb Wooley the singer, songwriter and actor best known for his 1958 novelty song "Purple People Eater" died in Nashville, Tennessee. He played Ben Miller, brother of Frank Miller in the film High Noon, Travis Cobb in The Outlaw Josey Wales, and also had a co-starring role as scout Pete Nolan in the television program Rawhide.
A total of 30 artists gather to record "Forever Country", a single released in honor of the 50th annual Country Music Association awards. The track featured Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Charley Pride, Trisha Yearwood, Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker and others. The song debuted at #1 the week of October 8, the third song to do so since its inception in 2012.