October 29th: On this day:
Hank Snow auditioned with the Canadian division of RCA Victor in Montreal, Quebec which led to the release of his first record with "The Prisoned Cowboy" on one side and "Lonesome Blue Yodel" on the other. Snow signed with the label, staying for more than 45 years. During his career that spanned nearly 50 years, he recorded 140 albums and charted more than 85 singles.
Hank Williams was at #1 on the Country singles chart with “Jambalaya (On The Bayou).” Named for a Creole and Cajun dish, jambalaya, it spawned numerous cover versions and has since achieved popularity in a number of music genres. The song spent 14 weeks at the top of the chart. Over the past few decades, the Cajun French version has been performed by many Cajun bands including Aldus Roger and Jo-El Sonnier.
Tammy Wynette was at #1 on the Country chart with “I Don’t Wanna Play House”. Written by Billy Sherrill and Glenn Sutton, the song became Tammy Wynette's first #1 country song as a solo artist. The recording earned Wynette the 1968 Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.
Dolly Parton released her 19th solo studio album, Here You Come Again. The album included Parton's first significant "crossover" success, the Grammy award-winning title single. The album's cover was the first to show the distinctive "Dolly" signature logo, created by Michael Manoogian, would become Parton's de facto logo, appearing on all of her solo albums for the remainder of her association with RCA.
Born on this day in New London, CT, was Veronica Ballestrini, American country pop singer-songwriter. Her debut album What I'm All About was released in 2009 on her own independent label. Her first single "Amazing" charted on the Music Row Country chart and the music video debuted at #3 on CMT Pure.
Walk the Line, the film about the life of singer Johnny Cash, was voted the greatest music biopic in a poll. The film starred Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon as Cash and his wife June Carter as the country stars and won the actress an Oscar in 2006.