Born on this day in Columbia, South Carolina, was James William Anderson III better known as singer, songwriter and television personality Bill Anderson. He has released more than 40 studio albums and has reached #1 on the country charts seven times: In 1995, Billboard magazine named four Anderson compositions -"City Lights," "Once A Day," "Still," and "Mama Sang A Song" - among the top 20 country songs of the past 35 years, more than any other songwriter.
Born on this day was Kinky Friedman, American Texas Country singer, songwriter, novelist, humorist, politician and former columnist for Texas Monthly. His cover of Chinga Chavin's "Asshole from El Paso", a parody of Merle Haggard's "Okie from Muskogee" is, perhaps, his most famous song.
Born on this day in Kerang, Victoria, was John Williamson, Australian country music singer-songwriter. Williamson has released over forty albums, and has received twenty-six Golden Guitar trophies at the Country Music Awards of Australia.
Born on this day in Wichita Falls, Texas, was Keith Stegall, country music recording artist and record producer. Stegall charted thirteen singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, with the highest-peaking being 1985's "Pretty Lady."
Born on this day in Houston, Texas, was Lyle Lovett, singer-songwriter and actor. Lovett has won four Grammy Awards, including Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Album. It's Not Big It's Large was released in 2007, where it debuted and peaked at #2 on the Top Country Albums chart.
Born on this day in Culpeper, Virginia, was Big Kenny, country music singer. He and John Rich comprise the duo Big & Rich, which has recorded three studio albums. Kenny has also written or co-written singles for Gretchen Wilson, Jason Aldean, McBride & the Ride and Tim McGraw. His first solo single, "Long After I'm Gone," was released in 2009.
Shania Twain's mother and stepfather died in a car accident approximately 50 kilometres north of Wawa, Ontario. As a result Twain moved back to Timmins to take care of her younger siblings and then took them all to Huntsville, Ontario. There, she supported them by earning money performing at the nearby Deerhurst Resort.
The Marty Stuart Show began airing on cable's RFD-TV. Each episode featured music by Stuart and his band the Fabulous Superlatives, as well as his wife, Grand Ole Opry star Connie Smith, banjo-picker Leroy Troy, and guests.
Winners at the Country Music Association Awards included; Single of the Year - "Pontoon", Little Big Town, Song of the Year - "Over You", Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton, Vocal Group of the Year - Little Big Town, New Artist of the Year - Hunter Hayes, Album of the Year - Chief, Eric Church, Vocal Duo - Thompson Square, Music Video - "Red Solo Cup", Toby Keith, Male Vocalist - Blake Shelton, Female Vocalist - Miranda Lambert, Musical Event of the Year - "Feel Like a Rock Star", Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw and Entertainer of the Year went to Blake Shelton.