Born on this day in Clinton, Oklahoma, was Toby Keith, country music singer-songwriter, record producer and actor. His debut “Should’ve Been a Cowboy”, topped the US country charts and was the most played country song of the 1990s. The song has received three million spins since then, according to Broadcast Music Incorporated.
Kris Kristofferson was at #1 on the Country charts with “Why Me.” The single features backing vocals by soon-to-be wife Rita Coolidge and up-and-coming singer-songwriter Larry Gatlin and was included on the album, Jesus Was a Capricorn. The song became the biggest hit of his career.
Merle Haggard was at #1 on the Country charts with “Natural High”, (which featured harmony vocals by Janie Fricke). It became Haggard’s thirty-third #1 Country single.
Connie Smith married 1990s country artist Marty Stuart. The couple met while writing songs together for Smith’s 1998 comeback album.
Country singer Steve Wariner asked for a restraining order against Linda Marie Shinn, who he claimed had been stalking him since 1989, when he performed at RodeoHouston. Wariner alleged that she had sent him countless letters he characterized as, “absurd and frightening” as well as emails and Facebook posts.